Terry Booker, from Poole, has been a modeller since the fifties. He admits to starting the 'old fashioned way' with clockwork gauge '0' Hornby, progressing to 3-rail Hornby Dublo and then re-entering the hobby with a series of increasingly detailed layouts to 4mm scale but still running with standard '00' stock on Peco track work. He has also spent time on military and figure modelling, producing complex dioramas for shop windows featuring subjects as diverse as the American Civil War, D-Day, the Battle of Britain, and the Battle of the Bulge.
His loft layout, "Wessex Lines", has been featured in "Railway Modeller"; you can visit it from your armchair as part of "Model Rail Video Number 16, and an illustrated article will appear in "Model Rail" during 2005. The extensive layout, around 1¾ miles of double track secondary main-line, boasts over a hundred locos, more than a dozen full length passenger trains, and scores of special freight and general goods workings. The stock is predominantly proprietary ready-to-run (RTR) from early Hornby Dublo 2-rail up to the latest Bachmann and Hornby items. There is also a sprinkling of kit-builts in there, and quite a few 'bashed' items for good measure.
However, Terry is quick to point out that nothing is left in its straight-from-the-box condition. Every item has been weathered and detailed, and most have been weighted, re-wheeled and re-couplinged.
The scenery, though we say it ourselves, has to be seen to be believed, and is very heavily influenced by the work of the internationally renowned Pendon Museum in Oxfordshire.. but more of that another day!
Now to just click the link below and enjoy Terry's incredible tips which will help to bring your model railway alive:-
Terry Booker's Railway Modelling Tips