Hall Royd Junction Box nameboard as preserved at the East Lancashire Raiway, Bury

Free 4mm (OO) downloadable backscenes -
Ashridge Vale, Chesham, Bucks

This is a backscene which in 4mm scale gives a finished length of 89 inches and a height of 12 inches. It is available in two formats:

Format 1: FREE! 9 A4-sized PDFs which can be downloaded to your computer and printed out - click on the individual thumbnails below to access the file.

Format 2: Printed on a continuous sheet and laminated with a satin finish; posted in a stout postal tube. See below for how to order.

Tips: Print the PDFs out on matt photo paper - this provides a superior output and is worth the small extra cost over A4 paper. Secondly common inkjet inks are susceptible to Ultra Violet light, so before mounting the sheets protect them. I use lacquer purchased from my local car spares shop, and then a matt varnish from the local art shop. When you print the sheets out, they will have a white border. Cut these off using a steel rule and sharp blade - cutting with scissors won't allow the sheets to be butted together accurately. Finally, mount on a suitable card or plywood. I use the Spraymount products for this, although be careful not to get any glue on the front of the sheet. Enjoy!

You are free to use these backscenes for personal use: all I ask is that should you make reference to these in forums, magazine articles, blogs or tell people about them, please provide a link to www.hall-royd-junction.co.uk. Thank you.

Available ready-printed and laminated!


Ashridge Vale Scenic Backdrop laminated/rolled £54.99      

Thumbnail of Model Railway Scenic Backdrop: Hivings Hill from Ashridge Vale in Chesham, Bucks. Printed size 89 inches by 12 inches; laminated; satin finish

To download the PDF, click on the thumbnail. And don't forget to save the file on your harddrive once it has downloaded.

Each section produces a section of backscene approximately 8 inches wide and 11 inches high, or just over 5 feet in total.

The pre-printed laminated backscene as it will look on your layout*:
* Please note: models and layout not included

The scene is Hivings Hill from Ashridge Vale in Chesham in Buckinghamshire looking eastwards and taken in February 2013.

Further reading on making your own backscenes:

Model Rail, February 2013 issue 177, Pages 46-49

Model Railroader, July 2012 Volume 79, issue 7. Pages 37-41 and 41-44

The Model Rail article also contains a link to a free JPG file of a rural scene which is available for download.