Bu­colic beauty

Model Rail (UK) - - Stogumber -

High-speed main line glam­our will al­ways cap­ture the pub­lic’s imag­i­na­tion, but these rail­ways tend to be too clean and too clin­i­cal. What gets most mod­eller’s cre­ative juices flow­ing are those rail­ways that look as though they have evolved with the land­scape, rather than be­ing at odds with it. What is more ap­peal­ing than a rail­way that twists and turns through trees and val­leys, that squeezes its way be­tween build­ings, that runs down streets or ter­mi­nates in quaint lit­tle sta­tions or quirky fac­to­ries? The line be­tween land­scape and rail­way is blurred and not easy to de­fine.

COLONEL STEPHENS MU­SEUM AR­CHIVE

What a great model this scene would make! Kerr Stu­art 0-4-2T No. 2, one of the two Bald­win 4-6-0PTS, and the re­mains of Bag­nall 0-6-0T Den­nis stand out­side the Snail­beach District Rail­way’s tiny head­quar­ters.

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