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Once you've experienced the joys of operating an oval layout on the living room floor, or of admiring a shelf-full of model railroad equipment, you' l l begi n to wonder j ust how much better it all would look in a more perma nent setti ng. There are, to be sure, thousands of true model railroaders who never got beyond the floor/shelf stage, but they are missing somethin g. Model railroading is rea l ly an action hobby - those precisely-detailed mi n iatu res of real railroading are designed to operate as wel l as they look. Why not get that train set or col l ection off the floor or shelf and onto a completely-sceniced model ra i l road lay out ? That term "completely-sceniced" can be enough to scare off some of the more timid sou ls. I n fact, a pla i n plywood board with tracks, a scattering of houses, grass, trees, a nd

roads falls with i n the defin ition as much as a mou ntain "empire" - the fascinating feature of this hobby is that you have the choice of which to b u i ld. Ma ny modelers start w ith the simple flatland layout, adding hl"s and ravines over a period of months or even years to suit their budget of time and thei r i nterests. The first step, though, is to get a table built that will allow you to expand your new model railroad l ayout with a minimum amo unt of rebuilding. To the beg i n ner, the simple f l at tabletop may seem the q u i ckest way to get some trains rolling. It may we l l be,

A h igh ly-detailed scene like this one created by SS Ltd's craftsmen, is only possible with proper benchwork su pport. These mountains are part of a 2x4-foot HO scale "modu le".

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