About ModelRailwayEngineer

MRE at the workbench

I’m Andy Leaning. Welcome to ModelRailwayEngineer, my internet man cave, where I showcase my hand-crafted models, the stories behind them, and how they are created and strive to help like-minded souls with model railway tips, guides and tutorials.

By day I work in cyber security in the media and when not doing that I live with my wife and son in Surrey in the UK. Model making and model railways are my lifelong hobby however and when not working or spending time with my family I can be found in my shed/studio making my models.

The name of the website, Model Railway Engineer, MRE, comes from the three aspects of my model-making.

Model making   Miniatures, dioramas, model making and painting, read how I started with scale models and miniatures,
Railways   The model railway for which I make models and on which I show them (read more about my journey with tiny trains and model railways).
Engineering   The electronics and mechanics behind some of the models. 
I launched the site in 2013 as a personal blog. Since then, it has grown to become a showcase for my handmade, high-quality, and unique models. With over half a million visitors in 2023 and over 40,000 followers across social media channels, the site has become a destination for model enthusiasts worldwide and where visitors can find regular updates on my models, the stories behind them and the meticulous process and techniques used in creating them.

Learn more about my vision, aims and goals for the site here.

Main topics and subjects found on MRE

Main topics and subjects found on MRE

I’d love to hear from you about your experiences; take a look around the site and if there’s anything I can help with get in touch or even better join the MRE community over on Facebook. 

Alternatively, take a look at some of the best Model Railway Engineer articles.

Good luck and happy modelling,



Dec. 2023.

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For the record, unless explicity stated, all articles on MRE (this website) are all my work and the views shared here are solely mine and not those of my employer or other organisations.


> A final, personal, note: I spend a huge amount of time testing, photographing, writing and researching techniques for these articles and pay for all the running costs of MRE out of my own pocket. If you found this article useful you can support me by making a donation on my fund-raising page. Thanks and happy modelling, Andy.