Building your own train track design and model layout is the most fun, exciting and artistic part of train model railroad. As you go along with the hobby of train models, you’d eventually find out that you’d want more. You won’t settle for just a plain train model running on its track laid out flat on the floor or table. You would want it to have more details or realistic train model scenery, make it look closely realistic and satisfying to watch. However, not all, especially newbies, knows how to build a HO scale train layout. Some may find it hard to push themselves to even create one because of lack of knowledge, information, and guide to do so. The guide you would want would range from what materials to get, where to get the materials and how to use them to be able to build one layout.
Being honest, it’s not actually easy but it is very fun and enjoyable to do so. It requires intense patience and dedication to make the details and would require you to extend your imagination and creativity to the limits. The bright side is that once you’re done with your train layout project, it will really a give you a great feeling of accomplishment. And fortunately, you wouldn’t worry about building a specific train track for a specific train model scale. You can buy packs of model train tracks with sizes or scales that vary with what model train scale you have. For HO, there are so many HO train tracks available in packs. You can choose to purchase dozens of straight tracks, curved tracks, cross tracks, etc. that would fit any HO model train.
This is what makes things great for modern model railroaders. Today’s generation of train hobbyist and enthusiast actually have lots of opportunities finding good resources, materials, and accessories to build a wonderful and amazing train layout. Resources and guides have been made available to the public at an easy access through books, journals, videos and on the internet. Not like in the old days where you wouldn’t have a clue whether or not, the layout you build is correct or not.
How To Build A HO Scale Train Layout
Each model railroad layout is different from each other. The layout is also designed by modelers differently. It does not actually follow a rules or a set of standards. As long as it is aesthetically pleasing and could fit your train model scale, it would be fine. There’s no point of building a bridge or a tunnel or even setting up a simple train track layout if it can’t fit your model train. That makes it the first thing you want to consider. You should know the rail spacing of an HO scale model train which is 16.5mm, spacious than that or smaller than that won’t fit an HO scale train model.
Watch below for a thorough and detailed video guide about how to build a model train layout:
Creating train tracks layout is the easiest part. You can actually try to imagine and picture out your track’s design if you would give it a thought. The hard part would be making a realistic details or add realistic train scenery to make it more life-like. Hobbyist and enthusiast won’t settle for just a plain track trains on top of a table. They would usually go further and explore their creativity and create all of these details from small rocks, trees, to mountains, tunnels, and bridges.