Tet­leys Mills

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Builder: Dave Shake­speare Is­sues it ap­peared in: MR1 Au­tumn 1997, MR9 July 1999, MR40 Fe­bru­ary 2002, MR54 April 2003, MR142 April 2010 Cho­sen by: Ben Jones, MR ed­i­tor 2008-2014

We fea­tured the late Dave Shake­speare’s York­shire mas­ter­piece on sev­eral oc­ca­sions in my 13 years work­ing on Model Rail, partly be­cause he kept mak­ing changes to it (some by choice, some en­forced by wood­worm!) but also be­cause it was just so good. Dave was the first to say that his aim was to recre­ate an at­mos­phere, rather than a rivet‑ perfect replica of 1950s West York­shire, and he achieved that gritty, grimy feel of a Pen­nine in­dus­trial town per­fectly. Also, with its typ­i­cal West Rid­ing mix of East­ern and Lon­don Midland Re­gion trains, steam and early diesels, pas­sen­ger, goods and parcels trains, all de­liv­ered with an eye for lo­cal pe­riod de­tail and a sense of hu­mour, it had some­thing for al­most ev­ery­one. Fea­tured in MR1, it ap­peared again on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and was al­ways hugely pop­u­lar with staff and read­ers, thanks to Dave’s en­ter­tain­ing tales and the won­der­ful im­ages taken by the likes of Mar­tyn Barn­well and Chris Nevard. Mod­est to a fault, Dave was nev­er­the­less a very tal­ented and imag­i­na­tive mod­eller and his pass­ing in 2014 was a real loss to the hobby.

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