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

Static grass applicator – which is best, applicators reviewed and rated for 2018

The Melin Llechi layout Static grass transforms a layout but laying the stuff is a time hog and getting it to look right even more so. Static grass applicators promise to solve both problems but which is best all round applicator for ease of use, effectiveness and price and gives you the best-looking scenery? [more]

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Baseboard backache be gone! Work under your layout in comfort with this handy aid

car creeper
Car mechanics and model railways don't usually make great bedfellows but here's one garage accessory you might want to consider. [...]

Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings

A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on. [...]

Solar Shed Power – how to harness the power of mother nature for convenient and efficient power

Need power for your shed or garage layout, workshop and workbench? Here's how to harness mother nature. [...]

Make your own mini-power sander: Sunday Scribbles

make your own mini-sander
Here's a cheap way to make a useful mini-sander, ideal for smoothing edges of plastic models that are too delicate or small for typical off-the-shelf sanders. [...]

Stuck for space for your model railway? Here’s one uplifting solution

model railway lifting and lowering
Stuck for space for your layout? Here's one modeller's solution. [...]

The undercover model railway: reader question

uncovered model railway
Regular reader Ed recently contacted me with an unusual question so I thought I'd throw it out to the Model Railway Engineer community. [...]

The number one tip for successful DCC upgrades: Sunday Scribbles

Want great running DCC conversions of your analogue trains? He's an often overlooked tip that will dramatically improve DCC conversion performance. [...]

What is Z gauge: Six things you’ll want to know before starting

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge
If you're itching to build a model railway but don't have space, Z gauge is the answer. Here's a quick primer on what you need to know to get started. [...]

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away model railways are mono rail. Why not here?

han solo train
Where are the monorail model railways? [...]

How to make scenic cement: my foolproof 3 part recipe for the best ground cover

There's a lot of misunderstanding around scenic glue but it's surprisingly simple once you know how to make it. [...]

And it goes clickety-clack, clickety-clack

If you watch and listen to any real railway you notice a particular noise. [...]

Fitting Point Motors – how to save yourself time now and avoid disruption later

Point motors are expensive and fitting them under baseboards takes time which often holds up layout construction. Here's a great way to get your track laid now while still [...]

Backscenes without detail

Making a backscene without costly printers and buying a commercial background. [...]

Making my model railway man-cave a bit more comfortable

I spend a lot of time in my model railway man-cave. It's time to add a few creature comforts. [...]

Ready but not able?

It's a sore spot for many railway modellers. What are your thoughts? [...]
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