Railway related structures such as platforms used to convey passengers and loading platforms for transfer of goods convey a sense of purpose and the very reason for the presence of the railway system.

Each aspect of the railway station or goods yard should be built and positioned in a way best suited to their requirements.  Coal staithes in a yard area can offer opportunity to create a coal merchant’s business with associated scenes.  A cattle dock to facilitate transfer of livestock and a provender store to handle fertiliser and agricultural goods, are both structures which strengthen a rural theme.

To keep gradients to a minimum, tunnels, bridges and level crossings are used to allow the railway tracks to pass through hills or cross over roads, valleys and rivers.  Bridges can help to create height above track level, or depth below.  Either a small bridge passing over a stream, or a lengthy viaduct between hills, can enable greater scenic development over the model railway landscape.

Loading apparatus such as a quarry chute can be created to enable transfer of minerals from road to rail.