Birmingham broadcasters builds beguiling model railroad in his home

Professional broadcaster Roy Wood built an impressive model train layout in his home
Roy Wood has spent the past several years perfecting a model train miniature world in his home.
It’s difficult to devote 40 years to a pursuit without going off the rails.

If you’re Roy Wood, it helps if it involves rails.

“There are so many different things you can do that are involved with the hobby, it’s hard to get bored with it,” said Wood, a retired Birmingham broadcaster and long-time model railroader.

Wood has spent the past several years perfecting a model train miniature world in his home.

“It took me 40 years to get there, but I finally have my museum-quality railroad,” Wood said.

Getting there required him to tap into new and old skills.

“To get to this level, you’ve got to be a carpenter in order to build the bench work,” he said. “Then you’ve got to be an artist because when you start to deal with scenery, you’ve got to … know how to paint and how to do that. Oddly enough, (when) I started out in school, I wanted to be an architect. All of that has come in handy as a model railroader because all of the buildings that are on my layout are handmade.”

 

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