Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
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The Best Train Sets 2018
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Building A Model Railway
From trainset to layout
Maintaining and Fixing
The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades
It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens.
Big Country, Big Sky, Big Backscene
December 8, 2018
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
December 1, 2018
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
November 29, 2018
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
November 26, 2018
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
November 19, 2018
'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?
November 2, 2018
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
October 25, 2018
Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this.
Looking for 00-9 Scale Buildings?
October 19, 2018
Looking for 00-9/HOe scale buildings?
Trains stalling on Electrofrog points?
October 14, 2018
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
October 10, 2018
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
October 6, 2018
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
October 5, 2018
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
October 2, 2018
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
September 29, 2018
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?
September 11, 2018
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
September 3, 2018
Who says model trains are expensive?
What’s the best glue for laying track – Hornby or Peco, it’ll hold both
August 24, 2018
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?
August 21, 2018
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
August 10, 2018
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
August 9, 2018
Do something different with your model railway scenery and landscape and create the 2018 summer heat wave in miniature.