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Constructing Model Railroad Stations The Easy Way

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Model Train Station 

By Guest: P Henry

If you have been developing a railroad layout and are relatively new to the hobby, then you must be wondering how to fine tune your setup. If you have decided all the measurements and the theme of your model railroad, you can now start thinking about how best to fill in the details. These would include everything from scenery to human and animal figures, houses and train stations, signboards, fences, tunnels, trees, mountains, roads, electricity poles and lots of other things.

Confused about how to make all of these things? Don’t be, it’s tremendously enjoyable and it’s not too hard when you know how. All it requires is some research and a little creativity. If you have trouble with the construction of model railroad stations, here is some information for you.

Types of Stations

The train station of any model railroad is one of the most important things. You need to be very careful about what you layout because this would determine the accuracy of your knowledge about trains. There are three main types of stations and many times the train stations are a combination of the three types.

Here are the types:

• Junction: This is the place where the different tracks either converge together to form one single track or diverge away.

• Terminus: Also known as terminal station, this is the place where all the trains stop for a while (sometimes for repair or services) and then go back to their destinations.

• Through Station: Again a passing through station, this is the place where local trains stop for a while and then continue onto their destinations. The one major difference is that express trains don’t stop here, they just pass through.

When making your railway station, you would have to keep these things in mind and design according to your station requirements. There are some other aspects to railroad stations too and these include:

• There are stations which are constructed particularly for the use of steam engines and diesel or electric engines.

• Is the station for passengers only? Or just for goods? Of course, it could be for both passengers and goods.

• Some stations are built in a way that the trains can be driven in from any end, like Diesel Multiple Units.

Once you have made up your mind about which kind of station you want to depict in your model, you can decided whether you want to buy readymade plastic model kits or want to build one on your own. Making your own would require patience and practice. Here are some ideas on how you can make model railroad stations at home.

Making Your Own Model Train Station From Wood or Balsa

To make your own train station, you would need to visit your hardware or local hobby supplies store and buy some hardboard, a strip of wood, paints, nails, glue and some print-outs of brick designs. All you need to do is cut out structures, glue them together and leave them overnight to dry out. Once they have hardened, stick the brick design print-outs on them and paint the rough edges.

If you want to display a stone structure, you can glue small pebbles on the train station. But be careful to use double layers of glue otherwise the stones might come undone.

Remember, if you are scratch building, the first few stations might not look exactly like what you had in mind, but here is where your creativity comes in the picture.

Making A Train Station From Paper or Foam Core Is Easier With Downloadable Card Kits

Downloadable cardstock kits are the easy and very effective way to make a model railroad station. All you do is download a PDF plan from this website, print it out, and then you glue the various parts onto foam core or to the cardstock of your choice. Assembly of these kits is quick and surprisingly easy, and the results look amazingly real. Here is a good example of one I have assembled with great success

You can use various other techniques to make the structures look life like. Have fun!

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