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

5 Must-Have Tools To Transform Your Track Work From Terror To Triumph

There are an astonishing 10,072 miles of track in the UK. [more]

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More on the Train-Tech Screen

Train Tech Smart Screen
In my highlight of 2018, I mentioned the Train-Tech Screen as one of the highlights of the year. Here's more information on this innovative little product. [...]

Tips from an exhibition layout: Oak Road by Mike Buick

Mike Buick Oak Road
Mike Buick will be familiar to many modellers as the creator of the Oak Road layout. It's a beautiful layout exhibition with astonishingly lifelike modelling. Mike took a few [...]

I’ve found the perfect rotating model making paint and tool holder and it’s not what you might expect

rotating model tool and paint holder
Is your workbench a mess, with tools, paints and glues scattered around? Looking for an organiser? I was and have found what could be the perfect rotating storage unit, [...]

Jools Holland reveals model railway 10 years in the making

Musician and TV presenter Jools Holland has revealed his 100ft model railway. [...]

Show report: The 35th International Model Railway Exhibition, Cologne

Billed as Europe's greatest model railway event, the International Model Railway Exhibition took place in Cologne in November.  [...]

How to make rock faces and cliffs for your model railway or diorama

how to make model cliffs and rock faces
Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques, some practice and a bit of time anyone can do it. [...]

Building a Metcalfe Church? Here’s how to add stained glass windows

Tree of Jesse from York Minster
Models of churches for layouts look great but typically miss one vital element. [...]

Ideas for a future layout

Looking for something out of the normal for your next layout? What about a North American logging layout? [...]

Dozens of new locomotives revealed in major launch from Hornby for 2019

Hornby R3782 Class A1 Terrier 0-6-0T 751
2019 looks to be one of the most exciting years for Hornby judging by launch plans revealed yesterday. [...]

Book a stay in a miniature model railway home, height restrictions apply

miniatur-wunderland-airbnb
Okay, this isn't really about model railways, but hey, it's in conjunction with the world's largest model railway and it's for a good cause and that's all the justification I [...]

Scratch building steam trains

SCRATCH BUILT STEAM TRAIN TESTED
I'm a big fan of Tested.com so when they cover scratch building model steam trains I can't help but watch. [...]

Model Railway Engineer nominated for the BMRA Awards – Vote Now!

BMRA model railway engineer nominated
Model Railway Engineer has made it through the nomination round for the 2018 British Model Railway Awards and now it's your chance to vote for the winners. [...]

Sunday Scribbles: Madcapped idea for track cleaning

Track cleaning BristleBot
A daft idea that may make track cleaning easier. Has anyone tried it? [...]

Improve your plastic models today by avoiding these 5 common mistakes

model kits gaps unfilled
Avoid these top 5 plastic model making mistakes and improve your model making and layout construction. [...]

A look back at 2018, including the best of Model Railway Engineer from the last 12 months

BEST MODEL RAILWAY TIPS 2018
Another year has come and gone, the fifth year of this blog in fact, and it's been without a doubt the best year yet. Here are the most popular articles on the site from the [...]

How a Blue Peter favourite can help with your layout construction

They've been around for years and are a mainstay of crafters but Velcro and double-sided sticky tape are a godsend for model railways too. [...]

BMRA Awards Time

It's that time of year again when we share love and goodwill.  [...]

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 [...]
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