AUG 8, 2014

Ways to build a model railway on a budget

You could spend a small fortune on your first model railway. Once you get bitten by the bug it’ll be hard to reign in the enthusiasm, especially when you see all the great bargains we have on track, trains and accessories at Hobbies and Models.

We’ve already provided a few tips on saving money when building a model railway in a previous blog but we thought we’d elaborate a little further on the subject and suggest ways to budget during the initial build to keep the costs as low as possible.

This is what we came up with.

To save money you should...

1.  Build small then grow big

Yes you want the biggest track layout known to mankind but how much is that going to cost you in the long run?  The bigger the track the more money you will have to spend, think of all the extra accessories you will have to buy.

Start off with a smaller track layout. Take the modest approach and you can always add to it when you free up extra funds.

2.  Have a set plan in mind

Set a budget from the off, work out how much track you plan to buy, the amount of locos you are going to need and the scale of the accessories you intend to buy.

Price up equipment in hobby stores and this should give you a give indication of how much the initial layout is going to cost, set a budget and stick to it, don’t be tempted to go over your original amount.

3.  Check around for bargains

As well as shopping at value for money stores like Hobbies and Models, be prepared to look for bargains in the local community.

Read the classifieds for private sellers, buy old rolling stock from online auction sites like eBay, and scour flea markets, car boot sales and selling sites such as Gumtree for great deals on second hand model railway accessories.   

4.  Use contacts within the model railway community

Join a model railway club. Get to know fellow enthusiasts, learn from their wisdom and get advice on how to save money when building a new track layout.

Model railway clubs are great places to meet like-minded people. Not only will you pick up tips, you might also grab a bargain through a fellow collector that’s selling off some of their old stock.

See, there are ways to save money when making a model railway. You just need a little knowhow!  


Created on 8th August 2014
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