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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.

Layout wiring

Model railway layout wiring
For a change I decided not to break anything on my exhibition layout. [...]

I didn’t mean to do that

spilt fluid
How working on the model river lead to flooding one of my points with masking fluid! [...]

A moving waterwheel

MILL HOUSE
My exhibition layout will feature a mill with turning waterwheel. This article explains the simple electrics behind this. [...]

How to create convincing corners with Plasticard

how to make plasticard corners
Plasticard, aka Styrene sheet, is a great material for making buildings but just gluing sheets together can leave you with ugly corners. This article looks at [...]

Building an OO scale mill house

wills kits ct22 kit
Building a mill house. [...]

Revision, exhibition layout update

With the baseboard construction and track laid down, I've had a chance to plan some of the detail of the layout and typically this highlighted a problem. [...]

Track planning on modular base boards

Track plan
My exhibition layout has been designed with a track plan finalised but track plans for modular baseboards are slightly different to normal layouts. [...]

Making my first exhibition layout, part 1

modular baseboard
It was just another email. [...]

A new loco

Hornby Merton
I wasn't going to miss this. The limited edition Hornby Merton. [...]

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. [...]

Tri-ang Merton Factory

One of my layouts, the Wandle Valley, will feature the old Tri-ang factory in Merton. Sadly, the building is no longer there which makes modelling it difficult [...]

Rebuild, revise or carry on?

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

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 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. [...]

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. [...]

The Name Game

Looking for a realistic British name for your model railway. Here's 200 to get you started. [...]
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