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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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Signalling – Basics: Semaphore Signals

Subsidiary Signal
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

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?

change or modify model railway
Well that's annoying. [...]

A trip down memory lane

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

help market deeping model railway club
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

Market Deeping Model Railway Club
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?

Front cover of Railway Modeller June 72
Recently while making space for some of my father's things, I came across an old issue of Railway Modeller magazine. [...]

Richard Leaning, Dad.

dad
This isn't a post I expected or wanted to write. [...]

Pentewan layout update: redesigning the fiddle yard

model railways
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

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. [...]
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