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How one modeller joins track across boards

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track joins boardsHow to join track across baseboard sections is one of the most common questions I get asked here on Model Railway Engineer. Here’s an interesting technique one modeller uses.

[Advanced] How one modeller solved the problem of securing track across baseboard sections.

90 Years of History Remade, Flying Scotsman and Typhoon reunited

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scotsman & TyphoonHistory was remade on Thursday when the legendary Flying Scotsman was reunited with its little sister, the 1/3rd scale replica Typhoon, for the first time in 90 years.

[Fun] The legendary Flying Scotsman is reunited with its little sister, the 1/3rd scale replica Typhoon, at the BlueBell Railway.

Announcement

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shedAn apology, time for something new and a bit of the old.

[Info] An apology, time for something new and a bit of the old.

One for scratch builders

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Textures.com - brick paperIf you make your own buildings and walls this is a resource you’ll love.

[Intermediate] Brick paper suppliers won’t like this free resource. If you’re a scratch builder book mark it now.

Better Bends

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SuperelevationIf you have curves on your layout heres a quick technique that will make them look better.

[Intermediate] How to make your bends better.

Erecting Embankments

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model railway embankments how to makeEmbankments? building? “Oh come!” I can hear you cry, what’s difficult about that?

[Intermediate] Making embankments on your model railway – suitable for all gauges.

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.

He glanced at the knife: my most embarrassing moments as a model railway builder

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There I was happy in my own little world of model trains. And then I saw the odd expression on the face of a lady walking past. “No wait, I’m really not odd. I’m just doing this for my toy trains and this is my favourite alleyway for twigs”. You favourite alleyway?? Twigs??? Toy trains????

She scarpered faster than an Intercity leaving Paddington.

[Beginners] And then I saw the odd expression on the face of a lady walking past. My most embarrassing moments while building model railways.

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.

Playing With Dapol Knuckle Couplers

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N Gauge knuckle coupler

Clunk.

That was a sound I used to hear from the trains that ran past my home as a small boy.

[Intermediate] Improving the realism of wagons with new Dapol magnetic knuckle couplers.