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Your Model Railway Layout
is a Planned Community

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The actual physical placement of buildings on a railway layout should be simulated by cardboard models of a similar size so you can judge the best arrangement for appearance. Structures need to sit on a level location just as they do in the prototypical world, which means that structure placement plans should be in place prior to doing a lot of scenery development around the area. It’s much easier to create a level space of building size when you are working at the foam board cutting stage than it is to cut into existing scenery and try to retrofit a foundation into a hillside after the plaster cloth has dried and been sculpted, painted, and ground covered.

One tool that can help is to create a full size map of your town on a long piece of butcher paper. Move your cardboard structure simulators around until the arrangement looks natural to you, and then outline the foundation areas in pencil. Use the map overlay on your foam or base to mark out building locations for eventual placement when you get to the detail stage. This can also help you lay in streets and roads.

Just because you have a flat plan for your community, don’t be lulled into making the town itself flat. Most towns have hills and plateaus that make life challenging. An extremely effective and dramatic layout scene features a small village built up around a mining operation.

The trains are late 19th century narrow gauge steam, but the most interesting part of the layout is the small dilapidated and slightly seedy town clinging tenaciously to the side of a steep hill. The buildings range from a couple of saloons and rooming houses to a jail and cathouse, all done in impeccable detail. The dirt streets seem to climb straight up, then turn and plunge straight down again, complete with Ford Model A era cars and horse-drawn wagons. The town, of course, is home to the miners and those who provide the services the miners need.

It is a classic story of the industry appearing first, then drawing in all the other business that are necessary to create a community for the workers. Although the structures may be in a terrible state of repair and leaning at crazy angles, they all share the element of a level base on which they are built.

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