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Trackwork

Free, easy, and straightforward tips and advice on model railway track planning, laying and troubleshooting.

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And it goes clickety-clack, clickety-clack

If you watch and listen to any real railway you notice a particular noise. [...]

Fitting Point Motors – how to save yourself time now and avoid disruption later

Point motors are expensive and fitting them under baseboards takes time which often holds up layout construction. Here's a great way to get your track laid [...]

6 videos about track laying you have to watch: UPDATED

Everything you need to know about successfully laying track and track tips galore in 6 must-watch videos. [...]

Damaged Track, What Can I Do?

rail alteration
I was recently testing a locomotive on my layout and managed to damage a section of track in the process. Here's how I fixed it. [...]

An effective but surprisingly simple to making points look better: Sunday Scribbles

Make model train points look better
This is an effective but surprisingly simple tip to give your points a little bit of extra realism. [...]

Camouflaging Curves – how to obscure artifical looking curves

Glyn Valley Tramway Railway
Curves and bends make model railways more fun and allow continuous running but they come with a problem. [...]

The ABC’s of Fiddle Yards

Sector plate fddle yard on the Yoredale tramway - moorside layout.
Fiddle yards are the changing room of a Parisian fashion show catwalk for model railways. [...]

Reducing Track Noise Levels

test track noise levels
 Track construction techniques to minimise noise. [...]

How to make reliable track-carrying bridges across baseboards

model railway baseboard bridge how
Bridges between baseboards? Here are three components to spanning the gap. [...]

How To Make Your Own Rerailer – Z, N or OO gauge

This is a creative DIY tip for making your own portable rerailer is almost too simple. [...]

How to remove fish plates / rail joiners – Sunday Scribbles

rail joiner tool
How to remove fish plates without damaging your rails, or your nails. [...]

Tiny Terrific Track Tweaks : how to make your track work look better

Track Bars
I'm always on the lookout for ways to improve the look of my railways. Just recently I came across these fish plates and wow do they make a difference to track [...]

How to make Hornby & Peco OO gauge track look more realistic

Shedly Yard
Hornby and Peco track is cheap and compatible with a huge number of trains but it has a problem. [...]

How to easily fit rail joiners perfectly, everytime

how to fix rail joiners easily
It's undoubtedly one of the most frustrating, annoying, downright infuriating jobs in constructing a layout. My fingers bleed and I've ruined track ends doing [...]

A flexible hack to making correct curves with flexi-track

flexible track template hack
If you use flexible track but don't have Tracksetta templates this tip will save lots of frustration. [...]

6 Golden Rules To Successfully Using Second-hand Track

second hand hornby track
Second hand track can be a bargain but also a right royal pain. [...]

Bending track or making your own flexible track

make your own flexitrack
Standard track cramping your style? Don't want to buy flexible track? Here's how to make your track bend and go where you want it. [...]

Mode railway frogs: what is it

What is a frog in model railways? Here's the answer you're looking for. [...]

How to Fit SEEP Point Motors

How to fit SEEP point motors. Michael Campbell details his approach. [...]
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