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Layout Progress update: hills, inclines and tunnels
November 22, 2016
Rich verdant hills tower over the river valley below. Mine workings perch on rocky outcrops as tired railway lines sneak their way up through tunnels and
How I Now Make My Own Plaster Cloth For Hills, Tunnels and Landscapes
August 21, 2017
I'm a huge fan of plaster cloth. It's messy, it works and it's super satisfying but it also costs. Until now.
How To Make A Tunnel — The Trauma Free Guide To Model Railway Tunnel Building
January 11, 2016
"There's a light at the end of every tunnel" says the old adage. Yet for anyone who's tried adding a tunnel to their model railway it can sometimes seem a very
Even the darkness will not be dark to you
September 5, 2015
Here's a quick tip for anyone building on tunnels for their railway.
Are Wooden Trains Compatible?
September 25, 2014
Looking to expand your children's favourite wooden wooden train set? There are lots of choices and many makes but are they compatible?
Walk Through – How I Created This Scene: scenery, track & viaducts – and Layout Progress
August 18, 2017
My N gauge model railway continues with another hill scene diorama nearly completed. Here's a quick walkthrough of how this was done and other recent
The definitive guide to making model scenery
March 25, 2019
So you've laid the track and have your trains running merrily around. Great work! Brunel and Stephenson would be proud. But now what? How do you make that
Camouflaging Curves – how to obscure artifical looking curves
February 14, 2018
Curves and bends make model railways more fun and allow continuous running but they come with a problem.
How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene
August 31, 2017
Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials.
What’s the best paint for expanded Polystyrene / Styrofoam
January 27, 2021
So you've created your landscape with expanded Polystyrene. Now to paint it. Don't ruin your would be lush landscape by using the wrong paint. Here's the best
Disguising tunnel access
February 28, 2017
Tunnels are great but they also present a problem. How to gain access to the track buried deep inside a tunnel without having ugly gaps in your scenery.
Wooden Train Sets – Where Do I Start?
March 26, 2015
If you're looking to buy a toddler their wooden first train set the choices can be mind boggling. Don't be daunted. This MRE guide to wooden trains will tell
How to make mountains and hills – 5 steps from model making gurus
June 3, 2015
Does your model railway hill building feel like mountain climbing? In the rain... If you want beautiful hills and valleys but are struggling with ugly
What are the minimum vertical clearances for model trains – British standards
July 15, 2017
Don't run the risk of having your trains crash into tunnel roofs. Build to British standards for minimum vertical clearance and train heights and keep
March 29, 2017
Embankments? building? "Oh come on!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that?
Build Fences For The Price Of A Box Of Matches
September 9, 2015
Fences are everywhere and if you want your model railway to look realistic you'll want them on your layout. Here's a how to make fences yourself for little
Railways in a box, the £35 project update
September 21, 2017
More haste, less speed.
5 Must-Have Tools To Transform Your Track Work From Terror To Triumph
January 9, 2017
There are an astonishing 10,072 miles of track in the UK.
What George Stephenson Taught Me About Building Model Railways
January 29, 2016
George Stephenson (1781-1848) was one of the all time great engineers. But you already knew that. What you probably don’t know are all the wonderful things
How To Save Your Railway From Being A Track Only Tragedy
January 4, 2016
It's all too easy to start building a model railway with great intentions but then get stuck, never to get beyond the track stage. The trains are left to
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