Even the lack of a backscene is intentional, to suit Stephen’s needs. “I haven’t added a backscene so that the layout can be viewed from either side,” he explains. “You’ve just as impressive a view behind the signal box as you have looking towards it.” Stephen is also a keen photographer and enjoys taking pictures of his layouts. “I do enjoy photographing my models, as I do building them. The running has always been secondary to me. I didn’t want a permanent backscene to allow full 360 degree access for the camera.