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

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, in 2021

Sale Best price Hornby Smokey Joe
My choice for this months 'random train of the month' is the ever popular, Hornby Smokey Joe from the Railroad range. Here's my review, rating and where to [...]

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 [...]

My Five Favourite Model Train Maintenance Tips

One of the most common questions I get is how to maintain locomotives and track so trains run smoothly — I seemed to get a desperate plea for help daily [...]

How I make make my trains look better – a simple, cheap and effective tip

painting model train wagon
Want to make your trains look better? Here's how I make quick, easy and cheap wagon loads and add extra realism to my trains. [...]

Troubleshooting derailing rolling stock

If you've got rolling stock that always derail this may be the answer. [...]

Repairing and servicing a model train

N gauge locos are tiny. And when they break all those small parts can seem a nightmare. But it's really not that hard once you know how. Here's how I recently [...]

The best price on Hornby trains – model railway money saving buying tips

Looking for the best price on a Hornby train set or trying to find the the biggest discount for that model train you’ve been saving for? These tricks will [...]

DCC Trains: Why You’ll Be Thrilled, 5 Exciting Advantages

I've gone on record before as saying that I prefer analog / DC trains over digital but there are six reasons I get envious. [...]

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 [...]

What travelling 54,000 miles by train taught me about model railways

What travelling 54,000 miles by train has taught me about keeping my model railway in tip-top condition. [...]

The Top 3 Advantages Of DC Model Trains

DC model trains have a lot of advantages over their digital counterparts. Read the top 3 advantages here. [...]

Roll the Wagons

Make your wagons and coaches look and run better with this quick and easy tip. [...]

Weathering Tips | Five Great Tips To Improve Model Train Realism

rolling stock weathering tips
Want to learn how to weather your trains? Here are six great model railway rolling stock weathering tips from the darkest corners of the web to get you [...]
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