There is nothing that is really comparable to the fun and creative process you experience as a model train hobbyist then when you design and construct the scenery for your train layout. The more obvious considerations relate to the type of track your using and of course your budget.
It might be a great idea to develop your model train scenery based on the era of the train you’ve selected, and thus lend an air of historical authenticity to your layout. What you decide to line the sides of the tracks with will make your train into something more than a toy that runs around a circuit, but rather a representation of a particular era. Scenery, for many hobbyist can be just as important as the trains themselves. In the presentation of the scenery, the hobbyist can demonstrate the artistic development their representing, and their love for the hobby of railroading.
For those who are just seeing their first model train layout, being informed that most of the scenery there seeing was created and not pre-made should come as a bit of a surprise, and their appreciation level should increase accordingly. It takes a skilled hand, knowledge of the materials required, and the ability to work accurately in scale to create any scenery for a train layout. For the hobbyist who sets about to create the scenery for their train layout, it is a work of art and love. The challenge and tediousness of the task is second to the final result.
One way to make your scenery a more affordable venture would be to buy your materials and to build it in stages. Like any thing else, when your on a budget, this allows you to gradually add to your layout over a period of time.
Although I’ve mentioned a great deal about creating your own scenery, buying pre-made scenery shouldn’t be overlooked. One of the best scenery producers is a company called Bachmann, who have been in this business for over a hundred and fifty years. With that kind of history, you can’t go to far wrong by spending some time looking at their catalogues, even if this isn’t your first consideration. What I like to do, in fact, is mix the two of them up. I buy most of my buildings and structures and most of these pre-manufactured products are easy to assemble, and also add a classic look that makes your model scenery look like it is part of the actual era of classic trains. Alternatively, my mountains, trees, base ground, and most of the other scenery I create as a DIY project. With this part of the project, I’m only limited by my imagination.
Whether you choose to create your scenery yourself or purchase pre-made scenery, this is a facet of your hobby that you’ll spend many a enjoyable hour designing and creating, and one more reason why this hobby is so coveted by it’s enthusiast.