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Solve track errors with this tip I discovered while making videos

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I’ve recently been paying around with video of my layout. It was while recording that I discovered this neat track laying aid.

[Beginners] I’ve recently been paying around with video of my layout. It was while recording that I discovered a neat track laying aid.

How to make bushes

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bush plantingShortly after publishing a recent article on making stone bridges I got a number of messages from modellers wanting to know more about the vegetation seen in the photo. Here’s how I make my bushes.

[Intermediate – Model Making] I get asked a lot how I make my bushes on my model railways. Here’s my short but fiddly technique.

The 5 Must Have Tools That Have Transformed My Track Work From Terror To Triumph

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best tools for model railway track There are an astonishing 10,072 miles of track in the UK.

[Intermediate] The five tools that have transformed my track work.

My Five Favourite Model Train Maintenance Tips Of 2016

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wheel cleaningOne of the most common questions I get is how to maintain locomotives and track so trains run smoothly — I seemed to get a desperate plea for help daily over the last year. So rather than write another exhaustive how-to on the subject here are my favourite five tips that I’ve recommend most often during 2016.

[Beginners & Intermediate] How to clean and maintain trains: the top five tips for cleaning and maintaining track and locos that I’ve recommend most often during 2016.

The Best Train Themed Films and Tip Videos To Watch Over the Christmas Break

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Classic Christmas TV: It’s a Wonderful Life, Die Hard and Love Actually.

They’re my watch films during the holidays but if you have some more spare time between now and the New Year these are my eight fave train films and YouTube model railway tip vids to watch over a festive drink or two.

[All] My must watch train films and YouTube model railway tip packed video’s to watch over the festive break.

Making Model Railway Trackcam Video

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track camIf you’ve seen some of the track cam videos over on YouTube and want to make your own but don’t want to go to the expense of equipping your train with a GoPro there are budget alternatives you can try.

[Intermediate] Making driver eye-view videos of your model railway.

Cheap, easy, lights for your layout

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Lights for model railway building‘Tis the season of goodwill and festive cheer, so let me brighten up your railway with this quick and cheap way of adding lights to your layout.

[Intermediate] A quick, simple and cheap tip for adding lights to your layout.

How to make your own stone bridge. What do you think of mine?

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stone bridgeWant a stone bridge on your railway? You could go and buy a plastic kit… Or you follow these 7 steps and make you own.

[Advanced Modelling] After posting a photo of my layout featuring a bridge on Instagram I’ve had a lot of requests asking how I made the bridge. Here’s my technique. What do you think?

Quick tip for better backscenes

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Vale of Oxbury model railwayHere’s a quick tip for more credible backscenes and realistic layouts.

[Advanced] A quick tip for more credible backscenes and realistic layouts.

Recycle for your railway — money saving ideas

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I’m always on the prowl looking for ways to save money when building my model railways. 

I’m always on the prowl looking for ways to save money when building my model railways. Here are my top 10 fun recycling tips to save money when making a model railway.