"Nestling in the chalkland of East Wiltshire,
had little but grassy plains and the open English sky as
a backdrop - but the balminess of an English summer's
day belied the fact that storm clouds were gathering
over Europe as the 1930s drew to a close."
indent Here more than half the model can be seen. The simple controls of a rotary knob and a few switches allow "hands off" operation for all but uncoupling. Although it might seem that the fencing in front of the model could prove a nuisance when operating, by careful siting it can enhance the setting without getting in the way of shunting operations.
indent There is an important point here about scenery, for while some fiercely dismiss modelling "anything outside the railway fence" as being irrelevant, we have always believed that placing the railway in its proper scenic environment is a vital part of creating the illusion of reality. We humbly suggest the proof of our theory is amply illustrated by the photographs of this model which, you must remember, is a 00 gauge, 4mm scale model occupying an "L" shape of just 5' by 5' - 6" with a baseboard width of only 15". To create an interesting model in such a small space, of a specific location, in a believable setting and capable of enjoyable operation is, we think, an achievement we can be justly proud of.
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