This is probably the most important time and should not be rushed
A good start when planning is to read a few copies of the monthly magazines available and visit any model railway exhibitions currently on.
You could also pop into your local model railway shop and have a chat the staff explaining you are new to the hobby.
While at the shows have a chat with the operators of the layouts on show who would only be to happy to help you.
The DVD shown below will guide you through the stages required so you end up with the layout of your dreams. Peco also do a range of booklets covering all aspects of constructing and operating a model railway layout including wiring in great detail. The cost of the DVD is around £20 and the leaflet a few pounds.
Most manufactures of model railway stock have web sites and catalogues so make good use of them to see what is available taking note of sizes, colours, and of course price which you will need when planning.
Below are pictures of the sort of stands you see at model exhibition.
The can buy second-hand rolling stock at bargain prices and being pre-owned it comes already weathered
If you want to design your layout on your computor click the link on the left.
This software has several tutorials which should guide you through the process which we understand it is simple to use with great results.
As well as books and magazines on the subject of ‘Building a Model Railway’ there are also many ‘Youtube’ clips