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BRMA Awards Time

It's time. [...]

Railway in a box, Hobbit vineyard

A while back I acquired a wine box. I was about to throw it out when I idea struck me. [...]

Top marks to Märklin for this but where’s the Hornby version?

christmas train advert
Watching this you could be forgiven for thinking John Lewis have started selling model trains. [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge What I Learned

Great Model Railway Challenge
I was glued to my TV last night watching the first episode of Great Model Railway Challenge. Here's one great tip I picked up. [...]

How to outmanoeuvre the carpet monster

Preventing model making tool and part loss
In the threads of my carpet lives a monster. [...]

Cornwall Continued…

As long term readers of MRE will know, I've got a bit of a thing about Cornwall and it's where the first element of my bigger layout is being based on. [...]

Making my model railway man-cave a bit more comfortable

I spend a lot of time in my model railway man-cave. It's time to add a few creature comforts. [...]

What you can learn from E.T.

Can it really be 36 years? [...]

Mixing Hobbies: Trains, Lego & Gardens

I challenge you to watch this and not want a Lego steam train in your garden! [...]

Share Your Tips & Progress – a new forum for Model Railway Builders

You can now share your trials and tribulations, layout progress, photos/videos and tips and ideas and chat with friends and thousands of other model railway [...]

£35 Model Railway In A Box Update, part 7

cliff face
I've failed and it's bitterly frustrating. [...]

A Day At The 2018 London Model Engineering Exhibition

Hornby Live Steam Engine
A day spent with the smell of oil, grease and steam. [...]

Making models with Mamod

Mamod engine
Using a Mamod engine and Wilesco accessories as model making workshop? Will it work? [...]

£35 Model Railway Update: Building the buildings and cliff face, part 6

project update £35 model railway
It's been a while, too long, but here's an update on my £35 model railway challenge project. [...]

So the scenery starts: £35 project update, part 5

dock £35 model railway
Since my last update, things have developed with the project; the dock has water; dock side & walls have been made and the track laid. [...]

Electrics, an update on the £35 Model Railway Project, part 4

diy model railway controller track wiring
The electrics: A gamble that worked but I'm behind schedule. [...]

The £35 model railway challenge: project history

In the summer of 2017, I set myself a challenge to see if a model railway could be built for £35.   [...]

Railways in a box, the £35 project update, part 3

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

Can it really be done? Project Update part 2

It seemed like a good idea... But then reality came knocking. [...]

The £35 model railway challenge, part 1

Can a working model railway be built for £35?  I'm going to try and I'll give £100 to charity if I fail. [...]