I knew this was coming but hugely sad news, thank you Jim for letting us know.
I had the pleasure of visiting Roy at the beginning of 2018, and apart from the "train set" he was hugely hospitable and welcoming. And then the "crew" turned up and things just got better, and better. A truly unforgettable experience.
Roy was a towering figure in the hobby, who has inspired very many, he will be very much missed.
Very sadly, as noted above, Roy Jackson passed away last Saturday. The thread here on WT was subsequently removed from public view at the request of the family as not all of Roy's relatives were at that time aware of the sad news.
I have spoken to Geoff Kent, who with his wife Chris has been together with Roy over the last month or so, and he has said that he and the family are now OK with the information being made public. For those who don't know, Geoff and Roy were very close friends, building many famous models together and much more besides.
Geoff will be writing a full obituary which will be published in a future MRJ.
A sad loss. I know of Roy Jackson - though I've met and spoken with him a few times at Expo EM - much more than I knew him and admired his work. I remember Dunwich from the MRJ show (when it was one of the relatively few layouts I was tall enough to see!), Retford for its sheer ambition (though I only saw that at the NEC in an undressed state) and Roy's admission of its faults ('my track's crap' he said, 'but it works'). He'll be missed.