The model railway scenery you use on your layout will determine your layout’s realism. Even though you do find packs of ‘scenery accessories’ for model railroad layouts, some of the best scenic features are usually homemade.
By using some of the ideas mentioned below you will be able to create your own scenery for your layout, and depending on your level of creativity you can create a layout that looks just like a real railroad.
Features To Add To Your Model Railway Scenery
One of the best ways to enhance your model railway scenery is to use a few basic figurines that will simulate the scene at a passenger station. Some of the best figurines to use are those in the ‘Standing Passengers Set‘ from Historic Rail.
These highly detailed, hand-painted figurines transform any layout’s passenger station into a bustling terminal that recreates the glory days of passenger rail travel.
If your railway operates through a mountainous landscape, then a waterfall can add that very special something to your layout. One of the best ways to create a waterfall is to use a hobby knife to gently carve a channel where you want your waterfall to flow down the side of your layout’s mountains. If you have used Styrofoam for your mountains, then this will be relatively easy to do.
Next, place foliage in a random pattern on each side of the channel you have carved out, perhaps a few crunched leaves, coconut sprinkles that have been soaked in green food coloring, broken heads of broccoli, and a few small stones for rocks.
Then, fill the channel with strands of white caulk and perhaps a few thin strips of silver tinsel or tin foil, laid in a haphazard manner in order to simulate streams of falling water. This method creates a very natural-looking waterfall that is sure to add a new level of realism to your layout.
There Are Many Household Items That You Can Use As Scenery
Talcum powder can be used to create snow and sand on a model railway layout. By mixing this powder with different shades of paint, you can make a variety of types of dirt and grime that are usually found alongside railway lines.
If you have some lying around your home, you can also use unmodified talcum powder to create snow. The texture and fineness of this form of talcum powder gives any winter themed layout a very natural look. This is an inexpensive technique that works every time.
If you want to make a very realistic looking lake, river, or stream you can simply use a piece of wax paper that has been ‘thinly painted’ with blue paint.
All you will need to do is glue the wax paper to the area of your layout where you want the water feature to be. Then use a paintbrush to paint a thin layer of blue paint over the wax paper. You will see that the wax paper causes the paint to spread unevenly, and this is what gives the body of water a very realistic appearance.
In addition to this you can also make interesting waterproof ponchos for your model railway’s figurines, from simple rubber gloves.
All you need to do is cut the fingers off a few pairs of differently colored gloves. Then cut the tips off of the fingers and place the left over tubes over your figurines. The remaining tips can be glued to toothpicks to make umbrellas for your figurines.
In conclusion, by utilizing the above mentioned tips regarding your model railway scenery, you are going to create an excellent layout and, in the end, having an awesome layout that features well-made models of nature and a few civilized areas, is going to allow you to gain as much pleasure from this fascinating hobby as possible.