Osney Town inspiration

I stumbled across this thread on RMWeb.co.uk describing a series of British O scale layouts:
http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/56870-osney-town-ii-and-other-0-gauge-micro-layouts/

Give or take a few inches in either direction, each layout is based on an area of about one by six feet in size. The standard of modeling is superb and each is a strong example of how much truly great modeling can be done in such a space.

I feel like we often we confuse layout design with track planning and these layouts really speak to that distinction and each stand as terrific examples of good design:
– the designer has found a scale that he enjoys working in
– he understands the practical limitations of working in a large scale yet in a small space
– instead of fighting the limits he’s finding ways to build a great story about what he can do instead of forcing in something that would just look visually complicated and ultimately unrealistic
– the designer’s fluency in his subject matter makes a showcase of the everyday and the standard of modeling just returns such a visually rich scene

Spread across seventeen pages, I feel the thread is just a really enjoyable read. The modeling standard is very high but presented in a way that I found really spoke to me. I’ve read through the pages a couple of times now, each time picking up a few new details. Each time I’ve found just a little more inspiration.

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