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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.

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. [...]

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 2020

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. [...]

Lowest Price on Hornby Smokey Joe

Sale Best price Hornby Smokey Joe
My choice for the March random train of the month is the ever popular, Hornby Smokey Joe. Here's my review, rating and where to get it cheapest. [...]

How model trains work

Tom Hanks, Elton John and Phil Collins have them and Rod Stewart reportedly hires whole hotel rooms when on tour to play with them. Yep, model railways are a [...]
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