“I saw Rye & Camber and I just had to send this to you.”
That’s the note my friend, here in Halifax, who I share a fascination with Japanese N scale, narrow gauge anything, weird scale and gauge combinations, and British model trains with. Through the year, I love sharing into our little email list (James, Glenn, Peter, and me) fun and quirky models that seem to connect us by the way they fire our imaginations. Those words were James’ and the note he wrote inside this beautiful Christmas card he sent me.
My favourite way to see this hobby is “how they connect us”. We love this idea of how real trains are a way to connect across distance and I’m convinced the models are every bit as effective. Our share in this passion equals and probably even exceeds a ticket to ride the real thing. It would be harder to find an example of this than this one and a card that my friend, here in Halifax, sent to me is one my good friend in Wales actually created.
James Hilton’s artwork is superb. He has an intimate style that feels like how the ideas of these trains is in my imagination. My own connection to the hobby is first to the models and born in the work of those who themselves created models inside their own fictions. Highly imaginative work like that make it easy to see how the hook is set and how a lifelong interest is made possible and why I love these things so much.
I love this connection. This feels like a perfect expression of Christmas in its finest form. Thank you James and James.
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