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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
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
• 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
• There are stations which are constructed particularly
for the use of steam engines and diesel or electric
• 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
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
You can use
various other techniques to make the structures look life like. Have
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