So who am I?…
Well sometimes I wonder myself…age wise I have reached and passed the meaning of life the universe and everything, in accordance with the late Douglas Adams but I am yet to get the brain the size of a planet or be totally paranoid!
After 15 years in sales, marketing and product management within the road safety and traffic management sector I as of October 2020 have started a new role as Development Manager for the Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC). Having advised them on a number of their commissions in the past I am now officially on the payroll and am responsible for undertaking research, development, and project management, liaison with the manufacturing companies in China for the production and supply of the KMRC own product commissions and other products in conjunction with other brand partners. The role includes managing some aspects of PR, Social media, website development and, once they are taking place again managing the KMRC presence at exhibitions.
From a railway modelling perspective I have a keen interest in all things Southern Railway and in particular the period between 1946 and 1949 (the reasons behind this will be clear to those whom have read my posts on here). I have built my own model railway layouts: one called Fisherton Sarum which is an opportunity to exhibit some of my large collection of models, many of which are hand built or at the very least modified Ready-to Run models, and also my latest little shunting puzzle project Canute Road Quay based in and around Southampton docks . I also have a few more plans in the pipeline which will become apparent on this site as they progress.
I have been a member of the High Wycombe and District Model Ralway Society for *cough* years since I was 15. I can often be found at shows exhibiting one of the many Society layouts such as Hinton Parva, Blandford St Mary or even their North American genre layout Hamilton. With a membership of over 60 with a broad range of interests including North American, our own clubrooms of over 4,500 sqft housing 11 layouts, a test track and workshop it is a progressive and rewarding Society to be a member of. Having been Chairman of the Society in the past, I currently have the role of Publicity Officer.
I am also the Publicity and Exhibitions Officer of the South Western Circle, a society for railway historians and enthusiasts interested in the London & South Western Railway (LSWR). It is a society that I thoroughly recommend being a member of. It currently holds five meetings a year at which usually illustrated presentations are given on a variety LSWR topics which are usually fascinating, informative and enjoyably interactive. The South Western Circle can also be found on Twitter via @LSWR_SWC
I write on an occasional basis for some of the National Model Railway press, see my ‘In the Media’ page here for details, Also I have authored a number of pages, both on modelling and the historical prototype on the excellent SeMG website which is without a doubt the best online reference site for all things Southern Railway. In addition I am active contributor the RMweb modelling forum which is the most active and liveliest modelling forum on the interweb.
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Of course I do not wish to be a faceless soul with no three dimensional apsect and only appearing within the depths of the interweb, but I also don’t really want to be inundated with unnecessary spam either so please respect my privacy.
However, despite sounding like a grumpy old man above, I do actually welcome comments on posts (to which I will always try and respond), feedback and questions related to this blog or all things Southern Railway, and the other way to contact me is by email here
I do not intend to exhibit Fisherton Sarum to death, primarily so that it does not become too familiar on the exhibition circuit, avoiding the walk on by syndrome that can be seen with some layouts that the public has seen time and time again.
Fisherton Sarum, and therefore by inference myself, can however be seen at one or three shows a year, the current booked appearances can be found here on my Exhibition diary page.
As you might also be able to tell from my twitter feed on these pages or if you already follow me @grahammuz (feel free to follow me if you don’t ) I often tweet a mix of my thoughts at the time, observations on life, updates to this blog and the fact that I support Torquay United…up the Gulls!