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Bassenthwaite Lake

An N scale model railway by Don Annison and the South Lakeland Railway Modellers.

Sale Fell dominates the backscene
The signal box is from an etched brass kit.
Bassenthwaite Lake is modelled in N scale - that's a scale of 2mm = 1 foot. The scenic part of the layout occupies a space 6ft 6in. x 2ft. 6in.
Don has made a fantastic job of handpainting the backscenes. Anyone familiar with the area would easily recognise this view from Ullock Pike.
Eastbound freight pauses at Bassenthwaite Lake
The distinctive scratchbuilt signal box consumed many hours of patient modelling
The green and cream painted camping coach were a distinctive feature at Bassenthwaite in the period modelled (1950s to 1960s)
All the structures are scratchbuilt and based on prototype photographs and known dimensions.
Cattle was moved to market in these vans.
Don has squeezed a vast amount of detail into a small space.
Click on the image above to see a larger version. An add-on fiddle yard accompanies the layout at exhibitions. The crossing gates are closed, a train must be due.
Don's technique for modelling water is outstanding. He built up the texture with Artex and then used paint and varnish to achieve this stunning result.






























Don used Peco finescale flextrack and rolling stock from PECO, Graham Farish and Minitrix. Prototype equipment and train formations are faithfully replicated where possible but a wider selection of stock is used at exhibitions.

Some of the station buildings at Bassenthwaite Lake still survive albeit they are in a very delapidated condition. They can be seen amongst the trees on the South side of the A66 trunk road near the Dubwath road junction. The A66 road cuts across the northern fringe of the English Lake District and was built over much of the former trackbed at Bassenthwaite.

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