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

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The top 5 model train maintenance checks

Don't leave the trouble-free operation of your model railway to chance. Follow this top 5 definitive checklist of quick and easy preventative maintenance [...]

Cheap, Quick and Safe Track Cleaning

Every so often it's a good idea to give your model railway or train set track a quick clean to remove grease and dirt that naturally builds up. Here's a [...]

N Gauge Track Laying – How To

Lay N gauge track flawlessly with this comprehensive collection of hints, tips and guides.  [...]

Everything You Need To Know To About N Gauge Track Codes

Confused by track code numbers? Here's an excellent couple of video's that explain the differences between code 40, 55 and 80 N gauge track. [...]

The Big Picture

Model Railway Track Painting
Every so often it pays to take a step back, review the big picture as your layout progresses and check it's coming together as a whole. It was on one such [...]

How to safely ballast points in 4 simple steps

how to ballast model railway points
Ballasting track is pretty straightforward but points are a whole different game! But it needn't be that troublesome, here's a quick video and four-step [...]

How To Lay and Fix Track

Laying and fixing track doesn't seem difficult. But then you try it. It's surprising how many problems can be avoided with the benefit of hindsight. Here's [...]

How To Pick The Right Ballast For The Most Realistic Model Railway

The ballast on railways wasn't always grey and if you want your model railway to be authentic you'll need to get the colour and texture right on your layout. [...]

The Origins of Ballast – Monday Model Railway Factoid, #5

Even wondered what the origins of ballast are and why it's even called ballast? Read on for the fascinating history of the small grey stones found between [...]

How To Remove Glued Ballast From Model Train Track In Five Easy Steps

If you want to re-use track that has ballast glued in place you'll probably be wondering how to recover the track and remove the ballast. Here's how I solved [...]

How to ballast a model railway, the definitive guide

Mike Buick Track Work
Everything you need to know to safely and easily ballast your model railway with the best results, including top videos. a step by step guide and loads of [...]

How To Avoid 5 Easy & Common Track Laying Mistakes

Track Laying Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
In our eagerness to get trains running, we all often make mistakes when laying track but don't make these potentially expensive mistakes. [...]

Layout elements for beginners

Inglenook, switchbacks and wyes. Confused by layout elements? Here's a handy beginners guide. [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Use Brass or Steel Rails

Buying railway track? Here's a great short and simple piece of advice that will let your trains run smoother and mean less work for you. [...]

Effortless Track Weathering

Here's a wonderful tip for adding realism to your layout. And best of all, it requires minimum effort but produces fantastic results. [...]

Hornby, Peco or Gaugemaster Track Pins… Which are best?

What's the difference between one track pin and another? You wouldn't think much, but there are important variations between the pins from Peco, Hornby [...]

Budget Techniques To Clean Your Track

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Looking for tools and techniques to keep your railway track clean on the cheap? Model Railway Engineer finds 3 popular budget solutions from model railway [...]

Going Underground – The Secret of Authentic Model Railway Track

Railway Track Bedding
This is a simple short tip but an often overlooked and important one if you want authentic model railway layouts. [...]
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