Not just trains: cars, vans and boats for model railwaysOn October 21, 2016 Intermediate 7 Comments No tags
Want a car for your OO gauge level crossing? A fishing boat for your N scale harbour? A cycle outside the signal box? Who wouldn’t.
Many layouts have a level crossing but what about cars and vans waiting at the gates for the train to pass? Or perhaps a car parked alongside a railway line with children and parents waving at the passing train?
Such small touches add realism to your layout but in the past good quality cars, vans and lorries for railways haven’t been that easy to get.
Thankfully like trains, the quality of Die-cast vehicles — to name just one manufacturing technique — has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and there are now some wonderful OO and N scale model cars, lorries and boats available.
Here are my favourites.
OO & N Scale Cars, Vans and Lorries
If your idea of model cars is the smashed up Matchbox toys we had as kids think again.
Take a look at Oxford Diecast, the detailing on their N and OO scale models are simply stunning.
Just take a closer look at the photo above of Network Rail Land Rover Defender that I picked up recently. Windscreen wipers, tread on the tires and even the indicators and license plate and all at N scale!
They’re a perfect complement to the locomotives we have running around our track.
Model Boats & Water Craft
If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know I have a thing about rivers and canals. So I was more than a little pleased then when I found the Langley Models range of N scale boats and the Craftline Models OO scale collection of narrow boats.
Langley Models also do a delightful range of OO 1/76th scale rowing boats, fishing trawlers (ideal for a harbour scene), sailing yachts and ferries.
Cycles bring an extra touch of realism to a layout. A a cycle parking facility at a busy station or the signalman’s bike leaning against a wall of a signal box add a delightful touch to your layout.
What have I missed? Are there any other types vehicles you want for your model railway but can’t find. Drop a comment below and I’ll do my best to find them.
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