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Building a model train layout involves a large amount of different model train stuff that all end up costing something. Making your own trees and scratchbuilding can save you money but there will be times when you need to invest in quality model train stuff and this is why you should check out the resources above.

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. william snyder
    6 years ago

    ya trains are fun as i feel it is money well spent can they see it maybe maybenot.

  2. Donde
    6 years ago

    I have been involved in trains since 1958. I have never tried to keep a running dollar figure of the cost of this adventure. I am planning a new layout at present, while I wait for Aristo Craft to perfect the ho scale radio control system, which I will utilize immediately . At present I have @ $4000.00 invested (not spent) on my new layout, cars-engines, many buildings. Track is coming from Fast Trax and well worth the investment. I read a model railroad is “valued” at $1.00 – 1.50 per square foot.

    So it can be expensive, yes, Back when my 3 children were small, I joined a club and “saved”
    so much money by participating in this fashion. I also purchased many cars and engines
    ( I can never get enough engines) and still built a couple of nice layouts,- and gave them away to young children who were enthralled by them.

    At this point in my life I have more cash to ” invest ” in a model railroad , and will go all in on this next layout. An around the wall 12x 20 single level.

    I am not artistic, nor do I consider myself an intermediate or advanced modeler. I do not produce museum quality results.Despite this, I still do enjoy immeasureably doing, and reading, and researching this hobby.

  3. Terry Helmrichs
    6 years ago

    Well, I don’t smoke or drink (hypoglocemia), but I do spend a little on trains and mostly at garage sales and swap meets($50 every 6 months). As far as the wife goes they always use their 10% to 30% off cupons to shop with whitch also saves money (it is a gimick). So the next time you buy something make sure there is food for the table and most of the bills are paid. Ask her about that new dress she bought with that 30% off sale and when she will be selling off the dresses she dosent ware anymore. Just keep in mind there is a fine line between a hoby and total insanity

  4. Dave
    6 years ago

    I don’t smoke and i drink very little,but some of my friends who do would spend up to $200 per week on these vices and i don’t spend half that on my hobby.

  5. jim riel
    6 years ago

    i collect and run o guage trains,most of my trains and accessories come from ebay. the problem i have,is that every time i look on ebay, i find some thing i want. i always justify to myself that i need it.
    now the quantity of trains i have is getting out of hand. oh well thats what hobbies are all about.

  6. rafmtd
    6 years ago

    hi over 50 years ive spent £3500 wisely i think . ive over 100 locos bought cheaply from ebay swap meets iiout of these 20 are new but bought for less than half price. i bought a full linka kit for £52 when they closed down production in the UK . which was a bargin and has allowed me to make all my buildings etc , i also bought a 56lb bag of plaster from the local builders for £27
    a bag of plaster from linka 1kilo £ 10 again a big saving up till the time i purchased linka most of my building were card and airfix . these were resold on ebay . the only new suff i bought was track points etc were bought from ebay or swap meats all my old locos were sold on ebay and upto date ones bought either as a whole or a chassis then later a body . trees and fenceing were hand made ..walls were made then a mould made . for reproduction to lots this all may seem very time consuming but surely thats what the hobbies about doing it your self .i beleve that though my layout may be worth £30,000 it has only cost me £3500 over 50 years . i would love to have the money to spend £250 a month but i have not .have a look on my web site and see the realism that can be obtained by building it yourself from building to trees to fences and walls . all my own work . in a sentance only spend what you can realisticly afford . it dos’nt have to be finished in a year , good modelers will tell you its never finished even when you thing its how you want it you always find some thing to upgrade and make better. maybe some day ill write a book on all my tips and making your layout look life like and real be it in miniture .at the end of the day that is what every modeller wishes to acheive realism in miniture, and the manufacturers have gone along way to help with DCC, sound ,smoke, computer control, and lights .slowly slowly a bit at a time and you will get there before you retire then its all sit back and watch the trains run . good luck in your endevers . Alex

  7. Ian
    5 years ago

    I am looking at purchasing a new loco for my Hornby Digital layout. When you look at them on Ebay they say that they are DCC ready but then say that the chip is available. What does this mean.
    Please excuse my ignorance but I have just changed to digital

    Regard: Ian

  8. Dan Morgan
    5 years ago

    Hi Ian, DCC ready means it has the plug to accept a decoder and the decoder is not included. DCC equipped means the decoder is included. When buying from eBay always send the seller a question to clarify exactly what you are getting. It is also a good test to see how responsive the seller is. Cheers Dan

    Model Train Stuff Cheap Here

  9. Robert L
    5 years ago

    Getting started with model trains as my 2 year grandson loves trains. What size should I go with for now and grow as he grows up.

    I can accomondate a 4 ft X 8 ft layout.

    Once the size is selected, how do I go about creating the layout? Are there existing layouts I could reference?

  10. Ray Mager
    5 years ago

    good information

  11. Christopher Blackwell
    5 years ago

    I can think of worse things to spend money on. Spending is not the hard part, it is putting it all together that is scary to a beginner,which Iam, after having to wait for over fifty years.

  12. Barry R. Olson
    4 years ago

    The Best place to buy RR equip. is M.B.Klein ( best prices, service and shipping

  13. Patrick
    4 years ago

    Hi what I would like to see is the dimensions. ie what are the standard curvitures, track spacing and standard grading. As a beginner in N these are things we would like to know

  14. Tom Lori
    3 years ago

    Hi, I’m very new to Modeling, and have acquired some 00 track. I have bought an 8×4 19mm plywood sheet, and strengthened it with 4×2 so it can hand from the garage ceiling, and be lowered onto trestles when in use. My idea is to essentially have 2 circles on 2 levels (although they go through tunnels and over bridges) with a branch line going up to a third level alpine village. I have constructed the ramps, but now find the loco will barely get up on it’s own, let alone pull any carriages or goods trucks.
    From more experienced people, what can I do to make this work? Probably the gradient is too steep, but decreasing it will mean the lower track cannot be used as there is now insufficient hight to allow trains to pass underneath. I would be grateful for any help, and thank you in advance. I am 75 years old!

  15. david stea
    3 years ago

    I am building an On30 layout using, for the time being, Bachmann HO track. The Bachmann switches are more than 10 years old but all my locomotives derail on them! Has Bachmann issued any newly-designed switches that get around this problem!

  16. david stea
    3 years ago

    I am building an On30 using, for the time being, Bachmann HO track. The 10-year-old Bachmann switches I have cause derailments of all my On30 locos. Does anyone know if Bachmann has come up with new switches that don’t have this problem?

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