If you have been following my story you will already have seen some of my people, clearing snow, waiting for buses, visiting the Die Post and shops or ice-skating. These are well-detailed, realistically posed, and expensive, figures from Noch, Preiser and other continental manufacturers. I am fortunate to receive these from time to time as gifts, some I buy when abroad (the RhätischeBahn staff I bought in St Moritz, the skiers in Germany) and some I buy myself in UK shops when I see particularly appropriate characters, such as the snow-clearers.
For use inside the trains and buses, sheer numbers are more important than detail: they are glimpsed through small glazed windows, often when moving, and not really seen properly, so I buy cheap, bulk, unpainted (or badly painted!) figures from unbranded internet sources for these, just as I did on my British 1930s layout a few years ago. The ones I have just bought and am gradually installing in my RhB trains are underscale at 1:100 (which would be correct for TT gauge) and I would guess they are made for the architectural model maker who might use such a scale. However, people do come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so scale is a bit vague with figures anyway, and the great advantage is that these are so much easier to place in the coach and bus seats, which often have little legroom, and again, glimpsed briefly through a train window are certainly good enough for me.
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