(SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, like most model railways!)
"You keep a civil toung in your head... or I'll fetch you a wack with me stick"
Ray Pope (1925-79) studied at Goldsmiths College London UK before becoming a geography teacher and childrens author of many titles including The Model Railway Men series. He grew up by the sea in Shoreham where his father was Harbour Master. He was a radio operator in the Navy during the war. He lived the latter part of his life in a village near Bath UK. He had a keen interest in anything nautical which is reflected in some of his writing. His inspiration seems to have come from life experiences of both himself and his children, one of whom, Rae Beth has her own books available here on Amazon. Ray had a large model railway in the attic of the house where he would spend time with his two sons Glenn and Mark. The books maintain their popularity perhaps because of their timeless appeal set before the internet and video games. He wrote many childrens stories including Nut Case, Desperate Breakaway, Strosa Light and One's Pool. The latter was illustrated by Phillida Gili and read on Jackanory (a BBC TV childrens story reading program) by Prunella Scales. However, he was perhaps best known for The Model Railway Men series
Ellen. or "Mrs Scott-Pearson" enjoying a picnic around the same year.
( Taken about 1975)
Ray had three children. Rachel, Glenn and Mark. Here's a small introduction.
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