How to Choose Accessories for Your Railway

March 30, 2022

How to Choose Accessories for Your Railway

Model train accessories are critical for bringing your miniature world to life. Decorative accessories add details and features that can take any basic model train set to the next level.

Yet with so many model train supplies available, how should you decide which accessories work best for your style? Here are some helpful tips for deciding which pieces will add the perfect setting for your model. 


Imagine Your Dream Setting

Model train accessories come in various themes to create different settings. Turn your model into the place you’ve always dreamed of living in or visiting. Have you always wanted to live by open farmland spotted with hay bales and scarecrows? Or a towering mountain with colorful stones? How about an old-style city filled with brick buildings? Model train supplies can create just about any landscape.

You could even imagine your dream home and the area it would be in. What are the details or specific pieces that make this setting so perfect for you? Once you’ve decided on a setting for your model, look for model train accessories that fit the theme. 

When you take the time to pick your favorite setting, you will not only have a theme that you can stick to, but you will feel excited about choosing decorative model railroad supplies. Dreaming of your ideal environment can inspire you, so make it a fun process!


Recreate a Picture

Model train landscape with home and nature accessories

If you’re having a hard time creating the perfect setting in your mind, look through pictures of different landscapes until you find the one you want to recreate. Visualize your model train as part of the picture. Which model train accessories do you need to create that setting?

Looking at a picture can help you notice small details that you may otherwise neglect. For example, examining a picture of a lake may inspire you to create some water features for your model, which may lead to adding even more specific details like a small boat. Or, while looking at pictures of suburban towns, you may notice a railroad crossing or some garden flowers and decide to add those. 

With so many decorative model railroad supplies adding tiny details, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when deciding what to buy. Looking at images of specific settings can give you a guideline for what will work best with the specific environment you’re trying to create. That way, your model is destined to look like the real landscape.


Browse Available Model Train Accessories

Let’s face it, sometimes it’s easy to run into a creative block. You may feel like you can’t think of any good settings to create or none of your ideas will work for your model. If you feel like you’re in a similar situation, you can always browse the model train accessories we have available at TrainLife! 

It may be more effective to see what pieces are available before deciding how you want to decorate the landscape around your model. Looking through available model train supplies can help you visualize a specific scene and show you the exact pieces you need to build it. If you’re still struggling to imagine one specific setting, simply pick your favorite accessories and go from there!

In the end, model train accessories are supposed to be customizable for each model set. Your model track could stick to a specific theme, or it could wind through a colorful landscape filled with all your favorite accessories. Pick what feels right for you, and run with it.


Find Inspiration at TrainLife

With hundreds of different accessories, including backgrounds, model figures, vehicles, trees, and more, TrainLife is your one-stop-shop for all model railroad supplies. To find accessories that match your model, visit us here. 

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