Building a Train Table

When you first start out in the world of model railroading, you may not have anywhere other than the floor or a kitchen table on which to run it. While this is ok if you are just planning on running your trains, if you want to create a layout with scenery then you will need to give your trains their own space.

Fortunately it is very simple (and affordable) to make yourself a train table where you can start building your model railroad empire. The following video shows just how simple it is to put together a lightweight but sturdy train table.

You may think that the table is quite small, but for a beginner it is plenty big enough to start getting to grips with the basics of layout building (track laying, scenery building, etc). When you are ready to start expanding (if you are lucky enough to have the space) then rather than build a bigger table you can just make more tables at this size and connect them together. The advantages of this are that it makes your layout easier to relocate (i.e. if you are moving home), and you can make some interesting shapes for your tables when you connect them (i.e. an “L” shape or if you have enough room and tables you can leave a space in the middle from where to operate your layout from).

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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. carl vidaure
    4 years ago

    Are your books available in printed version?

  2. Dan Morgan
    4 years ago

    Hi Carl,

    I appreciate your comments, thank you.
    Unfortunately, the information is not available in book form for many reasons:
    1) The cost of printing and postage would mean that the cost would be more than 4 times greater than what it is now.
    2) I offer a 60 day money back guarantee on the ebooks which can’t be done with physical books.
    3) The ebooks are interactive. There are video links and website links in the ebook which make it easy to tie all the information together.
    There are many physical books which can help, if you would prefer a physical book. Check out the store (link in the header on the site).

    Thanks Dan

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