A Little about Adrian Phillips
I have always been in love with trains since a child. My mother Des reminded me that at a very young age as a toddler my favourite piece of music “the Coronation Scott” written by Vivian Ellis which was the theme to the BBC radio series Paul Temple. Apparently seized with the passion for the music I ran right through a glass door.
Later my parents bought me several railway books and finally my own Hornby 00 railway which I added to with input from my brother Russell. Russell it was who made me some paper models including “Bills Bar” these were certainly inspirational and perhaps have led to our range of downloadable card board models at Phillips Models. Now my ideal bar has Guinness on tap.
We lived near Addington Workshops and Woolston Railway Stations for a long time. At that time they were still very busy with the last days of New Zealand Steam and regular commuter trains to Lyttelton. I used to take my bicycle to the depots and watch the train’s sometimes after school and occasionally save money to journey on the commuter to Lyttleton or visit Opawa, Linwood and Woolston Stations.
My father was a man of The South Downs in England. As a true countryman he recalled as I matured his life and the joy of the Steam Trains in the South. In later life he bought a BBC long playing record of the sounds of English Steam locomotives and many books some of which still remain in my keeping now. It his memory that has inspired the Southern Railway construction project in the Phillips Models Studio.
I travelled England by British Rail Pass when 21 years of age, later I visited the Ukraine by Train, and enjoy many railway excursions here in New Zealand and the UK. My Journeys have included travel on the Southerner, The Bay Express, Northerner, Tranz Alpine, Local Commuter Services and Coastal Pacific within New Zealand. I love visiting restoration projects throughout the country when time permits and spoilt for choice here with Tokamaru Steam Museum, Feilding Steam, Mainline Steam, Steam Inc, Piahatua Railcar restoration group and lots of local rail traffic through Ashhurst and the Manawatu Gorge..
More lately I began collecting for my own Southern Railway layout and of course more books. I have a very tolerant wife and family and the collection has grown over time. When the opportunity to sell up my Insurance Practice came and allowed me to reappraise my future I decided to dedicate my work time to building a business on the hobby and hence Phillips' Models.
The recent addition to our product lines with South Dock Models, Railmaster, Classic Line and Sanata Fe Models has been a great asset and we have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to work in New Zealand S scale modelling and a greatly expanded range of scenic accessories in H0/00 and S scales. Here we are looking at many developments including; new transfers, new models, listing spares, enhancing the kit presentation and new developments for our own locomotive kits.
Morgan Lowe - Designer
Morgan Lowe our designer is a freelance graphic designer based in Palmerston North New Zealand. He has studied design for five years at UCOL Wanganui where he gained a Bachelor of Computer Graphic design. Morgan has a passion for design and the design process. Morgan has great talent especially in research, craft and conceptual skill work.
We met Morgan through UCOL Wanganui where he had array of print based media design, ranging from advertising and identity design to product design. Morgan has an inspiring view of what can be achieved in card construction in the modeling field as in contracted to Phillips Models to this end.
Morgan Lowe BCGD
Tel - (06) 3591743
Mob - 0276222626
Web - www.ewoldesign.co.nz
Here is a picture of my Darling Wife. I think a small business relies upon a “Swiss Army Wife” who prepares the accounts, tax returns, manages the bank accounts, makes a dollar stretch to seven and keeps the house family and husband in order. Our son Ray helps get mail, pack stock, fills me with tea when I am buried in the Studio, even provides shoulder massage for a couple of dollars.
A picture of Adrian, Cindy and Ray about to board the Kingston Flyer December 2007 in Kingston, South Island, New Zealand