Where’s Best To Build Your Model Railway

Wondering where to build your model railway? Loft, Garage or Shed, oh my! Here’s the pros and cons of each.

Along with which wood to build your model railway baseboard picking where you’ll build your layout presents many challenges and I’ve seen them in each of these spaces along with, of course, the trusty spare room.  There’s even the option of of building under your kitchen floor – as the wonderful Dennis Parker has done with his delightful Glendower railway (via British Railway Modelling):

But most of us don’t have space under the kitchen floor so this isn’t achievable.

model railway in loftInstead, we’re stuck with the usual suspects – the spare room, garage and shed – and while researching these options I found a great post by Brian Lambert covering the benefits of each type of space for your railway.

A quick summary is below and you can read the full post here :


  • Advantages: Out of the way and can offer a large area to use.
  • Negatives: Temperature can be a problem as can lack of height to walk around; may be limited in the weight that can be supported.


  • Advantages: Same as lofts.
  • Negatives: Similar to lofts, plus prone to dust and insects.


  • Advantages: As per lofts
  • Negatives: Electrical supply may be an issue; like garages insects can be a problem.

Spare Rooms

  • Advantages: Great for comfort,
  • Disadvantages: None.

Where do you have your model railway? Do you agree with Brian’s observations? Add your thoughts below or tweet me at @modelrailwayeng.

This post is part of my beginner’s guides. For more like it see my parent post, beginner’s guide to model railways and the companion article Beginners Guides: The four best train sets.

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