Calling all model railroad beginners...

"The quickest and easiest way to build a stunning layout"

  • Let me show all the model railroading tips and tricks - from the experts on the blog - you need to plan and build, step by step, a breath taking layout...
  • How to save a fortune on engines, rolling stock and scenery...
  • And how to side step the costly mistakes every beginner gets suckered in to...

We've all seen those amazing layouts – Like Dave's, Mark's and Arnie's. They look like the real thing. But believe it or not, here's how, you can plan and build a breathtaking layout, step by step, no matter how little space you have, or what your budget is.

And it all starts with the layout plan – that's the difference between a layout that never derails and runs like clockwork, smooth as silk without the stop-starts that blight most beginners.

What's more, I'm about to share a unique resource that I've built up over years of blogging on railroads. You'll know in days what the pros took years to learn.

Frankly, it shows you, step by step, how to plan and build a layout that your friends and family just won't believe you've created.

It doesn't matter if you've never modelled before, or you've just rediscovered your trains in the attic and blown the dust off. You'll be amazed at what you can create with this resource.

From: Alastair Lee

Dear Model Railroad Beginner,

Of course, I'm biased, but the downloadable information I'm about to share with you is unmissable for beginners and seasoned modellers.

Why do I say that? Because over the years I've collected hints and tips from thousands of model train enthusiasts – and together they make the most comprehensive model train resource you can ever imagine.

They make up a quick and easy step by step action plan that has you creating masterpieces in days.

Do you want to make that stunning layout?

A layout that fills you with pride, one that you're bursting to show your nearest and dearest?

Well I can tell you, even if you've never picked up a piece of track before, you can do it. What's more, I can prove it too - you've only got to see the pictures of some first time modellers on my blog: take a look at John's and you'll see exactly what I mean.

If you feel daunted by the thought of having a go - don't be! It's all about breaking it down: planning the layout to fit your space, the bench, putting the track down, what scenery to go where and why...

Seems like there's a lot to think about and do...

And then of course, there's all the electrics to sort out - and that's the last thing you want to get wrong after putting all your scenery down!

Seems like there's a lot to get to grips with, doesn't there? It's not your fault if you're thinking that - every beginner has been there.

The reality is, with the right planning and a solid step by step approach, anyone can create an absolutely stunning layout. And there's nothing more satisfying too.

Here's how to make it happen with whatever time, budget and space you have

It doesn't matter how much time or space you have - or if you have 'sausage fingers' like me. You just need the right process. And that goes for every part of your layout - the scenery, the electrics, the detailing... everything.

Once you know what to do - and why - they'll be no stopping you.

And it's hard to express the satisfaction you'll get from the hours and hours of running your locomotives. What's more, the look on your grandkids faces when they see your layout will be priceless.

And believe me...

If I can, you can!

And here's how – with my step by step “Model Railroads for Beginners.”

What makes it special is how it came together. Years and years of tips and tricks from the blog give it enormous value – but I have to say, when the folk in my Hall of Fame started endorsing it, even I was amazed.

It made me very proud of the book – and I know it'll give you the most direct and quickest route to a layout that makes you proud too. And that's a great feeling.

It's funny, but it's one of those hobbies that you never stop learning about. Nobody knows everything – so there's quite a learning curve. But this book softens the blow.

What's more, mistakes are expensive too – not to mention the time they burn. So save yourself a small fortune and hours of heartache – give the book a go.

So would you like to get cracking?

Well, you're one click away from taking the first step. In fact, it's the only thing stopping you.

So please don't sit there mulling it over any longer. Scratching your head over where to start won't get you anywhere. The truth is, you can't bumble or dither in to making a stunning layout.

You can, however, spend a fortune, waste countless hours and still have nothing to show for it. And believe me, when that happens, it's soul destroying (ask me how I know).

Or you could bury yourself in books. But that's not cheap either – and they all have one particular slant – how does the saying go again? "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail".

And again, that's what makes this book. There's a collective wisdom about it.

Of course, you could just camp down online and get everthing you need. But you'll soon grow tired of that. It's like keeping the contents of your kitchen all over the house, in every room. In the end, it'll drive you crazy. There's no order. No, “What to do next and why”. You get the picture.

In fact, even on my blog, as helpful as it is, you'd waste hours looking for the stuff you're after and soon get side tracked.

And that's another reason why I put this book together. Everything you need, in an easy to follow, step by step, process to build a breath taking model railroad is laid out for you.

Just where can you grab this treasure chest of model railroad 'how-to' tips and tricks?

“Model Railroads for beginners” is a one stop book that holds all the secrets to your breaktaking railroad.

This downloadable book has been years in the making and grabs the process of planning and building your layout by the scruff of the neck:

  • How to get started effortlessly – it's all down to the simple step by step planning
  • How to sidestep those mistakes every beginner gets suckered in to (again, ask me how I know...)
  • How to make sure your trains and track run smoothly and compliments the scenery
  • How to look after your engines, rolling stock and layout. After all, it'll be your pride and joy!

