Model construction: Building a model railway – this is how you proceed as a beginner

model railway

Building a model railway shouldn’t be a big problem. However, if you are planning to build a model of a certain route including the train station, this can be quite challenging. In order to still achieve a pleasing result as a beginner, you should prepare yourself well and give yourself plenty of time to get to work.

What you need:

  • 1 x Large Chipboard
  • 1 x Toy Tracks and Switches
  • 1 x Cologne model building main station
  • 1 * Pen
  • 1 * hammer
  • 1 * Screwdriver
  • 1 x Small Wood Screw
  • 1 x Small Pin Nails
  • 1 * Super Glue
  • 1 x toy trains
  • 1 * Drill
  • 1 * Jigsaw
  • 1 x transformer

Record the details of the model construction

Since you are planning a not very small model railway, you need a correspondingly large chipboard. Then you should buy the true-to-scale replica of Cologne Central Station from a specialist model building shop. Since the original train station has a lot of rails going in and out of the station, you should calculate the space of an entire room for a realistic construction.

  1. Take the replica station and place the building exactly where the small Cologne main station is to be located in the future. Then use a pen to draw the outlines on the chipboard. After dismantling the toy roof, try to draw the inner train platforms on the chipboard as well.
  2. In the next step, you determine the course of the route for your model construction. You can also buy a toy railway bridge and integrate it into the route, just like in real life.
  3. Then you should try to lower the rail guide to four rail tracks. In other words, the 20 tracks that lead in and out of the station were to be reduced to four tracks by switches.
  4. Then, in the further course of the route, it should be ensured that each rail track describes a circle over the entire chipboard and that the small model construction station is used as the starting and ending point.

The toy train is set up

  1. After you have recorded the complete course and the individual intersections such as turnouts and signals on your chipboard, you should first wire your model building.
  2. Screw all the necessary supply lines and transformers for signals, switches and drives for the small toy trains under the plate. Leave the connections enough room to move and first cover the contacts with adhesive tape.
  3. After the power lines, you can now screw and nail the tracks to the chipboard. Always lay five rails at the same time, which then each run towards a switch and become one rail.
  4. In this way, you only have 4 tracks out of 20 tracks. On the other side of the small train station, use the same technique to turn four tracks into 20 by turning the switches.
  5. When you have set up the rails, switches, signals and station, you can do a test run with your model railway. After passing the dress rehearsal, you can then get to work and build the true-to-scale environment.

You can also gradually put together and build up the environment for your toy train set over time.

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