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It’s a Grand Design

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I'm not going to spoil this by saying anything, if you're a fan of Channel 4's Grand Design, Kevin McCloud and models just watch. [...]

The pub manager who uses a model train to pull pints in lockdown pub

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This is my kind of pub!  The manager of the Chestnut Pub in Radcliffe-on-Trent is putting his model train to good use for a bit of fun during the lockdown. [...]

Brunel: 4 Talents Shared By Modellers

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a personal hero of mine, an inspiration behind many of my models and one of two patron saints of Model Railway Engineer. [...]

London Festival of Railway Modelling cancelled

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In news that will surprise no one, the London Festival of Railway Modelling due to take place at Ally Pally this weekend has been cancelled. But model railway [...]

MRE Another Gong

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MRE has won Silver in the 2019 British Model Railway awards. [...]

A closer look at Hornby’s 2020 100th Anniversary releases

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Graham Muspratt takes a closer look at Hornby's 2020 unveiling from a Southern Railway perspective. [...]

Hornby celebrates 100th year with new and surprising releases

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2020 see's Hornby reach its 100th year and to celebrate it's launching a number of limited edition models complete with retro-themed packaging. [...]

Your chance to vote!

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Last year, MRE was nominated and went on to win Silver for best website in the British Model Railway Awards. This year, it's been nominated again! [...]

Update: a move and new space for train tinkering

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For a good reason posts have been lacking here recently but with a little luck that will change after Christmas. [...]

Can you help?

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It's that time of year again when we share love and goodwill.  [...]

Hornby pops up at St Pancras Station

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Travellers and commuters passing through St Pancras Station are in for a treat this Winter. [...]

A family visit turns into railway reconnaissance

It wasn't planned but a family visit turned up an expected surprise and a massive aid to my layout construction. [...]

A trip down memory lane

As mentioned in a previous post, I've recently rediscovered a few of my long lost childhood trains. [...]

Fund raising campaign for Market Deeping Model Railway Club passes £64,000 in a matter of hours

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A fund-raising campaign to help Market Deeping Model Railway Club recover from a vandalism attack on Saturday raised over £45,000 in just over 24 hours. [...]

Organiser and exhibitor nightmare as layouts and rolling stock destroyed by vandals

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Modellers around the world have reacted with sympathy, sadness and anger to the news that numerous layouts at Market Deeping Model Railway Club's show in [...]

Richard Leaning, Dad.

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This isn't a post I expected or wanted to write. [...]

Hornby launches Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set

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Christmas is coming as Hornby unveils a Coca-Cola Christmas train set. [...]

There’s a world-record for model trains pulling a real train??? Watch the incredible video

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Model trains pulling a full-size locomotive?  How many trains would it take? Can it even be done? [...]

Now I am become Stig, the model builder

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How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models. [...]

Congratulations to the winners

Here are the winners of the recent London Festival of Railway Modelling competition here on MRE. [...]
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