Where is the ‘wow’ factor?
My visit to TINGS and the various forum discussions that followed provoked a certain amount of thought. The NGF threads on the exhibition really just showed that everyone is different, and different people like different things. So some people disliked the large N-Club modular layouts; others really liked it.
Perhaps one common thread that came out was the large number of ’roundy-roundy’ layouts, basically consisting of a through station with storage loops behind. Of course, that description covers a wide range of layouts, including the accurate scale representation of Melton Mowbray (North), and the scratch-built diesels and electrics on Burshaw North Western. And of course the magnificent (and enormous) ‘Fencehouses’ in 2mm finescale is basically a continuous run. However, they do seem to get a bit ‘samey’ after a while.
There are, however, good reasons for modelling this sort of layout in ‘N’ gauge.
- Shunting is more difficult (though very much possible)…
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