To have a quick summary of the man, check his Wikipedia page.
As you can perhaps tell from that, he's passionate about trains (and engineering in general). A few times a year he hosts an event in the grounds of his beautiful house, nestled among the forests of the Surrey hills, where he runs his 1 Gauge railway to raise funds for Children in Need: tea, coffee and home-made cakes can be had while enjoying a ride around the garden on a steam train.
He also has a smaller gauge layout where people can bring their own trains, and enjoy shunting up and down the tracks all day.
All in all, they're great days, and next time I know one is being held I'll post details here.
He's also selling his amazing house (trains and track not included!) to move to Wales. If you're interested (and it's a truly beautiful three bedroom traditional Surrey house with outbuildings and woodland) then let me know and I'll forward on details.
|The diesel One Gauge.|
|Some of the small trains are real steam engines. I was very impressed by that.|
|Most are built from scratch by their owners.|
|Bob at the controls, with passengers (including his wife at the back).|
|With his "Fat Controller" hat.|
|Coming around the bend..|
|Tea and cake.|
|Everybody gets a turn at driving!|
|Fun for all.|
|Can you outrun the trains?|
|So glad those dogs have safety jackets on..|