Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Projects

Progress reports, track plans, tips and updates from the construction of my model railways. Includes N, OO and 009 gauge layouts. Based on railways in Cornwall and a 1980s Network South East themed railway.

Hidden Away – the genesis of a quick mini project

Hidden away behind a wall of trees, perched half way up a hillside, on the banks of Tamar in deepest Devon, is a small railway. [...]

Rebuild, revise or carry on?

change or modify model railway
Well that's annoying. [...]

Pentewan layout update: redesigning the fiddle yard

model railways
Progress on my HOe layout continues but I run into a problem that required a revision to the track plan of the fiddle yard. [...]

Railway in a box, Hobbit vineyard

A while back I acquired a wine box. I was about to throw it out when I idea struck me. [...]

Cornwall Continued…

As long term readers of MRE will know, I've got a bit of a thing about Cornwall and it's where the first element of my bigger layout is being based on. [...]

£35 Model Railway In A Box Update

cliff face
I've failed and it's bitterly frustrating. [...]

£35 Model Railway Update: Building the buildings and cliff face

project update £35 model railway
It's been a while, too long, but here's an update on my £35 model railway challenge project. [...]

So the scenery starts: £35 project update

dock £35 model railway
Since my last update, things have developed with the project; the dock has water; dock side & walls have been made and the track laid. [...]

Electrics, an update on the £35 Model Railway Project

diy model railway controller track wiring
The electrics: A gamble that worked but I'm behind schedule. [...]

The £35 model railway challenge: project history

In the summer of 2017, I set myself a challenge to see if a model railway could be built for £35.   [...]

Railways in a box, the £35 project update

Making A Model Railway In A Box
More haste, less speed. [...]

Can it really be done? Project Update

It seemed like a good idea... But then reality came knocking. [...]

The £35 model railway challenge

Can a working model railway be built for £35?  I'm going to try and I'll give £100 to charity if I fail. [...]

Walk Through – How I Created This Scene: scenery, track & viaducts – and Layout Progress

model railway n gauge
My N gauge model railway continues with another hill scene diorama nearly completed. Here's a quick walkthrough of how this was done and other recent [...]

Third Rail Tips

Building a modern era electric track layout? Wondering about that third rail? Here are a few tips to get you started. [...]

Progress update: Wandle Valley Railway

It's all go for my new layout, the shed is sorted; baseboards are down and the ayout design complete. The track plan however... That's another story. [...]

What is EM Gauge track and why I’m using it on my new layout

If you read my last post and were intrigued by the reference to EM gauge or have been thinking about moving from OO to EM gauge this is for you. [...]

Announcement

An apology, time for something new and a bit of the old. [...]

Layout Progress update: hills, inclines and tunnels

Rich verdant hills tower over the river valley below. Mine workings perch on rocky outcrops as tired railway lines sneak their way up through tunnels and [...]

Little England or how to model a large area in a small space

If you've been following this blog  you'll know I'm working on a big new layout. But creating England, from Margate to Penzance, in miniature is anything but [...]
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