From first clockwork train set as a child, he has built or been involved in building layouts for most of his life. He joined the Watford MRC in 1977, and was involved in wiring many of the club layouts & organising some of their exhibitions in the 1980’s.
Chris’ interest is BR Steam, mainly Southern Region. He likes building layouts, integrating everything to produce a pleasing and plausible representation of a railway operating in a realistic manner. He has now started on signalling, which he believes is the major shortcoming in most model railways. Modern electronics makes this relatively easy compared with some traditional approaches.
1996 saw Chris persuading Martin Brent to take over the running of the Missenden weekends and he in turn took over when Martin died in 2000. These have grown from a single weekend with 25 people to 2 weekends and a week long Summer Retreat with over 100 people per year. He has recruited the best tutors in the hobby, introduced the concept of Electronics for Railway modellers & contributed to the MERG C-Bus project.
Chris is delighted that we can combine the Finescale and Electronics parts of our hobby to improve the realism of our model railways. We owe the success of the Missenden Abbey courses to Chris’ vision and hard work. Chris co-presents the DVD Right Track 12 – Wiring your Layout