Model Trains & Railroads Tips

Model trains tips, tricks and secrets
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

The Internet is full of videos of HO layouts as is YouTube and the reason is that there is so many locomotives, so much rolling stock, scenery, control systems, and all manner of accessories. The railroad modeller has such a vast choice of products that it is actually difficult to decide which maker or style or even shape of layout to use. It is here where most of the secrets about choices reside. There are some decisions that must be made before building any layout.

Decision tip 1. Before even buying a locomotive or small layout set, decide on two key elements. How much space there is available for your layout. If this is not done all sorts of issues arise later on when you realise the track doesn’t fit. The second thing is style, do you want a steam train layout, electric or diesel. This is essential because timescales rarely mix and match. For instance. A Tall glass building will look a bit silly on a layout designed for the 1950s. In the same way 2010 locomotives and rolling stock will not look right running through a 1960s landscape.


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Decision tip 2. Lay down the tack before you build your scenery with the exception of bridges you intend your models to go over. It is terribly difficult to get the track to run around scenery but relatively easy to put the scenery around the track. When first installing the layout only secure the scenery that is forever going to be immovable.

With the plethora of HO kit available it is easy the get carried away in the hobby shop and waste money simply buying the wrong thing too much of the right thing. The 2 disciplines above will go a long way in making the layout a pleasure to build rather than have a bit of a millstone around the

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