train element layout

How to choose elements for the layout?

When we go from a train set to a layout, the initial thing that we do when we go from a train is that our work is never done. Maybe one of the biggest attractions of this hobby is the ability to consistently evolve the layouts, from swapping out a handful of accessories to completely taking apart a scene and rebuilding it as we wish.

Experimenting with the theme:

When it comes to building or evolving a layout, we always speak in terms of themes. However, you must be wondering that what if I don’t want to focus on one particular era or geographical location?

Why shouldn’t I build a scene incorporating a “Wild West” town but with some modern trains running through it? Or have Pullman cars from the early 20th century, arriving at modern stations?

Well, If the idea of sticking to a particular era or location doesn’t seem attractive to you, try experimenting with a “NO THEME” and see what you can come up with – it will be a lot of fun!

Get started by visiting our scenery department, or if you want, you can also build yourself something new out of everything in your collection, in case you already have some materials saved from previous layouts. Having complete freedom from themes can be a lot of fun; for some, recreating something more specific is part of the excitement and challenge itself. Follow your heart!!


Seasonal Elements:

Do you know that adding elements to give the feel of a specific season is all about the small details? The only way you will differentiate between seasonal themes is to use particular color pallets and elements such as snow or grass types.

Let’s take a more detailed look at what accessories will help set your scene:


Spring and summer layouts: For creating a scene for these seasons, you can add numerous details to your scene. Spring trees and Wheat Fields are perfect for seasonal layouts if you want to add additional details such as people working. You can go further to create a real world setting rather than just building a landscape that your trains will travel across.


Fall and winter layouts: Fall is all about the magical colors you can introduce into your layout. Here at Charles Ro, we have you covered with a full range of fall accessories that will make your fall layouts look incredible and save you a lot of time and money. Finally, The charm of a winter layout is that it can be achieved easily. You can simply add your own homemade snow to your landscape to create a winter scene. However, for creating a full winter theme, you will need additional stuff. Visit our website for more amazing seasonal ideas.

We understand that creating defined locations or an era can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Don’t worry. We are here to help you out!!


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