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

The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades

fancii head magnifier It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens. [more]

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Big Country, Big Sky, Big Backscene

One of the basic rules of model railway construction is to lay the track into the landscape as opposed to building the landscape around the track. Railways run through and [...]

The City on the Edge of Forever

city edge of forever startrek
No, this isn't about a StarTrek themed model railway - how cool would that be! - but a quick tip on how to stop views into a different time and space from spooling your [...]

How I got 5 locos to run smoothly over my points with just 10 minutes work

model railway points close up
Most of the time, our locos run smoothly over points. But occasionally there are problems. Here's how I quickly solved a problem that was causing 5 of my locos to bump on the [...]

Six inspiring ideas and track plans to use for small layouts

scifi model railway layout
Here are my favorite track plans for small spaces. It includes plans for N, OO, HO and 009 scales with designs that will fit into small spaces around a typical home. [...]

How to make a Christmas snow diorama with a model train

how to make a christmas diorama model with a train
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better to wake up to on Christmas morning than a snow-covered model railway display. How's how Santa makes his. [...]

Top marks to Märklin for this but where’s the Hornby version?

christmas train advert
Watching this you could be forgiven for thinking John Lewis have started selling model trains. [...]

What’s the best glue for paper card models from Metcalfe etc

William Doran's Metcalfe kit.
Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this. [...]

Looking for 00-9 Scale Buildings?

009-00-9 scale model ralway buildings
Looking for 00-9/HOe scale buildings? [...]

Trains stalling on Electrofrog points?

electrofrog points tortoise stalling locomotive
Trains stalling on Electrofrog points? Here’s the one solution I’ve found. I hope it works for you too. [...]

How to fill gaps between your rails

Fixing gap between rails
If you've ever laid track and found you have an unsightly gap between two sections here's an easy little trick to conceal it and help your trains run easier. [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge What I Learned

Great Model Railway Challenge
I was glued to my TV last night watching the first episode of Great Model Railway Challenge. Here's one great tip I picked up. [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge : How You Can Make Your Own Model Railway Like Theirs

model railway layout improving
If you've been watching the Great Model Railway Challenge on Channel 5 and want to build on your own railway, here's a roundup of tips and techniques you'll need to make your [...]

The tale of the errant fish plate

Fish plates are fiddly things but I didn't think I'd spend most of a morning fighting with one. [...]

A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing

glue need point applicator unblock
I use a lot of these glues. They're ideal for all manner of model making jobs. But there's a problem with them. [...]

What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?

cyclist magnorail
You've probably seen moving cars, buses and lorries on model railways but how about bicycles complete with cyclists, their legs furiously moving up and down? [...]

Boot fair bargains – How I picked up a locomotive and controller for under £10

model trains cheap from boot fair
Who says model trains are expensive?  [...]

What’s the best glue for laying track – Hornby or Peco, it’ll hold both

Today, I'm going to answer one of the most common questions that pops up in my mailbox and in the Model Railway Engineer community group. What's the best glue to fix your [...]

This 1880’s toy train still lives on and it’s famous but can you guess where it’s used?

monopoly train
There can't be many of us who haven't seen this train at one time or another.  [...]

DCC Sound Speaker Comparison – make your locos sound better

Adding sound chips to your locos makes a world of difference to a layout but not all model train speakers are created equal as Richard Croft from Road and Rails finds out. [...]

Summer Heatwave: How to recreate the tortured sunburnt fields of 2018 in model form

Do something different with your model railway scenery and landscape and create the 2018 summer heat wave in miniature. [...]
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