MAKING A SCENE: Modelling river crossings

A ford crossing a river or stream could make an interesting and unusual setting on a layout. DAN EVASON shows how you can build one and bring it to life.

SINCE TIME immemorial, people have had to cross streams and minor rivers - and where bridges don’t exist, the crossing point is often a shallow ford. These days most are surfaced, and for motorists they present an interesting and sometimes exciting way of crossing a waterway.

Above: A Network Rail Land Rover splashes into the ford crossing as a fisherman continues looking for his next catch.

A ford is an ideal feature for layouts where a full-blown river or canal scene isn’t possible - and a rarely modelled feature. With today’s wonderful range of road vehicles, there are excellent possibilities for cameos - whether a vehicle about to cross or in mid-flow... or a motorist who has attempted to cross when the water is too deep and broken down!

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