of the railway at Bratton Fleming can be seen in the trees
recounted to me before her death many years
ago that there had been a
big snow storm in the 1930s and the railway
operated trains throughout the night to keep
the line open. This model celebrates
colder countries, snow in the UK is usually
a very ephemeral thing. After a snow storm
of large sticky flakes, everything is coated
white for a short time before it all falls
off and melts just as quickly. The diorama
tries to capture that short moment.
As usual, it
was decided to automate the operation using
Railroad and Co. software in order that the
exhibitors can talk 'Lynton and Barnstaple'
to visitors without distraction. Malcolm
Alberry kindly agreed to be dragged into the
scheme to assist with the software.
The diorama displays in both daylight and the
dark, so lights are fitted into the
buildings and rolling stock. Likewise, sound
is fitted to the trains.
station was hidden by trees by 1934, so we
had to 'fell' sufficient trees so that the
station can be seen. We also operate the
locomotives in the opposite direction to
prototype as this gives a better