Saturday, 14 November 2015

New Layout!

Having pondered for long enough, a Forest of Dean inspired layout will be my next project. Time now will be devoted to research and book buying mostly. I find that aspect vital for capturing the right feel. This new book from Black Dwarf Lightmoor makes a great starting point
The size of the scenic diorama type set up here is 6' 6" x 12" (2m x 30cm)

For the first time ever, I'm trying out some laser cut baseboard kits from

A scene that could pass for somewhere in the Forest of Dean in the mid-1960's. It's a scene from my 'Ironstone' project, I may well physically extract this cameo and incorporate it in to the new bigger project with a little brute force and recolouring! Quarrying was quite a feature of the Forest of Dean area.

As part of the process I'll make mock ups of possible scenarios using any old buildings kicking about in the parts/spares/reject bin to try to get an idea.


  1. Nice to see another inspirational layout build from you Chris.
    But, at 6ft long it's absolutely HUGE compared to your usual 00 micros.
    Still, looking forward to seeing progress.

  2. Ooh, very interesting! I look forward to seeing more, as ever, Chris.
    Do you have any plans to hide those pelmet supports behind the backscene - it would be a shame to have them to spoil the illusion when you've finished the layout and suddenly make you realise it is indeed a model railway and not real life!

    I'm not familiar with the Forest of Dean railways, I'll have to do a quick "Google" to get an idea of what you might be going for.

  3. i love them laser cut base board kits. i wonder if you know of anyone in the states that make them.


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