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Bekonscot Model Village and Railway

First Model Village Retains its Popularity


Bekonscot Model Village and Railway in Beaconsfield UK is the world's original model village and railway begun as a private gauge 1 model railway and village in 1928. It was opened to the public in 1929 has raised over 7 million dollars for charity. With more than ten scale miles of gauge 1 railway (1:32 scale on G scale rails) the 1 1/2 acre landscaped model village consists of six 1:12 scale towns and villages, a large number of animated scenes, as well as a ride on railroad, remote control boat pond, large children's play area, gift shop, snack and picnic facilities. The buildings in the model villages are built at 1:12 scale, which makes them a bit out of scale with the trains, people and vehicles, but careful positioning and landscaping keeps that from becoming annoying. Bekonscot's outstanding website has videos of the trains, a history and intersting historical photos, details of the landscaping and modelling as well as the operation of the trains. In addition it has full information on reaching the model village which is roughly 45 minutes by train from London, close to Windsor.
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View across the pools and displays at Bekonscot Model VillageSix Village Scenes Packed Into 1 1/2 AcresClever use of landscaping screens views at Bekonscot Model VillageKeeping an Atmosphere of Discovery in an Open Setting Penguin pool in the 1930's era zoo at the Bekonscot Model VillageHandcarved Animals in a Period Zoo SettingView across the width of Bekonscot Village showing a rare glimpse of a neighbouring house.Careful Screening of Exterior Views
Miniature cricket game at Bekonscot Model Village UK.Scenes with Village Life and Events1930's threshing scene on a miniature model farm at Bekonscot Model VillageLovely Use of Period ScenesView of the roof and front yard of a thatched cottage at Bekonscot Model VillageCareful Consideration of the Visitors Angle of ViewModel Village Marks and Spencer Store in 1:12 Scale at Bekonscot, Beaconsfield UK>Memories of Times Past
Argue and Twist Solicitors office at Bekonscot Model VillagePuns for Shop Names Create Smiles and a Source of InterestFire scene with smoke in a thatched cottage at Bekonscot Model VillageAdding Realistic Animations to Still ScenesAnimated road repair scene in miniature at Bekonscot Model VillageDrawing Visitors Through and Into Scenes With AnimationModel farm buildings in 1:12 miniature scale at Bekonscot Model VillageSimple Buildings to Rest the Eye
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