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Some of the tools, and supplies you will need are listed here to the left. Please note, that depending on the spot you want to start your railroad some of these tools may, or may not be needed. Again if you have questions, or concerns you can contact me, or some one who has experience in this field, and type of project. Also all the tools listed will be highlighted, so you can refer back to their uses later.

Getting Underway:


For this first step you may need different types of shovels, a garden rake, level and/or laser level, rope or chalk line for your straight runs.


After grading the area, if needed you might use a garden hose to get an idea as to how you want your track and curves to run. I recommend using a hose because it is easy to move, and change. This will also give you an idea of how wide you want your turns to be, and what size curved track you will need to buy.


Once you have a good idea with the garden hose laid out, you can use bags of flour to lightly pour out onto the ground as the hose is being removed. But if you are just going to wing it without these things, then buy your track first.


As you start to install your track you will more than likely need a hack saw, or small angle grinder with a thin cut off wheel to cut your track when a different size section is needed, and you do this you will also need some clamp type rail joiners, which can be found on line at train stores.


If you are going to lay your track down flat on the ground, I would suggest some sort of a gravel base, or very fine gravel 2 - 4" thick


Other basic tools needed will be felt tip markers, tape measure, hammers,  rubber hammer if you need to tap on the track a bit. screw drivers, metal files, sand paper, and emery cloth. 


These tools and supplies should be a good start to giving you a fun and smooth running railroad,for years to come.