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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?  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Layout ideas clipbook: roundly roundly / rabbit warren

model railway small layout clipbook
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. [...]

Erecting Embankments

model railway embankments how to make
Embankments? building? "Oh come on!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that? [...]

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. [...]

How to work with Styrofoam and Polystyrene

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

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 bumps [...]

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. [...]

Autumnal Projects & Ideas To Inspire

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

Paul Mcmanus model railway incline
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

What travelling 54,000 miles by train has taught me about keeping my model railway in tip-top condition. [...]

How model trains work

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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