Building model railroads is a fun and versatile hobby involving many areas of study, including history, civil and mechanic engineering, carpentry, electrical wiring and circuitry, art, etc. The model train hobbyist who loves model railroading has no choice but to become a jack of all trades. If you are a beginner, you should understand the basics of building a model railroad, including the theme, scale, and display – all essential to the planning and design aspect.
Model Railroading- what is it? Model railroading is the hobby of building a miniature-operating railroad either as a personal pastime or in a club setting. Watching a train go around the oval of the track is only entertaining for so long before you start making tunnels out of books and piling up clothes or towels around the track to represent hills and on and on. It wasn’t long before I built my first HO-scale railroad on a piece of 4’x6′ plywood and started making mountains out of plaster (not dirty clothes) and buying model buildings to put on the layout from the local hobby shop. Unlike my first model railroad, which was only 4’x6′ big, my second was much larger; it filled a 30ft x 20ft room and spilled out into the garage! This website is a journal of my past, present, and future modeling adventures.