Make. Paint. Build: Tips and tutorials for model train enthusiasts, modellers and miniature painters.

Tunnels, Inclines & Cuttings

How to create trouble-free tunnels, inclines and cuttings and add a 3D dimension to your track work.

How many inches in height do I need for my incline

Paul Mcmanus model railway incline
Confused about inclines and how many inches you need to raise your track to go over other track? Here's what you need to know. [...]

Model railway incline, what is it

What is an incline on a model railway? Why are they needed? Read the answer here in the largest glossary of model railway terminology. [...]

Erecting Embankments

model railway embankments how to make
Embankments? building? "Oh come on!" I can hear you cry, what's difficult about that? [...]

Disguising tunnel access

Tunnels are great but they also present a problem. How to gain access to the track buried deep inside a tunnel without having ugly gaps in your scenery. [...]

How To Make Cuttings For Your Model Railway

railway cutting
Does your railway track lie flat on its landscape? If you answered yes, your model railway is wrong. [...]

Layout Progress update: hills, inclines and tunnels

Rich verdant hills tower over the river valley below. Mine workings perch on rocky outcrops as tired railway lines sneak their way up through tunnels and [...]

How they do it: Sunday Scribbles on baseboard inclines, track, modelling tips and more for your mental toolkit

Want to build a better railway? Whatever your level of model railway building this week's Sunday Scribbles has something for you with five quick tips from [...]

How To Build Inclines Your Trains Can Climb – Maximum and Recommended Gradients UPDATED

If you want a fun and interesting model railway then you'll want your Hornby trains hauling wagons up hills. Here's how to work out the vital length and [...]

How To Make A Tunnel — The Trauma Free Guide To Model Railway Tunnel Building

"There's a light at the end of every tunnel" says the old adage. Yet for anyone who's tried adding a tunnel to their model railway it can sometimes seem a very [...]

Even the darkness will not be dark to you

tunnel walls
Here's a quick tip for anyone building on tunnels for their railway. [...]
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