10 Things That Make A Model Train Geek (Me!) Happy

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It’s been a long week and it’s not over yet! I need to cheer myself up so here’s a quick little post about what makes me happiest with my model railways.

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It’s been a long week and it’s not over yet! I need to cheer myself up so here’s a quick little post about what makes me happiest with my model railways. Updated:11/11/16

When and where is the Warley 2016 National Model Railway Exhibition

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warley national model railway exhibition 2015I try to go to a lot of model railway shows but the one event I never miss is the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition. Here are the essential details for the 2016 show. Read This

When and where is the 2016 Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, all the essential details, including where to get tickets and save queuing time on the day.

Wiring up LED lights on your model railway – the simple guide

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model railway building lightingI’ve covered the mechanical aspects of making street lights before, this post however focuses on the electrical element of wiring up LEDs. Read This

If you’re looking to add lights to the buildings, streets and animations on your layout but struggling here’s a simple guide that takes you through the steps. Includes a handy tip to working out the resistors needed and where to get the power supply.

Keeping a layout clean — what I use

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Keeping a model railway layout dust and debris free during construction is a pain. Here’s how I keep mine clean without damaging the delicate parts of the layout. Read This

Keeping a model railway free of dust and debris free during construction is a pain. Here’s how I keep mine clean without damaging all those delicate parts.

A simple, cheap and effective technique to removing paint from plastic models

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Dettol Paint strippingWhy a picture of Dettol on a model railway blog? Read more to find out how a household disinfectant can help your railway modelling.
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A simple, effective and cheap tip for removing old paint of plastic models.

Why do the LED lights on my layout flicker? – Reader Q&A

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If the lights on your layout flicker, follow this advice that I gave to Paul who contacted me over the weekend.  The answer was simple but of Read This

If the lights on your layout flicker, try this solution that worked for fellow MRE reader Paul.

Not just trains: cars, vans and boats for model railways

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scale car for model railwayWant a car for your OO gauge level crossing? A fishing boat for your N scale harbour? A cycle outside the signal box? Who wouldn’t.
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This isn’t a tip as such but note a heads-up on nice complementary vehicles for OO and N scale model railways.

The next level of modelling – is it real or a model?

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Marcel AckleLooking for ideas and inspiration for your modelling? Look no further than the models of Marcel Ackle, it’s hard to tell if you’re looking at a model or the real thing. His work has to be seen to be believed. Read This

Tips and ideas from a master model maker, his glorious models have to be seen to be believed.

Reader Question – what to do with track offcuts

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Recently a reader raised a great question. What to do with track offcuts? Read This

What to do with the track offcuts? Help a fellow modeller with your knowledge and suggestions.

How to make your own trees, a new technique

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make your own treesI’ve covered making trees here before but I’m always on the look out for new techniques.

I recently came across this approach and have been impressed by initial results. Read This

I’ve covered making trees before but I’m always on the look out for new, better, techniques and this alternative approach is producing great results.