"Paul's first interest in locomotives began at an early age. His grandparents' garden ran along the side of the Great Central Railway, Paul would have been a regular traveller on this line. As a child he always wanted to know how things worked. One Christmas he was given a wind up engine which he immediately took to bits to see the workings, going on to build his first steam locomotive at the age of 12 in his father's garden shed.
Paul built many locos during his life, his work was admired by many both in this country and abroad. During the 1980s and 90s he took his locomotives to many events across the country, such as fetes, galas and steam rallies (where quite often he would also have to take his own track) and was a regular at local tracks, particularly Nottingham.
For several years he took
his 5 inch gauge Lion and 71/4 inch gauge Holmside to a modellers week at Brean Sands. He and his daughter ran both engines, which worked extremely hard, proving reliable and putting
smiles on the faces of many passengers.
Whenever he was on holiday, you could guarantee there would be a track nearby that he could visit - if he had a locomotive with him he would always be welcome to have a run. Model engineering exhibitions were also high on his agenda, either as a visitor or as an exhibitor. His 7 1/4 inch gauge Pacific "Sir Nigel Gresley" was exhibited at Earls Court during construction, attracting much attention.
He did once build an engine on commission, but only once
- he wanted his locomotives to be his hobby, not his job. He was asked many
times over the years to build for other people, but always refused. Having never sold any of his models, he
amassed a large collection of complete and part built engines, along with lots of parts.
Paul could always be found in his workshop and built many locomotives in his lifetime. Beginning with stationary engines, he dabbled with traction engines (but, for some reason, never really took to them), then moved on to locomotives, building a wide range of both narrow and standard gauge engines, from 2 1/2 to 7 1/4 inch gauge.