Model Railroad Scenery

Written by Diane Sievert
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Using model railroad scenery in a model train layout is a popular way of enhancing the model railroading experience. However, coordination is key! Mix and match too haphazardly, and your layout will look like a quirky child's room.

Tips on Coordinating Model Railroad Scenery

One of the most important things to do before purchasing model railroad scenery is plan. Sit down and look at the current state of your layout. You need to picture, as best you can, exactly what it is you need in order to complete the scene.

Sketching is a great way to determine whether or not a particular piece of model railroad scenery will fit into your model train layout. If it helps, think of yourself as a designer who needs to see things on paper before he or she sees them in real life. Putting down in a two-dimensional sketch will help you picture the final product.

The last thing to consider is the current theme of your layout. You may not necessarily be big on historical accuracy, but in the end you'll probably be happier with a layout that has some sense of theme. Regional themes (i.e. mountains, lake country, mining towns, the Wild West) are the simplest way to implement a theme.

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