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Planning your layout

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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 £22 and the leaflet £1.   (prices subject to changes)

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.

HOT  TIPS

  • Keep curves and gradiant gentle to ensure your trains will run well with full length of carriages or wagons
  • Ensure baseboards are totally flat particularly where point-work will be installed to eliminate derailment
  • Have the height from floor to baseboard suitable for working on and viewing the railway
  • Allow enough room for you to work on and friends to view when designing board layout

DESIGNING  THE  TRACK PLAN

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Many great ideas
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Very good collection
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Below are pictures of the sort of stands you see at model railway exhibitions.
You can buy second-hand rolling stock at bargain prices and being pre-owned they come already ‘weathered’  
Secondhand rolling stock for sale
One of the wonderful layouts on show
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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.
For those of you who prefer paper and pencil best draw on graph paper.
As well as books and magazines on the subject of ‘Building a Model Railway’ there are also many ‘Youtube’ clips
Below are a few videos to help you on your way.