A ploughing scene makes an ideal corner filler for a model railway. DAN EVASON explains how he built this diorama which could be added to any steam era layout.
We often have areas on our layouts which need something to bring them to life. A great way to make use of an unfilled corner is to introduce fields, and with a little ingenuity we can make that field all the more interesting by adding a ploughing scene.
The inspiration for this diorama came from a vintage steam gala in the summer which included a demonstration of a pair of steam traction engines pulling a manned plough across a field. It sowed the seed for this cameo scene which could be added to any steam era model railway layout – or with modern farming equipment, the same methods could be used for the ground cover.
Above: A ploughed field makes for an interesting lineside scene and creates more visual interest than a plain grass covered area. The Fowler engines are from Oxford Diecast.