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Hints, tips and advice on installing, building and fixing model railway electrics and wiring.
How to attach wires to model train track
February 8, 2021
Moving up from track clips to attaching power wires to track? Here are 3 techniques, how to do each and the pluses and minuses of each.
Ferrules, how and why to use them
October 27, 2020
Want to improve your electrical wiring contacts? Meet the electrical ferrule.
Heat shrink protecting T junction cable joins
October 20, 2020
How to insulate wire T solder joints with heat shrink tubbing. You can't just slide heat shrink tubing over a T joint.
A primer on wire sizes
October 6, 2020
Using the right wire for a model railway will not only be cheaper it'll make the wiring easier. But what are the right sizes of wire to use.
Best stripping tool for bus wiring
September 24, 2020
The easiest, fastest and best way to cut and strip wires for electrical work.
Layout soldeirng tips for wiring you can trust
September 23, 2020
A step-by-step pictorial guide to soldering strong, reliable, wiring.
The best model railway controllers for DC / Analogue layouts
August 28, 2020
Want to upgrade from the standard model train controller? Not sure which controller to buy? This is my guide to picking the best analogue to fit your budget
What voltage do N scale model trains run on
November 27, 2019
What's the best voltage for N scale trains to run on?
How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors
February 26, 2019
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches.
What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?
September 11, 2018
You've probably seen moving cars, buses and lorries on model railways but how about bicycles complete with cyclists, their legs furiously moving up and down?
Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings
July 15, 2018
A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on.
How to fit platform lights
March 17, 2018
No model railway station is complete without platform lighting. Here's how to do it in five simple steps and a video walkthrough.
DC or DCC? What do you prefer and why
February 19, 2018
This is one of those topics that everyone has a view on. But what do real-world modellers prefer?
Fixing & connecting wires together without soldering
January 5, 2018
If you struggle with joining wires — such as track feeders to bus wiring — this is for you.
A handy modelling tool
January 1, 2018
If only I had more fingers. That’s something almost every modeller has uttered at one point or another.
How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections
October 24, 2017
How have I missed this?
Electrics, an update on the £35 Model Railway Project
October 20, 2017
The electrics: A gamble that worked but I'm behind schedule.
Add more power: Manic Monday Quick Tips #1
September 25, 2017
Pressed for time..need to get a modelling fix? Here's the first in a new series of quick to carry out tips to improve your layout.
Sounds good – audio effects for layouts
June 18, 2017
We've had sound in locomotives but what about sound in your buildings?
Baseboard tips: make wiring easier with a splash of paint
February 18, 2017
I wish I'd done this before my most recent journey to the dark side of my layout!
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