And this is Don Bishop:-
The last one is a bit of a tease. Where was it photographed? Answer below ; fbb would never have guessed.
What was really impressive about Don's talk is to understand the commitment he has to his art. Some ill-remembered extracts from his address.
"You have to remember to step on the tufts of grass. I have seen several colleagues sink in up to their knees and beyond."
"We had to wait and hour and a half for the train as it was running later and it was bitterly cold"
"The first time we went, it was grey and pouring with rain and the whole trip was a waste of time."
"We climbed out of the train just in time to catch one small patch of sun which shone on to the loco and coaches."
"Although the loco would normally be coasting, we managed to persuade the crew to apply power and give us that magnificent exhaust."
"I ran (sic!) up the mountain just in time to get the shot"
Impressive dedication. fbb is already deciding which print(s) he will suggest to Mrs fbb as her Christmas present for him. Or will it be socks this year?
But just one thought crosses fbb's agile (?) mind. Most of the pictures are of clean locomotives and smart shiny rolling stock. Such delights were very rare on the real railway as far as fbb can remember. But we are all allowed a pair of these as we wallow in nostalgia!
The "Brief Encounter" night shot was created in Swindon Railway Museum. Here's the "station" in normal viewing conditions but with a different loco and from the opposite direction.
It's amazing what you can do with smoke machines!
The November 16th speaker at Thorncombe Club is fbb himself in a heavy disguise.
But before that is the club's annual model railway exhibition.
And where is Thorncombe?
Good question! Take the B3165 from its junction with the A35 near Axminster and turn off at Birdsmoorgate. Or take the same B1365 from Crewkerne. There is no public transport on a Saturday.
But there is a mad rush on Thursdays ....