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Hello everyone, I am 17 and have been playing with model trains my entire life, I was playing with my Grandad's layout when I was really young! I used to have some simple Hornby track ect when I was quite young as well, When It came to my 8th (I think) Christmas my Grandad and Uncle supplied me with a Baseboard with track attached and everything, It was a dream come true, It was only a simple layout but it was mine (and my younger brothers) The layout consisted of a double track loop and 2 sidings. I used to use it daily! The layout is in my garden wood shed now because I moved house almost 2 years ago and it wouldn't fit up the stairs! So now I want to build a large cheap layout that can be taken down for when I leave home, I would like to have buildings and everything and all sorts of rolling stock on the layout! So if anyone would like to put forward any idea's or anything it would be greatly appreciated


Many Regards



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Hi Rhys,




Do you have a train shop nearby?


If so I recommend you pop down there and get a track planning book. Have a good look and see what you can fit in the space you've got and the size of trains you want (and what you've got!)


Also have a think about what you want to do? Run trains round and round?


Shunt goods trains?

Have a terminus with loco shed?


I guess you'll want the first so look in the track plan book for a good layout...

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Hi Rhys, welcome to the forum! I suggest you make yourself a list of the things your layout MUST incorporate, then a list of things you'd quite like to have and finally a list of things you don't like. Armed with these requirements and the amount of space you've got available will let you start planning and dreaming up schemes which is half the fun in my opinion!


Have fun!



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do you go to any exhibitions, looking at the variety, at shows could help you with what region and/or era you like the most, and the you can google search a combination of key words. you could also try your local railway modelling society.

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