|Written by Paul D. Race for Big Indoor TrainsTM|
Scenery Articles and Links from BIG Indoor TrainsTMIf you were not a model railroader when you got your first train to run around a Christmas tree or village, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all of your choices when it comes to scenery for your model railroad or display village. Or you may not want or have room for a permanent layout with a bunch of expensive accessories. But you still want your trains and towns to look like they "belong" in their settings when you set them up.
Big Indoor TrainsTM to the rescue. Since early 2007, we have been writing or editing articles on making your own scenery inexpensively, using materials that are relatively easy to find in most parts of the world. We have been emphasizing projects that are:
Together with our inexpensive and easy-to-build building projects, it should be possible to make a portable, eye-catching 4'x4' - 5'x5' or larger setting for model trains of any scale or for collectible villages of any season for under $100. (Of course many of our tips are just as useful for large, permanent railroads or displays as well.)
As our list of articles has been growing, we've also been looking for other web resources worth linking to for more information. On reason we've given "Scenery" its own page is that it gives us "room" to include those other links without making our home "primer" page too cluttered to navigate.
We hope to continue adding articles about many aspects of these hobbies, and we usually have a couple in the works at any given time, so please check back often. Or Join our Mailing List for free hobby ideas and to be notified when new articles are posted.
In addition, you can help by sending us project tips, article ideas, and photos of your railroads and villages. We want this site to be as useful as possible to as many people as it can be. As the hobby grows, we all benefit.
Base, Topography, and "Water Features"The following articles give ideas for creating "bases" or "set pieces" to show off your trains and towns. I've included articles on modeling lakes and rivers here because you need to plan for these when you build the base.
Trees and Plants
Links to Great Scenery Articles on Other SitesThere are hundreds of web sites that have some information about modeling scenery, we are trying to focus on those that have enough illustrations and details for beginners to follow. At this time, many of the best examples are on to the "Pacific Coast Airline" (PCA) railroad site, which records a series of experiments in model railroading, especially in S and On30. I've picked the author's most "transferable" experiments to link to here.
Watch this page: more articles are in the works.
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