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One of the keys to success in creating your perfect model railroad layout – the scale railway you always dreamed of owning, is knowing exactly what you want… or more importantly, what aspects of the railroading hobby give you the most pleasure.
Is it designing and building magnificently realistic scenery, planning and laying track, or managing realistic train operations? Given the choice; would you prefer more yard switching, or mainline operations?
I should point out there are no right or wrong answers – we all look for different things in the hobby. That’s why no two model railroads are the same.
To a certain extent each part of a layout will interrelate with other parts of the railroad, and the emphasis you place on one aspect of your railroad layout will potentially affect what happens to some other part of your layout.
It is a case of knowing what YOU want, and what YOU enjoy most, and then deciding the ‘Relative Emphasis’ you’ll place on each aspect of your railroad. After all, most of us have limited layout space available, so prioritizing each aspect of the train layout is a necessary part of the hobby.
It’s about focusing on what you really want and enjoy.
For example; if you like a lot of train track work, then you might need to limit the space allocated to scenic features like rolling farmland, or maybe a harbor scene, or mountain range.
Here’s where these two sliding cursor drawings will come in handy to help define and clarify your ideas.
Looking at this first drawing, imagine you could move the cursor to the left or right.
Moving the cursor to the left would place more emphasis on having more scenic realism on your layout.
Moving the cursor to the right towards the track / operation end will potentially be at the detriment of model railroad scenic realism.
On your perfect layout, where would you place the imaginary cursor – at number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or maybe at number 10?
Let’s now look at another drawing.
Imagine you could move the cursor to the left, meaning your ideal model trains layout would include more train switching operations. Number 2 would lean towards a strong emphasis on switching operations, so you would probably want to include more switching yard space on your railway layout.
Or you could move the cursor to the right, maybe to number 8, indicating you would prefer more mainline running. Where you place cursor will help you get your operating balance right. It’s very simple, but requires some careful thought.
In fact; it is a great exercise to help clarify the mind, and decide which direction you want your layout to take.
Now, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to never stop learning.
If you haven’t already got a copy, I would suggest you grab the FREE Model Train Tips e-book from the ScaleTrains.org website. It is totally free to download and could help you create the model railroad layout for your trains you’ve always dreamed of having.
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