Recently I was sent an email showing an absolutely fantastic N scale layout made by husband and wife team Chris and Andrea Butlin, who live in the small village of Sutton upon Derwent just outside of York, UK. Attached to the email were some brilliant model railway pictures of their layout.
What I love about this layout is the fact that there is so much detail in a relatively small space. It just goes to show that bigger isn’t necessarily better. So enjoy the pictures and the email (you can click on the pictures to view the full size image).
I’ve attached some photos of the N gauge layout that we have on a board 80cm x 120cm. It is now pretty much finished and is a DC setup with a DMU, Deltic and Jinty locos running in a 1950s/early 1960s era.
My wife Andrea has done all the scenery using her expertise from previously dealing with dolls’ houses. My only input was the layout of rails, the electrics, commenting on things and providing encouragement.
The buildings are almost all Metcalfe Models card kits (but not the signal box or the mini goods platform) but Andrea has altered various bits such as chimneys, added things like a TV aerial of the time, plants/grass growing up walls, bird droppings, plus of course the gardens and their extras such as the flowers, deck chairs, Scout tents, flags.
The church had to be modified (shortened) to fit. The people, bicycles, signs, signals, lamps, cars, buses, telephone box, ducks, pigs, cows etc. were bought and then painted, but the pig-arks were made from a metalized paper.
A fair bit of the fencing and gates was made from plastic netting that one might use to keep out flies and the hedging then built up on it, the rest was bought and modified to make more realistic. The field being harvested was made from a carpet off-cut which was then ‘sheared’ to make it look as if it was being harvested – she couldn’t find a better way of showing a corn field.
It all used her dolls’ house making skills. She thinks all that is left to do now is to age the locos and rolling stock for which she has just bought a purpose-made bottle of ‘rusting’ paint, though I suspect she’ll modify that too in order to give some areas a slightly different kind of coating. As you know rusting can vary in intensity.
She’s only been dealing with model railways for a couple of years so is very much a novice, but I think quite an accomplished one.
Again many thanks to Chris and Andrea for sending their model railway pictures in.
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