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

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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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. [...]

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. [...]
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