Build a Model Railway

New for 2019


A professionally filmed 60 minute production, jam packed with graphics, illustrations, hints and tips for both the model train set newcomer and hobbyist. Filmed over 12 months, it takes the viewer through a step-by-step process of locomotive selection and planning your layout through to completed construction including viaduct, scenery & backdrop and water feature.

With many of the big brand names used in the construction process such as Bachmann, Hornby, Gaugemaster, PECO, Metcalfe Models, Javis, Woodland Scenic and Oxford Rail to name but a few, the production is both educational and entertaining.

Director of photography Stewart Menelaws gets to relive a boyhood hobby when the production studio turns one of its offices into the railway hobbycraft project room. Originally planned for television, the production changed direction as Stewart saw the need for a concise product that would help both newcomer and enthusiast alike.

Trailer Transcript:

The world of model railway construction is presented is this 60-minute program packed with film, graphics, illustrations and detailed photography. This concise, how-to build a model railway layout, filmed over nine months, takes the viewer on a journey through site preparation and on to layout completion. With such a vast range of products available, we take a look at track, trains and rolling stock that will help to make informed choices that will start the planning process. We look at choosing the correct timber materials and construction methods for your baseboards that will even include a styled finish to match the room.

Electrical wiring is covered with practical hints and tips for the newcomer with further help on our dedicated website (see support page links).

Choosing buildings and accessories and the use of scenic materials to blend platforms and structures to the baseboard. Learn how to build a Viaduct drop section complete with water effects, trees and shrubs. Every railway needs a tunnel and we show, step-by-step, how to create one utilizing various scenery products that will bring the layout to life. Taking a sheet of hardboard cut into strips and see how to create a simple backdrop for the layout. Join us as we construct a model railway from start to finish.