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A surprising but ideal ready-made base for a fun small model railway

table with N or 009 train
It's not an obvious choice but this baby accessory turns out to be a perfect small model railway base. [...]

A closer look at Hornby’s 2020 100th Anniversary releases

Hornby Brand logos
Graham Muspratt takes a closer look at Hornby's 2020 unveiling from a Southern Railway perspective. [...]

Hornby celebrates 100th year with new and surprising releases

Hornby 2020 100 years anniversary annoucnement
2020 see's Hornby reach its 100th year and to celebrate it's launching a number of limited edition models complete with retro-themed packaging. [...]

Adding point motors to already laid track

fitting point motors without removing the points
Now filed in a draw marked 'why on earth didn't I think of this' is this marvellous tip from MRE community member Lee Maylon for installing point motors on already laid track. [...]

London Model Railway Shops: Where to buy

Looking for a model railway shop you can visit, Tom Cunnington, looks at seven shops in London. [...]

An easier way to hold your track in place while gluing

Holding track in place while gluing
Is this the quickest way to fix track down for gluing? [...]

Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun

Digital voltage meter
The best ideas, as they say, are the simplest. And never has this been more true than with this bit of lateral thinking from an MRE group member. [...]

Update: a move and new space for train tinkering

The loft of our new home
For a good reason posts have been lacking here recently but with a little luck that will change after Christmas. [...]

A mystical experience

Philip Reed
What I saw took me back to childhood... [...]

Can you help?

BRMA 2019 Logo
It's that time of year again when we share love and goodwill.  [...]

Hornby pops up at St Pancras Station

Hornby at St Pancras Station
Travellers and commuters passing through St Pancras Station are in for a treat this Winter. [...]

Photograph Tips From John Olsen

john olsen model railroad
Creating good photographs of model railways is surprisingly difficult. Here's a few tips from famed model railroader John Olsen on how he created his beautiful shots. [...]

Air Drying Clay: 7 Tips To Help Make Better Models, Easier and Faster

Tips for working with air-drying clay
Want to use air-drying clay for model making and crafting but put off by your first experiences with it? This is for you. [...]

It’s here! Finally.

Model Railway Book Club
It's here!  I've been working on this for a long time and I'm really excited to announce... [...]

A quick easy way to make curved corners for your backscene

how to make curved corners for a backscene
If you want your backscene to have curved corners you may be struggling with how to create the curved wood onto which the paper is glued. I did and then I had this idea. [...]

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. [...]
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