Model Rail (UK) - - Scenery -

So, what is wet weather go­ing to look like on a lay­out? Clearly we can’t use real wa­ter. For a start, it does not scale down. Wet weather changes the look of build­ings and road sur­faces by mak­ing them look darker in colour and mak­ing them shiny. A good flat, wet sur­face or a pud­dle of stand­ing wa­ter will re­flect its sur­round­ings and, for the orig­i­nal MRC pho­to­graph, the wet look was cre­ated with glyc­er­ine. For a more per­ma­nent and less messy wet look on a lay­out, gloss var­nish is the ob­vi­ous an­swer. I used Hum­brol gloss enamel var­nish and Rail­match gloss var­nish on the plat­form and roof of my dio­rama, but a brushed-on var­nish would have been equally suit­able. It is not pos­si­ble to model or rep­re­sent ac­tual fall­ing rain, although for a pho­to­graph one could try a suit­ably treated piece of trans­par­ent ma­te­rial placed in front of the cam­era to sim­u­late the blurred ef­fect of fail­ing rain.

The first job was to po­si­tion track and stock as it was in the orig­i­nal pic­ture. Some tracks at Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads were widely spaced, and this was use­ful in plac­ing the back­ground coaches fur­ther away from the lo­co­mo­tive.

The orig­i­nal scene used gen­tly curved tracks in or­der to avoid a ‘head-on’ pho­to­graph. Few real sta­tions have straight plat­forms which, in model rail­ways, are re­ally a leftover from train set oval track lay­outs.

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