Australasian Region

Sowerby Smith MMR FNMRA

Public Officer, NMRA Australasian Region

My interest in trains started as a child and with my father's help had an 8x4 Hornby Double layout at home installed over the spare bed. This was converted to two rail, my father liked to tinker with locos and helped with the conversion!

After leaving high school I studied Photography at Art college in Derby UK before heading off to London, first as an assistant in an advertising studio followed by 4 years as a freelance advertising photographer before moving to Sydney in 1970. I met and married my wife Jenny in Sydney and we have to adult children Tim and Katie and have one grandchild Marcus at present. I have for the last 40 years run my own photographic studio shooting pictures for advertising campaigns. Retirement is not yet on my radar though probably in the next year or two.

My current interest is in modelling transition era SP in a Northern California / Southern Oregon setting. My layout is Freelance HO and is in a room 12mtres x 3metres . Some pictures are on this site. I have also for the last 10 years or so been involved with a friend helping build his large 0 scale Union Pacific layout and it has been a nice change of pace with it's own challenges.

My involvement with the NMRA started in 1986 and with the encouragement of John Saxon MMR I have been actively involved with the Association having served several terms as President, Vice President and currently as Public officer. I was awarded a Fellowship of the NMRA in 2012 and am very proud of the recognition. This year after many years of shaming and encouraging from Gerry I finished off the last three certificates I needed and received my MMR. Having taken 25 years it must be the slowest in history.

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