Getting Started

Getting started in the hobby of model trains is easy! If you’re a first time model railroader, or a seasoned railroad model craftsman, welcome aboard!

4: Take Your Model Trains to The Next Level

January 1, 2020

4: Take Your Model Trains to The Next Level

Of course, we can’t possibly tell you everything you’d want to know on this site. The best way to learn about model railroading is to immerse yourself in the hobby and all it has to offer.

3: Tools, Tips, and Tricks

January 1, 2020

3: Tools, Tips, and Tricks

As a model railroader learns new skills and techniques, new tools will follow. The good news is you don’t need to spend a lot of money to acquire good tools. As you get more involved working on your model trains and building your own structures, you’ll want to pick up a few basic tools.

2.1: Tracks for Your Trains

January 1, 2020

2.1: Tracks for Your Trains

Just like the real thing, your trains need tracks to run on. If you get started with a train set, you’ll find that it includes a basic loop of track. You may decide at some point to expand your set with additional tracks, maybe even some switches.

2: Setting Up Your Trains

January 1, 2020

2: Setting Up Your Trains

Setting up your trains is easy and fun. Many model railroaders get started with a train set, popular because they include everything you need to start running such as trains, track, and a power pack.

1.2: Model Train Scale and Gauge

January 1, 2020

1.2: Model Train Scale and Gauge

Model trains come in many different sizes, called “scales.” The scale of a model is its relative size in proportion to the real thing. The distance between the rails is called the “gauge.”

1: Get Started With Trains

January 1, 2020

1: Get Started With Trains

So you’ve decided you’d like to get started with trains… Great! It’s a hobby with many different facets, and you might be surprised where it leads you to! Over time you’re sure to pick up many new skills along the way.

1.1: Train Set Basics

January 1, 2020

1.1: Train Set Basics

A train set is a great way to get started in model railroading, since they contain everything you need to get up and running right away.

Welcome to the World of Model Railroading

January 1, 2020

Welcome to the World of Model Railroading

Welcome to the incredible world of model railroading, where the only limit is your own creativity! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started in model railroading. In fact, part of the fun of being a model railroader is acquiring items you need over time.

Great Books for the Model Railroader

December 26, 2016

Great Books for the Model Railroader

Model railroading is an exciting hobby with so many facets, you may not know where to begin. Check out some of these great how-to books for the model railroader from White River Productions and get inspired!