Creating a model railroad must be done properly or it will not be in balance. A railroad is built according to scale. The scale for the train must be the same as the scale used for scenery and buildings. If the scale does not match you can have a tree taller than a skyscraper and your railroad will not have the correct appearance. The simplest and most common scale used is one inch per every foot of the actual size. You can go as large as you like but the bigger the scale the more expensive it will be. If the scale is too small you might encounter difficulties in assembling your buildings.
Scale buildings are a lot of fun. What you choose depends on your railroads theme. If you select a theme from the old west you will have saloons, hitching posts, horses and housing appropriate for the era. A modern theme will encompass skyscrapers, condominiums and modern restaurants. Kits to build scale buildings are readily available and come in an incredible assortment.
Your imagination is incredibly important when using themed model buildings. You can go back to any period of any century you choose. Have an old fashioned schoolhouse with a bell out front set on a scenic prairie. Recreate the Victorian era or the Renaissance. You can have a thriving metropolis or a ghost town. The fun is in the wide variety of choices available. The key is to decide what types of buildings you like best and be certain all of your buildings are from the same period of time.
Placing Your Buildings
Now you have to decide how you would like your buildings to be placed. You can have an industrial area filled with factories or an amusement park right down to cotton candy and hot dog stands. Some people prefer a country landscape with fields of wildflowers and streams and place farmhouses and barns at appropriate intervals. As long as all of your buildings are the same scale your model railroad will be an amazing addition to your home.
Your buildings do not have to be placed on a level surface. If you are building a ski resort you will have a high accumulation of snow and mountains. You can build a mountain and place a resort on a flat area on the top. This will add dimension to your buildings. If your railroad is set in San Francisco your buildings will need to be placed on steep inclines to add realism to your railroad.
Wherever you decide to build your railroad in whichever time period you choose you are going to have a lot of fun. Your railroad become your own personal little piece of the world. The shingles on the roof tops will make you smile because you will remember placing them there. You will have the satisfaction of knowing you were responsible for creating everything you see. Creating a model railroad is a phenomenal experience that can be passed down for generations to come.