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Bob Mazzer At The Model Railway Show

April 14, 2017
by the gentle author

Contributing Photographer Bob Mazzer, celebrated for his pictures taken on the Underground, recently spent the weekend at the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace to create this photoessay for your delight

Photographs copyright © Bob Mazzer

You may also like to take a look at these other photographs by Bob Mazzer

Bob Mazzer on the Tube

Bob Mazzer, Photographer

Bob Mazzer’s Porn Pilgrimage

Bob Mazzer’s Street Photography

Bob Mazzer at Brick Lane Mosque

Bob Mazzer Goes To The Dogs

Bob Mazzer at the Ace Cafe

11 Responses leave one →
  1. Jim McDermott permalink
    April 14, 2017

    God, model railways! Is there something in the male DNA that makes them irresistible? And what a setting for a show!

  2. April 14, 2017

    Great photos, lovely to see so many fans of all ages and from all walks of life happily united in their love of model trains. Valerie

  3. April 14, 2017

    Bob Mazzer you are an utter genius.
    So many great photos from 1 day.
    I so love your work.
    Long may you photograph.

  4. stance permalink
    April 14, 2017

    I think and hope our Gentle Author will add a search filter; ‘Model Life’ to accompany the very helpful night-life, past-life, plant-life, etc, etc and other groupings.

    I’ve long spotted his fondness for the joy of miniatures. It goes right back to one of his earliest posts, that of an old fashioned model-shop, tucked in a railway arch I recollect…

    Quite hard to find now tho, all these years later.

    I digress.
    Going back to today’s fun post, I think I enjoyed the bishop hobbyist enthusiast most of all.

    What a handsome gent, such a good look.

  5. April 14, 2017

    He captures something altogether different from what one would expect. Strange,
    delightful, unexpected, even, at times, slightly seedy. Some images seem – something to do with the type of film (I am reminded of film rather than digital but I am only guessing) – like photos from a different decade. It was only the fact that there’s a photo of a man with a ‘selfie’ T-shirt that signals the twenty tens.

    Bob Mazzer has an unusual talent. In this set of photos, I am reminded, in a weird kind of way,
    of Robert Crumb, but maybe that’s just the buxom blond doll looking out of the engine in the second photo.


  6. Jonathan Madden permalink
    April 14, 2017

    Lovely set of pictures.
    When we lived in Crouch End I used to go every year and marvel at the miniaturisation of the world. One of the best layouts I have ever seen is Copenhagen Fields, of which I notice there are some great pictures. It portrays the area around Caledonian Road at the turn of the 20th century, its creators are the Model Railway Club. There are interviews and information online including some video footage, their website is here:
    Please check it out, in this crazy world it’s an oasis of sanity, and it’s all done with so much care, skill and love.
    Thanks for the post.

  7. April 14, 2017

    What a gift! I so enjoyed this well-timed/optimistic post.
    Although I am not the least bit knowledgeable about miniatures or railroads, I absolutely
    loved seeing the ambitious set-ups and (most of all) the admiring hoards. How wonderful
    to lose oneself in a lifelong hobby-of-choice. OR, on the flipside, to pass by a public space
    (simply by chance) and find yourself pulled into the vortex of a new fascination.
    Thank you as ever for this wonderful glimpse into a specialized world.

  8. Jan Jackson permalink
    April 14, 2017

    A lovely set of photos. Captures the skill and variety of the hobby very nicely.
    Hooray for model railwayers (I’m one!). A harmless bunch, prone to getting het
    up about stuff that doesn’t matter to anyone else.

    Railway modelling bought me to this amazing site. My interest is not only in
    The trains themselves, but also the social history of the areas they served. My modelling interest is the London & Blackwall under BR; when its raison d’etre – the link to the Docks – was fading away.

    Thanks again.



  9. Ros permalink
    April 14, 2017

    Bob Mazzer’s photos are a delight! Such observation, quirky humour, and quick-as-a-flash capturing.

  10. April 14, 2017

    Good Afternoon. The best comment to write here: When I was 6 years old, I was in glorious heaven and sang rail road songs all day. Can anyone here the old railroad toot and smoke? My grandfather was retiring after 65 years with the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer. I sat on his lap and drove the big black engine a small distance and pulled the toot sound as I called that good old sound maker then. I am a woman and have loved railroad trains for too many years to think that railroading is best kept secret for men and boys. RR folks know the difference, once a child sees a railroad roundhouse they are lost in motors, wheels, engines?????
    My brother had a beautiful railroad set that included a working town, railroad tracks, round house bridges, ten cars, freight lumber car/auto/ passenger….. cars.

  11. April 20, 2017

    Very fine — look at all these big, small Boys…! 😉

    Love & Peace

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