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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.

Boosting power on a Hornby model railway

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If you’ve expanded a Hornby DC model railway set beyond the basic circle you may find your trains slow down in places. 

[Beginner’s] – What do to if your trains slow down after expanding your Hornby model train set

The 5 Best Track Laying Tips After 4 years Writing This Blog

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track workIn the almost 4 years since I set up this blog I’ve visited more exhibitions and clubs than I can count; met hundreds of fellow model railway enthusiasts, and come into contact with thousands more on social media.

These are the best model railway track planning tips I’ve picked up from this wonderful community of experienced builders.

The top track laying tips I’ve picked up during 4 years writing Model Railway Engineer.

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.

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.

Model Railway Beginners Q&A: How to connect more power leads to a model railway set

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If you’ve added more track to your model railway set you’ll reach a point where just one power-clip isn’t enough. But how do you get more power to your track and trains?

If you’ve extended your model train set sooner or later you’ll need more power for your track and trains. Here’s my latest Beginners Q&A on getting more power to your railway.

Autumnal Projects & Ideas To Inspire

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track leavesGreat update projects to work on around your railway as the Sun set sets earlier and the heat of long summer days fade.

It’s officially Autumn and as the Sun sets earlier and the heat of long summer days fade it’s a great time to work on your layout. Here are some great update projects for your railway and ideas to inspire you during the coming months.

The best price on Hornby trains – model railway money saving buying tips

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Looking for the best price on a Hornby train set or trying to find the the biggest discount for that model train you’ve been saving for? These tricks will save you pounds.

Looking for the best price on a Hornby train set or trying to find the the biggest discount for that model train you’ve been saving for? These tricks will save you pounds. Updated:23/12/16

7 Books That Have Taught Me The Most

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7 books how to model railways
One of the reasons I enjoy building model railways is the variety of different skills that can be learnt and mastered. To develop this knowledge, I read *LOTS* of books. Here are the ones I’ve found most useful in learning the skills needed.

7 books how to model railways

One of the reasons I enjoy model railway building is the number of different skills that can be learnt and mastered. Alongside talking to others, I’ve also read *LOTS* of books on the subject to develop my knowledge. Here are the 7 books I’ve found most useful in learning the skills needed – from baseboard construction to track work to modelling and operations.