Model railroading is more than just playing with trains. You’ll find lots of tips and projects for building your own model railroad here – all of our modeling blog features are right here and easy to reference! Whether you are just getting started, confused over command control, or just looking for a fun project for the weekend, you’ll find lots of helpful information on these pages.
Build a Platform – Follow along as we construct a train platform step by step. These techniques will work for a platform of any size or shape. NEW!
- Basic Benchwork – Build the supports, start the wiring and put down the platform
- Finishing Touches – Simple improvements to your platform make a big difference in the overall look of your layout.
Understanding Curves – A beginner’s guide to curves and how they’re measured.
Make the Grade – Our train platforms are often flat, but the real world isn’t! Learn the basics of building better hills for your model trains.
Maintain Your Trains – Quick guides to cleaning and lubricating your Lionels for years of enjoyment.
Wiring Your Railroad – From the basics to command control, learn how to hook up your platform step-by-step.
Build a Display Diorama – Learn the basics of building realistic scenery as you create a proper display for your favorite models.
Model a Railroad Bone Yard – Building this interesting industry is a great introduction to the art of weathering your model trains and much more.
Lionel FasTrack Modular Railroad – Everything you need to get started with our modular railroad system from standards for construction to show schedules.