We are a long established Model Railway Shop in Halesowen, West Midlands with excellent connections to M5 Jct.3 & 4.
All the above would not be possible without the enormous support of the volunteers who help to keep the shop running! We thank them very much.
Well, the next stage would be to add a few buildings and generally give the train a purpose for being. In the real world railways were not just built for the fun of it, well at least not in the beginning but maybe the preservationists have changed all that, instead they were built to serve a purpose, whether it was moving passengers or moving freight or both. In the same way as the real railway engineers, we need to think about this when we are beginning to consider adding scenery and buildings to our layouts too. What is going to be our railway's purpose? A mine, a petro-chemical plant, a simple dockside, a large mainline station, a country halt in glorious countryside, the choices are endless. Once you have decided what you are going to build, the next question is; How?
Bachmann supply two ranges of products that help you to work out the How? part perfectly. First of all, there is the Woodland Scenics range of products which set up the landscape features onto and into which your layout will reside. With everything you can imagine provided for, it is a limitless list of possibilities for you to create the environment for your railway to operate in. Rock faces and roads, trees and landscape, rivers and waterfalls and other scenery details all provided for you to scope out your terrain and build it exactly as you want it to be. Once the reserve of the most skilled modeller, water is, particularly, made easy with clear water and murky water alike, the average modeller can produce some fantastic effects including placing objects underwater yet still visible, just like in a real river, lake or pool.
Woodland Scenics products are supplied in starter sets to get you going fast, with all the items necessary to get up and running. You can visit your local model shop to top up your requirements or add some more of the extensive range of products on offer. With learning kits and online tutorial videos to support the beginner, you can't go wrong! In addition to all that, add in the Just Plug range and your layout becomes illuminated as well and you don't have to be an electrician to make a spectacular display.
Secondly, there is their Scenecraft range. Many of you may already be more familiar with the buildings and little people that form the majority of this range but for those that are not, they are resin based buildings, fully decorated and ready to place on your layout to add to the features of the landscape. Some now even come ready lit so it looks like they are 'alive' with activity. Coupled with the Exclusive First Editions range of buses, the little people help provide the atmosphere of the place being depicted and give a sense of being and population involvement to the buildings you have placed on your layout. Whether it is workmen, shoppers, passengers or animals, there are plenty of choices and scope to add to your local population. There are even sitting passengers ready to be added to your coach stock to populate the local suburban commuter or fast inter-city express rushing through.
Bachmann Scenecraft also supply a wide range of wagon loads, so if you are tired of watching your train pull a rake of empty wagons then this range is well worth a look. It will also provide inspiration for you to have a look around your own home and place of work, to see if there is anything readily available that can be adapted to form your own loads, unique to your railway.
Buildings come in all shapes and sizes, houses, shops, pubs, industrial, commercial and agricultural, all to give more perspective to the layout. Some buildings come as a set, such as the mill series, which give scope and license for the modeller to arrange them in different formations to differentiate their layout from anybody else's. All the buildings are typical of those found up and down the country on or around railway scenes so you should be able to find something to suit your own particular location and purpose.
So now, not only are you a railway operator but local town planner as well. Use your newly found talents wisely or tear it up and try again. Whatever you decide to do, don't be afraid to experiment, get things wrong, get things right, but most importantly, enjoy yourself trying!
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