Planning a model railway

YOU WILL QUICKLY come to realise that before you can lay a single piece of track that you need to give a combination of factors such as the type of layout you’d like to build, the era, scale, size of baseboards and where to house it.

Layouts can be designed in all manner of shapes and sizes from simple continuous loops to figure-of-eight and multiple loop combinations, as well as end-to-end station and yard schemes in straight, ‘L’ shaped or ‘U’ shaped configurations. There are also a number of locations around the house to consider and whether it will be a permanent fixture or a project that needs to be stored when not in use. You will also need to choose which scale you want to model in and in this handy guide we will offer our best advice on all the startup points.

1. Choose a space

First you need to decide where you will be building your new layout. Typical locations include a spare bedroom, garage, loft, garden shed or study, but picking which place you use will depend on how much you have to spend and what spaces are available.

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