As a newcomer to the hobby of model railroading, you may have a few questions about how to build a model railroad layout. If you start with a simple plan for your layout, you will find that constructing your railroad becomes that much easier.
Obviously, the first thing you will need to do before you start planning your layout is decide which scale of model train you want to operate. The scale of train you choose will ultimately determine the size and requirements of your layout.
The Size Of Your Model Train Layout
For hobbyists who want their layouts to feature as much detail as possible in a small space, smaller scales like N scale and Z scale sets allow you to make use of a number of features in a small space. Some Z scale layouts can even be made to fit within a briefcase.
If you would like to use larger trains, and feature a fair amount of detail, then the HO scale can provide you with some of the best options available for model railroading layouts. The nice thing about an HO scale model railroad layout is that you can easily find other model kits available in a 1/72 scale that will also fit well on an HO layout.
An O scale works well for hobbyists who want to work with large indoor trains. O scale train sets were some of the first model trains ever made. The size of the O scale offers hobbyists the opportunity to create fantastic layouts, similar to those constructed during the 1930s through to the 1950s when O scales ruled this hobby.
For hobbyists who want to work with the largest model trains available, the G scale will serve them well. G scale layouts can be built in large auditorium-type rooms, or in outdoor spaces.
Planning Your Layout
After you have chosen a scale for your model railroad you will need to select or create your own plan for your layout.
Unless you live under the same roof as an experienced model railroad hobbyist, you may find it difficult to put your layout together at first. Getting a bit of help will be essential.
This does not necessarily mean that you have to have someone over to your house everyday; instead you could read everything you need to know in a book that has been written by an expert model railroading hobbyist.
Perhaps the best book available to beginner model railroaders today is the e-book written by Dan Morgan: ‘Model Trains For Beginners‘. Being a veteran model railroading hobbyist himself, Dan also started out with very little and knew very little too.
As he progressed over the years he became completely absorbed by this hobby, and therefore dedicated a great deal of his time to helping beginners to understand model railroading, and get started with virtually no hassles at all.
His book is an e-book, as mentioned previously, which you will be able to download the moment your payment for it has been confirmed. The great thing about downloadable information is that it costs literally a quarter of the price that you would pay for the same information in hard or soft cover from your local book store.
He starts out by helping you to determine which train set to select, based on the amount of space you have available for your layout, your budget, your skills and your ambitions. The guide also contains a full glossary of technical terms used in this hobby, which will help you to pick-up on the lingo rather quickly.
It will teach you how to keep your train set and your layout clean and maintained, and will also show you how to repair them should mechanical problems arise.
As far as your layout goes, most of this complete guide is centered on helping you to create the best looking layout without spending a fortune. It offers step-by-step tutorials on how to weather the features on your layout in order to give your railroad an authentic look. It will show you how to make your own scenery from Styrofoam, balsa wood and a few other items and products that are sure to be lying around in your home.
It also covers, in depth, the electrical aspects of your train set and layout; namely your wiring, remote controls, adapters, transformers, DCC systems and so on. In addition to all of this already sufficient information, you will also receive five books that discuss more specific aspects of this hobby, in finer detail.
Still unsure if this guide is for you? Check out this product review for a more detailed description of the ebook.
At the end of the day, trying to get started in this hobby and build your layout to the best of your abilities, without the help of a guide like this, may be more challenging than you think it will be.
In conclusion, whether you would like to own this book, or you would like to purchase it as a gift for a friend or family member; with this expert advice from Dan Morgan you will be prepared to begin the construction of your very own model railroad layout in no time.