Category Archives: Layout design

The three-point trick

I’ve always appreciated Ian Futer’s layouts, and their underlying designs.  Some of his best designs are his three-point specials.  Very simple, but with enough operation built in to be reasonably interesting to operate.  This month’s Railway Modeller brought these plans … Continue reading

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Monday miscellany

Was this really published 30 years ago? I still think this is the most influential book on railway modelling ever published.  It introduced a string of new concepts into modelling – for example the ‘cameo’ layout, and ‘staged’ layouts with … Continue reading

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Scaleforum 2020 – online

I am a firm believer in looking at other scales other than ‘N’.  And I can’t cope with criticisms of exhibitions that moan about, “Not much ‘N’ there.”  Surely, one can take inspiration from any scale or gauge, and they … Continue reading

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Minories – what’s in a name?

Thanks, RMWeb.  Now I know! Names have some strange origins.  I recall hearing that ‘Tooley Street’ next to London Bridge started off as ‘St Olaf’s Street’.  Go figure….. There are some good videos posted by this guy, including….

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If you’re suffering exhibition withdrawal symptoms….

Try this – hours of watching and some brilliant layouts.

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Odd modelling ideas #721

This lovely picture is in the Bournemouth/Poole area.  Taken in the 1950’s or early 60’s by that ancient Hillman Minx at the crossing.  For the modeller, this is just what you need as a prototype for everything – two level … Continue reading

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Odd modelling ideas #6512 – these are totally prototypical!

First, one for the station…. Second, one from pre-lockdown.  Model this and neither the trains, nor the rail replacement buses need to move. Lingfield Station crash: Four injured as rail replacement bus crashes  

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Too true (from somewhere on Facebook)

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Minories – the next generation

There’s been a flurry of ‘Minories’ discussion again on RMWeb.  And here are a few of the new ideas. Probably the optimum Minories arranagement, using two ‘Y’ points to reduce the reverse curves and straighten the platform. An ‘almost’ Minories … Continue reading

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Repost – Layout design – different voices – micro-layouts

Another repost today.  All’s well in the Bartlett household, but modelling has been replaced by gardening for a day or two.  After Maxine’s epic pruning work, fortunately the shredder still worked.  And the results were spectacular! Back to the post…. … Continue reading

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