The Art of Compromise is a small OO scale layout built from
a plan in the October 1978 Railway Modeller, mainly to see if it could be made
to work. It can... with a few tweaks. At 6' long by 1' wide it's a fairly low impact plan and is ideal for a first scale layout, with only four points and no sections to
The buildings are mainly from Wills and Ratio kits and with
one exception are from ranges that were available around the time that the
article was published. So not only was the challenge to fit it into the
physical space, but also to (where possible) keep to items that were around in
the late 1970s to early 1980s. The scenery is made from paper towels over card formers and covered with Woodlands Scenic ground foam material with a little dyed sawdust
thrown in to keep the 40 year old vibe. Track is code 100 Peco streamline with medium radius points.
Likewise, the rolling
stock used follows the late 1970s/early 1980s theme with items from Hornby, Airfix,
Mainline, Ratio, Slaters and Cooper Craft most of which were either from, or
rooted in the same period of production.
A new article
As a celebration of the 40 year anniversary of the original
plan, the layout was featured in the October 2018 issue of Railway Modeller
alongside the original plan and artwork by Roy Link.
After attending a few exhibitions, the AoC was sold to a
fellow blogger and it now resides somewhere in Lincolnshire.
The building of the layout has been documented in the main part of the blog. Search 'AotC' in the search box top left to bring up the posts in reverse order.