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Top Supplies For Model Railroads

Apr 3, 2008
For many people their first model railroading experience begins with a circle or oval on just a piece of plywood. It tends to be very basic with no extras such as buildings, scenery or landscaping.

Before long the desire to add more accessories to make a more realistic model can turn this into an ongoing project that can grow in intensity.

Every layout is different and everyone has their own favorite accessories, but the following 5 items are some of the most common accessories that add a level of realism and interest to your model railroad.

1. The Train Station

The train station will probably be one of the first buildings added. It's the focal point for starting and ending and the town can be built around it.

2. Lighting

There are many forms of lighting for railroads. There can be background lighting to give a backdrop a degree of realism or street lights to add to the ambiance of a city. These may be strictly for decoration, or they may actually light up at night to give the streets a realistic glow.

3. Train Cars

The locomotive will be your main rail car for your model train set but there are many other types of railcars that you will have to choose from as well.

4. Figures such as People and Animals

A city or railyard isn't complete without people as part of the design. And if your layout travels through mountains or countryside, animals add a touch of realism to the design.

5. Landscaping

There are many options for landscaping a railroad. You can add things like grass, trees, lakes or rivers alongside the track. Or you can get a little more in depth and add hills and valleys for your train to travel through, and tunnels through the mountains.
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Interested in making your own model train scenery? Visit The Model Railroader website for plenty of helpful ideas & tips. Plus get your copy of "Model Railroad Design Secrets" at http://www.themodelrailroader.com
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