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Model train scenery

Discover Pinterest’s 10 best ideas and inspiration for Model train scenery. Get inspired and try out new things.
Model road layouts add interest and realism to a model railroad. Just like in real life, roads can almost always be found near a railroad track. In this video, Gerry Leone, National Model Railroad Association’s Master Model Railroader gives his tips for creating model train roads. Leone starts by building a gravel road. His gravel roads are made from 60 grit sandpaper which is coarse and textured.

Model road layouts are a great way to add realism to your model railroad. Learn how Gerry Leone makes asphalt and gravel roads for his layout.

Model railroaders are reputedly among the most frugal (read: cheap) hobbyists around. Why spend good money for details when you can utilize some very common household items? In the old days some folks swore by used coffee grounds for ground cover until the humidity turned their layout into giant Petri dishes of nasty mold and mildew. Or dryer lint for chimney smoke and who knows what? Wine corks converted into fuel tanks. Everyone has their favorite “free” scenery items and good on ya!

Model railroaders are reputedly among the most frugal hobbyists. So why spend good money for details when you can utilize some very common household items?

Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques and a bit of time anyone can do it.

Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques and a bit of time anyone can do it.

How to make your own grass – Model Railway Engineer, the UK's biggest model train blog

A short but great tip for making your own super-realistic grass for your model railway by modeler Stephen Fay.

Here's a great tip I've just read about for cheaply creating dense tree growth and forested areas.

Here's a great tip I've just read about for cheaply creating dense tree growth and forested areas.

The best material for modeling trees that look like trees is natural vegetation… nothing beats it. For years I’ve used various kinds of natural materials from the yard, my wife’s gardens, and fields near my house. One of the easiest pieces of vegetation to use is a bloom from the Oak Leaf Hydrangea. Note that this is not just any hydrangea – it’s the Oak Leaf variety. Here is what the bush looks like.

The best material for modeling trees that look like trees is natural vegetation… learn how to use a bloom from the Oak Leaf Hydrangea.

Pelican Bay Railway & Navigation Co. - PNR Cascadian 2010 | Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

You might have noticed that some of the MRH staff hasn't been around quite as much as normal the past couple of days. The reason is that Joe Fugate, Charlie Comstock, Mindy the office assistant, and myself have been attending the Pacific Northwest Region Cascadian 2010 Convention in Lynnwood, WA. Lots of good clinics - I've particularly appreciated ones by Dave Liesse on Creating an Operating System (which had little to do with computers but lots to do with Track Warrants, TT&TO and Car…