A sleepy termimus in the Scottish Borders just before the Beeching cuts is the setting for Thistle Modelmakers’ ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout, which was designed for members of all abilities. STEVE BENJAMIN explains its creation. Photography, Mike Bisset.
THE IDEA FOR ST CUTHBERT’S grew from our wish to involve all members in the club, new and established, in a project that would enable everyone to develop their skills in the many different aspects of layout development.
Our club has a number of overseas layouts, mainly German and American, and there was a group of members that wanted to build something with a British theme. We wanted to start by sawing wood (safely!) for the baseboard and end with a layout capable of being exhibited at shows. Guidance from the experienced members helped the newcomers see, and work on, every aspect of that development process.