Last updated June 2018 I think a model railway needs to be more than just track and trains - especially if it’s an exhibition layout, and even more if it is intended as a ‘scale’ representation of the real thing, run at a reasonably prototypical timetable (ie there aren’t always trains on the move!). To keep spectators interested a model needs to have something of interest to look at while nothing is moving. This is an aspect of the hobby I enjoy - creating miniature scenes on the layout.
The photo gallery shows a few of these scenes from Brighton Road. Whilst I’ve been working on Plumpton I’ve been aware that my very basic white-painted back-boards don’t do the appearance of the layout any particular favours. The layout is only 2ft wide, and needs some sort of backscene to give an impression of a bit more depth. I’m definitely not an artist, but with quite a lot of assistance from my rather more artistic wife, I have been able to create, I hope, something which is an improvement on nothing at all. Others may judge............ Here is a brief description of what I have done. I’ve also added four sound modules to the layout, to provide some ambient sounds, and the facility to sound whistles as per the prototype. Details can be found here.