top of page

Building one of our kits for your garden railway...




Building one of our kits is an easy and enjoyable project, along the lines of how Garden Railways started out many years ago.


In the early days, there was little choice when it came to making models of rolling stock or locomotives.
Ready-made equipment was for those with deep pockets and 'kits' hardly existed.
It was up to the ingenious hobbyists to 'invent' inexpensive ways to build wagons, coaches and even locomotives without breaking the bank.


One of the first (and most obvious) choices was to build using cardboard. Very often, this was simply an empty cereal packet, turned inside out.


At Rail-road models, we have gone back to the early days of the hobby, and brought back card models.
The major difference now of course is that we have 21st Century materials and technology to help us produce kits our early 'Railers' would have given their fishplates for.


First and foremost - Our kits are card. Yes, and we are proud of it.

NO - They are not made from cereal packets. We use very high quality Architects modelling board, with a full colour gloss printed surface.  All you need to do is cut out the parts and glue them together.

With a bit of time, care and maybe a tad of added detail, the results will astound you.
We even go to the effort of 'weathering' most of our kits with faded, streaky body panels for a bit of added realism.
Even the cab and roof panels often have rain-streaks.


As many of our customers have said of their finished project - 'You wouldn't believe it was made of card - or how cheap!'


Below is a brief summary of putting together one of our kits. Of course, full instructions aren't shown to save space:






Locate parts 1 & 5. Glue part 29 to the end of part 1, making sure it is at the end with the window opening. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Make sure the bottoms of the parts line up properly.

Glue part 31 at the other end of the side panel, again making sure that the main part of the bottom lines up with the bottom of the side panel.

Carefully glue part 5 to the other sides of the end panels to form a box.

The windows in the side panels should both be at the same end.



Using parts 2, 6, 30, 32, assemble the other box section in exactly the same way. Again, both windows should be at the same end with the end panel containing corner cut-outs furthest from the windows.



Lay one cab side panel face down and glue the lower edge of the cab front panel in place, making sure that the roof ends line up first. Do not attempt to glue the whole edge together yet. When the glue on the lower join is dry, glue the top angled sides together and hold in place until dry.

Cyanoacrilate adhesive will make assembling the cab very straightforward.

Repeat for the other cab side panel.


Glue cab rear panel 58 in place on the back of the cab, taking care to make sure the lower edge lines up with the bottoms of the cab sides.


Repeat all the above for the other cab section.


When dry, carefully glue the cab sections in place at the ends of the main body, making sure that all of the floor edges are perfectly in line and level. Clamp the cab sections in place until the glue dries.

Cut out 4 x parts ‘ROOF A’. Glue these in place across the main body at 60mm centres. Allow to dry fully before proceeding.


Carefully ‘drag’ a curve into the two long roof panels BEFORE cutting them out of the sheet. This will avoid creases and help in achieving a smooth curve.

Cut out the panels and re-adjust the previously formed curve.

Position the panels on the loco body and trim to length.

Apply a bead of glue around the upper walls and across the roof supports on the loco body. Carefully fix the roof panels in place.

Cut out parts 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. Colour all edges black.

Glue parts 21 & 23 together to form a ‘sandwich’. Repeat with parts 22 & 26.

Glue these components in place over the location below the front cab roof.

Glue the four lights in place over the locations on the front panels of the cab with the RED lights inside.


Cut out all the grill panels 9 through 18. Colour all edges black or body colour.

Glue in place over the printed panels on the loco body sides.



Of course, the above is just a very brief example of how our kits are built.

The actual instructions are VERY thorough, and there are lots of illustrations - most of our kits have full colour photo instructions - just like the ones shown here.


If you've never built one of our kits - have a go!


You won't be disappointed.





bottom of page