Making buildings from scratch

Creating bespoke buildings for your layout may sound daunting, but as MALCOLM BRIGGS shows in the start of a new series, it is far easier than you might think.

MANY YEARS ago, I realised I had neither the skills or the patience to build locomotives and rolling stock from scratch. My attempts at kitbuilding wagons and coaches bear testimony to the simple fact that manufacturers produce vehicles that always run better than mine.

So how do I stop my railway layouts looking like everyone else’s? Well, to me, when I look at pictures of old railways, I always find myself looking at the railway infrastructure and the contextual setting into which it has grown – be it urban, country or even isolated.

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