Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
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Setting up a train set
Expanding a train set
The best train sets 2019
From train set to layout
There’s a world-record for model trains pulling a real train??? Watch the incredible video
March 2, 2019
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
February 16, 2019
How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models.
Competition! Win one of four tickets to The London Festival of Railway Modelling
January 31, 2019
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Winners were announced here. Model Railway Engineer has teamed up with Warners Exhibitions to offer you the chance to win
Book a stay in a miniature model railway home, height restrictions apply
January 7, 2019
Okay, this isn't really about model railways, but hey, it's in conjunction with the world's largest model railway and it's for a good cause and that's all the
Top marks to Märklin for this but where’s the Hornby version?
November 2, 2018
Watching this you could be forgiven for thinking John Lewis have started selling model trains.
This 1880’s toy train still lives on and it’s famous but can you guess where it’s used?
August 21, 2018
There can't be many of us who haven't seen this train at one time or another.
What you can learn from E.T.
April 26, 2018
Can it really be 36 years?
Mixing Hobbies: Trains, Lego & Gardens
April 12, 2018
I challenge you to watch this and not want a Lego steam train in your garden!
7 signs that reveal your other half is a secret railway modeller
March 17, 2018
Have you got a secret model railway enthusiast in your midst?
Making models with Mamod
January 14, 2018
Using a Mamod engine and Wilesco accessories as model making workshop? Will it work?
Best of Model Railway Engineer 2017
December 26, 2017
I'm taking a break from writing posts on Model Railway Engineer until the new year to spend time with family and friends, as well as plan for 2018.
What’s Been Your Biggest Railway Blunder
September 21, 2017
So today wasn't one of my finest but it did remind me of this handy tip that might save you a train tragedy.
Men (and Ladies) Most Likely To Be Model Railway Enthusiasts
July 28, 2017
It's Friday, so time for a bit of fun to go into the weekend with. Is your name on the list?
If Game of Thrones Had Trains
July 28, 2017
Trains versus dragons?
Revealed: my most embarrassing model making moments
March 17, 2017
There I was happy in my own little world of model trains. And then I saw the odd expression on the face of a lady walking past. "No wait, I'm really not
18 Things Only A Model Railway Enthusiast Will Understand
December 4, 2016
You know you're a model railway enthusiast when...
11 Screaming Steam Train Rides This Halloween (2016)
October 3, 2016
Are you brave enough to try one of these hair-raising trick or treat train rides this Halloween?
A day trip to Eastleigh
August 20, 2016
For my birthday my brother and his wife got me tickets for the miniature railway at Eastleigh. This weekend a Big Four show, with scaled down engines from the
Would you hack your Tornado like this?
May 19, 2016
Bonkers or inspired? Would you do this? But like it or hate it, you have to admire the modelling.
What Do You Think? Clever But Too Silly?
October 14, 2015
I keep watching these! These tiny railways are a feat of modelling and engineering but are they also just a bit too silly? What do you think?