Layouts we love

We love this layout by Robin Sharman.

It’s a 6ftx2ft 3in one-piece portable N-scale layout named Fenny Hill.

It is set in the present day, but with some anachronistic anomalies. It contains many references to his life and interests as well as a number of witticisms.

Many of these are featured on the layout’s Facebook page (see which is in the form of a story told from the point of view of a passenger who stops off there (think Alice in Adlestrop).

The layout was conceived as an experiment to find the maximum practical size for a one-piece portable layout that could be handled by one person. Robin can move it himself when necessary, although it is fairly heavy.

It had to be portable because it lives in a bedroom that the domestic authorities reclaim occasionally. Fenny Hill appeared at two Nottinghamshire exhibitions earlier this year, and is booked for two more – Kirkby in Ashfield (Notts) in October and Braunstone (Leicester) in November.

Only those onlookers with the keenest eyesight spot the 2mm-scale kingfisher that reflects Robin’s interest in ornithology!

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