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Hi, I'm Dawn

My love of model railways started when I was asked to help paint some of the figures on a friend's layout. I've always painted, but mainly on a flat canvas surface! Before I knew it I was hooked - and it wasn't long before I was painting and creating scenery, and designing layouts.

I'm a journalist, writer and TV producer by trade; I worked in CNN's Hong Kong and London bureaus as a business news producer before moving to BBC1's flagship Breakfast programme, producing UK business news.

It felt like a natural progression to combine my journalistic and TV skills with my hobby and create Model Railway Quest - featuring interviews with model railway builders, layouts, shows and tutorials. I love talking to railway modellers - so, doing interviews is perhaps one of my favourite things about creating this site.

I try to attend as many shows as I can, to get to know railway modellers and get up close to all the stunning layouts. If you see me at a show, do say Hi!

My exhibition layout Brief Encounter Monochrome made its debut at the Woolwich Model Railway Show in December 2023 - and is booked to appear at various model railway shows in 2024 and 2025. If you're in any of the locations, I'd love you to see Brief Encounter Monochrome for yourself.  Click here for upcoming shows


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