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A challenge for all layouts which have a distinct scenic area and a fiddle yard is how to make the break between the two.
Typically this is done with an overbridge or a tunnel.
In this respect Bron Hebog is quite unusual because we have our tunnel in the middle of the layout and you get to see both ends.
What we don't have is an obvious scenic break at either the Portmadog or the Rhyd Ddu end of the layout.
I suppose at the southern end we could have employed the Bryn Y Felin road bridge but that would have been stretching things a bit.
So instead we just have the line disappearing into the trees - just as we do at the upper end as well.
The difficulty we had was that the entrance to the fiddle yard was just too much of an obvious mouse hole, so we've tried to disguise it with a few carefully placed trees, although we can't have too many otherwise there's a danger that the board will no longer mate with its opposite number for storage and transport.
There's always a compromise in this game.
This article first appeared on bronhebog.blogspot.com
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