The Prince Street Terminal Blog is one of my favourites – lots of small layout ideas and some traction interest. This recent post says a lot about ‘less is more’ in models and the how to compose and detail your layout scene.

Prince Street

I think we could use a photo like this as a primer for the urban landscape. It’s certainly one I’ll be returning to often for all those composition lessons it offers.

There really isn’t much change in the grade between the track and the nearby road. For much of the length of this spur, this is the case. For the modeller, life gets much simpler since we’re laying track on the same deck as the roadway with little or no need to raise the track on cork or a similar roadbed product. On a model railway, my temptation would be to perhaps arrange the scene so the front edge is centred on the roadway. Note that while the track and road are close to the same elevation, the land does slope upward as you move deeper into the scene. Speaking of elevation changes, we’re looking down this spur and at…

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2 Responses to Composition.

  1. chrismears says:

    Thanks for the compliments and sharing my post and ideas. The more I explore urban rail lines the more detail I discover. The details are subtle and are in the way the ballast blends with the nearby land and roadway. They’re in the way that the buildings evolved overtime and each were “modernised”. It’s a rich scene and representing realities minimalism might be among the greater challenges facing the modeller.


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