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How to Make Your Model Railroad More Realistic

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Those of you who are building a model railroad may be looking for ways to make their railroad design look more realistic. Doing so isn't too complicated, but there are a couple of tips that you would need to keep in mind if you want to get the best results possible. Here are a couple of things to consider when you go about building your model railroad, that will help it look as realistic as possible:

Select a Theme for Your Railroad

What type of area would your model train be going through? Will it be a city/urban area, an industrial area, a train yard, or a more rural setting? By selecting a specific theme, you can then get a better idea of what scenery to put in.

Use Downloadable Railroad Model Buildings

One of the ways to get the exact kind of model railway buildings you need for your railroad would be to go to a site that offers model buildings for download. There, you can select the exact types of buildings you need, print them out, then stick them onto cardboard backing to create the structures you want.

Use Weathered Buildings and Trains

If you've ever seen a real railroad area, especially one that goes through industrial areas, you will have seen that few things are actually neat and tidy. Buildings that are damaged, dirty or decaying are simply a part of life, and you can add them to your scenery to give it a more realistic outlook. Remember that railroad companies, especially those who run freight trains, don't really spend too much money to keep things looking "nice," but rather focus on functionality.