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I've been into photography, railways and modelling them in miniature for 30 or so years. As well as creating the personal projects showcased on this website, I also write about model making and undertake photographic commissions for the UK based Model Rail Magazine, associated publications and books. Other interests include vintage motor cars, fine ale, social and industrial history. More.....


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nevard_110303_brewhouseQ_IMG_9315_text_web.jpg (294649 bytes) New Stuff, you got it - stuff that's newer than the old stuff. Only the latest photos will appear in here. After a few days they'll disappear into their various sections in a way that hopefully will suit the most organized and obsessive of trainspotters with their tweed jackets, second hand grubby anoraks, adenoidal tones, thermos and multicoloured Biros.
Click Polbrook Gurney Colliery, Polbrock has moved from Cornwall to North Somerset (Polbrook Gurney Colliery), this is due to the addition of a colliery. The layout has expended in both length and width. Its first outing will be RAILEX at the end of May 13.

You'll be able to follow the making of this layout at www.nevardmedia.blogspot.com and in more detail in Model Rail Magazine.

4 Track Quad Track! A 4 track diorama which is around 3ft by 1ft depicting a small section of mainline. It has been built primarily for photographing trains in a generic mainline type of surrounding. Other props are frequently added around it to suggest other features like buildings or cutting sides.
nevard_101215_brewhouse_quay_01_web.jpg (303373 bytes) Brewhouse Quay, this railway served brewer of Foster, Marriott and Dent Ales portrays a traditional brewery somewhere on the upper reaches of the river Avon in the suburbs of Georgian Bath. It is presumed that the railway serving the brewery is a spur off the former Midland Railway Bath to Mangotsfield line. Western Region control and the nearby proximity of the Somerset & Dorset Line ensures regular visits of small engines from the former Midland and GWR along side the brewery’s own engines.
nevard_101128_catcott_IMG_8455_web.jpg (330778 bytes) Catcott Burtle, a could have been scenario which is heavily influenced by the BBC TV film Branchline Railway, and having been taken in by the wild open feel of the area much dominated by willow, water and big skies. Many roads in the area crossed the railway via manned level crossings rather than bridges, with each crossing having its own crossing keeper and railway cottage. Several of the cottages had no running water or electricity right up to closure in 1966, the water being delivered by rail in milk churns! Catcott, one of the many crossings on the line never was a halt or had sidings. In the parallel universe world here, imagine if to serve the local peat deposits things had been very different?
Cement Quay Cement Quay is the result of looking at full sized railway freight operations and being impressed by large class 66's hauling their bulk loads. Cement Quay is part of a cement terminal on the river Severn somewhere in Gloucestershire, operations including arrivals and departures of bulk cement operated by Freightliner. Also featured is a stone terminal to add interest, services to and from this being operated by DB Shenker (formerly EWS). Whilst Cement Quay is represents a present day scenario, winding the clock back a few decades to BR Blue or even the days of steam also works due to the non-era specific nature of the buildings. This section is now combined with Old Quarry Wharf.
nevard_100706_winding-hse_DSC_8239_web.jpg (366695 bytes) Mendip Colliery which was formerly known as 'Coal & Steam' is a current project. It has been in the planning stage for a little too long, but now with the a arrival of some really good reference material and a greater understanding of coal mining I've finally been inspired to move it forward. As the title suggests, the aim of the model is to depict one of the smaller un-modernised collieries of the North Somerset area. Many of these were in pretty areas, so to me is an ideal prototype as a fan of the bucolic, the run down and the almost forgotten. Current focus is on the construction of the various buildings, some of which will be serialized in Model Rail Mag.
nevard_101115_combwich_58086_IMG_8408_web.jpg (311559 bytes) Combwich is my oldest layout, its origins go back to around 1980 when as a spotty teenager I learnt how to hand build track and how to push scenics beyond just throwing a bag of brightly coloured foam and lichen at some glue. Combwich depicts an extension of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway from Highbridge to the small village of Combwich on the upper reaches of the River Parrett. I also envisaged a line from Combwich down to Bridgwater too. Of course, in real life, Combwich never took off as a port and certainly never had a railway, even though some people from that village have written to me in recent years telling me where the station used to be!
nevard_100513_arnewharf_IMG_6893_web.jpg (378264 bytes) Arne Wharf is modelled in 009 (representing 2'3" gauge) and totally contained within 3' x 2'. Building layout to such a conservative size allows it to be worked on almost anywhere in the house. My interpretation is based on a fictitious line running from Arne to Wareham via Ridge & Stoborough on the Purbeck Peninsular. The line was built to transport ball clay, lime stone, salt and oysters in addition to general merchandise. One of the delights of this scale/gauge combination is that almost anything goes - making for enjoyable escapism free from those dull adenoidal rivet counters!
4682085869_648d7849eb_o.jpg (200466 bytes) Model Railway Bits & Pieces is for just those things, and also features sub-sections covering other bits and bobs that I didn't really know where to place! In there you will also find some features on building stock boxes and converting rolling stock and so on, some of which are 'reprints' of old articles that were originally produced for the printed page.
Railway Photography as well as dabbling in all this toy train chuff chuff stuff, I also have an interest in recording full sized railways. My interest is such is diverse from steam hauled rail tours, heavy freight and even modern multiple units.
Traction Engines and Vintage Vehicles, we're lucking in the UK to have a very healthy interest in all sorts of transport from less hurried time. Here is my area to showcase such. 

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