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The most awesome landscape feature to add to your layout

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There’s a beauty in landscapes. Rushing white water rivers, rolling hills, wide open fields. They’re glorious, especially when you’ve made them yourself.

There’s a beauty in landscapes. Rushing white water rivers, rolling hills, wide open fields. They’re glorious, especially when you’ve made them yourself. Updated:20/07/17

What are the minimum vertical clearances for model trains – British standards

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Model Railway Standards

Don’t run the risk of having your trains crash into tunnel roofs. Build to British standards for minimum vertical clearance and train heights and keep your models safe.

Model Railway Standards

[information] – What are the minimum vertical clearances for model trains – British standards

Should you paint a baseboard and what’s the best paint to use

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painting a baseboardProgress on my shed layout has been abysmal recently. And I can’t blame the hot weather.

[Intermediate] – Progress on my shed layout and if and how to paint baseboards.

The quickest way to ballast track? Beginners tip

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quick ballastingLet’s face it, no one likes ballasting track. It’s soooo time-consuming. But if you’re just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish there’s a simple answer to your woes.

[Beginnners] – Ballasting. What a pain. But if you’re just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish there’s a simple answer to your woes.

How I keep my track clean

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You can’t stop your model railway track getting dirty but it doesn’t have to cost a lot to keep it clean and your trains running smoothly.

[Beginners] How I keep my model railway track clean without spending a fortune.

Sounds good – audio effects for layouts

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layout soundsWe’ve had sound in locomotives but what about sound in your buildings? 

[Intermediate] We’ve had trains with sounds but how about this… A novel, cheap and simple way to add sound effects to a model railway layout.

Five unusual (and fun to watch) ideas from around the world for your next model railway layout

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Let’s face it: a lot, and I mean a lot, of model railways look the same. But they don’t have to.

Hobbiton Railway

[Fun] Five unusual (and fun to watch) ideas from around the world for your next model railway layout.

Point Wiring: A quick tip to eliminate stalling

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I get a lot of email around wiring points. They seem to cause endless problems. I’m working on a guide but in the meantime, here’s a quick walkthrough and tip to  help eliminate stalling on points and reduce the need for constant cleaning.

[Intermediate] Model Railway Points: A quick walkthrough and tip to help eliminate stalling on points and reduce the need for constant cleaning.

It doesn’t always work. Not with a Nokia anyway….

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Using a nokia phone to try and fix model railway problemIt’s been a disappointing Bank Holiday weekend. And not just because of the rain.

[Workshop] It’s been a disappointing Bank Holiday weekend. And not just because of the rain…

Sounds effects without DCC

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If you’ve ever longingly looked or listened to the wonderful sound effects possible with DCC trains and wanted something similar for your DC locomotives Train Tech have just the thing.

[Intermediate] Adding sound to a locomotive without the cost or complexity of DCC.