How much does a model railway cost?

The biggest and some times most awkward question is How much does a model railway cost?

A model railway essentially can cost as much as you want to spend on it, the average railway modeller will spend around £500 -£1000 a year on their layout. Although most starter sets can be picked up for less than £100.00 locomotives and rolling stock are slowly increasing in price, detailing kits and accessories are generally classed as pocket money prices for a number of kits, but these can range from £5 up to around £30 or even more.

However, you can pick up some great deals, on eBay, Facebook model railway trade groups, and of course at model railway shows.

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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