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Creating A Model Train Layout Theme

Aug 12, 2008
It does not matter how many times you have ever done it. Whether it is your first time or if you have done it thousands of times before choosing the right theme for your model train layout can make a world of difference. It can definitely make what would have been a dull layout turn into a dynamic one.

The very first thing you will need to do is to decide whether or not you will do a historical layout or if you will be doing a modern one. You can do this by doing some research on the Internet and through some minor book research as well. Once you have the theme in mind that you are going to build you can begin to get your supplies ready. Make sure to print out some pictures of the layout design ideas so that you can get as accurate as possible. If you want to go with a modern setting then it will be very easy to get pictures of these areas.

Write down all of your design ideas so that you can get a feel for all the supplies you will be needing. This includes paint colors, types of trees, etc. You will also need to get a feel for what sort of lumber you will need to build the display base and frame. By planning ahead a bit you can save yourself a world of time that can be best spent enjoying your new layout. Some other considerations are the proximity to a power supply and as to whether or not you will have to provide some sort of outlet for power.

Now you are ready to go to a hobby shop or retail store and see what sort of supplies they may have that will come in handy for building your new layout. Check out all the town accessories that you may have to have if you are doing a cityscape. If it is a countryside layout then you should consider adding in a grain silo and possibly a dairy barn as well. You will also have to decide whether or not you would like to add vehicles and people.

By adding other vehicles you can help to keep the scale of the train in mind. It can also make for a much more dynamic display. The same goes for using figurines. It adds a human element to an otherwise possibly boring display. You will also have to take your terrain into mind. You would not set a beach front rail line right in the middle of a deciduous forest. Now you will be all set.

Gather up all your materials and get your base all laid out. Once you are prepared you can then begin to build your new layout. Remember, you can always add elements to this layout as well as being able to take them away. You will just want to make sure that your new elements will fit into your overall design. Now you have a great new themed layout that you can show off to your friends and family. Enjoy!
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for model car tricks and tips, model train layouts, and model trucks.
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