St Ann’s Cove: It’s time for a dress rehearsal

Putting the second chunk of landscaping in place on RMM’s project N-scale layout brings an opportunity to appraise where everything else might eventually fit, particularly the harbour and its surrounds that will feature next month, writes Pete Kelly

As the construction of any model railway layout progresses, there comes a time to pause, take stock and start thinking seriously about how to join everything together in a logical fashion. 

On a largely scenic layout like ours, the track itself is the least of the worries save for deciding where level crossings, bridges and the points where roads and railways come together (such as goods yards, station entrances and so on) should be placed.

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As the Bulleid and its light load cross the harbour bridge to enter the station, the whole scenic vista so far becomes apparent. Taking the harbour at Laxey, Isle of Man, as a rough guide, the harbour walls will extend further outwards towards the sea, with port and starboard lights on the entrance walls, while the rest of the beach will start at a higher level and slope downwards. We’re looking forward immensely to this part of the landscaping.

The kind of questions that have arisen with ‘St Ann’s Cove’ are: “Where do the roads that bring people to the cove and harbour come from, and go to,” and: “How will the Land Rover and trailer from Lighthouse Farm up on the hill get down to the main road with the milk churns, lambs for market, or simply to do the shopping?”   

For the full article and to view more images, see the March 2019 edition of Modelling – available now!

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