It’s rather shocking that we like model trains. And no matter how much we enjoy writing about it in a digital blog, sometimes nothing compares to a physical book.

In addition, many of the books listed below have an extra bonus: the opportunity to immerse yourself in a certain part of a hobby!

If you want a good book or are looking for something beyond what I could cover in a blog post, check out some of these!

Bachmann train E-Z Model track planning

Even if you’re new to the model railway, you’ve probably heard of Bachmann. Otherwise it is one of the largest model railroad companies in the world. That’s why this book is such a great idea!

Chances are that one day you will have to deal with Bachmann products. So it’s a good idea to have a book that shows you how to make the right layout with some of their products.

In this great book:

  • Six depth layouts and 20 additional layouts.
  • Tips for beginners in advanced models, including weather and landscape chapters.
  • How to give advice to build fantastic facilities
  • 124 color pages

It’s a book that really helps the beginner, but if you’re a professional, you’re sure to find something useful!

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Bachmann forms E-Z MODELROADS transport ships

  • Six depth layouts and 20 additional layouts.
  • Tips for beginners in advanced models, including weather and landscape chapters.
  • How to give advice to build fantastic facilities
  • 124 color pages
  • The easiest way to plan

How to build a realistic model of the railway landscape, third edition

Dave Frey is somewhat responsible for the model railway world. He has been building for over 45 years, publishing articles in magazines such as Model Railroader and other books, and even appearing in films and exhibitions such as Disneyland!

No wonder I have to recommend a third edition of his book on model trains to create realistic landscapes for your layouts.

DCC basic wire guide for your rail model

So we actually have an article about DCC train control for beginners, and that’s a good start. It covers the basics of what CCD is and some other useful information.

But, and this is the truth, I’m not an expert on CCD model trains. So I prefer Mike Paulsgrove, who is a columnist for Model Railroader and who also wrote this extensive guide. This book contains more than I hoped to teach you.


One hundred and twenty track layouts for model railways

I like to use sites like Scarm to help me plan my constructions when I have plans. Very neat!

My big problem, however, is that I don’t always know what I want to build or what will look good in this or that place. That’s why it’s nice to be in a book about such model trains. There are 101 different layouts, and although not all of them (in my opinion) are winners, there are more than enough to copy them directly or give me enough inspiration to take my layouts to the next level.

I really think it’s worth it.

Basic model railroad bench, 2. Edition

If you look like me, that’s what your train model looks like: It all started on the ground when I took my first train. Then he went to a spare table on thick foam. Finally, it was subjected to a number of user-defined table iterations.

This book is about model trains! It will guide you through the various stand presentations and cover all these topics:

  • Planning the layout of your bank
  • What materials you need: Wood, moss, etc.
  • Extend the layout with background screensavers
  • Access by ducklings and lifting components
  • Addition of a biscuit cutter or any kind of roadway
  • Use of foam as support material

It’s a really informative book, and if you’re ready to put your model on something more permanent than a free table in the basement, this could be a book for you!

N Railway ladders: Hobby Start, second edition

A little further on, this book is for local N-scale modelers only! It is true that good information can be applied to other train weights, but for the purpose of this book Martin McGirk has decided to focus only on the N scale.

In the second edition of this tutorial on N-scale train modelling, you will learn chapter by chapter how to choose your route, how to support your trains, how to create landscapes and how to pave the track.

You can learn a lot from this book!

Planning of the track for the actual work

The route planning for a realistic work is somewhat more nuanced than in some of the other books here. There are many things that are not technically necessary to build a model railway.

But if you’re a serious amateur and want to make sure your train track is the best, this book can help you find the track that’s right for you.

It covers all types of realistic interactions with railways that you can record: foothills, stations, main lines, intersections, and explains notions such as curvature, gradation and deviations for your trains.

Introduction to rail transport Model

We’ll write it here, in case you’re new and still browsing the pages. I hope it’s the one where you stop, because if you’re new to modelling or even looking for a gift to give someone a hobby, this is the book for you.

Jeff Wilson does whatever it takes to learn a hobby. From place, time and scale to modelling, how to set up your first models and what to do before.

It’s not a very complicated book, and many advanced model railroad enthusiasts may not find it very useful, but I think it’s a book that should be read at least once.

There, it’s done. A good collection of interesting books about train models. Each of them is unique in its own way, and I’m sure you’re more interested in some of them than others, but I hope you find something useful in each of them.

If you’re looking for a model train for your hobby, check out our best beginner’s guide or even our recommendations for some of the best model train brands.

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Peter has been building model trains for longer than he can remember. An ardent fan of size HO and O. This blog is a creative way to delve into other scales and aspects of the model railway community and its hobbies.

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