Model Train Table Types

Model train tracks must be able to support stationary and moving trains on a firm surface. If you’re going to decorate your railway, you need a level surface that can handle the weight. Decorator items include structures like houses and other structures. Decorative elements such as light posts as well as miniature humans, animals and vehicles.

A wooden or other flat surface can be used to support the model railway tracks, allowing it to run freely. As soon as we get our hands on our first train set, we realise that we are completely without a platform. We put the railway tracks on the floor since we couldn’t wait to play with our new toy.

Avoid placing the tracks on rugs with a scalloped design or shaggy texture. If the carpet fibres are irregular or long, the train will sag or the wheels will become tangled in the threads.

On the train table you’ll find a display of trains and power sources. The operator or conductor can also use it as a workspace.

A premade train table can be put together quickly, or you can create your own train table from scratch. A sheet of plywood can be easily assembled into a basic table by anyone using basic hand and power tools. Complex table layouts benefit from the knowledge and skills of a carpenter.

Small train tables are 4 feet wide by 8 feet long, with four legs ranging in height from 32 to 42 inches. The operator sets the table’s height to make it easier for him or her to operate one or more trains whether seated or standing. I recommend watching “Lionel Building a Train Table” on YouTube for measurements and instructions on how to build this table.

Tables come in three varieties:

Simple \sWall-mounted \sMulti-deck \sTips:

Before you start building, take some time to plan things out. Planned events can change at the last minute.
Create a table that may be cut away or expanded upon in the future.
Set up both stationary and folding tables.
Make sure there’s enough room for scenery and props to move about.
It is possible to build a tabletop using a discarded dresser, piano or coffee table top and four 2′′x4′′ wood legs. Legs may require cross bracing depending on their height. While the train is moving, the braces keep the table from swaying or vibrating.

Advanced carpentry skills are required for the multi-deck and wall-mounted models.

This pastime has a wide range of options. Knowledge of carpentry and electrical systems are both essential. It’s an educational activity, and there is a lot to learn from setting up a railroad. This is a fun pastime that will also allow you to learn something new.