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Signalling – Basics: Semaphore Signals
June 18, 2019
If you want you're model railway to look the part, you'll need signals and in the case of steam era railways this means semaphore signals. Here's a back to basics guide on
A family visit turns into railway reconnaissance
June 16, 2019
It wasn't planned but a family visit turned up an expected surprise and a massive aid to my layout construction.
Rebuild, revise or carry on?
June 10, 2019
Well that's annoying.
A trip down memory lane
May 21, 2019
As mentioned in a previous post, I've recently rediscovered a few of my long lost childhood trains.
Fund raising campaign for Market Deeping Model Railway Club passes £64,000 in a matter of hours
May 19, 2019
A fund-raising campaign to help Market Deeping Model Railway Club recover from a vandalism attack on Saturday raised over £45,000 in just over 24 hours.
Organiser and exhibitor nightmare as layouts and rolling stock destroyed by vandals
May 18, 2019
Modellers around the world have reacted with sympathy, sadness and anger to the news that numerous layouts at Market Deeping Model Railway Club's show in Stamford have been
Which are you?
May 16, 2019
Recently while making space for some of my father's things, I came across an old issue of Railway Modeller magazine.
Richard Leaning, Dad.
April 26, 2019
This isn't a post I expected or wanted to write.
Pentewan layout update: redesigning the fiddle yard
April 16, 2019
Progress on my HOe layout 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
April 14, 2019
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
April 9, 2019
What is the best glue for model railway ballast? Find the answer here.
The Best Thickness For Plywood Model Railway Baseboards
April 5, 2019
What thickness of plywood is best for a model railway baseboard.
Hornby launches Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set
April 4, 2019
Christmas is coming as Hornby unveils a Coca-Cola Christmas train set.
What military models are suitable for a OO gauge Hornby model railway
April 3, 2019
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
March 25, 2019
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
March 10, 2019
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
March 10, 2019
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
March 10, 2019
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
March 2, 2019
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
February 26, 2019
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.