Starting your model train layout

If you’re mulling over starting your model train layout, the best advice is just to jump in.

Planning helps, but you can think it over forever and a day and never even lay some track.

That’s why the topic I’m always banging on about most is: making a start.

And with that in mind, first up today is Rick, who is being very ‘belt and braces’ with his benchwork:

“Hi Al,

Some time ago I sent you an image of the layout plan I am building.

Well, on my next trip home, (I work away in NSW, but live in S Australia) so only get home every second weekend, I was able to get started on the bench work for the layout.

I have attached some photos for you to look at and share if you choose.

The access gate idea was from one of your contributors but modified to suit my needs. I have to allow for wheel chair access as my brother in law is confined to one.

Unfortunately, I will have to change my focus while at home for a while as it is only fair that I spend some time with my partner, and achieve some progress on house reno’s.

I enjoy getting the tips etc that you send through, so keep them coming.


South Australia.”

starting model train layout benchwork

starting model train layout bench

starting model train layout table

starting model train layout base

starting model train layout

starting model train layout baseboard

start a model train layout

start a model train layout

start a model train layout benchwork

And now on to Alan who has also made a start:

“Dear Alastair i am not a big train modeller but every 5 or 6 years i seem to get the bug, so I decided to start a fresh project hope you find it of some interest.



start a model train layout

start a model train layout

start a model train layout

start a model train layout

start a model train layout

start a model train layout

Now on to Ron. He made a start on a model train layout a while ago… look at his N scale now:

“Hi Al,

My name is Ron, from manchester.

First of all i would like to thank you for al the hard work you must put in to keep us up to date with all the latest, etc, some really great layouts and tips from your subscribers, well done.

I hope you like my modest little n scale layout, this is my first attempt, all the buildings etc are card kits as you will probably know, i am a pensioner so got to keep the cost down lol, the location is of nowhere in particular, i just made it up as i went along, most of the other constructions are made from cornflake boxes.

It’s not finished yet, a bit of weathering and a few more vehicles, but the main thing is i have really enjoyed it , after all that’s what this or any hobby is all about.

anyway Al thanks once again , and keep em coming.


n scale railway

n scale railway

n scale model train

n scale model railway

n gauge model train

n gauge model railway

n scale model railway

A big thanks to Ron, Rick and Alan.

All of them have one thing in common: they made a start!

It’s always good to gaze at a finished layout, I enjoy them as much as the next man, but they don’t happen unless you roll your sleeve up and get going.

And talking of which, if you want to start your own masterpiece,the Beginner’s Guide is here.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.



PS Some of you seemed to have missed out on Steve’s HO scale retirement project the other day (I have no idea why).

If that was you, here it is again.

PPS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

13 Responses to Starting your model train layout

  1. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Ron A great start and for a first layout outstanding. I would love to see the 3 wheel Scammel trying to get up the road from the station car park.
    Alan Again a great start keep us posted as your layout progresses.

  2. Nevergiveout says:

    Very enjoyable to look at.
    Thank You!!

  3. Ted says:

    Great work and layout!!

  4. Kevin McArdle says:

    Great job on the layout hard to believe that all your buildings are card stock. They look great.

  5. Erick says:

    Wow that is Great.

  6. Johnny says:

    Looks Great Ron. After working 42 years for the AT & SF Railroad I have started my own Layout. Since Room is a Factor I decided to build Sections of the Railroad During the 1950’s to 1960’s. My Father and several members of the Family also worked for the Railroad. Even as a Railroad Brat, I grew up watching the Railroad go from Steam to Diesel that I worked on as a Machinist. Keep up the Good Work.

  7. Alva Good says:

    A real intense approach to the Hobby.

  8. Richard says:

    Ron, from Manchester,
    Very nice work. Your card Buildings have a very good depth and look very good.
    What is the brand name of your turntable? Is it still available or has it been discontinued? Is it manual or does it have an electric motor to turn it? Please advise.

  9. Gary M from long island says:

    RON, RICK, ALAN……..great work guys……I am jealous of that benchwork. Love the school yard. All three of you did a great job with scenery detail.

  10. Alabama Mike says:

    Ron, a great first layout. You did a great job.

    Rick, you did a super job on your bench work. I looks great.

    Alan, your layout looks great. I like the layout of your track work. Great job.

  11. zatara says:

    magnificent..wish i’d the patience and skill;

  12. David Gardner says:

    Hi Alan – do you have any tunnel access – if so how?

  13. Runna Muck says:

    YO Ricky very organized bench construction but with all said and done when it’s finished you won’t see any of it a little over kill but to each there own. Does look good

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