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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Madder Valley Railway



The first time I visited Pendon Museum must have been, at the latest, some time during the 1980's and I fell in love with John Ahern’s Madder Valley Railway, particularly Madderport.

Fast forward through thirty-odd years, half of them spent abroad. I've had the idea for Porthkeres rattling around in my head for many years, but I didn't realise how much of an influence that layout had been on me until (having already committed Porthkeres' design to paper in the interim), I paid Pendon a second visit only a couple of years ago.

Take a look at these beautiful photos from Pendon in 2010.

1 comment:

David Murray said...

The groundbreaking aspect of John Ahern's work is that he created a landscape for the railway to run through. Until his work was widely published in The Model Railway news throughout 1941, people built model railways that consisted of masses of lines and sidings with the odd signal box and a sky back scene .

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