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Random Train of The Month, Lowest Price on Hornby Smokey Joe

Sale Best price Hornby Smokey Joe My choice for the March random train of the month is the ever popular, Hornby Smokey Joe. Here's my review, rating and where to get it cheapest. [more]

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Pentewan layout update: redesigning the fiddle yard

model railways
Progress on my HOe layout progress continues but I run into a problem that required a revision to the track plan of the fiddle yard. [...]

How big (or small) are n gauge trains: photos and dimensions

How big (or small) are n gauge model trains
If you are thinking about getting an N gauge train you might be concerned about how small (or large) they are? Are they too small see or handle? How do they compare to trusty [...]

The best recipe for the ballast glue

What is the best glue for model railway ballast? Find the answer here. [...]

The Best Thickness For Plywood Model Railway Baseboards

What thickness of plywood is best for a model railway baseboard. [...]

Hornby launches Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set

Hornby Christmas CocaCola Train Set
Christmas is coming as Hornby unveils a Coca-Cola Christmas train set. [...]

What military models are suitable for a OO gauge Hornby model railway

model figures scale compared
There are loads of different military model scales available but which are best to go alongside your OO gauge, Hornby, trains. [...]

The Definitive Guide To Making Model Scenery: 4,800 words on rivers, hills, lakes, fields and rock faces

So you've laid the track and have your trains running merrily around. Great work! Brunel and Stephenson would be proud. But now what? How do you make that collection of track [...]

Looking for a different railway to model? Watch this sumptuous video for something different

Mauritania Railway
Fed up with the standard English branch line railways or American CSX layouts? How about a railway with trains 3Km in length in some of most spectacular environment on Earth? [...]

How many inches in height do I need for my incline

Paul Mcmanus model railway incline
Confused about inclines and how many inches you need to raise your track to go over other track? Here's what you need to know. [...]

Incredible Model Railway Facts, Figures and World Records

model train fastest, smallest, longest
Ever wondered what the fastest model train is? How about the most expensive or longest model railway? Here are all the surprising world-record breaking model railways and [...]

There’s a world-record for model trains pulling a real train??? Watch the incredible video

model train pulling real train world record
Model trains pulling a full-size locomotive?  How many trains would it take? Can it even be done? [...]

How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors

Tortoise passing contact switch wiring
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches. [...]

Sunday Scribbles: Keep your paint brushes for longer

If you do a lot of painting you'll undoubtedly go through a lot of brushes. I did. But not any more. [...]

DIY point control with Meccano – Frank Hornby’s creations meet

Maccano point control Hornby
Take two of the UK's greatest toy inventor's best products; add a sprinkle of ingenuity and you have DIY point control that Frank Hornby himself would be proud of. [...]

Tips from an inspirational model railway

ben alder
There are realistic model railways and then there are realistic model railways. Anyone who’s seen Ben Alder's Far North Line layout knows what I mean. [...]

N Scale compared – can you see the difference between 1:150 or 1:160 buildings?

N scale buildings compared
How do the different sizes of N scale model compare and can they be intermixed? One N scale modeller took a look. [...]

Now I am become Stig, the model builder

stig fo the dump
How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models. [...]

Congratulations to the winners

Here are the winners of the recent London Festival of Railway Modelling competition here on MRE. [...]

Attempt on model railway world speed record – miniature Mallard to try and break 186mph record

Model railway enthusiasts will be looking to break a world speed record this weekend. [...]

A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls

make you own stone work
Create realistic stone and brickwork walls and ground with this simple technique from a  professional model maker. [...]
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