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He glanced at the knife: my most embarrassing moments as a model railway builder

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There I was happy in my own little world of model trains. And then I saw the odd expression on the face of a lady walking past. “No wait, I’m really not odd. I’m just doing this for my toy trains and this is my favourite alleyway for twigs”. You favourite alleyway?? Twigs??? Toy trains????

She scarpered faster than an Intercity leaving Paddington.

[Beginners] And then I saw the odd expression on the face of a lady walking past. My most embarrassing moments while building model railways.

The Cheapest Technique For Making Model Trees – They Look Great Too!

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Making model trees cheapest quickest techniqueI go full Blue Peter for this tip.

How to make your own model trees with this almost free, quick, and easy tip. Ideal for N, OO, HO and O gauge model railways.

Playing With Dapol Knuckle Couplers

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N Gauge knuckle coupler

Clunk.

That was a sound I used to hear from the trains that ran past my home as a small boy.

[Intermediate] Improving the realism of wagons with new Dapol magnetic knuckle couplers.

Where do you keep yours?

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book surveyI was reading one of my favourite, and all time classic, model railway books recently and stumbled across an interesting question.

I was reading one of my favourite, and all time classic, model railway books recently and stumbled across an interesting question.

Changing Track – How To Alter Already Laid Track

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rail alterationIt happens on every layout at one point or another.

[Intermediate] How to change and alter already laid track without destroying your rails. Suitable for OO and N gauge track work.

Railways in a garage? One enthusiasts view

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Following on from the recent post on fitting a garage out for a railway, here’s another railway builders experiences of having a railway in the garage.

[Intermediate] One modellers experience of building a layout in the garage.

Disguising tunnel access

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Tunnels are great but they also present a problem. How to gain access to the track buried deep inside a tunnel without having ugly gaps in your scenery.

[Intermediate] How I disguised a tunnel access point and without needing to remodel the scenery each time.

Baseboard tips: make wiring easier with a splash of paint

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I wish I’d done this before my most recent journey to the dark side of my layout!

[Intermediate] Your eyes will thank you so give this a go too BEFORE your next visit to the dark side of your model railway.

Building Forests On A Budget

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model railway forestI’ve just read about a great idea that I haven’t seen before. It’s from the book “Scenic Modelling” by John de Frayssinet and if you haven’t got this book I really recommend it to any model makers.

[Intermediate] – Here’s a great tip I’ve just read about for cheaply creating dense tree growth and forested areas.

Of Gin, Grime and Geoff Burch

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the keep ramblings of a railwaymanI spent last night in a local pub drinking some absolutely delicious Tiger Gin. What’s that got to do with model railways you ask….

[Intermediate] How a visit to the pub and meeting railway author Geoff Burch improved my model railways.