Safton

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Builder: Peter Moore Is­sue it ap­peared in: MR3 Sum­mer 1998 Cho­sen by: Richard Foster, Ed­i­tor

‘Lay­outs that never leave home’: it was a snappy ti­tle and one of the key rea­sons that I chose to buy Model Rail over the com­pe­ti­tion. The lay­outs found in peo­ple’s lofts, spare rooms and garages were just so dif­fer­ent to those fea­tured else­where. It felt al­most brave to fea­ture the north­ern grit of ‘Tet­leys Mills’, or the com­pressed main line of ‘Llan­dudno Junc­tion’. Peter Moore’s ‘Safton’ epit­o­mised this brav­ery, for it fea­tured toy trains as well as a model rail­way. Peter’s lay­out was quite in­ge­nious: he could switch eras be­tween LNER pre-war splen­dour and post-war East­ern Re­gion ex­cite­ment. Th­ese trains ran on a sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive land­scape, a proper model rail­way if you will. But on the in­side of this 8ft by 4ft loop he had a Trix Twin sys­tem, crude three-rail track and sim­ple tin­plate build­ings. The two should never have gone to­gether and yet, like chilli and cho­co­late, they did. This was only is­sue three and I was hooked.

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