While many of us buy trains and vehicles preassembled from manufacturers like Hornby and Graham Farish some model railway builders make their own but none can rival the life’s work of one model builder extraordinaire.
In the post war years, if you wanted a model railway you had little choice but to build not just the scenery but the trains yourself. Thankfully, it’s now a lot easier to get started and to build up a collection of different wagons, locomotives and other vehicles but one modeller who wouldn’t be happy with this is James Peel Richards.
JP Richards and began making his scale models of rolling stock in 1944 and didn’t stop. His aim was to construct 33mm scale models every vehicle in the entire London and North Western Railway (LNWR) fleet.
By the time he died in 1999, he’d built an astonishing collection of 612 models, including 42 locomotives and 420 goods wagons and still holds the Guinness World Record for most model railway vehicles built by one man. What’s really impressive however is the wonderful quality of his work. His locomotives, coaches and wagons are a delight to look at.
His collection is now in National Railway Museum (York, England) and is worth a visit if you’re in York.Previous Monday Model Railway Factoids: #1 The First Model Railway
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#5 Origins of Ballast
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