New to the model train

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by scottad1116, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. scottad1116

    scottad1116 New Member

    Hi my name is scott and would like to know if anyone has any tips forme. Iam new at this. I am trying ot make a layout and eally not ot sure what to do. I am making this for myself and my kids to enjoy. Any tips or ideas for a layout please email me at

    Thanks :)
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Scott, if there is a hobby shop near you, Kalmbach (publishers of Model Railroader magazine) publish a number of books to help the newcomer get started. The ABC's of Model Railroading is still available, I think. They also publish a number of books on small track plans, scenery construction, and even some books on building structures. The books are all paper backs and cost less than $20.00 each. If you don't have a hobby shop near you you can order the books on line from Amazon I think.
  3. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Hi Scottad, welcome to the Gauge. Another source for books that I have had good luck ordering from is Used & out of Print Books . It is a search engine for used books which gives good descriptions of content and condition of the books, many that you can pick up much cheaper that an online new book store. Search Amazon for titles and then look them up here.
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Read through this forum.
    Don't believe everything you read.
    Remember that in model railroading there is never just one way to do anything; the "best" way is the one that you can understand/get to work/find results with.
    Don't start with something too exotic.
  5. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

    Scott, another suggestion: Go to your local public library and see if they have any books on model railroading. Chances are they will. You'll end up buying some books eventually, but early on, you might be better off checking out some books and learning what you can for free.

    I definitely agree with the others, don't start with anything too exotic. Get something basic up and going, learn what elements you enjoy, then start challenging yourself with each new project. Try just one or two new things per project, and you'll see your skills improving without frustrating yourself too much.

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