The pleasure of photographing Rhyd once again.

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Rhyd, the creation of master railway modeller David John, has to be one of my favourite layouts. I never tire of photographing it and this session, for Hornby Magazine, produced enough quality RAW images from which 46 publishable high resolution photographs were distilled – about 20 more than is really necessary for a full-blown magazine feature. Here’s a small selection of the overflow – images: No.s 41 to 47!

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Is it strange that the layouts that most inspire me have little to do with my particular sphere of interest? Rhyd is 7mm scale Welsh narrow gauge running on analogue control – no fancy lighting or digital sound, just great-looking modelling.

Another layout which always draws me whenever I know it is at a show is Pempoul. I have never photographed it, so have no images to post here. The layout (built and exhibited by Gordon and Maggie Gravett) is everything I do not model – French steam, metre gauge and to 1:50 scale – brilliantly modelled and with that all-important feel of normal life – no whistles and bells on this layout to distract you either and indeed, it does not need them.

As if all that fine modelling on Rhyd was not enough; together with its beautifully finished back scene, proscenium arch and presentation, there’s an extension under construction which will represent the next station on the line which looks fabulous already. I look forward to pointing my camera at it in due course!

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