Category Archives: Layout design

A Minories of my own – 1 – planning

It’s time to move on from my (occasional) Covid-19 diary, to something new.  As you, gentle reader, may well realise, I have spent the last couple of months trying to work out a layout that I actually like.  This is … Continue reading

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The olden days?

As a diversion from my layout design travails, I came across some historic model railway designs on RMWeb, that are worth reposting. The Larpool and Easington (or was it Easington and Larpool) railway appears in the Railway Modeller sometime in … Continue reading

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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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