Industrial canal 

Making a Scene


Canals moved goods and raw materials in large quantities across the UK even after the railways were built. ANTHONY REEVES shows how to create a canal side scene next to the industry it once served.

Canal scene

Above: The finished scene complete with a well weathered barge.

CANALS are easily incorporated into the model railway. In their simplest form they can be painted onto the baseboard and lined with vegetation growing right down to the water’s edge. Here, however, the sides of the canal are created by simply gluing two 6mm sheets of MDF down to create a shallow channel which will hold the ‘water’. Once the glue has dried, the bed of the canal is painted with a murky dark brown or black acrylic paint although this can be left until the end of the build.

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