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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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