How to build a model railway

So you’ve looked at model railways, become inspired and now your thinking How to build a model railway.

Well simply start with the basics, then build up from there, you will need to start with a baseboard and some track, Hornby have recently released their beginner’s family fun project which has everything you need to build your very first simple model railway.

The following questions in the knowledge centre will help guide you through each part, whilst not comprehensive it will hopefully give you an idea on how to build a model railway

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About North Western Models


At North Western Models we believe that it’s the detail that brings a model railway to life.

North Western Models was established in 2015 by Kevin Colley and Christopher Gore as an online model shop based in Stockport, Cheshire. Initially dealing with high quality detailing accessories and kits, North Western Models prides itself in serving the model railway community to promote the notion that detailing helps to bring a model railway to life.

Kevin and Christopher have a lifelong passion with railways in general and also with model railways. Between them, they have planned, built and exhibited a number of layouts in 00 and N gauge at various local model shows. Kevin and Christopher regularly attend a number of exhibitions each year, either trading as North Western Models or with one of their layouts which is currently on the exhibition circuit.

Kevin Colley, North Western Models Co-founder
Kevin Colley, North Western Models Co-founder