A model railway layouts hobby is a fantastic and really absorbing one. It is a pastime that can bring members of the family together to work on something. Many people are keen on developing a model train layout in their homes but more often than not are unsure where to begin.
Here is how you can go about the first of your model train layouts. What you need to begin with is decide on the scale of the train that you are interested in using. There are several of these to choose from and you have to do this after careful thought. The N Gauge train with a 1:160 scale is a popular one but be forewarned that they are quite small. The one problem with this size is that it is difficult to detail your models and environment because they are so small. But if you have a space constraint then this is the best scale to choose.
If you have the space to create an outdoor model railway layout, then you should go in for large trains on a O or G scale. These trains are larger at around 1:24 or 1:48 respectively. If you have detailing like a garden for these trains to pass through, then they are the perfect size. The most popular in this range is the HO scale of 1:87. The space they require is not much and the detailing and accessories you need are much easier to work on. You will love coming home to them.
Settle on a theme for your model railway layouts. Its the best way to get started. You could go in for the Wild West or futuristic city theme. Of if you have it in you, you could try and replicate your own town. Anyway you look at it there are several themes that you can choose from.
And finally the most important thing is to track each of your placements in terms of buildings and tracks down on paper.
This way you will not make too many mistakes on your model.