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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.

£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. [...]

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 layout 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. [...]

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 [...]

Great South Railway – Go Go Go

This is most exciting, important and frankly insane moments in the four years I've been writing Model Railway Engineer. [...]

Landreath – Model Railway Update

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. [...]

St Blazey Model Railway Prototype Pictures – Close Ups

I spent the early May bank holiday week in Cornwall and not being one to miss an opportunity I sneaked off to do some more research on the railway at St Blazey [...]

Three Names – One Layout

The story of three model railway layouts, one name and a lot of changes. [...]

And it shall be called…

As regular readers will know I've been struggling with the description of my model railway layout and have been thinking about a name for it. After some [...]

St Blazey Prototype Pictures

As part of the fact finding for my "Poldark" model railway, I took the opportunity to take some pictures of St Blazey and Par around which it's based.  [...]

Progress Report – Terrain & Track Plan

Things are progressing quickly now. Since the last update on my N Gauge Cornish Tin mine a lot has happened. Here's the full report with tips and [...]

Tin Miners, Victorians and Cornwall – The Story Behind My N Gauge Layout

&nsbp;A tale of Victorian workers toiling in below ground in dark, dirty, dangerous Tin mines, of steam trains and a small village in Cornwall. [...]

Project evolution – update

Continuing from my last update, I've been working on the plan for my N gauge project. The layout and scenery plan is finally pretty much finalised. [...]
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