How to design a model railway

There’s a wide number of track plan books available to show you how to design a model railway, additionally just look at any model railway magazine or go to a model railway show for inspiration.

If your looking to design your own model railway its worth while checking out the program Any rail, as its quick and easy to use, for the more advanced you can use templot but this does require some knowledge to work. Or you could quite simply draw it out on a piece of paper!

If this is your first model railway, its recomended to start simple, dont try and do something ambitious like Kings Cross, keep it simple. Remember this is a hobby you should be able to enjoy it.

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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