Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.

Static grass applicator – which is best, applicators reviewed and rated for 2018

The Melin Llechi layout Static grass transforms a layout but laying the stuff is a time hog and getting it to look right even more so. Static grass applicators promise to solve both problems but which is best all round applicator for ease of use, effectiveness and price and gives you the best-looking scenery? [more]

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Stuck for space for your model railway? Here’s one uplifting solution

model railway lifting and lowering
Stuck for space for your layout? Here's one modeller's solution. [...]

The undercover model railway: reader question

uncovered model railway
Regular reader Ed recently contacted me with an unusual question so I thought I'd throw it out to the Model Railway Engineer community. [...]

The number one tip for successful DCC upgrades: Sunday Scribbles

Want great running DCC conversions of your analogue trains? He's an often overlooked tip that will dramatically improve DCC conversion performance. [...]

What is Z gauge: Six things you’ll want to know before starting

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge
If you're itching to build a model railway but don't have space, Z gauge is the answer. Here's a quick primer on what you need to know to get started. [...]

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away model railways are mono rail. Why not here?

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Where are the monorail model railways? [...]

How to make scenic cement: my foolproof 3 part recipe for the best ground cover

There's a lot of misunderstanding around scenic glue but it's surprisingly simple once you know how to make it. [...]

And it goes clickety-clack, clickety-clack

If you watch and listen to any real railway you notice a particular noise. [...]

Fitting Point Motors – how to save yourself time now and avoid disruption later

Point motors are expensive and fitting them under baseboards takes time which often holds up layout construction. Here's a great way to get your track laid now while still [...]

Backscenes without detail

Making a backscene without costly printers and buying a commercial background. [...]

Making my model railway man-cave a bit more comfortable

I spend a lot of time in my model railway man-cave. It's time to add a few creature comforts. [...]
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