Builder: Neil Sullivan Issues it appeared in: MR12 October 1999, MR43 May 2002, MR91 May 2006, MR163 December 2011 Chosen by: Chris Trerise, Managing Director, Kernow Model Rail Centre
My most memorable layout would be Neil Sullivan’s ‘Carrick Road’ because every element spoke directly to me. It was Cornish, it was a branch line, it had a harbour, blue diesels, ‘bubblecars’, clay dries and clay ‘hoods’. The North Cornwall line has always held a fascination for me and this layout just oozed the feeling of the area. Around the time it appeared in Model Rail, I was working in London and had no idea I would later open a model railway business. When I did, one of the first people through my door was Neil Sullivan, and the great friendship we have shared ever since has its roots in those Model Rail articles. I remember one of his quotes from the article “I don’t think I have enough years left to do all the modelling I want to do”. I understood that all too well – and I was only 30 back then!