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7 Stunning HO Scale Scenery Ideas

When it comes to model train layouts, scenery is everything. You can always build one with just the tracks and the trains, but it won’t be too interesting. What you need are backdrops and other elements that make your layout come to life.

Because of the large space that you can get from an HO scale, this is one of the best layouts to fill scenery with. Before you start working on your own, check out these awesome layouts to get HO scale scenery ideas!

Urban HO Scale Layout

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The scenery of this layout takes inspiration from the Long Island Rail Road in New York City. What makes this layout so realistic are the surroundings. Note the clutter, the vintage signs, and the discoloration of the buildings. If you want your layout to have the same effect, make sure that nothing is out of place.

HO Scale Layout with Mountains

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One way to make your model railroads stunning is to add mountains. This gives you a chance to add scenic backdrops and structures such as buildings. Like this layout, you should also add trees and other greenery to give it a lifelike look. If you do this right, you’ll end up with a layout that’s worthy of postcards.

HO Scale Scenery with Snow

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Creating artificial snow for your scenery can be tricky because it tends to look unrealistic. Good thing the modelers of this layout found the perfect mixture for it. All you need is talcum powder and crushed glitter dust! This combination can easily catch light and gives off a frosty glitter effect.

HO Scale Tree Scenery

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When you add trees to your scenery, don’t forget to include other vegetation as well. Not only is this a good way to fill up the space, but it also adds a sense of realism. This layout does a fine job of doing exactly that with bushes, shrubs, and even little grass tufts.

Grass-covered HO Scale Layout

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This layout is a great source of HO scale scenery ideas with grass. As a forest-themed model, it needs a dense of blanket of greenery. For yours, it’s recommended to go for static grass, which looks more realistic because it stands up. Don’t forget to apply a bit of water using a spray bottle for a dewy look!

Christmas-themed HO Scale Layout

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You can design your sceneries to reflect the current season as well. This layout, for example, can bring out the holiday cheer out of anybody with lighted trees and decorations. It’s also fully functional with bell sounds and Christmas carols that you can activate with the push of a button.

HO Scale Layout with Body of Water

Capping off our list is this layout that includes a beautifully constructed river. You can see it flowing underneath the bridge. You’re bound to find a body of water anywhere you go, so scenery without water wouldn’t be very realistic. Not only will it add realism to your layout, but it will also add a welcoming splash of blue to balance out the colors.

Want to see more sceneries with HO scale layouts? Check out this article Top 5 HO Scale Scenery Photos.

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