These are just some of the critical principles that make or break or a layout. Fortunately, every base is covered in Model Railroads for Beginners.

So what's stopping you? You really are just one click away from starting a journey that'll give you years and years of joy.

Here are just some of the insider secrets you'll learn

Here's a taster of the treat you're in for:

  • How to choose the layout that gets the most from your budget and available space
  • DCC systems demystified so anyone can plan for one.
  • How to calculate how many engines you can run at one time – and what you need to increase it.
  • How to find where those annoying electrical problems are – and how to fix 'em.
  • The right scale for you (get this wrong and it'll drive you insane).
  • Where you can buy most (not all) of your stuff at discount
  • How to make scenery from items you'd normally throw away
  • Simple ways to make meadows and fields come to life
  • Which track options are best for you – and why
  • All engines and rolling stock are not equal – see how and why and save a small fortune.
  • Simple ways to clean your track – and make a track cleaner
  • Weathering made easy – of course, I'm biased, but you won't find better a better way to make your engines, rolling stock and scenery look aged.
  • How to wire your layout from start to finish
  • And a lot, lot more...

That's just some of the nuggets you'll uncover in Model Railroads for Beginners. It's there for you, right now.

What's more, it's continually being developed, tweaked and improved. But best of all, the updates are free, for life.

All pictures and quotes taken from subscribers:

"Wow! Finally a book on model railroad construction that is not hampered by a single minded author/enthusiast! With multiple contributors and written in an easy to understand and absorb manner it's perfect for the beginner. It's also an interesting and enlightening read for an experienced modeler. I have personally been in the hobby for 60 years and I thoroughly enjoyed (and learned from) the insights and talents of my fellow modelers in this book. This will be a "must have" for my library! - Mark Loos, Hall of Fame member."

"This eBook guide helps to concretise and organize the essential thinking that is needed for a prospective modeler to want to roll up his sleeves and 'take the leap of faith' to start a layout. Even the experienced modeler can find useful information in this ebook. My journey toward building my layout was often by trial-and-error. I've learned that a successful layout outcome requires time and patience; that the three essential components are:

1. Imagine/Dream - envision what you want to create; 2. Plan - take the time to patiently research your ideas and make drawings of the track plan..; and then, 3. Build It. This ebook has been carefully thought out and addresses these key points. And it does all this via examples and how-tos. It's worth having a copy as a handy reference along your modeling journey. Good Luck,

Arnie - Hall of Fame member."

"I started out and maybe a few tips via magazines, but made so many mistakes that it would have been cheaper to go by the book... as the saying having this handy to read, stage by stage, would have helped me a lot and saved me money in the long run. A must for all beginner’s and even established modellers. - Dangerous Dave, Hall of Fame member."

“This is a great book for those of all ages embarking on the wonderful hobby of model railways. Al has drawn on a vast network of fellow modellers to compile a book that is full of sensible tips and sage advise taking you through all stages of developing a model railway. Al’s personable writing style and inspirational anecdotes will set you off in the right direction and ensure you enjoy the many joys of the hobby along the way. - Cameron Davies, Hall of Fame member."


I have been an avid reader of your blog for more than 4 years now and have thoroughly enjoyed your due diligence in maintaining a quality reading source. Several of the posts have given me ideas to apply on my own model railroad. Thank you for keeping everyone well informed, and please thank your loyal readers for submitting such thought-provoking projects. Cheers! -Dick"

"Gday Al

we don't have anything like your blog that I have been able to find here in Australia, so simply seeing the work of like minded people is a big bonus for me, especially as I live in the country. The thing I like most about your blog is the willingness of people from all over the place to share their railway making journey. Some are really stand out works of art, especially Dangerous Dave whose layout has been a constant source of inspiration. I have just begun designing an N gauge layout for my two young sons who love trains, having been Thomas The Tank Engine fans for all their short lives. Hopefully I will be sending in some of my pics and videos as the layout progresses.

So thanks you for setting up your blog and please keep them coming.


"Hi Al,

I am one of your readers who mainly likes to read and view your posts. I enjoy it very much. I started a model train project on February using many tips from your site. I have also liked and have bought many of your son’s templates for buildings and houses.

Thanks for your hard work,


"Hi Alastair:

As right from the beginning I really like the blog for several reasons which I won't remember all of them until I hit send 'cause well I turned 74 yesterday.

There has been a great variety of ideas, tips, layouts, pictures from people all over the world sharing their excitement and passion for this hobby. Modeler's first attempts, to seasoned modelers ideas, tips, layouts. Lots of inspiring stuff. Your blog doesn't show signs of getting tired.

I am very happy with your efforts and for all of the people who have taken their time and effort to share their passion.