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Model Trains

Maintaining, fixing, upgrading and buying model trains, all gauges and scales, including Z, N, 009/HOe, OO/HO and beyond.

Hornby’s 2021 range launch

Hornby Class 390 Avanti Pendolino
Hornby has unveiled its 2021 range, with new locomotives, train sets, evolutions and re-liveries plus the return of an old friend leading the way. Here's some [...]

Adding inertia to DCC locomotives

DCC chip Bachmann 36-566
One of the smarter features of DCC locomotives is the ability to simulate inertia. [...]

How to safely clean model trains + what NOT to use

model train covered in dust
How to keep your model trains or plastic models clean without damaging the plastic, paint or decals. [...]

The lowest priced Hornby train

Hornby r3359-rothery-industries train lowest price
Looking for the lowest price Hornby train for a present or gift. MRE has tracked it down. [...]

How to test a model train without tools

Testing a model train with a 9v battery
How to test locomotives when out and about and you don't have your usual tools handy. [...]

Best price on the Hornby R3359 Rothery Industrial 101 Class Locomotive

Hornby R3359 Rothery Locomotive
Looking for a general purpose, low cost, train for your train set or to expand your train fleet with? The Hornby Rothery Industrial 101 Class Locomotive is [...]

Boot fair bargains – How I picked up a locomotive and controller for under £10

model trains cheap from boot fair
Who says model trains are expensive?  [...]

DCC Sound Speaker Comparison – make your locos sound better

Adding sound chips to your locos makes a world of difference to a layout but not all model train speakers are created equal as Richard Croft from Road and [...]

The number one tip for successful DCC upgrades

Want great running DCC conversions of your analogue trains? He's an often overlooked tip that will dramatically improve DCC conversion performance. [...]

How to clean model train wheels, fixing a train that stops and starts. UPDATED for 2021

You've found it. Abandoned in your childhood, a long forgotten Hornby loco has been rediscovered. A childhood memory reborn. You dust it off and plant it on [...]

Upgrading an old Hornby Pannier

GWR Pannier engines are the best. They're my favourite locos and I  have quite a few, in both OO and N gauge. The Hornby versions are great little [...]

What is the best oil to lubricate your model train + what NOT to use

oils and lubricants with model trains
From time-to-time every model locomotive needs oiling to keep it running smoothly. But what's the best fluid to use? [...]

Tiny Train Thursday, The Hornby R3528 LB&SCR Terrier

Hornby Terrier
This Thursday's random train is the one of the iconic Terrier's, the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) Stroudley Terrier 0-6-0T Number 4 [...]

Sound, smoke, lights and a flickering firebox in N gauge

N GAUGE SMOKE AND LIGHTS
If you model in N gauge and have watched in envy as OO and HO modellers show off the sound, smoke and lights of their locos you'll want to see this.  [...]

Recording Your Rolling Stock

Quick question: How much would it hurt if you lost all your trains? [...]

Review Märklin 81701 Z Gauge Train Starter Set

marklin review z gauge
It’s happened again and I was powerless to resist. [...]

The easiest fix for wagons derailing on points

If your wagons derail or jump while crossing points here's one of the most common and easiest solutions. [...]

Sounds effects without DCC

If you've ever longingly looked or listened to the wonderful sound effects possible with DCC trains and wanted something similar for your DC locomotives Train [...]

Playing With Dapol Knuckle Couplers

Clunk. That was a sound I used to hear from the trains that ran past my home as a small boy. [...]
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