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The 5 Must Have Tools That Have Transformed My Track Work From Terror To Triumph

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best tools for model railway track There are an astonishing 10,072 miles of track in the UK.

[Intermediate] The five tools that have transformed my track work.

How NOT to clean track, part 2

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how not to clean model railway track 2Cleaning track is a fundamental maintenance task on a model railway but it’s surprising how badly wrong it can go.

Cleaning track is a fundamental maintenance task on a model railway but it’s surprising how badly wrong it can go. Updated:15/11/16

How NOT to clean track, Part 1

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how NOT to clean model railway trackThis gem of track cleaning advice was overheard in a model railway shop the other day. And it’s wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

This gem of track cleaning advice was overheard in a model railway shop the other day. And it’s wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Updated:12/03/16

How To Build Inclines Your Trains Can Climb – Maximum and Recommended Gradients

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don't screw up your slopesIf you want a fun and interesting model railway then you’ll want your Hornby trains hauling wagons up hills. Here’s how to work out the vital length and gradient numbers needed to start building inclines.

If you want a fun and interesting model railway then you’ll want your Hornby trains hauling wagons up hills. Here’s how to work out the vital length and gradient numbers needed to start building inclines. Updated:12/03/16

Top 5 Model Railway Maintenance Checks – How To Keeping Your Trains Running

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model railway maintenanceDon’t leave the trouble free operation of your model railway to chance. Follow this top 5 definitive checklist of quick and easy preventative maintenance tips to keep your trains running.

Don’t leave the trouble free operation of your model railway to chance. Follow this top 5 definitive checklist of quick and easy preventative maintenance tips to keep your trains running. Updated:23/12/16

N Gauge Track Laying – How To

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N gauge track laying tipsLay N gauge track flawlessly with this comprehensive collection of hints, tips and guides. 

Lay N gauge track flawlessly with this comprehensive collection of hints, tips and guides.  Updated:13/03/16

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

The Big Picture

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Model Railway Track PaintingEvery so often it pays to take a step back, review the big picture as your layout progresses and check it’s coming together as a whole. It was on one such recent review that I came to an unfortunate conclusion.

Every so often it pays to take a step back, review the big picture as your layout progresses and check it’s coming together as a whole. It was on one such recent review that I came to an unfortunate conclusion. Updated:13/10/16

How To Lay and Fix Track

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fixing trackLaying and fixing track doesn’t seem difficult. But then you try it. It’s surprising how many problems can be avoided with the benefit of hindsight.

Here’s the technique I’ve developed over the years that’ll hopefully save you time, effort and frustration.

Laying and fixing track doesn’t seem difficult. But then you try it. It’s surprising how many problems can be avoided with the benefit of hindsight. Here’s the technique I’ve developed over the years that’ll hopefully save you time, effort and frustration. Updated:15/09/16

How To Pick The Right Ballast For The Most Realistic Model Railway

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Priorsfield, Severn-Wash LineThe ballast on railways wasn’t always grey and if you want your model railway to be authentic you’ll need to get the colour and texture right on your layout.

The ballast on railways wasn’t always grey and if you want your model railway to be authentic you’ll need to get the colour and texture right on your layout. Updated:12/03/16