I'm going to make a few assumptions here (and yes, I know what they say about assuming). I'm going to assume that you've put track together in a simple oval, and run trains around it. Whether it was around the Yule tree, on an old ping pong table, or the venerable 4x8 table layout.
I'm also going to assume that the simple oval no longer holds your interest (or that of your children) and that you want to try something a little more involved.
This website is an ever changing place, documenting the progress I make on building my own model railroad. First I will design the model railroad layout, then I will build the layout, and then add scenery to my model railroad.
Along the way, I will show you how to create your own model railroad empire, as I show you step by step what I've done. It is my hope that by showing you every step of the process, that you will see how easy it really can be to start your own layout.
I have found that my biggest obstacle in starting the construction of a model railroad, has been me. It's easy to say I want to build a model railroad, and buy some track, and locomotives, and rolling stock, but actually starting the process of building the model railroad, well that is something else.
I've read model railroad magazines, I've read books on track planning, and I've read websites across the Internet. All have invaluable information, but somehow I always felt that I just didn't have enough knowledge to do a good job.
I know that there are a lot of people out there, like me, who want to build a model railroad, but just aren't sure that they know everything needed to build a model railroad that they can be proud of. The beauty of this hobby, is that you don't need to know everything when you start. You can learn as you build. What you don't know, I'll teach you.
When you break down building a model railroad into basic steps, you find that not only is it easy, it's actually a lot of fun too.
So, the first thing to do, is design your layout plan.