A personal quickie I worked on
last week for me between commercial jobs,
all on a 3x1 plank. The inspiration is the
Wisbech and Upwell Tramway, a mostly
unfenced railway that ran next to, or
actually along the road in deepest
Cambridgeshire through to the 1960ís. Give
it a Google.
The wonderful town buildings
were a lucky secondhand find, they just had
to be used, they were very much the catalyst
for this speedy project. The buildings are
at least at least 30 years old and once
lived on a much bigger layout which has
since been broken up. Sadly I have no
further information to hand. If you know of
the layout or the builder, please comment in
the comments section.
The windmill is an Airfix/Dapol
kit knocked up in the spring, in reality
such a structure would have fallen out of
use a good century before the railway came.
The rail served shed with door is a chopped
up Bachmann colliery wash-house modified
with pitch roof and doors. Its use is a
mystery, maybe a paintshop for pumpkins or
storage for pedantís ruck sacks. The other
shed, another ready to plonk thing that had
been gathering dust.
Track is PECO, ballasted with
sieved grit from our local common. The
cheapo quickie cobbles were created using
the empty shell of a ballpoint pen pressed
in to Das clay. All in all around 18 hours
work, this project being more an assembly of
existing bits than a true build.
It will link in to other modules
in due course to allow through running. At
some stage it will live in an illuminated
diorama case to fit it with my other
layouts. Track has been aligned so it can
connect to my other layout Brew Street. Iíve
Brew Street booked in to the Rochdale Expo
In April 2019, so will probaby add this
Click on photos above and below
for a bigger view...
A little customer commission Iím
just finishing off. Scenic footprint just
4x1 feet (fiddle yard extra on left hand
side still to be built). It depicts a
Colonel Stephens-ish branch line terminus. A
bit of a squeeze, but managed to get a run
around loop in just long enough for two
The motley selection buildings
are a selection of well known kits and a
grubbed up Bachmann wooden engine shed.
Track is good old fashioned copper clad
which allowed me to fit everything to the
small footprint, not be restricted by ready
made point geometry. The diorama case is Tim
Horn laser kit. For the first time I tried
out LED lighting, a mix of warm and cool
strips. The backscene my own creation
printed at the local printers.
Around 85 hours, working
on and off, beginning first week of last
month. Iíve wanted to build something like
this for some time, having a passion for
olde worlde run down middle of nowhere.
Click on the photos for bigger
views you can really zoom in to!
Finally finished the tiniest
layout Iíve ever built. Just 14x4 inches
without fiddle yard. Designed to live in a
small plastic storage box. Working in such a
small scale and footprint definitely
sharpens up my act, the camera getting a lot
closer than the eye! This was a commission,
the owner supplying the baseboard with a
length of track pinned down - my job was to
decorate it to make it look ĎWest Countryí.
Iíll miss this one when it goes on Monday.
Could such a small layout (if it can be
called that) be a new sub genre #nanolayout
? Rule: 2 square feet?
Another layout in a box! A tiny N gauge
depiction of the Kyle of Lochalsh for a
customer - all designed to fit in to one of
those plastic storage crates. The photo above
shows it awaiting a proper backscene which is
currently at the printers. Excuse the ropey
mobile phone snap above - I'll do a proper
shoot of it before handing it over.
The owner, being deeply smitten with Pete
Matcham's stunning 2mm fine scale layout,
asked me to build something similar - but with
my own slant - it would be wrong to build an
exact clone. The baseboards were supplied with
the track already laid, my job being to
decorate it with buildings and scenery - the
station building being a complete
Below, some previous
projects, follow the links for the proper