Whilst I enjoy working on my N gauge Dudley Heath layout, those modellers working in 2mm scale fine scale are to be admired for their fine work and patience. Recently, I have photographed two superb 2mm scale layouts, both of which are models of prototype railways in completely different parts of the UK. The superb Fence Houses (Leamside Line) is a show-stopper layout belonging to Bob Jones. It has been photographed for BRM magazine. The Victoria Viaduct and River Wear scene at one end of the layout is a master piece whilst the care and attention to detail is evident right along its length.
No less impressive is the 2mm fine scale layout called ‘Banff’ which was built by Ian Noble. It too is a prototype based model beautifully portraying the windswept north coast of the outer Moray Firth (Banffshire) – a world apart from the Leamside line. The layout has been extended in recent times to include Knock station and the adjacent Knockdhu distillery, adding much to its appeal. Ian very kindly allowed me to photograph it for a Hornby Magazine feature.
There is no doubt that Ian has captured the character of the line to Banff Harbour, the line closing in 1964, before I was born. To research and build a model of a long gone railway is always a challenge and Ian has done a great job of the model. The layout is portable and has made several exhibition appearances including Perth, Aberdeen and Model Rail Scotland.
My thanks to both Ian and Bob for allowing me to photograph their creations.