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Building Model Railroad Scenery –
Tips and Tricks

The passion of model trains is not limited to trains alone. Railway enthusiasts also find a great deal of joy in designing the scenery around their train layouts. You do not necessarily have to be an artist if you are designing a layout. All you need is to be clear about what you want to design and then follow simple tips to get your desired result.

The most challenging aspect of designing a railroad is to make it look realistic. The more realistic your scenery and model train structures and buildings are, the more rewarding the hobby will be. However, giving your model railroad scenery a realistic look is not as difficult as it may sound. Following are some basic tips that you can follow to add a touch of realism in your layout:

Automoblies

If you have added miniature cars in your railroad then adding people in the cars is going to make it more realistic. It is a bit of an effort such as dismantling a vehicle, but adding people in your layout will have a great impact. It will help you attain the real life appeal that you want to add to your design.

Be Era Specific

If you have selected an era and you are designing your railroad scenery around it then it is absolutely necessary that all part of your design should depict that era. Adding a 1957 Chevy to a train layout that has been designed to depict the 20’s will damage the image that you are trying to create.

Keep the Scale Consistent

Make sure that you keep the scale you are using in mind when you are purchasing accessories and structures for your design. This is necessary for uniformity so that nothing in your railroad layout looks inappropriate or out-of-place. HO scale and the smaller N scale are the biggest selling scales. OO scale is the most popular scale in the UK.

Scratch Built Model Railroad Buildings

Try making structures at home. It is not obligatory that you buy all the structures that you want to add in your train layout. To keep your layout more economical and realistic you can create structures at home using paper, card, wood, or foam. Scenic effects can be made from actual sand, tree branches, leaves, stones, or anything that you think you can remodel to give your design a realistic look.

Depict Variety in Population

If you have added people in your design, make sure that they are specific to the era that you are trying to portray in your model railroad scenery. Try to add a variety of figurines in your design. You can achieve this by buying figurines from different suppliers.

Add Weathering Effects

To make your structure look like it is actually built in the past, you need to rough it up a bit. You will fail to achieve the authentic look if every railroad building in your design looks like it is fresh out of the hobby store. You can buy model railway buildings where the painting and weathering is already done for you (like the one's you see on the right).

Add Design to the Interiors 

Try to add decorations to the interior of some of the kit structure in your design. It is not as complicated as it sounds. You can work with thin paper to add things like curtains or carpets to give interiors for railroad buildings a more authentic look. It is as simple as gluing fabric to paper and sticking it on the surface of the windows in the building. The printable model railroad buildings (seen on the right) already include windows and some feature curtains and reflections to make them look just like a building from a real life scene. They are downloadable model kits.

Billboards

This is something that most designers overlook. However this is an amazing technique to make your layout look more specific to the era that you are trying to capture. Add advertisement related to that era in your design. You can easily find images on the internet or magazines that you can resize to fit your layout.

Add Season Related Decorations

You can modify your design with the change in seasons. You can add Christmas lights and snow to depict winters, or you can add fallen leaves to make it look like it is autumn.

Your design can look as real as you want it to. It all depends on your attention to details and your imagination. While the train and track is the main attraction of your layout, to add a touch of magic to your setup you need to experiment with the designs to make your scenery look as lifelike as possible.

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Model Railway Structures

 

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railway signal box

Signal Box

model railroad silos

Railroad Silos

model railway engine shed

Engine Shed

model railroad house

Model House

model railway building

Model Building

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barn silo

Barn Silo

general store

General Store

shipping containers

Shipping Containers

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Shop and Offices

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Factory

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