Creating a Waterfall

For a very different feature on a layout, DAN EVASON shows how to create a stunning waterfall scene.

On a recent trip to mid-Wales, I couldn’t help but notice and be in awe of the power and movement of water in the swollen streams, flooded rivers and the very impressive gushing waterfalls off the mountains. The waterfalls were walls of white raging froth and foam as the water smashed over the rock faces on their descent.

Most waterfalls are as far from the scale of the Niagara Falls as you can imagine. Look closely on any train journey past rock faces or mountains after it’s rained and the chances are that you’ll see water falling down them - sometimes mere trickles, but in hilly or mountainous terrain, often rather bigger and more spectacular. In fact, if you’re planning to model a railway set in the likes of Snowdonia, the Highlands of Scotland, the Pennines or even Dartmoor, a small waterfall can really help place the scene geographically and add a feature we seldom see modelled.


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