Saturday, 23 November 2013

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Restoration Part 2 Photography Opportunities

Aerial view of the N gauge micro layout before alterations to the model railway scenery
Before making any alterations to the model railway layout baseboard I thought it would be a good idea to take a few photographs both close to track level and from a distance.  Looking at this micro layout in photographs helped me to visualise planned alterations and greatly influenced many decisions which helped to create improved model railway scenery.
Goods yard sidings close to the edge of the layout baseboard
As stated in my blog post dated 21 November 2013, I wanted to ensure that I would be able to create as many good photographs as possible by making carefully considered alterations to the railway layout scenery.

Taking photographs of trains on Littleford, one of my N gauge micro layouts, revealed that it can be useful to be able to place the camera very close to the end of sidings.

Altering the scenic levels and contours when creating the pond for Finchley, an N gauge scenic country branch line, taught me quite a bit about the benefits of lowering the scenery so that it is possible to look up at locomotives and rolling stock.

Lessons learnt building both model railway layouts were remembered whilst I studied photographs to confirm which parts of the model railway scenery should be saved and which should be removed.
View along the N gauge branch line track and original station platform
I decided that by removing the existing station platform I could create a dual purpose feature.

Instead of the existing station platform, a flat area could be created for an N gauge coal merchant when the micro layout is used as a shunting puzzle.  This could be represented using the Ratio coal depot kit 229 which contains two coal staithes and a hut.  When using the model with a removable fiddle yard for continuous run I could replace the coal staithes and hut with a small wooden station platform for rural passenger trains.
View looking towards the goods yard and along the station platform
Removing the station platform also offered an additional benefit.  The edge of the model railway layout baseboard could be sloped to allow photographs of N gauge locomotives and rolling stock to be created with the camera below track level.
View along the curved track towards the N gauge tunnel
View from the tunnel of curved track and the model railway landscape
Creating new contours with sloping model scenery all the way along the platform side of the railway layout baseboard would help to create a convincing landscape to encapsulate an N gauge bridge.  It seemed that the S shape of curved track could accommodate a small model railway bridge with a road underneath.  The angle of the bridge could enable me to take many interesting photographs from a variety of viewpoints.

Other photographs revealed that it could be beneficial to have a very open arrangement with few or no buildings and structures to obstruct the camera.

This is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website

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