Yesterday I had a visit from Chris Nevard to photograph the layout for an article in Model Rail, hopefully to appear later this year to support the Manchester Show. As always these photo sessions although hard work are very enjoyable, especially so as besides being one of, if not the best model railway photographers, Chris is a very affable and friendly bloke with many mutual interests other than trains. There was as much guitar/uke and beer talk as about the layout itself 🙂

Many thanks to fellow RMRG members Dai Davies for coming to help me re-arrange the furniture, get the layout downstairs and put it up, and to Phil Taylor for dashing in on a mercy mission to bring the Macbrayne’s bus and the lorry, both of which seem to have subsequently ended up in many shots. Also big thanks to my wife Viv for putting up with the disruption and house re-arrange less than 12 hours after we got back home from a 5 day babysitting mission with our Granddaughter Lucy in Oslo.

Of course once the shoot was finished it was put the layout back to bed (thanks for helping Chris) something to eat, a quick shower and off to the  – Rochdale, Oldham and Bury CAMRA branch pub of the year with Chris and other RMRG members for a few beers and a listen to the house band. A good day was had by all.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished pictures now, Cheers Chris.