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Scenic Design
Structural Scenery
Ground Cover
Water/Sea Water



Scenery or landscaping is the finishing touch that turns timber with track fixed to it into a model railway. It is the most time consuming process in the construction of a model railway but also the most rewarding in terms of the end result. It can be a very personal area of model making as individuals perceive both colour and the natural world in different ways. When constructing a model railway it is important to give the scenery consideration when designing your track plan. At this early stage you need to visualise the finished product in order to ensure your end results will meet your requirements. If you are modelling an actual location then your scenery will be already decided. A fictitious location allows more freedom depending on the type of layout you intend to construct. 



The key to this question is the word realistic as what we perceive as realistic varies from person to person and tends to depend upon how far down the model railway evolutionary path the enthusiast has progressed. From train set to scale model railway as an evolutionary scale the enthusiasts demand for realism increases as individuals progress down the path and scenery is no exception. At the train set stage lower grade scenics usually brighter in colour and coarse in grade are usually accepted as realistic but as enthusiasts view model railways in magazines or at exhibitions their standards tend to rise towards higher quality scenic products e.g. those manufactured by Woodland Scenics or similar where a spectrum of colours, grades and textures are available.  It is also possible to combine commercial products from a variety of manufacturers to achieve even higher standards of scenic realism together with materials from other sectors e.g. rubberised horse hair and lint.

Professional Layout Services manufacture model railway layouts to any degree of finish including scenery. We offer a variety of finishes tailored to the standard of model railway under manufacture, or if required we may be able to complete the scenery on your model railway if you are unable to do so for whatever reason. 


If you would like to view some of our techniques in scenery production please visit the following links. We show other scenic techniques including ballasting, rail weathering and platforms in other sections of this website.

  1. Where to start Scenic Design
  2. Constructing the framework to support your scenery Structural Scenery
  3. Covering your structural scenery with grasses etc. Ground Cover
  4. Techniques for adding rock faces Rocks/Cliffs
  5. One of the most difficult natural features to model realistically is Water
  6. Man made features include retaining walls, tunnel mouths, bridges and buildings Buildings/Structures



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