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Planning, Designing and Making Model Railway Layouts In Small Spaces



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A railway modeller need never be stuck for space. This book shows you how to achieve more with less space. Once you have found a home for your layout, from garden sheds and spare rooms to bookcases and even ironing boards, the guiding design principles include the basic layout shapes, the importance of scale, train length, curves, and turnouts. The fiddle yard is particularly important to small size layouts. Then consider the track design elements such as head shunts, kickback sidings, and run-round loops.


See how to use selective compression, forced perspective, low relief and back scenes in order to make the space seem bigger. Gain more space by going up with multi-level, shelf and multi-layer layouts, and the various solutions for going up and down between them.

Learn about the importance of planning, drawing a design and creating a mock-up. See how to construct different types of baseboard, both traditional and lightweight, as well as bridging the temporary gap in front of a door.


Gain inspiration from classic small space designs such as Inglenook Sidings, Ashburton and Minories, as well as Motive Power Depots, Goods Yards, Dockyards and Preserved Railways. See how small you can go with a micro-layout, even a layout in a box file - no matter how small the space, there is always a layout that can be built in it.