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Modelling Tunnels, Embankments, Walls and Fences

Whether in a rural or urban setting, the addition of railway infrastructure can transform a train set into a railway layout. Modelling Tunnels, Embankments, Walls and Fences for Model Railwaysdemonstrates how to build these essential features and place them into a railway layout. It describes the unique challenges, techniques and materials for each element, and provides plenty of practical advice on how to realistically model these crucial aspects of a landscape.

  • Shows how to incorporate topographical features into a layout, from planning to execution
  • Examines the importance of baseboard construction and track laying when modelling a landscape
  • Explains practical considerations and techniques for building tunnels
  • Provides expert guidance on choosing the most suitable railway boundary
  • Considers the use of vegetation, animals and small buildings to bring layouts to life
  • Demonstrates the use of ready-to-plant items, and kit- and scratch-building techniques

David Tisdale has railways in his blood. His grandfather and two of his uncles were railwaymen and also his grandfather’s brothers, father and uncles. David started building model railway stock in the early 1980s but had a break from the hobby from 1986 until 2008, when he made his first wagon kit for over twenty five years. A member of the Jersey Model Railway Club, he has built a number of layouts, has considerable experience in scratch-building rolling stock, and has made plastic, resin, white metal and brass wagon and van kits in 0-16.5, 00, 009 and N gauge.

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About The Author


A DCC and computer control enthusiast and a modeller of things in the English Borders ECML and Waverley Route. He models in OO LNER and N gauge BR blue diesels.

1 Comment

  1. MalcT

    Excellent book. Had this for my birthday recently. As a newbie to model railways I find it very useful and it’s given me several ideas for my layout.

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