British Railway Modelling (BRM)



Here is my 52in x 40in layout – which was a peaceful, uncluttere­d village but is now in peril!

Just when I thought it was complete, my grandson, Elliot, decided a dinosaur museum would be more exciting than a church on top of the tunnel mountain. Incidental­ly, the 'cliff edge' of the mountain, which will have steps and safety fencing, is modelled on Baildon Moor near to my house, where there used to be the sweetest, mini-museum inside a converted house.

I am loving the challenge of creating an interestin­g model railway that my grandson can touch and I’m looking forward to ballasting and laying static grass and dirt tracks, pavements and roads. It is, however, the groundwork I am looking forward to most. I am not a fan of grass and ballast mats, but I have found they are good for initial surface cover. I will find a way to disguise wires. For now, I'm just pleased that short circuits are rare!

At my local model railway shop, I cleared its bargain box of £5-£10 ready-made, used Metcalfe buildings. It didn't matter that the odd chimney was missing. My grandson insisted on the mega train shed. I have to admit that when it is eventually lit up it will certainly be a playable feature.

The photograph opposite is of a prototype 'monorail' suggestion from the grandson, along with, for now, some arguably illogical town planning. The 'Monorail' track base will be made of thin ply or polystyren­e, with safety fencing in case of derailment­s, supported by 5.5in pillars. The Hornby Highland Rambler locomotive ran fine on the 'monorail'.

Thank you for the original inspiratio­n that demonstrat­ed a small board layout doesn't mean a boring layout.

Kathy Jackson

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