Barry first took a layout, Wyndlesham Cove, to an exhibition in 1977. It won the Railway Modeller Cup in 1981 and its popularity led to Barry writing articles in Railway Modeller. Some film work also followed which showed his passion for making scenery.
His second layout, Petherick, led to his first book ‘Landscape Modelling’ which was a best seller published by Wild Swan and more than 60 articles have appeared in Model Railway Journal. Some of these articles covered layout design and led to his second book ‘Layout Design’.
Barry took the photographs for his first book and has since photographed numerous layouts by many modellers who have influenced the hobby. His photographs have appeared regularly in Model Railway Journal.
Further layouts – ‘Lydham Heath’ and ‘Inkerman Street’ – followed with more articles and photographs and although he occasionally exhibits, he is increasingly asked to demonstrate his skills in making scenery. He also gives talks and has travelled as far as New Zealand and Australia.
He has returned to film in the ‘Right Track’ 5 & 6 ‘Modelling Landscapes’.