Whether as part of the My Railfan Five challenge or in one of the many terrific conversations I’ve enjoyed being a part of on the subject of inspiration and the modeller I’m starting to really understand how I relate to each of the prototypes I’m attracted to. More so, I’m starting to get a real sense of those that have stories I’d like to interpret using an actual model railway. Chief among these is my beloved west end of the Murray Harbour subdivision and, in particular, the Mount Herbert spur. Another part of this story I’d like to tell and share is what I know about car movements over the railway during the mid-1970’s. I’ve often found myself saying that I’d like to try my hand at a layout set during the late fall and right around the time of year it is currently. I was able to feed all of these muses this week while walking the Mount Herbert spur.
Planning this in terms of layout design really demands going further than simply placing track and to feed my creative soul I want to understand the land the line ran through as much as the trains themselves. With camera in hand I burned off several dozen more photographs to capture how the landscape looks at this time of year. I really haven’t a clue how to approach modelling a scene like this but I think it will be fun to try.