Here's a little about who I am
|Yours truly, taking a rest in the forests of south west Western Australia in 2018.|
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 the thought of Dad stopping to take a photo of a train brought a sigh of disapproval from the backseat.
Philden is a 9' foot x 1' foot HO scale bookshelf layout was built to travel and to date has been exhibited to the public at 7 model train shows in south east Queensland. It has also featured on the cover of the August 2018 edition of Australian Model Railway Magazine. At home, it straddles my desk and was supposed to provide me with all the inspiration I needed to write my next book. Instead, 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 were 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. Of these, Train Tripping Coastal Queensland was nominated for the 2015 Global eBook of the Year Awards, in the process making me an Award-Nominated railway adventurer!
My latest releases are a series of full colour railway photography books, all of which are available exclusively through Blurb and digitally through the Apple iTunes store. The Last Train series showcases the quickly disappearing nostalgia associated with Australia's railways, as one by one, the relics and railway stations featured in them are fast disappearing. These four books have been set to some unique Aussie bush poetry, just to set the mood!
All my full colour print books are available exclusively through Blurb while my eBooks can be found on Apple's iTunes store.
With my layout and railway books now nearing completion, I hope this blog will continue to be stumbled upon by new readers and modelers the world over. With other non-railway related projects and new adventures now being planned, you can rest assured that once this blog and my final railway book are completed, I'll still be running model trains for many years to come.