How To Construct Buildings For Any Scale Model Train Layout

How To Construct Buildings For Any Scale Model Train Layout In any layout you must have realistic scenery, including buildings, so you might as well include some buildings if you have a model train layout. It is really important to build structures to the correct scale, as a Z scale building would look at of place on a HO scale railway and vice versa. It is the fine details and finishing touches that will really impress, especially if you have crafted them yourself. Crafty or not: Please consider this first before you get started. You may be a genius at … Continue reading How To Construct Buildings For Any Scale Model Train Layout

The Adaptability of Digital Command Control (DCC) In Model Railroading

The Adaptability of Digital Command Control (DCC) In Model Railroading A simple DC (Direct Current) transformer will give you a nice chugging locomotive going one way on your model train track, however, with a DCC (Digital Command Control) unit you can have the flexibility of having an entire train-switching yard happening right in front of your eyes! That is the adaptability that is available with this coming-of-age technology in the model railroad hobby! Assuming you have already done all that you can with the standard controller that you got with your train set, whether that is a Bachmann, Kato, Marklin, … Continue reading The Adaptability of Digital Command Control (DCC) In Model Railroading

00 Gauge Layouts From Planning To Construction Stage

00 Gauge Layouts From Planning To Construction Stage 00 gauge layouts are arguably the most popular scaled layouts in the UK. This is mainly because of the manufactures Hornby and Bachmann provide a big range of ready-to-run stock and starter sets for people to enjoy. Also, 00 originally came from HO but changed because the large propulsion mechanisms in HO scale models would not fit into the small British prototypes, so the scale was changed without altering the gauge. 00 gauge is similar, but not exactly the same size as HO scale. This has caused some complications with modeling, but … Continue reading 00 Gauge Layouts From Planning To Construction Stage

The Advantages Of N Scale Train Layouts And Why They Are The Space Savers

The Advantages Of N Scale Train Layouts And Why They Are The Space Savers Space restrictions should not keep you from being able to create a great model train layout, that’s why you should think about an N scale train layout because of the scaling size. The goal for an N scale layout is to have as much functionality, if not more, within a more limited space. With a scale ratio of 1:160, N scale is toward the smaller end of scales, providing you with more room to work but with more difficulty because it is more precise due to … Continue reading The Advantages Of N Scale Train Layouts And Why They Are The Space Savers

How To Reach Realistic Scale Speed Operation On A Model Railroad Layout

How To Reach Realistic Scale Speed Operation On A Model Railroad Layout If you are like many others in the hobby you’ll want your model railroad layout to be reasonably realistic in appearance and your trains to operate in a realistic way. A mistake that many make (especially when starting in the hobby) is to run their trains too quickly. You might like to have your trains whizzing around the track at high speed, but that can cause problems (like derailments), and it doesn’t usually look realistic. The best thing is to avoid the temptation to go to fast and … Continue reading How To Reach Realistic Scale Speed Operation On A Model Railroad Layout

The Key To Keeping Trains In Mint Condition Protected From Dirt, Dust And Grime

The Key To Keeping Trains In Mint Condition Protected From Dirt, Dust And Grime Model railway locomotives and rolling stock all need to be kept clean and well-maintained, as does the track-work and layout in general. It can be a constant job to keep things operating efficiently and protecting trains and structures from dirt, grime and dust build up. Some veterans in the hobby give the scenery and track a light spray with distilled water as one method of maintaining it in good condition. There are various other tasks including track cleaning and locomotive lubrication that need to be done … Continue reading The Key To Keeping Trains In Mint Condition Protected From Dirt, Dust And Grime

How to Add Excitement to Model Railroad Scenery on Your Model Train Layout

How to Add Excitement to Model Railroad Scenery on Your Model Train Layout Creating realistic scenery is the part that pulls your model railroad layout together and brings it to life. Little details can make a big difference, as many spectators will spend a lot of time watching the trains operate, so they will get to notice the little things that add to the overall effect. Your visitors will get see the vegetation that grows alongside the track and notice the signs on the buildings and the weathering techniques used on the trains. Tunnels and a bridge will add interest … Continue reading How to Add Excitement to Model Railroad Scenery on Your Model Train Layout

Construction Planning For Model Train Layouts Explained

Construction Planning For Model Train Layouts Explained The hardest thing about construction planning on model railroad layouts is where to start. The project can seem so huge, it can seem daunting. Well, as the old Chinese proverb goes, “there is only one way to eat an elephant – just one bite at a time.” Constructing model train layouts is just like that. Take little steps at a time and do not bite off more than you can chew! Model railroading is not a fad that you will grow out of in a few weeks. It will become a lifetime passion. … Continue reading Construction Planning For Model Train Layouts Explained

Deciding a Track Plan Before Building Your Model Railroad Layout

Deciding a Track Plan Before Building Your Model Railroad Layout When planning construction of a model railroad there are all sorts of possible track configurations and plans to consider. It really depends on the space you have at your disposal and what type of train operation you would most enjoy. Real railroads (prototype) run from one destination to another rather than go around in a circle. In reality, real railroads usually have hundreds, if not thousands, of miles of track to work with. Even in a scaled down form, most model railroads lack the space to fully replicate this, so … Continue reading Deciding a Track Plan Before Building Your Model Railroad Layout

Inexpensive Ways to Make Trees and Ground Cover For Your Model Railroad Layout

Inexpensive Ways to Make Trees and Ground Cover For Your Model Railroad Layout One of the most exciting aspects of model railroading is creating the scenery to enhance the landscape of a layout. The scenery is what adds the personality and interest to a layout to make it truly unique. There are all sorts of scenery accessories you can purchase from online model train stores, but many things can be made from everyday items around the home. You do not always need to spend money when there are things around you for free. Twigs from your back yard are a … Continue reading Inexpensive Ways to Make Trees and Ground Cover For Your Model Railroad Layout