How to Build an HO Train Layout

By Carl Pruit

If you enjoy the thought of designing your own scale model of mountains, cities, villages or landscape then come explore the world of building an HO model train layout. You can be as creative as you like and customize your own town or design your own lumber mill, train depot or anything else you can imagine. You are only limited by your own imagination and creativity. HO scale model trains have thousands of scale model products to help you create the perfect train layout.

Lay out your design of how you want to build your HO model train by using grid paper and a pencil. Layouts can be anything from a simple circle to an oval or anything you want it to be. You can even add switches to move your train to another track or turntables to change the direction of your train.

Locate a flat surface, large enough to accommodate the train model you have laid out. Decide whether you want this layout to be permanent on the flat surface or just temporary.

Lay your railroad track pieces out on your flat surface but do not secure until you have the layout exactly as you want it. If you want this to be permanent, secure track with small finish nails.

Decorate your layout by designing with scale model buildings, landscapes or anything you choose. Again, if permanent, once you have your design the way you want it, secure with modeling glue and allow to dry. Enjoy your new HO train layout.