The Great Model Trains Hobby !
Could it be one of the greatest hobbies in the world ? I think so.
Its has everything a creative passionate person could want in a hobby, although perhaps Im a little too passionate, if there is such a thing.
This website will hopefully be of great use to the ispiring beginner or seasoned pro.
Remember to check out the great resources on the right which can save you time, money and frustration.
learning from those who have already made typical beginners mistakes can really help you get ahead fast in this hobby.
Many modellers spend a great deal of time during the winter months working on their layout.
Such a fantastic way to spend the winter…gives you creative energy and drive which is quite important especially as one is getting older.
Advice in how to get started in the model railroading hobby can be so critically important if you want a great hassle free layout..\ and to save money-
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How to get Started Model Railroading
Starting a model railroading can be enjoyable and easy if you have the available correct information. Model railroading is a pastime that grows in time.
All ages are able to learn how to construct and create layouts of railroad. You will only need to build and design your layout and add some accessories and scenery….
Actually, it can be lots of work…but with the correct information, it will be far easier.
Your model train set will suit into any available space that you have, from the very small Z gauge, to the famous HO gauge, the bigger O gauge, and the outdoor G gauge. Lionel trains are one of the most popular brands.
Inside the box of a common starter kit will be including track, a locomotive, wire, an electric power controller, passenger cars or freight, and some other decorations…you can find other great model train deals here.
Please take this warning from me though, don’t try to grow a “starter kit” into a dream layout…this can get messy. If your serious about having a full model train layout then get our free newsletter.
There will also include a short guide on getting started on model railroading. As a beginner, you will be easy to know that everything is electrically compatible and compatible in size because of the pre-selected components.
This will make it possible to start smoothly.
Model train kits are very easy to be assembled, but there are some hobbyists who are taking it a step further by track fastening to a piece of plywood by means of using small brad nails and waking the creativity that sleeps within to have beautiful scenery.
There are various hobby shops that offer pre-made signals, buildings, trees, and even people and wildlife. Getting started is made even easier if you are making a sketch of the layout you planned, which include the track and some accessories that you want to add.
You can buy your accessories or you can make your own custom accessories.
There are also various popular model train layouts that some other hobbyists like you are opting to assemble.
The best of these layouts is the theme of Christmas as it is the perfect time to enjoy your trains.
As a beginner, it would be the best feeling that you will have if you get started on Christmas holidays.
IT will be very attractive as it circle around your Christmas tree or when it serve as a moving Santa Clause visiting around the village with carolers and snow.
Small N and HO scale trains are best suited for a Christmas holiday for most homes. You can make it a family tradition for your kids or just the whole family to bring out that special train layout.
There are lots of hobby stores and online shops who are providing the trains, the decorations, as well as the tack in the proper scale that you want or need. You will be able to get started without any difficulties. Join our newsletter now for all Dan’s tips and tricks.
Model trains have been my hobby all my life. Ever since I received my first one when I was 6, I have collected and treasured them.
I guess my mom later regretted it, as she spent quite a few hundred dollars on my hobby. It was no wonder that when I was about 10, she told me I’d have to earn my own money by helping her more around the house. By the time I was 16, I started to get small student jobs in order to be able to increase my collection.
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When I was a pre-teen, I preferred HO scale hobby trains because they looked bigger and colorful. I would buy pre-made or pre-assembled tracks, because I didn’t want to bother much with the setting. I just wanted to see my train run.
However, once it was up and running, I would place objects around my hobby train and invent adventures in my mind. I must admit that at first, I used actions figures that had nothing to do with trains, like my action figures.
When I had to earn my own money to pay for my trains, I started to take care of them much better. No longer I put obstacles or hostages on the rails for the trains to run over or set up train wreckages. With time, I even started buying cleaning gear in order to keep my trains neat.
I also started to give more detail to the layout. Tracks started to have more curves and small building and cars started replacing action figures as the surroundings scenery of my trains.
By the time I finished college and moved away from home, I had changed my hobby trains preference from HO scale to N scale. This is because I became as interested in the settings that my trains would run through as in the trains themselves. And since my apartment was small, N scale would let my trains have longer runs and more complex layouts.
My first layout was too ambitions, and it took me months to finish. Part of the reason is that the work involved in creating the scenario was a bit too overwhelming and resulted in weekends where I would do nothing.
In the end, I decided to reduce the track length and discard some ideas that were just out of my skills, like a tunnel, and build something simpler but more realistic. The result was a small, very, very simple city where my trains took people to the 7 or 8 buildings that existed in it.
With time, I became better at it. I have much more experience with the work involved, although I still tend to go a bit over what my time and my money allows me. The only problem is that I don’t have much space, so when I finish a layout and have a few runs with my trains, it doesn’t take me long to want to take it out and create a new or different one.
what are your experiences ? And do you need help ? Please leave a comment below…