Monday, January 27, 2014



I will miss your friendship and company - A void that will be impossible to fill.

Your legend will continue through all your fine scenery work on all our model railways.

Your final wish that Le Maistre Loco on the Hallett Cove Southern be renamed Loco Le Maistre in memory of your eccentric approaches to life and many areas of modeling, which has lead to such a quality of outcomes, will be implemented.

You will be sadly missed by family, friends and especially by your model railway mates.

Below is a few photos of great times shared with us and your exquisite work.

1993 - 65th Birthday

Op Session after BBQ Tea

1999 - Train Group Xmas BBQ

2000 - Xmas

2000 - New Years Eve

2001 - Hahndorf Holiday

2005 - Wearing a tie only ever twice in 3 decades!

(L to R) Bill1 & BJ

2009 - Our Indian Pacific - XPT - Overland Trip

Broken Hill

Central Station - Sydney
Puffing Billy - Steam & Cuisine

2011 - BBQ & Wine after modelling session

2013 - Another Engineering Vs Artist Debate

How to tell him it will just not "look right"...

2013 - 80th Birthday

Just a few Modelling Examples on the HCS

Card Stock Building Construction

Painting Individual Sleepers


Hornertown Station


Loco Le Maistre

There will be no other posts this month...


  1. He was such a thoughtful man. My condolences to you and your crew, Jim.

  2. Jim, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's really wonderful that we all got to know BJ in some small way through MRR, and that you could share him with us. Thank you, you're in our thoughts.

  3. A very talented man and a great friend by the looks of things Jim. Sad news and a great loss to many.

  4. R.I.P. BJ Your modelling skill's, sharp whit & camaraderie will
    be missed by all.

  5. He will missed.

    Mike Slater
    Sturtevant Wisconsin, USA

  6. He was a friend since 1972, and over the years his wit remained the same,( remember his long jokes) his skills got better, just like the red wine he liked. He passed those skills on to all of us, for which we are deeply gratefull. Your legacy will live on in all of us

  7. Thank you all for your kind comments. When I delivered my part of his Eulogy today your remarks were recognised. The service would have easily passed his inspection.

  8. Jim, The photo of BJ has been a companion in my blog roll--and it's reminded me of both of you. . . just wanted to let you know that we are all still thinking of you and your friends, and sending all of you the best.

  9. Thanks Peter. We are all starting to move forward now. It will take a while before we all adjust tho. We want BJ's legacy to live on.