01 December 2018
Trees are a vital part of a model railway. They add height and look pleasant too. Here are a few options to consider...
It’s a bare landscape without trees. Things don’t look so quaint or picture-perfect. Luckily, most model railway retailers stock a range of trees that will liven up an otherwise empty corner of your train set. Tall trees were seldom allowed to grow next to railway lines for fear of them falling and causing dangerous bloackages, although the rules are laxer nowadays.
Which trees you add to your train set, and where is down to the setting and inspiration behind the layout. An apple orchard? A majestic oak in a field? An ornate cherry tree in a front garden? The possibilities are endless, but adding trees isn’t difficult, as we explain in three quick steps below.
Need more advice?
You can read this tutorial in full and watch it being built in our 'How to Build your first Train Set' bookazine. Click here for more information.
Now you've looked at trees, check out our scenery advice section for guides on how to model hedges, hills, road signs and even a potato field.
If you’re new to railway modelling, our top tools for beginners article has all the details of the essential kit you need to help you get started.