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Hornby train set and model railway hints, tips and reviews for beginners. The perfect starting place for anyone just beginning with Hornby train sets.

DC or DCC? What do you prefer and why

This is one of those topics that everyone has a view on. But what do real-world modellers prefer? [...]

Recording Your Rolling Stock

Quick question: How much would it hurt if you lost all your trains? [...]

Review Märklin 81701 Z Gauge Train Starter Set

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It’s happened again and I was powerless to resist. [...]

Invaluable lessons we can learn from Sir Nigel Gresley

Nigel Gresley
Take some lessons from one of Britain's most famous steam locomotive engineers. Your layout will thank you. [...]

The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades

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It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens. [...]

What are track codes and which is best – OO Gauge Code 100 or 75

Confused by OO gauge track codes?  [...]

The quickest way to ballast track? Beginners tip

Let's face it, no one likes ballasting track. It's soooo time-consuming. But if you're just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish [...]

How I keep my track clean

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You can't stop your model railway track getting dirty but it doesn't have to cost a lot to keep it clean and your trains running smoothly. Here's what I do. [...]

Boosting power on a Hornby model railway

If you've expanded a Hornby DC model railway set beyond the basic circle you may find your trains slow down in places.  [...]

The 5 Best Track Laying Tips After 4 years Writing This Blog

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In the almost 4 years since I set up this blog I've visited more exhibitions and clubs than I can count; met hundreds of fellow model railway enthusiasts, and [...]