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Z Gauge Vs OO Gauge

OO gauge vs Z gauge locomotives
OO gauge is the most popular UK model railway gauge, Z gauge is the smallest commercially available model trains. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Here's [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge : How You Can Make Your Own Model Railway Like Theirs

model railway layout improving
If you've been watching the Great Model Railway Challenge on Channel 5 and want to build on your own railway, here's a roundup of tips and techniques you'll [...]

DCC Sound Speaker Comparison – make your locos sound better

Adding sound chips to your locos makes a world of difference to a layout but not all model train speakers are created equal as Richard Croft from Road and [...]

What is Z gauge: Six things you’ll want to know before starting

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge
If you're itching to build a model railway but don't have space, Z gauge is the answer. Here's a quick primer on what you need to know to get started. [...]

What’s the difference between DCC Ready and DCC Fitted

It's a sore spot for many railway modellers. What are your thoughts? [...]

How to steam up a Mamod steam engine

mamod steam engine
Most of the posts on this blog are about Hornby style model railways. But, as you may guess from the name, I also occasionally other topics relating to [...]

Everything you want to know about 009 scale model railways

Evaleight Light Railway 009
No, 009 is not the successor to James Bond but the modelling of narrow gauge railways. Here's what you need if you're thinking of starting  [...]

OO gauge vs N gauge

OO or N gauge
What I wish someone had told me before. [...]

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.  [...]

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 to descale a Mamod steam engine in seven steps

Over time scale and hard water deposits can build up in the boiler of a Mamod or Wilesco engine and cause problems. Follow this simple guide to get your steam [...]

The best price on Hornby trains – model railway money saving buying tips

Looking for the best price on a Hornby train set or trying to find the the biggest discount for that model train you’ve been saving for? These tricks will [...]

A Quick Guide To Setting Up A Hornby Model Railway

OO track cleaning
So you got a Hornby train set for Christmas or perhaps taken the plunge and bought your first model railway, probably a Hornby starter set. You've [...]

Little England or how to model a large area in a small space

If you've been following this blog  you'll know I'm working on a big new layout. But creating England, from Margate to Penzance, in miniature is anything but [...]

The Ultimate Glossary Of Model Railway Terms

You probably know or can work out what railway points do and what gauge means? But what about loading gauge? A CDU? Or a flange? Don't be put [...]

5 Ways To Make Your Train Set More Interesting

Fed up with watching the trains in your railway set go around and around in an oval? Want a bit more variety? Here are five ways to add interest to railway [...]

How To Get A Hornby Train Set Without Breaking The Bank

Let's be honest, model trains and railways aren't a cheap hobby. It can cost a LOT but it can be done on a budget. [...]

Beginners Q&A: How much space do I need to build a model railway

window sill model railway
Thinking of building a model railway and wondering how much space you'll need? It's a question anyone building their first model railway asks and here's the [...]

Where’s Best To Build Your Model Railway

model railway in loft
Wondering where to build your model railway? Loft, garage, shed or spare room? Here's the pros and cons of each. [...]

How To Expand Your Hornby Model Train Set — The Best Track Expansion Kits

So you've taken the first tentative step and got a model railway starter kit, but what next?  [...]
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