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7 Books That Have Taught Me The Most

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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.
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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.

7 Ways To Get Track Cheap: the 4th is my favourite money saver

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How to get model railway track cheapYou don’t need to buy brand new and expensive Peco and Hornby track for your model railway. Use these 7 techniques and save your money. Read Now

Track for your model railway doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are my 7 favourite ways to buy track on a budget.

A Quick Guide To Setting Up A Model Railway

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So you got a Hornby train set for Christmas or perhaps taken the plunge and bought your first model railway, probably a Hornby starter set. You’ve unwrapped and carefully opened the box.

Now what?

Here’s a quick guide to get you started.
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So you got a Hornby train set for Christmas or perhaps taken the plunge and bought your first model railway, probably a Hornby starter set. You’ve unwrapped and carefully opened the box. Now what? Here’s a quick guide to get you started. Updated:24/12/16

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.
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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:15/07/17

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. Read Now

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 Train 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. It’s a good question but it’s a bit more involved than you might imagine. Read Now

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. Read Now

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. Read Now

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. Read Now

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:21/08/17

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. Read Now

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