The sign of a good, model railway is… signs. Peter Marriott demonstrates three ways to add those all-important details.
the sign of a good model railway is… signs. peter Marriott shows three ways to add these all-important details.
When you’re building a model railway, some jobs always seem to be an afterthought. How many layout builders’ accounts have you read where one of the planned future jobs includes installing signals? Adding signs to a layout is always another one of those ‘I’ll do that later’ tasks, yet they’re so important for that authentic scene-setting. Imagine yourself on a station. There’s the running-in board, which tells you where you are. Platforms, toilets, exits, car parks, shops - there are signs to tell you how to find all of these. There are warning signs, helpful signs, simple signs and complex signs. You see them everywhere… except on layouts. Signs on a layout play another role, too. Sign styles change over time. So, for example, your choice will subtly reinforce the era that you’ve chosen to model. Some locations will have unique signs, and these will need to be modelled for accuracy. There’s no excuse for neglecting signs in our miniature worlds since there are many products available, from proprietary resin signposts to downloadable ones where you can input the station name of your choice. Modern technology helps, too, as armed with a digital camera, computer and printer, you can make your own.