This is one inspiring photograph for urban detail. It comes from John L. Mathis’ site, and he kindly allows one to reproduce his work with acknowledgment.
The Los Angeles PCC cars were narrow (3 ‘ 6″ I think) gauge and complemented the Pacific Electric in central LA. In some locations there was dual gauge track in the roadway. The PCC car was a lovely piece of engineering, although the Pacific Electric had the ultimate development of the design, and the Los Angeles Railway had a great livery, but the real inspiration of this photograph is the urban detail.
Although this is west coast America, there may be ideas for everyone here:
- 1957 – only one car in sight, and just a few people. No gridlock – so don’t overpopulate your layout.
- The new, white-painted shop on the right contrasts with the older brick faced building on the left.
- Shop windows and signs are nicely cluttered.
- Rooftop details and advertising.
- Interesting street lights. The double light on the right is probably doubling as a support for the trolley wires.
- Road markings and the inevitable yellow fire hydrant.
It all makes for a perfect scene, and cries out for a little modelling!