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How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors

Tortoise passing contact switch wiring
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches. [...]

Tips from an inspirational model railway

ben alder
There are realistic model railways and then there are realistic model railways. Anyone who’s seen Ben Alder's Far North Line layout knows what I mean. [...]

More on the Train-Tech Screen

Train Tech Smart Screen
In my highlight of 2018, I mentioned the Train-Tech Screen as one of the highlights of the year. Here's more information on this innovative little product. [...]

Big Country, Big Sky, Big Backscene

One of the basic rules of model railway construction is to lay the track into the landscape as opposed to building the landscape around the track. Railways [...]

How I got 5 locos to run smoothly over my points with just 10 minutes work

model railway points close up
Most of the time, our locos run smoothly over points. But occasionally there are problems. Here's how I quickly solved a problem that was causing 5 of my locos [...]

Trains stalling on Electrofrog points?

electrofrog points tortoise stalling locomotive
Trains stalling on Electrofrog points? Here’s the one solution I’ve found. I hope it works for you too. [...]

How to fill gaps between your rails

Fixing gap between rails
If you've ever laid track and found you have an unsightly gap between two sections here's an easy little trick to conceal it and help your trains run easier. [...]

The tale of the errant fish plate

Fish plates are fiddly things but I didn't think I'd spend most of a morning fighting with one. [...]

What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?

cyclist magnorail
You've probably seen moving cars, buses and lorries on model railways but how about bicycles complete with cyclists, their legs furiously moving up and down? [...]

What is the best glue for laying track – Hornby or Peco, it’ll hold both

Today, I'm going to answer one of the most common questions that pops up in my mailbox and in the Model Railway Engineer community group. What's the best glue [...]

Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings

A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on. [...]

Solar Shed Power – how to harness the power of mother nature for convenient and efficient power

Need power for your shed or garage layout, workshop and workbench? Here's how to harness mother nature. [...]

Stuck for space for your model railway? Here’s one uplifting solution

model railway lifting and lowering
Stuck for space for your layout? Here's one modeller's solution. [...]

The number one tip for successful DCC upgrades: Sunday Scribbles

Want great running DCC conversions of your analogue trains? He's an often overlooked tip that will dramatically improve DCC conversion performance. [...]

Upgrading an old Hornby Pannier

GWR Pannier engines are the best. They're my favourite locos and I  have quite a few, in both OO and N gauge. The Hornby versions are great little [...]

The ABC’s of Fiddle Yards

Sector plate fddle yard on the Yoredale tramway - moorside layout.
Fiddle yards are the changing room of a Parisian fashion show catwalk for model railways. [...]

A masterclass in model storytelling

Marcel Ackle
Just look. Look, stare and imagine. [...]

Sound, smoke, lights and a flickering firebox in N gauge

N GAUGE SMOKE AND LIGHTS
If you model in N gauge and have watched in envy as OO and HO modellers show off the sound, smoke and lights of their locos you'll want to see this.  [...]

Reducing Track Noise Levels

test track noise levels
 Track construction techniques to minimise noise. [...]

How to make reliable track-carrying bridges across baseboards

model railway baseboard bridge how
Bridges between baseboards? Here are three components to spanning the gap. [...]
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