Getting Started in Model Railroading


Are you wondering about a model railroad layout for your son, daughter or yourself?

Wondering how you would go about building one?


Model railroading is a hobby that accommodates different modeling personalities, knowledge sets and skill sets. You don’t need to be good at everything.  Others in the hobby can help fill your gaps.  You can fill theirs.

      •   Personalities
          •    Railfan
          •    Builder
          •    Artist
          •    Operator
      •   Knowledge
          •    Science
          •    Technology
          •    Engineering
          •    Art
          •    Math
      •   Skills
          •    Constructing benchwork
          •    Wiring & soldering
          •    Electronics
          •    Building structures using different materials
          •    Painting

Here are some excellent

resources to help get you started


  • MRA Beginners Guide — look for the “Beginner’s Guide” — as of 2023Nov15: → top Menu: Education → “Beginner’s Guide”
  • World’s Greatest Hobby → “Get Started” in the top menu
  • DCC Guy (Larry Puckett) — YouTube → search for “DCC Guy” (Model Railroading)
  • Ron’s Trains ‘N Things (Ron Marsh) — YouTube → search for “Ron’s Trains N Things”
  • Jimmy at DIY & Digital RR — YouTube → search for “DIY & Digital Railroad”
  • James Model Trains → top Menu: Beginners →
    •    “How to build a model train layout step-by-step”
    •    “Ultimate guide for model train beginners”
  • Kalmbach Hobbystore — browse under “Books” and “Digital Downloads”
  • Hobby shops – Google: “model railroad hobby shops Canada”



For some more advanced topics, Select one of the options to the right. These are mainly references. More information will be added in later months.

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