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Layout Progress update: hills, inclines and tunnels

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

How to make your own plaster cloth
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

"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

tunnel walls
Here's a quick tip for anyone building on tunnels for their railway. [...]

Are Wooden Trains Compatible?

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

model railway n gauge
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

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

Glyn Valley Tramway Railway
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

Styrofoam and Polystyrene are amongst my favourite landscape construction materials. [...]

What’s the best paint for expanded Polystyrene / Styrofoam

lots of expanded polysyrene foam
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

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?

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

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

Model Railway Standards
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 [...]

Erecting Embankments

model railway embankments how to make
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

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

Making A Model Railway In A Box
More haste, less speed. [...]

5 Must-Have Tools To Transform Your Track Work From Terror To Triumph

There are an astonishing 10,072 miles of track in the UK.   [...]

What George Stephenson Taught Me About Building Model Railways

george stephenson
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

track tragedy-model railway
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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