GLR started in October 2016 when I found that there are many people who are into model railways (and wargaming) but need some help with one or more aspects of the hobby. Beginning with DCC Chipping and upgrading locomotives I started wiring layouts and now have begun to build them too!
Steven Dodd - Managing Director
I come from a forces background and so have always been involved in some way, currently I am with 4624 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force as a Logistics mover, I started GLR so I could work more flexible hours and give more time to the RAuxAF. Before running my own business I have worked in a Garden Centre, PC Repair Shop, WHSmiths and most recently the excellent Model Railway Shop Lord and Butler in Cardiff.
From working there I quickly realised it can be quite daunting building a railway with all the new technology available. As I began providing more and more services I realised it could be a good opportunity to run my own business. Hence GLR was formed offering the large range of services we now have. Its been an exciting few months starting this and am really excited for the future!
Lance Clark - Workshop Director
Also coming from a military background Lance has been an RAF Chaplain for many years, now retiring from service he has leapt into the model railway side of things and is involved in all projects at GLR. With a background also in electronics and skilled in woodwork he has been building baseboards and finishing wiring for many of our projects. Now heading up the fabricating of most layouts!
With a gift for interacting with people he is the front man at exhibitions (along with my mother!) leaving me to operate our exhibition layout.
Shirley Dodd-Clark - Financial Director
My Mother has helped me out from the start of this new business venture, and also assists at exhibitions running the layout. With her own full time job of exercise classes she is always occupied with one thing or another!
Martin Willoughby - Workshop Engineer
Martin started working for GLR early 2019 bringing a huge wealth of knowledge and experience of DCC fitting and detailing locos, this is his main focus day to day as we get a lot of locos in for one thing or another! He also comes to the odd show and is involved in several large projects we currently have ongoing.
Colin Wilkins - Carpenters Mate!
Having been a customer since we started Colin also helps out in the workshop several days a week, paired with Lance the dynamic duo provide not only our woodworking but a lot of the humour to be found in the workshop!
Tom Walter - Workshop/Webshop
The Son of one of my original customers, Tom initially did a work placement with GLR and then went on to work Weekends for GLR. He has been building his own layout in the workshop to develop his skills and often does site visits with other employees, works on the website and webshop.
Matt Slade - Media and Shop
Matt already has a successful Youtube Channel and is our newest employee. Working part time in the workshop, he is a very customer facing person who you will see in our shop if you are buying or dropping things off for work. He will be setting up our Youtube Channel and get our social media presence kickstarted!