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!