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#1 Stubby47

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:03

It is with great sadness that I write this. I have been informed today that Rev Peter Denny has died this morning.

He had been admitted to hospital several weeks ago and never regained his mobility.

I will post more when details of Peter's funeral are known. If you wish to send a card or letter of condolence, I'm sure it would be in order to post them to his old address in Truro.

Stu
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:13

RIP one of the greatest railway modellers of all time and an inspiration to several generations.
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:16

That's a real shame Stu; like CJF, the Rev is another of those names that you instantly connect with your own early years in the hobby. RIP.
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:29

Another icon gone to operate the big layout in the sky.

I was hoping to pay a long overdue visit to him this year, always had it down as one of those things I MUST do.

It will never happen now, and the hobby has lost a great pioneer.

Like many, I grew up with his writings and articles, truly inspirational.

R.I.P.

#5 shortliner

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:31

Sad news, and a great shame - his Leighton Buzzard (Linslade) is what started me down the "small layout" route

#6 Peter Kazmierczak

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:32

That's a real shame Stu; like CJF, the Rev is another of those names that you instantly connect with your own early years in the hobby. RIP.


Goodness me, really sorry to hear that news. My thoughts are with his family.

PD was a truly inspirational modeller. I think one of his secrets was that he came up with a plan and stuck with it. It was not that each item was a masterpiece in itself, though his modelling was of the highest order and quality. It was that he created the whole picture (locos & rolling stock, buildings, landscape, operation, sense of place, attention to detail, that elusive railway atmosphere). Even his garden railway was built with the same care, quality and thought for the prototype.

When one thinks of Buckingham, his name instantly comes to mind. Indeed it's hard to believe that the Great Central didn't actually run there. But of course in his model world, and all those of us who followed his writings in the model press, it really did.

Rest easy PD.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:35

Testament to his skills that until the post immediately prior to this one, I had never questioned that Buckingham was on the GC, despite never having seen reference to the prototype.

An inspiration to thousands, his legacy will resound for a very long time.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 14:35

Hopefully the afterlife means that he (and me when I get to it) can play trains for eternity.

One of the hobbies greats.

#9 Coombe Barton

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 15:06

Peter Denny's articles in Railway Modeller were something that I read and re-read. A loss to his family and us all.

#10 edward66

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 15:09

This is sad news indeed, I remember his work, especially Buckingham, was often featured in RM and was inspirational. His scenic work would still compare favourably with today's outstanding layouts.
R.I.P. Peter.

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#11 Porcy Mane

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 15:11

He'll be sadly missed and fondly remembered.

Peter Denny: Thanks for the inspiration.

Porcy

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 15:36

His fame rightly spread beyond these shores. Somewhere I have a copy of Model Railroader with him on the cover.

A sad loss to the hobby he helped nurture.

#13 APOLLO

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 15:47

R.I.P. Peter.

You have been a leading light in our hobby for so, so many years.

Apollo

#14 Doorslammer

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 15:57

Always sad to lose someone who shares the passion with us all to better ourselves in the art of model making.

My thoughts with him and family. :(

#15 Steve Williams

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 16:06

Very sad news indeed. He was definitely one of the 'Greats'. Let's hope that MRJ do a suitable retrospective.

Condolences to his family.

Steve

#16 Andy M

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 17:40

Most sad news, the passing of another cornerstone of our hobby.

Rest in peace sir.

#17 10800

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 18:07

That's very sad, loss of one of the real modelling pioneers Posted Image . RIP.

#18 Anglian

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 18:26

That's very sad. He was one of the most inspiring of all modellers.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 18:52

Sad news indeed, his contribution to the hobby is immeasurable but his legacy will live on for generations

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 19:08

That really is sad news-and I echo the sentiments that MRJ and hopefuly the Railway Modeller will do a retrospective on his work. His influence on the hobby has been far reaching. A sad sad loss.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 19:34

I have already put my thoughts about Rev Peter Denny and his wonderful railway on other threads relating to "best layouts ever" etc. I have admired his work through his articles for many years and in the last couple of years I have had the opportunity to visit him and operate Buckingham, even to the expent of having built a loco for him, to haul his inspection saloon.

My first visit was one of those rare events when you meet somebody that you regard as an inspiration and find out that not only is it as wonderful as you hope it will be, it is even better. Apart from being a modelling genius (that is the best word I can think of to describe somebody so innovative, inventive) he was also a perfect host, a modest and kind gentleman and even past his 90th birthday, his mind and memory were far sharper than mine ever were or will be! On subsequent visits I was welcomed as if I had been a friend for many years and to be able to sit at the controls of Buckingham, operating the layout, with Peter giving me the lever numbers required for each move, from memory, has to be the highlight of my modelling career.

I now model the Great Central, in EM gauge, and am happy to say that a lot of that is down to me wanting to have a layout a bit like Peter's.

My hope is that his layout can be retained, intact, as a permanent working memorial to a remarkable man.

R.I.P Peter and thank you.

Tony Gee

#22 peterl

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 20:08

Very sad news indeed. He will be missed by us all.

Peter






#23 andania 213

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 20:29

A very sad loss to his family and to the world of Railway Modelling.

He was in many ways way ahead of his time, being one of the pioneers of greater
realism during the 1950's and beyond.

The fact that his layout, and articles, are still relevant today, over half a century later,
is surely testament to his skill, and to the high standards that he set and achieved.

R.I.P.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 20:52

It is with great sadness that I hear that such an inspiration to the hobby has died. Many years ago I bought his book about Buckingham published by Peco and it was an inspiration to me, not just the modelling but the whole development of the Buckingham Branch, particularly the operational side, a point we sometimes forget that railways were built to move frieght and passengers.

A great loss!

#25 Dave777

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 20:53

Sad news indeed, one of the modelling greats. I grew up with his Buckingham articles in the Railway Modeller in the 70s.






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