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Pentewan layout update: redesigning the fiddle yard
April 16, 2019
Progress on my HOe layout continues but I run into a problem that required a revision to the track plan of the fiddle yard.
£35 Model Railway In A Box Update
January 27, 2018
I've failed and it's bitterly frustrating.
£35 Model Railway Update: Building the buildings and cliff face
December 14, 2017
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
November 8, 2017
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
October 20, 2017
The electrics: A gamble that worked but I'm behind schedule.
The £35 model railway challenge: project history
September 29, 2017
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
September 21, 2017
More haste, less speed.
Can it really be done? Project Update
September 6, 2017
It seemed like a good idea... But then reality came knocking.
The £35 model railway challenge
August 22, 2017
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
August 18, 2017
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
July 21, 2017
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
May 9, 2017
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
April 26, 2017
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.
April 14, 2017
An apology, time for something new and a bit of the old.
Layout Progress update: hills, inclines and tunnels
November 22, 2016
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
Cry me a river – layout update
September 18, 2016
It's been a while since my last update on the layout so a quick progress report.
Little England or how to model a large area in a small space
March 2, 2016
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
Great South Railway – Go Go Go
February 22, 2016
This is most exciting, important and frankly insane moments in the four years I've been writing Model Railway Engineer.
The Beginnings Of A Cornish Tin Mine: Landreath Model Railway – Update
September 28, 2015
At long last I've got around to starting on the foam board scratch-build of my Tin-mine engine house.
Landreath – Model Railway Update
July 2, 2015
It's been a struggle but I finally have enough field and documentary research for my Cornish mine and have started on the model construction.