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Don’t panic! This is not a blow by blow account of the building of an etched brass kit of a Robert Stephenson and Hawthorne 16” saddle tank loco in EM gauge. Although Susanne may have written about such in another life! No, this is about an actual modelling assignment with a preserved railway as a backdrop.

Around Easter time Sylvie and Susanne were contacted by Emily, a young photography student, who was working on a project for her degree based on ‘Transgendered and Trains’. Emily had been befriended by a group of T girls whilst at college in London and it was through a mutual friend that we were introduced. Emily is very supportive of our community and keen to portray us in a positive light. The end product of her course was to be part of an exhibition in London culminating in a book containing photographs along with some text. The initial plan was to photograph Susanne amongst her many trains and layouts and conduct an interview. As she is well known in the model railway world having exhibited several layouts and written articles for the model press, Susanne was wary of the possible publicity which could result, and the connection of her to her male ego. Regretfully she initially felt she ought to decline, but was keen to help Emily in some other way. We then came up with the idea of visiting a preserved railway for a photoshoot featuring the two of us, with railway locomotives and coaches as background props.

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Hi and welcome to issue 55 of Transliving International. In this issue, we feature Amanda Richards from America on the front cover. Amanda shares with us her photos and tells us all about her journey as a t-girl and her makeover-service business. This issue also includes a report with photos from our Laguna Bournemouth Weekend from last December which again was another enjoyable and successful weekend. We also feature Defy Models, which is a new modelling agency catering for the transgender community only, and is the first of its kind in the UK. I have spoken with the founder, Mark, at great length on several occasions and he has lots planned for the future. Transliving are also planning to get involved with some of it, but for now, if you fancy yourself as a model but have always allowed your trans status to put you off, or indeed have been refused work because of it, then please do check the feature out on Defy Models in this issue and make contact with them. One feature included this time is Sexual Health, and it is something that we should all be geared up on and pay extra attention to, particularly if you are not in a monogamous long term relationship. I know that the discussion of sex is somewhat still a taboo subject within our community and many prefer not to discuss it, but my motto is; ‘if you're doing it then enjoy doing it but at least know the facts about Sexual Health and that you're safe!’ PLUS all our usual sections on where to go out in our Scene Guide, TV/TS Contacts, Events, readers' personal real-life stories & experiences, fabulous photo-spreads, advice on fashion, makeup & image styling, Information, Support and so much more!.... What more do you need? With so much going on it’s no surprise that Transliving is THE go to magazine for the Cross-Dressing and Transgender community and their friends and lovers all over the world! Do you want to be featured in a future issue? Contact