Sea­sons to be cheer­ful

Bruce Tay­lor

Model Rail (UK) - - The Club Room -

I was in­ter­ested to read your ar­ti­cles about mod­el­ling the weather (MR254). Lay­outs de­pict­ing bright sunny days aren’t for me, and I had con­sid­ered go­ing along the win­ter route for my own lay­out. Then, while dis­cussing an Ox­ford Model Rail­way Club lay­out ‘Shaw­bury Heath’ (for which I am part of the team) the sub­ject of which sea­son to model it in came up. As the lay­out was to be based in the early years of the Sec­ond World War, we de­cided to back-date it to late 1939, dur­ing the ‘Phoney War’ pe­riod, thus al­low­ing a cer­tain amount of nor­mal­ity be­fore war­time reg­u­la­tions came into force. Then, to carry on the theme, I de­cided that my own lay­out ‘Toft End’, a 1903-based North Stafford­shire in­dus­trial rail­way, could fol­low suit. As you say, you can cre­ate some great scenic ef­fects by chang­ing the colours of the leaves. In my case, the lo­cal coal mine is also in step with the sea­son. It’s in full swing and coal is be­ing stock­piled for the win­ter. So yes, I am join­ing you (twice!) in mod­el­ling the for­got­ten sea­son.

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