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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?
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
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
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.
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
Layout ideas clipbook: roundly roundly / rabbit warren
July 9, 2020
Here's an idea for a fun and delightful layout idea that will challenge during its build and give endless hours of entertainment when operating.
March 29, 2017
Embankments? building? "Oh come on!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that?
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.
How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene
August 31, 2017
Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials.
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 bumps
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.
Autumnal Projects & Ideas To Inspire
September 27, 2016
Great update projects to work on around your railway as the Sun set sets earlier and the heat of long summer days fade.
How many inches in height do I need for my incline
March 10, 2019
Confused about inclines and how many inches you need to raise your track to go over other track? Here's what you need to know.
What travelling 54,000 miles by train taught me about model railways
August 13, 2015
What travelling 54,000 miles by train has taught me about keeping my model railway in tip-top condition.
How model trains work
February 5, 2017
Tom Hanks, Elton John and Phil Collins have them and Rod Stewart reportedly hires whole hotel rooms when on tour to play with them. Yep, model railways are a
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