Model railway trains – Planning and carpentry

The activity of model trains comprises the construction, the maintenance and the operations of model railway trains networks, for purposes of entertainment, learning and knowledge acquisition.

You can feel lost at the beginning in front of the planification and the different steps and the order and the way to accomplish them. Don’t worry anymore, you have at your disposal the adequate resource here :

model train layouts

Model trains constitute a well established hobby in North America since the early twentieth century. In addition, generations of children have been dazzled by the electric trains that are a traditional gift for the holidays. The brand toy trains “Lionel”, “American Flyer” and “Lego” come to mind when one mentions this activity.

However, these models generally lack of realism and their fans prefer trains more suited to their hobby. There are many scales of model trains. In the smallest “Z”, locomotives have barely the size of an eraser. But there are also models that must operate outside, as these trains built to 1 / 8 in comparison of the real size and where you can sit. The scales of the best known model railroads are, in ascending order of magnitude, “Z”, “N”, “HO”, “S”, “O” and “G”.

The scale by far the most popular is HO scale, which is rather small since it represents 1 / 87 of reality. An estimated 85% of North American model railway trains enthusiasts are using the HO scale.

 Stages of construction of a model railroading network

The construction of a model train layout is a hobby that requires patience, attention to detail, and a combination of many technical and artistic talents.

Building a model train network in a club allows to share skills and diverse interests of several members about model trains layouts. Thus, those familiar with the operations can benefit to others and learn from their expertise in return for those who spend more on decorations or structures.


Before you start building a network, you need to plan the main uses, the layout of the tracks, switchings, relief, etc.. You have to think at the time that we represent and the main industries and communities to be served by the network. The complexity of the challenges and problems can make this model railroading stage very long.

Model train layouts – Carpentry

We must then proceed to build the network infrastructure. The skeleton of a model railway trains circuit is normally made of wood, but there are different techniques of construction and assembly in this area. Whatever the choice of techniques and materials, carpentry network is complex, precise and must be extremely strong.

Model railroad structures may include one or more levels. Our network comprises two sections. There is a section at a level that is modular (that is to say that we can dismantle it in order to show in exhibitions). The other part of the network is fixed and consists of three levels.