"Wow!" "Amazing!" "Awesome!"
These are always the words that come to mind when I see a model railroad. Always exciting to view, and even more so, to watch them operate - Trains carrying coal, logs, containers, tanks, going in and out of tunnels, weaving through the landscape - trees, mountains, bridges, rivers and waterfalls - interacting with people, industries, activities - while listening to the sounds of mighty locomotives carrying their long and heavy loads through cities and towns - stopping for pickups and deliveries - entering and leaving train yards. The possibilities are endless!
Building Your Model Railroad (BYMRR) is a comprehensive, informational website all about how to build a model railroad. Everything you need to know is right here. It was developed because of a desire to share years of experience in this hobby with other model railroaders who share the same interests and goals. Some of us are train collectors, who have cases full of model locomotives and rolling stock we have collected over the years and often go to collectors conventions to buy and sell items. Others have a passion to create a model railroad for display in our homes or in our clubs. This site is primarily dedicated to those individuals who engage in the creative construction of a model railroad in any setting. If you wish to develop a small diorama or a large, sprawling layout, BYMRR will show you how to do it in an easy-to-read, step by step format. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced model railroader, you can be sure of finding something in these hundreds of pages that will interest and inspire you.
Everything you need is right here!
Read on to explore this engaging, multifaceted, artistic hobby that will open a new world to you, your family, and friends. Just click on any of the pictures below to get started...
Railroads are about America. They tell us about the history of our country, about how we grew and thrived and about how all of us were brought together from New York to California and Alaska.
If you get as excited about railroads as I am, you are already a model railroader at heart. So you might as well go ahead and build one. It's not hard to do. You just need to know the right techniques. This website will show you how to do it - for free. Everything you need to know is right here - from designing, planning, laying track, building scenery and structures, wiring and operating trains and lots of special effects that make it even more fun and exciting than you ever thought possible.
The educational opportunities of building your own layout abound. It will help you become a master at carpentry - using multiple hand and power tools - electronics, mechanical and architectural techniques, and will enhance your creativity to no end. You may not be able to draw or paint a picture, but you will be able to create a very realistic 3 dimensional scenic diorama of fantastic landscapes and cityscapes that will be the admiration of the best of artists.
It's easy to get started. Just follow the Navigation Bar on the left, beginning with "Getting Started". If you are already an accomplished model railroader, you may want to skip to the "Special Effects" section right away. There's something here for all levels of model railroading.
If you enjoy the site and find it useful, let me know. I'm always happy to hear from you. If you think of something you want me to add to the site or if you have a tip that other model railroaders can use, please send it in and I will add it to the Blog page. I'm always looking for new photos, too. If you have some model railroad, or even rail-fanning, photos that you would like to show on this site, please send them in by email to [email protected].
Thank you for visiting! Tell all your friends so we can build a great community of model railroaders, all sharing photos and information that will help us become better and better - in lots of ways.
Enjoy life - Build an Empire!
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* BYMRR was last updated on May 23, 2023. *
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