The American Dream
It can be frustrating when you're modelling a particular time period or region and one of your items of stock simply won't fit. One solution is to claim that this rogue locomotive or rolling stock is just visitng, but if you're a stickler for realism the whole experience is like eating roast turkey outside of the festive season - it just doesn't feel right!
Graham Muspratt built his layout 'Canute Road Quay' to house his favourite anomalies, our Model Rail Exclusives 'USA' tanks. He had two goals in mind: build a more fitting layout for them and build one small enough so it could be erected permanently within a small space. The result is a fictional representation of Southampton Docks.
"The baseboard is birch play, 4ft by 1ft with a 1ft by 1ft fiddle yard. I decided that if I included water to the dock scene, there wouldn't be enough space for the track plan." It's a clever compromise and the dockside details, tramway-style trackwork and quayside wall, instantly place the layout at the waterfront without the water.
Find out more in Model Rail 242