Those that are into model trains as a hobby can spend hours on creating the environment in which they will set up their models in. There is quite an art to this.
Begins with the Research
Most of those who are into model trains have some great knowledge when it comes to the trains themselves. But where they need to do more research is with the creation of the miniature landscapes that they will need to design. As a starter for this information, they can do some research into the different territories that trains run through not only in the present but in the past as well.
Sourcing Out the Materials
Being as everything is going to be built to the scale of the model trains, it means that the environment they are travelling through must also be built to scale. It means having to source out miniature suppliers. There are companies that specialiize in creating miniature landscaping items but these can be really expensive.
There are some things that will be needed for the landscape that will not be easy to access. For example, many trains run through mountain passages. Model train enthusiasts want the landscaping to be authentic. So they may have to create these mountains themselves. Which can add to the fun of the development of this miniature building. The mountains can be made out of paper mache. Then the tunnels carved out for the laying of the track. The mountains can then be painted to look authentic.
Being a Creative Shopper
A great resource for the model train enthusiast is garage sales. Here there may be some great finds of items that can be scaled down to fit the scene. Another great time of year for shopping for miniature items is during the Christmas season. There are tons of miniature villages available then.