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Hello and welcome to my twice reinstated and updated photo reports of visits to narrow gauge model railway layouts and events! Following the sudden and untimely cessation of Fotopic in March 2011 and with it the loss of my photo galleries, I started this blog in order to try to keep my "Roving Reports" available to those who enjoy viewing them. I have linked this blogsite to the old galleries which I originally rebuilt and posted in albums in Picasaweb Once all the old reports had been rebuilt, I have continued to add completely new ones to cover my visits to events from April 2011 onwards.

In August 2016 Google very kindly and arbitrarily blocked access to Picasaweb in order to force everyone to use their "much better" Google Images, so I had to do the whole exercise again. Thanks! Google Images is certainly much easier to view, but to upload to - well try it yourself, I have made my own judgement and it isn't a very complimentary one, so the long term future of this blog remains in doubt.

Meanwhile......Because of the way this Blogspot works, the most recent postings appear first and the oldest ones last. Each report contains a link to the Google Images photo album plus captions for that report. The link will take you to the front page of the Google Images Album for this report. Left click on the first photo and it will open into a manually operated slideshow. A panel should open alongside the image on the right showing the number of the photo and the caption text. If it does not appear, click on the small white disk top right of the photo panel and it will open. On albums created before August 2016 which were created originally in Picasaweb, these are now in the Google Image Archive and the caption panel has to be opened manually for each image. I apologise for this, blame Google!

More recent albums created in Google Images keep the panel open.

in both cases, move forward or backwards by clicking the right or left arrows on your keyboard. When you have finished viewing, click the back arrow showing top left of the photo panel and this will take you back to the album opening page.

Close it in the normal way by clicking on the "X" top right or click the return arrow top left of the Windows screen to return to the blog, depending on which browser you use.

In Google Chrome you should click on the X and then select the tab for the blog from the windows tabs, in Internet explorer, click on the return arrow top left of the window to return to the blog. I'm afraid I don't know how other browsers such as Firefox vary in their operation.

Once back in the blog, any report can be accessed sequentially from the blog by scrolling downwards and if required, click on the "older posts" link at the bottom of the list, or simply go to the Blog Archive on the right of the window and select any report by simply clicking on the title.

Monday, 4 April 2011

19 August 2008 - A Visit to John Thorne's Purbeck

Whilst most of my narrow gauge model railway photos are quick snaps taken at shows, I always try to take up opportunities to capture some, hopefully, better quality and less rushed posed photos if I am invited to visit a layout "at home". I had previously photographed John Thorne's Scrubbs Lane/The Maltings layout successfully, the results supplementing an article he wrote for 009 News a couple of years ago, so I was very pleased to be invited to take another set of photos of his latest (and many think, best) layout - Purbeck, again to supplement a forthcoming article that John is preparing for 009 News.
This is a really superb little layout, of the "freelance but totally credible" school, representing the clay mining industry in Dorset during a loosely defined period encompassing the 1950's and 60's. John has extensively researched the prototype and incorporated a huge amount of authentic detail in this highly imaginative, yet very credible layout - all created to the highest standards of modelling.
The layout made its public debut at Narrow Gauge South, Sparsholt in March 2008 and some initial photos appear in my earlier report of that event in this gallery. Hopefully this little set will provide a further inducement to attract followers of the very best narrow gauge layouts. Purbeck is set to become one of the best known and most popular layouts on the exhibition scene - well worth a long and lingering look if you learn of it appearing at a show near you!

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