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Cost of Building a Model Railway

Modelling can be as cheap or expensive as you make it. The more you make yourself the less it will cost. My own layout has cost approximately 300 to make, not to mention the number of man hours to make it.


Over time I have built up my number of locomotives and carriages. This helps to spread out the cost. I have spent over 300 on rolling stock. With rolling stock it's a good idea to keep them in their boxes when not in use. If you keep them in good condition they hold their value and may even INCREASE! Many people buy models just to put away as an investment. This is fine but I feel they are worth more running, giving the modeller enjoyment.


Here is a break down of my own costs:


Base Board:  20 (self build)


Track:    Points 60

              Straights 30-40

              Curves 30


Electronics:   Power controllers 50-60

                     Point motors 24 for 6 with switches

                     Wire 10 (for a lot)


Buildings:  Station 15

                  House 8

                  Bridge 8  


Scenery:    Grass 10

                  Ballast 8

                  Trees 1.50 each

                  Paint 5


Rolling stock:  Average goods wagon 10

                       Average passenger carriage 15-20

                       Eurostar set 40 (got a bargain R.R.P. 80+)



It's a good idea to shop around. Prices can differ significantly especially when a sale is on. At many good model shops you can find unboxed new rolling stock going cheap, but do bear in mind that future resale value will be reduced. This would not be a problem if you are going to run them as they are probably going to get damaged anyway.

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