Model Railway Backscene, what is it

What is a model railway backscene? Find the answer here in the Internet’s biggest model railway glossary.

  • A model railway backscene is a painting or photograph of a town scene or landscape and placed at the rear of a layout to create the impression of depth.

Ben Alder’s Far North Line model railway with a black scene creating the impression of depth.

Typically they are 9 or 12 inches high, fixed to a board and run the length of the layout.

Backscenes are either hand painted or are available ready-printed, with either painted or photographed images.

See back scene master class for tips on how to make and fit them.

For more common  terms and definitions read my model railway glossary

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