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Many people like to take up
hobbies to occupy their spare time. These hobbies come in all shapes and sizes and are vastly
different as the people that perform them. Some people choose to buy trains, parts, supplies,
and accessories and build their model train setup completely from scratch. The size, type, and
shape of these model railroads are as varied as the people who choose to build model trains as
a hobby. There are local events in many libraries where model railroad enthusiasts set up model
train sets to display for the publics enjoyment.
Railway layouts are just one
of the many things that makes the hobby of model trains fun for people of all ages. Train
modelers probably enjoy creating railway layouts almost as much as collecting trains and
operating them. Designing layouts involves more than just places some trees and buildings on a
tabletop. Actually, there are several important steps to consider before implementing a layout
so that it can be successfully integrated with the model trains being used in the layout
Initially, you must select a
scale size, which is the actual size of your model train. These scales encompass a minute-sized
Z-scale for very small layouts up to large G-scale trains, which are almost always set up
outside in gardens or other specialty areas. Browsing this website or various online hobby
shops to see first-hand the different scales available can help you in deciding what scale you
would like to use in a railroad. Your choice will also depend on how much area you have to
build your layout.
Model train sets (layouts) can
be basement hobbies that take up a small corner or the whole basement – or garage hobbies that
take up the whole garage. Some folks build small-scale model train sets that can fit in a
bedroom or office. Other folks like to build a scale model railway that runs along a shelf at
the top of their house, and goes around their entire house. There are a vast number of designs
that builders can choose from. Many enthusiasts choose to create their own designs, as
When you get ready to build a
model train set, you will need a few things. For starters, you need to decide what scale you
want to build your set. The most popular scale worldwide is HO, but there are others to choose
from including the OO scale which is extremely popular in the UK, and N scale which is popular
with those who have a limited hobby space available. Next, you will need to decide on a model
railroad. You can design your own setup, you can buy the plans for a pre-designed
Determining the importance of
your layout starts with asking yourself if you are creating a scaled down version of a real
prototype railroad or not. If you are, then you need detailed plans about scenery, buildings,
train stations, and other details along the route of the real railway. If you are not designing
your scale railroad after a real one, then you need to decide on the size, how much track
length, and what types of scenery you are going to include in your layout. If you are going to
model everything on a real railroad, them researching every aspect of the operation or history
of the railroad will become a major focus in the planning stage. Many modelers find researching
one of the most rewarding aspects of the hobby.
Once you have carefully organized these details, you will be able to begin the
process of purchasing accessories and supplies and actually building the railroad. This can be
a lengthy process, requiring time, patience and skill. It is important to shop around model
train hobby shops for the best buys and bargains. However, just remember, cheapest does not
automatically translate into best value for money. Don't just buy what's on sale. Having a
locomotive engine that can't pull more than a few cars and carriages is a waste of money.
Buying quality locomotives is usually something you can't skimp on.
Once you have built your
setup, you will get to enjoy the feeling of operating your own scaled down railroad. This will
come with much satisfaction as you enjoy the finished product, a result of your hard work. The
labor of your hands will pay off in the process of building a model railroad.
As someone new to model scale
trains, it will help to educate yourself first about the various technical aspects of building
a layout. Robert Andersons online model train club is a great place to start reading advice and
helpful tips from experts who have been collecting model trains for years. In addition, there
are various how-to books (ebooks you can download) dealing with electrical wiring, detailing
and maintaining your trains and layouts.
Also think about whether your
layout is going to be permanent or something you want to keep supplementing before deciding
where you are going to place your layout. Try sketching an idea of what you want your railway
to look like - is it going to be a replica of pioneer town or a Christmas display? Perhaps you
are thinking of something futuristic or fantastical? It's not as hard to simply erase something
you don't want to include a layout rather than pulling something up that has already been
affixed with glue.
As you are creating your
masterpiece, remember that you should be able to comfortably reach all parts of the layout in
order to put derailed trains back on tracks, fix something broken and so on. Train enthusiasts
will tell you that a variety of things can go wrong after you have laid your track and
accessories. Having easy access to all parts of a layout makes the process more enjoyable and
less frustrating in the event of electrical difficulties as well.
Creating railway layouts for
children especially requires the consideration of implementing clearly accessible areas and
using less delicate accessories. Kids prefer things like bridges, roads and tunnels rather than
trees, park benches or other rustic features. Construct buildings that are durable yet easily
repaired and avoid layouts which are meant to produce an "appearance" effect. Also choose
vehicles like dump trucks or firetrucks instead of just plain automobiles for added
When finished, model train
collectors will test to see if there are any derailment issues, electric problems or anything
else that may impede the actual performance of the train or trains meant to operate on the
layout. Remember to clean you track every day so that dust doesn't cause your trains to
malfunction while running on your railroad.
If you are asking yourself
"where can I find model railroad hobby shops near me" then do a quick search of the internet
for model train retailers using the name of your town in the search query. The other option is
to buy your supplies from train shows and exhibitions, or online from eBay, Craigslist, or
Amazon. There are several online stores that stock a wide range of locomotives, scenery
materials, spare parts and accessories, with some retailing just certain
Some of the railroad shops and
dealers online include: Caboose Hobbies (caboosehobbies.com), Model Train Stuff
(modeltrainstuff.com), Walthers (wathlers.com), Factory Direct Trains
(factorydirecttrains.com), Georges Trains (georgestrains.com), Hobby Linc (hobbylinc.com),
Hobby Connect (hobbyconnect.com), Reeds Hobby Shop (reeds-hobbies.com), Train Time Hobby
(traintimehobby.com), HobbyTown (hobbytown.com), Strasburg Train Shop (etrainshop.com),
Mainline Hobby Supply (mainlinehobby.com), Internet Trains (internettrains.com), Model Railways
Direct (modelrailwaysdirect.co.uk), Train Shack (trainshack.com), and many more suppliers.
Before purchasing always check shipping costs, guarantees, along with double checking you have
the correct part or model number before proceeding to the checkout to pay via credit card or
Young and old alike can enjoy
the fun of building model train sets. Lessons can be learned about patience, listening,
crafting and creating, while bringing an immense pleasure to the builder and co-builder. The
sense of joy and pride that comes from watching something you built come to life is
indescribable, and warms the hearts of many hobbyists. Completing the construction phase
doesn’t mean the fun is over, many enthusiasts enjoy the operation of their scale railway just
as much as they enjoyed building it.