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

Tips

Tried and tested hints and tips for building model railways, making scale models and war game miniatures.

Making an entrance

Morwellham mine in Devon
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance. [...]

Photograph Tips From John Olsen

john olsen model railroad
Creating good photographs of model railways is surprisingly difficult. Here's a few tips from famed model railroader John Olsen on how he created his beautiful [...]

What to do if you don’t have space for a model railway

box-file layout
Don't have space for a model railway? Here are some suggestions that may help. [...]

A not so little bit of Lego trains

lego train
Regular readers of this blog will know I focus on traditional model railways, Hornby etc. But occasionally I like to play with other forms of tiny train, Lego [...]

Great Model Railway Challenge What I Learned

Great Model Railway Challenge
I was glued to my TV last night watching the first episode of Great Model Railway Challenge. Here's one great tip I picked up. [...]

Boot fair bargains – How I picked up a locomotive and controller for under £10

model trains cheap from boot fair
Who says model trains are expensive?  [...]

The undercover model railway: reader question

uncovered model railway
Regular reader Ed recently contacted me with an unusual question so I thought I'd throw it out to the Model Railway Engineer community. [...]

Does your model railway feature a plastic pet?

London trains and stations get my attention. But throw in cute animal photographs and I'm hooked. [...]

Recording Your Rolling Stock

Quick question: How much would it hurt if you lost all your trains? [...]

The easiest fix for wagons derailing on points

If your wagons derail or jump while crossing points here's one of the most common and easiest solutions. [...]

What’s Been Your Biggest Railway Blunder

So today wasn't one of my finest but it did remind me of this handy tip that might save you a train tragedy. [...]

Space Saving Idea: The Disappearing Fiddle Yard

A neat idea for small, space restricted, modellers.  [...]

Recycle for your railway — money saving ideas

using a old drinks straw for pipes on a model railway
I'm always on the prowl looking for ways to save money when building my model railways.  [...]

How I make make my trains look better – a simple, cheap and effective tip

painting model train wagon
Want to make your trains look better? Here's how I make quick, easy and cheap wagon loads and add extra realism to my trains. [...]

How I fixed my runaway trains

I recently ran into a frustrating problem where my DCC locomotives just ran away by themselves. After a bit of head scratching I found an answer. [...]

Troubleshooting derailing rolling stock

If you've got rolling stock that always derail this may be the answer. [...]

Where darkness resides

Adding internal lighting to the buildings on a layout is increasingly easy and growing in popularity amongst railway modellers but if you've done it you'll [...]

How To Use Animated Action To Make Your Railway Come Alive

Looking for a way to bring your railway to life and add interest? Animated scenes are the answer. [...]

What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting A Model Railway

Building a model railway is fun, challenging and rewarding but it's easy to make mistakes and overlook things when starting. Here's what I've learned after [...]

Model Railways In Small Spaces | Ideas for The Space Limited

train in case
They may be small themselves but most model railways take up a fair chunk of space. You may think you don't have enough room in your home but there are still [...]
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