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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What size is Z scale?

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge size compared to OO model train
Z scale model train layouts are increasingly popular due to the small size and hence appeal for those with limited space but what are their dimensions? How small are they [...]

Hidden Away – the genesis of a quick mini project

Hidden away behind a wall of trees, perched half way up a hillside, on the banks of Tamar in deepest Devon, is a small railway. [...]

Get perfect track cuts everytime by using Xuron cutters this way

cutting model railway track
Struggling to get clean, straight ends, for your N, OO and HO track when cutting it? Here's how I use the Xuron cutters to get perfect track every time. [...]

Make a realistic texture thatched roof with this simple but effective technique

making a thatched roof model
Living in Surrey, I see a lot of thatched roofs. There's no denying their beauty. But recreating them in miniature for a model railway or diorama is incredibly difficult. [...]

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. [...]

Your chance to vote!

awards2019
Last year, MRE was nominated and went on to win Silver for best website in the British Model Railway Awards. This year, it's been nominated again! [...]

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.  [...]

How high should a model railway baseboard be?

While working on the construction of one of my layouts, I happened to think about the correct height for maximum convenience. [...]

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. [...]

How much does a model railway cost?

how much do model railways cost
If you're thinking of starting a model railway, or perhaps revisiting the trains your dad or grandad had, one of the first question most people ask is how much will it cost? [...]
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