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Creating Realistic Landscapes for Model Railways

Creating Realistic Landscapes for Model Railways
Tony Hill
Crowood Press
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paper, 159 pp., $34.95

The author has painstakingly photographed and explained every step of the way in his building of a home hobby railroad. The indoor railway has sunk into oblivion, in part because of the explosion of electronic games. Lionel trains, while collectible, no longer occupy large basement tables.


Outdoor garden railways are very much in fashion now, especially in warmer areas where they can operate all year. In more temperate climates, outdoor trains are seasonal; witness the popularity of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s summer railway with its miniature landscapes.


While much of this book is not pertinent to outdoor model railroad construction, there is good information on using modeling clay to build and paint landscapes. However, much of the information in this work describes the creation of British landscapes for model railroads, with proper miniature fencing, gates, and vegetation. Nevertheless, the techniques outlined in painstaking detail will allow you to manipulate a variety of materials into your own imaginary scenery.

— Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden