Artists in Miniature Landscape

'How do I go about operating a model railway?'

"Operating" is best achieved by running a service of trains appropriate to the setting of the model.  By having a number of hidden sidings containing a selection of accurate model trains you can treat your model railway as a "stage" and the trains as "actors" who come on, do their bit and depart.   Working to a script (called a Working Time Table or WTT Show me an example of a typical Working Time Table), you add that vital ingredient of involvement, suspense !  For the onlooker this takes the form of "What will happen next?", and for the operator the challenge is to successfully complete the "show" without error and above all convincingly, so that those watching come to believe they are looking at a distant version of a real railway.

Operating alone, the challenge comes from honing your driving skills and learning more and more complex manoeuvres so as to be able to put on a better and better show each time you have visitors.  The concentration this level of involvement requires probably makes a model railway one of the best devices yet invented for offering relaxation to the harassed executive since the sense of achievement when a show goes well is considerable.  A model railway is, in fact, the ultimate executive toy !

'How does this work in practice?'

To operate most model railways you have one or more operating positions where you sit at a control panel.  These can be of several types;


With Countryside Models the choice is yours!

How can a model railway be fun?