Welcome to this first edition of The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling, a new free publication aimed at getting people into, or back into, railway modelling.
We want to demystify the modelling process so that more people can get involved in this fascinating and absorbing hobby; young or old, male or female, newcomer or returner.
We’d also like this publication to be a space for readers to share their layouts, tips, creations and memories of boy or girlhood layouts.
The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling also wants to celebrate all things small-scale in the world of places to visit including model railways, miniature villages and miniature lines. We’ll also be featuring steam heritage lines and museums and places to visit to get inspiration for your hobby as well as archive photographs to show you where you can still see steam in action on the magnificent heritage railways this country has to offer.
Modelling will be answering the modelling questions you want answered every month.
In October I visited the Lakeside and Haverthwaite line at the southern end of Lake Windermere. We were supposed to be steam hauled both ways to Haverthwaite and back but the steam engine was retired for the day and we were diesel hauled for the return leg, cue groans of disappointment when this was announced. As we boarded the Class 110 diesel DMU, I found myself stroking the upholstery as there was something about its texture and pattern that took me back to my childhood and train journeys to Norfolk. This got me thinking, are we most likely to want to model what we remember from our youth, and so will more of us want to get misty-eyed about diesel traction, or does the tremendous success of our heritage lines mean that today’s children will love steam as much as their parents and grandparents?
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