That's a comment, or perhaps an implied criticism, that is often thrown at P4 modelling. Usually by someone that actually isn't a finescale modeller, because it suits their prejudices that larger layouts in 18.83mm gauge can't be made to work properly.
Well, at the Scalefour Society's AGM last Saturday, there was another layout that I hadn't seen before but is yet more proof that these statements are nothing more than myth. A model of Wadhurst station and its surroundings was on display. Not in a final form for exhibition, but close to it, and an excellent demonstration of high quality modelling. It's in roundy-roundy form, and enables locomotives to really stretch their legs.
This video clip is of Society Treasurer Chris Mitton's ex-Great Eastern E4 2-4-0 locomotive running along the front scenic section, through the station.
This is also a prime example that not all locomotives in P4 are little shunting tanks - even if that is the type that appeals to me! I have two of these locomotives to build, from kits by Alan Gibson, and if they turn out to run anything as smoothly as Chris's, I'll be very pleased indeed.
More pictures of the AGM, and Wadhurst, can be found on the Society's Facebook page at AGM on Facebook