Very clever chap. His whimsical freelance things always looked plausible, if highly eccentric in some cases, because he had a very sound grasp of engineering. Peter Barnfield, who draws the wonderful ‘steam pencil’ series is similar: total whimsy, to the degree where they are set in Whimshire, but, if you were so inclined, you could probably build, and make work, every one of them (OK, quite a few of his contraptions would overbalance as soon as a light breeze blew, but ......). http://www.titfield....eld/PB_main.htm
Talking of whimsical railways of the imagination, I’m fairly sure that John Pudney, author and broadcaster who lived at Fairwarp, not far off of our route, just beyond Duddleswell (these are real place, should anyone doubt), wrote a book for children about a fictional ‘Hartwarp Light Railway’. Anyone else recall it?