By their very nature, junctions are fascinating, especially where multiple route permutations are possible. PAUL LUNN selects a few real-life examples and shows how you can replicate them in model form.Artwork and photography by Paul A. Lunn, unless stated otherwise

Some of the most famous locations on the railway are junctions where routes diverge and join, and on a model railway they can transform the operating potential and enjoyment beyond measure.

Obviously, junctions take up more space than plain track, but you have the benefit of extra train movement and waiting to access various routes. They can take up a substantial amount of space, such as the accompanying ‘N’ gauge track plan for the southern end of York station. Alternately, they can be as basic as the rationalised version at Clarbeston Road, also for ‘N’ gauge.

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