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Bob Barlow, au revoir

What a shock – an inspiration to all. RIP

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It’s with great sadness that this weekend I learnt of the passing of Bob Barlow, editor of Finescale Railway Modelling Review, Narrow Gauge and Industrial Review, and previously editor of Model Railway Journal.

It came as a bit of a shock to realise that Bob and I have crossed paths over the past 25 years or more. I first Met Bob at an Expo EM or Scaleforum just as Wild Swan were dipping their toe into model railway magazine publishing. Bob had written an article in a British Railway Journal on making trees from twisted wire. That belief of wanting to make high quality scenery and modelling achievable to people who wanted to try to better themselves and their talents, immediately grabbed my attention. Here was a magazine edited by someone who could walk the talk of pushing the boundaries and was prepared to have a go himself, and…

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