Creating a Winter Themed Model Train Layout

winter model train layout

I’ve received a number of emails in the last month asking what is the best way to create winter effects on a layout and what are the best products to use to do it.

I personally think that Woodland Scenics provide the best materials for this and in the following video you can see why, as well as a quick guide on how to implement the effects and how they look once completed.


The products shown in this video are:

Flex Paste

Soft Flake Snow

Realistic Water

Water Effects

As you can probably tell from the video, when you create a winter scene, you are adding that permanently to your layout.

I’m still looking for some products and ways which will allow you to make an existing layout into a winter scene, but can easily be removed once winter is over. If any one has any suggestions pleased leave your comments in below.


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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. Colin Anderson
    4 years ago

    Wow, the ice effect that was applied to the river looks great.

  2. steeler560
    4 years ago

    I have this vision in my head of doing a four season layout in my basement that grafually transitions from spring, to summer, to fall and then winter. I think if would be a fun project to represent all the seasons. I am thinking about having the trains run in a circuit with tunnels at both ends of the layout…exiting the tunnel at the left end to find spring and then finally disappearing into tunnels at the right end as they leave winter. Anyone see a layout like this? Would love to hear your thoughts


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