How to Build Your Own Harry Potter Hogwarts Express

Harry Potter is one of the world’s most loved and recognizable franchises. Whether you loved the books as a child, discovered the books via the movies, or have only recently found your love for everything wizardry and witchcraft through your children, Harry Potter is everywhere. Unsurprisingly, given the significance of the Hogwarts Express to the …

How to Add Onto Your Thomas the Tank Engine HO Scale Layout

Thomas the Tank Engine is one of the most iconic children’s TV characters. Most of us are familiar with both Thomas the train himself and his friends. Whether as children, parents, or grandparents – maybe all three – we have probably spent time enjoying Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends’ adventures. Unsurprisingly, Thomas and …

Creating a Winter Wonderland/Christmas layout

Are you a beginner model railroader yourself or planning on helping someone start their model railroading hobby this Christmas? If so, creating or gifting products for a Christmas-inspired, Winter Wonderland style scene is a fantastic way to get started while also giving yourself a genuinely seasonal and on-theme layout.

Moving Mountains: Building Realistic Hills & Mountains for Your Layout

All good model railroads start with a flat plywood base, but unless you happen to be modeling the farmland of the midwest, it will soon become apparent that the real world rarely has this appearance.  Hills and mountains are a great way to add scenic interest to your railroad and to develop the believability of …