Hall Royd Junction Signal Box Nameboard

Commercial Street, Brighouse: 4mm scale

I needed something behind the station, which was at the rear (and on the edge) of the baseboard. I created a backscene from the Townscene range, but this didn't really create the depth I was looking for. The solution was to add a rearwards extension to the baseboard, and then populated it with suitable buildings. Before the layout was dismantled, three 'street scenes' were created. The first was based on Geoff Taylor's 'House on the Hill' as described in 'Model Railway Joutnal' issue 115, and so could be readily replicated without the need for a site visit (which at the time was precluded by family and work commitments).

The second such scene was Burnley Road in Todmoden (so opposite the side of the Town Hall), an the third is the subject of this page. I needed a row of buildings notionally on the level, but rising at the left hand end to meet the Todmorden unit.

At the end of Commercial Street in Brighouse I found the perfect prototype, and the resulting model is illustrated below. This followed my usual technique of Plasticard on mounting board, but again the use of Bostick All Purpose glue has warped the Plasticard. As the photographs show only too clearly, the shop fronts have suffered, as has some of the stone work and signage.

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: frontage

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: three quarters frontage

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: three quarters frontage

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: roof detail

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: roof detail

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: roof detail

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: shop front detail

Commercial Street, Brighouse - the shops opposite Wilko: shop front detail