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.
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.
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 www.brianford.co.uk.