Tuesday, 27 January 2015

RIP: Bob Symes

A slightly belated obit., but nonetheless, I suspect for many people of my age quite a notable passing.

Robert Alexander Baron Schutzmann von Schutzmansdorff (6 May 1924 – 19 January 2015)

When I was younger, the idea of coverage of any of my hobbies on the TV (all three channels of it) was incredibly exciting, so (as a young railway modeller) you can imagine the unrestrained delight when the BBC dedicated an episode of Model World (in and of itself quite a surprise as a series) to the world of model trains.

It was presented by an avuncular, cheerful, intense and clearly keen chap rejoicing (at that point) in the name of Bob Symes-Shutzmann. Here was a grown-up. On TV. Enthusing about one of my hobbies. I mean, just, wow...

He also kept popping up on Tomorrow's World and other places, but to me he was always the model railway guy.


  1. I remember him well. An interesting man!

  2. A great childhood memory watching Model World, even bought the book with model plans in.. RIP Bob

  3. Lord - I thought he'd passed on years ago... he had a good innings. I remember him best on Tomorrow's World.. very enthusiastic...

  4. One of the greats in our hobby. I always liked his enthusiasm. RIP, Bob.


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