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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.

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. [...]

The Beginnings Of A Cornish Tin Mine: Landreath Model Railway – Update

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

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. [...]

A Little Bit Of Poldark

In my previous post I mentioned that my layout was going to be based around mining. What I didn't say is where the idea came from... [...]

Project Update – Layout, Bedding, Wiring and Track Laying

model railway track wiring
I admit it. It's true I haven't posted an update on my layouts for a while and since the last report a lot has changed. So here's what's gone since then [...]

St Blazy & Par Layout Project – Building Pictures

I recently visited Par in Cornwall, on which my long term layout will hopefully and partly be based, and while there took the opportunity to take some pictures [...]

Mini Project: The Potentially Perfect Layout

While I continue with the planning of my main model railway project I need something to keep me out of trouble. This morning I came across a potentially [...]

Par and St. Blazey in N Gauge, First Steps

As mentioned in a previous post, I've chosen St Blazey in Cornwall as a source for my next project. I took the opportunity of quiet time over the Christmas [...]

It’s Decided – Par & St Blazey it is

St Blazey engine shed ariel photograph
It's decided. After a lot of pontificating, I've finally picked the project I'm going to build for my next model railway: Par and St Blazey in [...]
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