As many friends and quite a few readers know I have a thing going on ref North American and Canadian short lines.
I’ve primarily worked in HO (see above), but not long ago Chris Mears of Prince Street turned my attention towards Grant Eastman’s N gauge Southern Alberta Rail page on Facebook and his associated Youtube videos. Whilst this layout represents main line Canadian operations, the use of space, scale and the physical presentation, for me provides real encouragement in what can be achieved.
It’s fair to say the UK modelling community can be quite parochial regarding their choice of subject matter, and hence overlook or disregard layouts like this. The fact it’s a ‘foreign’ prototype for me doesn’t matter, there’s so much to learn and be inspired by, not least of which is Grant’s use of time, arguably the most transient and valuable commodity of the hobby!
It’s remarkable that the depth of the layout is as thin as ten inches in some parts, but the choice of scale, the colouring and lighting helps make the best use of the space and volume available.
Take a half hour out and watch the following video.
Then try not thinking, ‘N Gauge’ hmmm…