The Vale Scene

The Vale Scene is probably the largest diorama based on accurately reproduced buildings, landscape and railways to be found anywhere. 

The Vale of White Horse is a rural area of Oxfordshire in the south of England. Many features of the Vale have either been demolished or significantly modified since the 1930s, leaving Pendon's Vale Scene as the sole representation of those times. 

We provide visitors with an understanding of many aspects of life in the 1930s through a combination of the models, our audio guide, and our volunteer guides who are very willing and able to answer questions and enlarge on aspects of particular interest.

Below is a short clip (50 seconds) taken from the driver's cab of a model locomotive as it travels through the Vale. 

Highlights from the Vale

Below are some images that illustrate the craftsmanship of our modellers -  in creating individual structures and in setting them into a realistic scene.

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