So you have decided that you want to build your own model railroad, but how exactly should you go about doing this?
Well, one of the first aspects of model railway building you will have to look into is the difference between model train scales.
A model trains scale is the ratio that it has been built at, compared with the size of the prototype (original train).
There are many different model train scales to choose from, so you will want to do your research carefully first, to make sure that you make an informed decision and not rush into anything you regret later.
You don’t want to start building your model railway, only to find your plans getting derailed by problems caused by choosing the wrong scale further down the line.
Each model train scale comes with it’s own advantages and disadvantages which will affect your final decision and ultimately, your success with building your model railway.
Smaller model scales take up less space and therefore, if you are limited in the amount of room in which you have to build your model railway trains layout, then you may want to look further into these smaller scales.
However, if you have more room to play with, then you may wish to choose a larger scale, as these are easier to handle (and see)!
Another factor that you may also want to look into with relation to choosing your model trains scale, is if it is suited to the particular needs that you want your model railway for.
For example, if you are wanting a train set to use outside in the garden, you would do best to look into G scale trains from manufacturers such as LGB model trains, as these are designed for this purpose.
Different model railway train scales will also have a different amount of accessories available too, so this will be something you will want to do your research into before you start buying anything.
Some of the scales have a far more limited selection of trains, wagons, accessories or scenery available, so you will want to look into this carefully if you have plans on expanding your model railway.
Obviously, the more popular a particular train scale is, the more accessories and parts manufacturers will make for it to satisfy demand.
Therefore, it’s maybe an idea to look into the most popular scales, such as HO scale model trains if you want a lot of accessories available for your model railway.
With regard to the accessories, you will want to look into what layout you are planning to build too and then research what you will need to successfully complete your build.
As you will see, there are a number of important considerations when choosing model train scales, but hopefully now you will have a get idea of what you need to think about to build the model railroad of you dreams.
The most important factor to achieving your goals is to plan and research everything properly first.
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Tim McCarthy is a model railway enthusiast with many years experience in the field of model trains. For further information on model railroads, including more on model train scales please feel free to head over to http://www.modelrailwaytrainstips.com/model-train-scale/