Model Railway building is a hobby in which almost all of the supplies you need are fun. It is like constructing a little world, and you get to build it as you see fit. It can be as realistic or as abstract as you want. It is best to start with a small layout and gradually add to it. There are infinite variations on model railway layouts, and you’ll probably never grow tired of adding on. Here are some of the supplies you’ll need for building a model railway.
When buying an engine, you should consider things like how fast it goes with and without pulling wagons and freight, how realistic it is, and how detailed. Beyond that, go by what your realistic budget dictates. You can spend $1,000 on an engine, but if you’re just starting out, that’s probably not the best idea, unless you are very wealthy. On the other hand, an engine that is bewilderingly low in price is probably not a good bet, either.
You’ll need a transformer, which will probably come with a model railway starter kit, and a few basic tools like slot and Phillips head screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, and a wire cutter. A soldering iron is useful, but not totally necessary.
With tracks, you’ll want enough curves to make a decent oval, and you’ll want a box of what are called ‘odd straights,’ bits of straight track in varying lengths. Get a couple of rerailers, which are straight pieces of track that look like road crossings.
It’s perfectly OK to start with a model railway in a kit if you’re not quite ready to design a nice layout. Some people starting out will ask someone working at a hobby shop to recommend a good engine, a few cars, and a good starting assortment of track.
One of the best things about building model railways is the help and enthusiasm other hobbyists have and will use to help you get started on the right track.