Photo by Chris Nevard / Model Rail Magazine
The creation team
Ray Taylor & Anna Bass
Ray & Anna have been a couple since 2009 and have been railway modellers since 2015. They live in the village of Great Bardfield in North Essex, in a house that’s really too small for model railways, hence their preference for n scale. Anna works in the Laser industry and Ray is retired; they are both members of an acoustic folk band "Two Coats Colder" that plays gigs up and down the country but in between gigs they somehow find the time to work on their model railway layouts “Feldspar” and “Ambleton Vale.”
So we have just arrived back from exhibiting at the Faversham Model Railway Show (Sept 2019) and what a fabulous time we all had. Lots of layouts, very enthusiastic children and adults viewing and asking questions , plus we were looked after right royally more>>
Its always nice when people take the time and make the effort to contact us after a show by email or Facebook or through our website. So here's a lovely message that popped up after our last show in Faversham (Sept 2019) And I quote :-
"I just want to say how much I enjoyed your layout at Faversham MRE. it is an exquisite layout. Anna, I watched you brilliantly engaging some very small children and their mum who were enchanted by your wish to get them interested. Truly delightful, I suspect you were once a teacher. This is what will keep the hobby alive for younger generations.
Set in rolling countryside somewhere in central England in the 1960s, Ambleton Vale station is a fictitious terminus at the end of a branch line connecting the village of Ambleton Vale with the county town some 20 miles away. It has survived in the face of the general decline in rail travel because of a flourishing livestock market on the outskirts of the village, and the nearby Ambleton Vale racecourse.