Fences are everywhere and if you want your model railway to look realistic you’ll want them on your layout.
Here’s a how to make fences yourself for little more than the price of box of matches.
Look around you. Now take a look around railway lines. No matter where your eyes land you’ll see fences.
Aside from barriers around commercial properties and garden fences, railway lines in UK should be protected by fences so if you’re modelling the modern era you’ll need fences on both sides of pretty much every section of track. For those interested. The original line side fencing legislation was laid down in Section 68 of the Railway Clauses Consolidation Act 1845.
Regulations require UK railways to have borders and fences – with 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and tunnels and 6,300 level crossings that’s a lot of fences!
Ready-made fences however are expensive. I bought 36 lineside fence posts and wire (Ratio Models 423) for just under a fiver. For a reasonable sized railway this will quickly mount up to a considerable spend.
But there is an alternative. With a little creativity, it’s possible to scratch build or make very credible wire fences yourself – as seen in the picture right.
And even better, it’s pretty easy and much much cheaper than buying the ready made variety. Essentially, it’s the cost is a box of matches and some metal looking thread.
Don’t believe me? Watch this video and have a go yourself!
More Fence Making Resources
This post covers making post and wire fences but other forms of border fencing can also be hand made. Here are a few resources for ideas, inspiration and to help you along.
- Making Chain Link Fencing by rr model craftsman
- Building wooden and faux-PVC fencing from Martha.net
- Old wooden fencing via All-Model-Railroading
- Making fences including Barbed Wire by Lionel Trains
And finally, for those creating rural railway scenes, here’s a crisp 7 minute guide to creating wattle fencing – ideal for farms and villages.
Still here? Stop sitting on the fence and get making.
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