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.
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.