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Inspirational Images - Never too Narrow

By December 3, 2012

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This beautiful street scene uses narrow buildings and photographs to bring the narrow shelf to life.
2012 Ryan C Kunkle, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This great modular railroad is proof that you don't need a lot of room to have an amazing model railroad. Named the Gypsy Trolley Line, most of this layout is only about eight inches wide. Despite this narrow shelf width, the railroad features a double track mainline which travels through a variety of urban, industrial and rural scenes.

Almost all of the railroad is constructed from photos on cardstock, foam core or hardboard. This provides a very realistic look and helps add a lot of depth in the narrow space. Building interiors are done the same way - very noticeable on this Main Street scene. All of the background buildings are low-relief fronts and the backdrop features photos mounted on foam core sheets. Not only does all of this provide a lot of detail, it keeps the weight of the layout low for portability.

end view
A look down the street shows just how narrow the scene really is. From eye level at the front however, you'd swear it went on for miles.
2012 Ryan C Kunkle, licensed to About.com, Inc.

While this has a traction theme, you could easily substitute standard rail with the same results. There are lots of good modeling ideas here - whether you are looking to build a narrow shelf layout, a portable platform, trolleys, or just get the most out of your scenery space and budget.


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