Don’t be square

I shall start to talk about my coal depot and how that came to be soon, but before I get into that, I just want to make sure that no one is a square! What I mean is this, try to avoid having straight lines of track parallel to the edges of your base boards. This is one of my pet hates and should be avoided if possible. I know that a good look at my current layout might suggest I haven’t followed my own mantra but the coal depot certainly follows this rule and has paid dividends visually.


The picture above shows the coal depot at a very early stage before the track had been glued down. Note how I have run the track at an angle rather than curve it inwards to straighten it up. It’s such a small touch but once completed, it really does make a difference.

If you’re still not convinced, just ask yourself what came first – the landscape of the track. Of course we know that in the real world the landscape came first, and in this country, lots of buildings followed in due course, so our railway engineers couldn’t always build straight lines. If we want realism, we should try not to be so square all the time. Go bendy for once, you might even like it!


Above Pic: My previous N Gauge Layout, George Street showing its flowing curves and curved platforms.

Picture shown with the permission of Chris Nevard

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