About Me

Here's a little about who I am


That's me watching trains at Carrington Dock in Newcastle during a visit in 2016.

As a lifelong railway enthusiast, I have spent the past three decades exploring the railway lines of Australia and New Zealand while taking photos of our disappearing railway landscape Down Under. Philden emerged as a model railway project to remember all those grand train chasing adventures I shared with my wife and family, back before our kids grew up and just the thought of Dad stopping to take a photo of a train brought a sigh of disapproval from the backseat.

These days, my kids have both grown up and are enjoying their own adventures in life, leaving my wife Denise and I to continue to explore long forgotten railway lines on our holidays and weekend getaways. And then there's Philden, a wordplay on our own names by combining Phillip and Denise. This 9' foot x 1' foot HO scale bookshelf layout was built to travel. At home, it straddles my desk and provides me with all the inspiration I need to write my next books. On the road however, well.... you may just have to keep an eye out for it at model train shows in Australia over the coming years.

That's me at Townsville while riding The Sunlander during her final months of operation in 2014.

As the author of four published novels, it stands to reason that I also have a lifetime of railway stories to tell. My Train Tripping Series of self-guided railway adventures is my attempt to share these humorous tales and railway misadventures gathered from a year of riding as many trains as was possible, before money dictated otherwise. My latest release 100 page 20 x 25 cm (8" x 10") book 30 Years Chasing Trains, captured many of these real life memories, and features 124 full colour gloss photos. It is available now exclusively through Blurb.


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