Saturday, 25 February 2012

Some Tree Surgery Required?

Himself has been joining in with some horticultural vandalism - others call it gardening - on the real FR, and his efforts lead me to wonder whether we need to make some alterations on Dduallt.

Last weekend the lineside gang removed the prominent fir tree which had grown up inside the spiral at the Porthmadog end of Rhoslyn Bridge.

As you can see, it restores the view south from the station to something approaching how the area looked in the 1970's and 80's.

Our model of Dduallt is nominally set in 1988. That was relatively current when we began the project more than 20 years ago, and our fir tree in the corner is a mere sapling compared to the monster it developed into.

If you're having trouble locating it, it's just behind the B Wagon in the headshunt...

And here it is again, apparently sprouting from the Darjeeling tank's smokebox...

So, the question is, should we move with the times and pluck ours out? Answers on a postcard - or if you can't afford a stamp feel free to use the comments box below.


  1. If you're still running the green and cream set and push pulling, I think the tree should stay.

  2. It all depends upon how many pedants you have in your viewing public. Of course if it were down to them the trees would have grown over the years since you built the layout!
    As I am not one of those pedantic types I would leave it as is, If it looks right it is right!


  3. People don't realise the complexity behind tree surgery. I didn't even consider getting involved in the industry when I lost my job but after talking to a friend and getting my MEWP training from the guys over at Promax Access, I look just like that guy by the railway!