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The Ultimate Glossary Of Model Railway Terms

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model railway glossaryYou probably know or can work out what railway points do and what gauge means? But what about loading gauge? A CDU? Or a flange?

Don’t be put off.

Here’s the ultimate glossary to model railways with over 154 definitions of common model railway terms, jargon, people and objects.

You probably know or can work out what railway points do and what gauge means? But what about loading gauge? A CDU? Or a flange? Don’t be put off. Here’s the ultimate glossary to model railways with over 154 definitions of common model railway terms, jargon, people and objects. Updated:13/04/17

How To Save Your Railway From Being A Track Only Tragedy

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track tragedy-model railwayIt’s all too easy to start building a model railway with great intentions but then get stuck, never to get beyond the track stage. The trains are left to trundle around a circuit devoid of scenery, buildings and landscape. Here’s what I do to save my railways from this fate.

It’s all too easy to start building a model railway with great intentions but then get stuck, never to get beyond the track stage. The trains are left to trundle around a circuit devoid of scenery, buildings and landscape. Here’s what I do to save my railways from this fate. Updated:7/02/16

How Much Space Is Needed for A Hornby Railway Set

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flying scotsman railway setA question asked by many beginners is how much space will they need for a railway set set. It’s a good question but it’s a bit more involved than you might imagine.

A question asked by many beginners is how much space will they need for a railway set set. It’s a good question but it’s a bit more involved than you might imagine.

5 Ways To Make Your Train Set More Interesting

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train set on floorFed up with watching the trains in your railway set go around and around in an oval? Want a bit more variety? Here are five ways to add interest to railway set.

Fed up with watching the trains in your railway set go around and around in an oval? Want a bit more variety? Here are five ways to add interest to railway set. Updated:13/03/16

Saturday Fun – Fixing Up An Old Hornby Rail Set

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Repairing a Hornby Train SetLast weekend I picked up a bargain of old Hornby OO railway set at my local boot fair. I gave the loco electrics a quick check on the day and then put it away for a rainy day. This morning, with a few hours to kill, I tried it out.

Last weekend I picked up a bargain of old Hornby OO railway set at my local boot fair. I gave the loco electrics a quick check on the day and then put it away for a rainy day. This morning, with a few hours to kill, I tried it out. Updated:13/03/16

What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting A Model Railway

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things I wish I'd knownBuilding a model railway is fun, challenging and rewarding but it’s easy to make mistakes and overlook things when starting. Here’s what I wish I’d known before and what I’ve learnt after building many different gauge railways.

Building a model railway is fun, challenging and rewarding but it’s easy to make mistakes and overlook things when starting. Here’s what I wish I’d known before and what I’ve learnt after building many different gauge railways. Updated:10/10/16

Everything You Need To Know To About N Gauge Track Codes

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N Gauge Track CodeConfused by track code numbers? Here’s an excellent couple of video’s that explain the differences between code 40, 55 and 80 N gauge track.

Confused by track code numbers? Here’s an excellent couple of video’s that explain the differences between code 40, 55 and 80 N gauge track. Updated:23/12/16

How To Get A Hornby Train Set Without Breaking The Bank

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Let’s be honest, model trains and railways aren’t a cheap hobby. It can cost a LOT but it can be done on a budget.

Let’s be honest, model trains and railways aren’t a cheap hobby. It can cost a LOT but it can be done on a budget. Updated:29/12/15

What travelling 54,000 miles by train taught me about model railways

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Trains serviceWhat travelling 54,000 miles by train has taught me about keeping my model railway in tip-top condition.

What travelling 54,000 miles by train has taught me about keeping my model railway in tip-top condition. Updated:13/08/15

Layout Track Plan Primer – End To End Layouts

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point to point s bend track planIn the first of a new series looking at different track plan designs that you can use for your model railway we start with one of the most popular, easiest to build yet most versatile layout formats – the end-to-end or point to point 

In the first of a new series looking at different track plan designs that you can use for your model railway we start with one of the most popular, easiest to build yet most versatile layout formats – the end-to-end or point to point  Updated:29/07/15