Cat­cott Bur­tle

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Builder: Chris Nevard Is­sue it ap­peared in: MR125 De­cem­ber 2008 Cho­sen by: Nick Bro­drick, Ed­i­tor, Steam Rail­way

This diminu­tive yet spa­cious cre­ation of a Som­er­set branch line can only be the work of an artist. Per­haps even a ge­nius. It cap­tures a gen­tle pace of life. Big skies and ‘flat’ ter­rain are im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able, punc­tu­ated by a sub­tle use of South­ern Rail­way con­crete and Som­er­set & Dorset para­pher­na­lia that gives the lay­out a strong sense of be­long­ing. You can al­most hear the rus­tle of leaves in the wind and the call of curlews. Colour, tex­ture and depth of field are all crit­i­cal el­e­ments to the suc­cess of ‘Cat­cott’. And be­ing an ac­com­plished pho­tog­ra­pher, Chris knows how to shape the land­scape to cre­ate a har­mo­nious scene, which then makes for ef­fec­tive pic­tures. It’s like a 3D Ivo Peters pho­to­graph – I can think of no higher praise than that.

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