No matter what kind of layout you have, model train scenery will bring life to your train set. Watching the train go around in circles by itself gets boring pretty quickly. Once you take the time to add things around it, your display will look like a real train going around town and across fields.
Well-placed scenery will add credibility and realism to your layout. It is important, however, to plan ahead before you rush into building or choosing scenery. Don’t be afraid of this step; if you take the time to learn about model train scenery and carefully plan it out, your layout will be much improved and may even look larger than it actually is.
Model train scenery can range from a plastic tree to a tunnel through a mountain. You can buy ready made accessories or hand craft them yourself if you prefer the satisfaction of building everything from scratch. Your local hobby shop should carry any supplies that you might need to build your model train scenery. If you are unsure about your ability to create model train scenery, do some reading before you begin. A number of instructional books and videos are available with step-by-step directions on the techniques involved.
What type of model train scenery you create is entirely up to you. Some people like country landscapes and others prefer city scenes. Many people like to recreate scenes from long ago, like the Southwest during the 1920’s, or the town that they lived in as a child. Again, whatever model train scenery you choose, don’t rush through the process. Take a look at the layouts that more experienced people have created and think through the layout that you want before you get started.
If you’re looking for ideas for a children’s train set, check out some of the animated model train scenery that is available, especially flashing lights. Tunnels and bridges are also high on the list of popular accessories for children.
Another important point to remember is that while adding model train scenery to your layout may seem intimidating, it is also easy to correct. If you make a mistake, you can simply try again. Model train scenery will take your layout from a collection of toys to a realistic railroad scene.
For more ideas about model train scenery, look over the Model Train Layouts page on this site. You will find resources there that will help you plan out the entire layout, including the details of scenery.
Be sure to check out our pages about Model Train Sets, Bachman Model Trains, Ho Model Trains, Lionel Model Trains, and Live Steam Model Trains elsewhere on this site.