MRE at the workbenchI’m Andy Leaning. Welcome to MRE, my internet man cave, where I share unique tips, guides, fun stories, videos and photos of my passions: model making, railway layouts and home engineering projects.

Model Railway Engineer (MRE to its friends) is the multi-award-winning site where miniature-world makers (well over half a million of you in 2022), come for inspiration, reviews and tutorials.

The name comes from my three lifelong passions:

Models, wargaming and miniature making and painting, read how I started with scale models and miniatures,

Railways, making model trains and layouts (read more about my journey with tiny trains and model railways), and

Engineering projects in my shed – steam engines, Arduino programming, woodwork and 3D printing, etc.

It started as a blog for model railways in 2013 and now contains a huge number of articles and videos on one or more of these subjects. Although, as it’s my site, I also occasionally cover some of my other interests: photography, history and travel when they cross over with the main topics or are of interest to the model railroad hobbyist, as we’re known in America, model makers or miniaturists.

The vast majority of the articles here were written by me, with the tips and techniques tested and proven on my models beforehand.

The reviews are, unless otherwise stated, my experiences of using the products and are independent of the product manufacturers with no incentive or commercial arrangement — I buy all the products at normal retail prices.

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Good luck and happy modelling,


Model Railway Engineer,

Jan 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.

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