When I was a boy, my parents bought me a Hornby Dublo train set. Since then, my interest in trains has become a lifelong passion (obsession?!).
I served an apprenticeship in motor mechanics, and learned how to gas and arc weld. I have built several trailers and beach buggies, and have completely stripped and restored several motor bikes. My favourite bike is a Yamaha XJ750 Police bike, similar to the one I used to ride when I was a traffic officer in the old Ministry of Transport in the early 1970s.
After visiting the newly opened Keirunga Park Railway in 1993, I became interested in model engineering, especially the popular 7-1/4" gauge. This led to the decision to build my own locomotive and passenger carriage which is featured on this site.
I now belong to three clubs: Hutt Valley Model Engineers, Kapiti Live Steamers, and Havelock North Live Steamers.
That's me driving DG760 in the banner photograph above at Mana Ariki, with Dale, who is also a licensed DG760 driver, as passenger.
Having completed my project of building DG760 and its accompanying carriage DG787, I have also built a railbus - a freelance version of the Galloping Goose which has now been sold, and purchased EC9, a battery electric locomotive.