Building Your Model Railroad – What You Need To Know

To design and build your own realistic, artistic and fully operational model railroad you will need the right information, tools and techniques.

Without the right information you could end up spending much more money than you first expected.

Building an operational model train layout is exciting. Creating a working and operating masterpiece is something to be very proud of. Friends and family can help you create the model railroad or you can use it as an excuse to escape and build it on your own.

Once your model railroad is built you can then surprise your friends and family by inviting them for an operating session.

Model railroading is responsible for creating many jack of all trades. It is a hobby where you will learn about history, civil and mechanical engineering, carpentry, electrical wiring and circuitry, digital and analogue control, sound and lighting, painting, airbrushing, artistry, structure creation, terrain, scenery and more.

So, what do you need to know before you start building your model railroad?

The first thing is how much space you have available, because this will determine which scale you will model with. Model train layouts can be built within a coffee table using z scale, to an entire basement in ho scale (or oo scale in the UK) to a garden layout in g scale.

Once you have decided which scale you will model, the next thing to decide is if you will be modeling a real life scenario or modeling freestyle (creating your own layout). This will help in deciding what scenery, buildings and structures you will need.

Notice I didn’t start with deciding on your budget, because I don’t believe budget should enter your decision making process. This is a hobby that will provide you an escape from your usual life. Building your model railway will provide hundreds of hours of pleasure and as far as I am concerned you can’t put a value or price on that.

There are many creative ways of finding the means to afford building your model railroad. I discuss these in detail in the “Model Train Newsletter”.

Dan B Morgan is the editor of the popular and 100% FREE Building a Model Railroad Newsletter. This is compulsory reading for any model train beginner. It contains valuable information on the right way to build your model railroad and how to achieve this within the time, space and budget you have available.

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