About Terrain for Trains Layouts
for Trains produces fine hard-shell molded plastic layouts, providing
a no-mess, no-hassle method for building and operating model trains
The key to
the durability and long life of Terrain for Trains layouts is
the material used to mold them. We do not use urethane foam or
styrofoam, materials best suited for picnic coolers and packaging
protectors. They are not durable enough for train layouts even
when wrapped in plaster cloth. Add enough plaster or hydrocal
to effectively stiffen a foam layout and you no longer have a
"light weight" layout .
Terrain for Trains layouts are molded from sheets of 1/8 inch
thick polystyrene, a rigid hard-shell material that is also light
and extremely rugged. It provides an ideal base for the
model railroader; it can be painted with several different types
of paint and various accessories and scenic details are easily
glued to it. All the materials necessary to completely finish
any of our layouts are available from your local hobby dealer.
important to the success of any model railroad, and we have plenty
molded into the surface of every layout. You'll find hills and
valleys, rock outcroppings, streams and ponds, roadbed for the
track, roads and parking lots for cars, and lots of level building
sites waiting to have structures erected on them.
is another factor important to the success of your railroad, and
this is particularly true if you are a beginner. Our layouts are
designed to use Atlas SnapTrack which is available at nearly every
hobby dealer in America. You simply slide the layout from its
shipping carton and glue the track to the layout surface while
following the printed track plan and the guide lines molded into
the roadbed. Any "super glue"
found at your hobby dealer will work just fine. You can be up
and running in just a few hours -- many customers report as little
as four hours invested in the assembly of the High Sierra, including
the installation of the support pan (under the mountain).
received many letters of thanks from customers, both beginners
and experienced model railroaders, who are finding great pleasure
in their layouts. And they have accomplished this without messy
plaster or heavy-duty woodworking. Once you have completed your
layout, be sure to send us some photos. If you will allow us,
we'll post them in our scrapbook.
Unlimited Expansion Possibilities
With the addition
of the Terrain for Trains' extension modules, the Quarry and the
Town of Rocky Ridge, you can now expand your High Sierra layout
to fit almost any room dimension. Our suggested multiple-module track plans page illustrates only
a few of the many combinations possible. The Town of Rocky Ridge
is a "pass through" or end-loop module and The Quarry
can be used as a 90-degree corner or an end-loop. No electrical
problems (such as reverse loop conditions) will occur if our modules
are used as designed.