Here at Model Railway Engineer, I take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account, improve the service provided to you and provide the information, products or services you have requested. Below is the information collected and how it is used.

Non-Identifying Information

As with the majority of other websites, Model Railway uses and stores non-identifying and aggregate information for general management of the site, to improve the content and your experience when using the site and for analytical purposes. This is collected chiefly through Google Analytics cookies detailed below.

Email Addresses

If you subscribe to the Model Railway Engineer email newsletter, your email address is collected and then stored by my email partners, Mail Chimp/SendinBlue, to send and administer my regular emails.

You can also provide information about your interests relating to the hobby (the scale and gauge of the models you work for example) although submission of this information is voluntary.

You can change these settings or unsubscribe from my newsletter by clicking on the link at the bottom of every email sent.

Mail Chimp and SendinBlue also stores some additional information, including the IP used at the time of your sign up and if you opened my emails. MailChimp’s privacy policies can be read here , SendinBlue’s data protection policy is available here.

If you leave a comment, your email address is also stored. You can remove this at any time by deleting the comment left. If you subscribe for notifications of updates to articles on which you have commented, your email address is stored to send you notifications. These are automatically removed every 6 months.


Model Railway uses cookies (small files sent between your web browser and my web servers) to store information, such as when you visit the site. The cookies used by this site include:

Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. The reports provided by Google Analytics to help me,  Model Railway Engineer’s owner, to understand website traffic and webpage usage. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy– external site and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google– external site.

Advertising: You may also see third-party advertisements on the site which help fund the site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies for these adverts and which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser and device you used when visiting the site. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing English advertisements to someone living in England, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing soldering irons ads to someone who visits an electrical retailer).

You can stop these or tailor their settings here.

Facebook: Facebook using tracking technologies, such as cookies or pixels, to record information about users who visit or interact with my website, also collect data. This information allows them to deliver targeted advertisements and measure their effectiveness. The Model Railway Engineer website does not provide any personal information to Facebook.Read Facebook’s privacy policy here.

WP Touch: For users on mobiles and tablets, I use a service by WP Touch to identify visitors using mobile phones and tailor the web pages to their screen size. No personal information is stored in doing this.

Cloudflare: I use web performance enhancement technologies from CloudFlare. Non-identifying cookies are used by this service to improve page loading speed and identify and block suspicious activity. You can read more about the Cloudflare cookies here.

To refine and update cookie usage on this website, click [cookies_revoke]. If you have visited the site before and subsequently update your cookie usage, please delete the existing cookies set my the site code. No further new ones will be set.

Instructions to do this can be found here.

Legal Requirements

To the extent required by law, Model Railway Engineer may disclose personally identifiable information to government authorities pursuant to a subpoena or other legal process, and may also use or disclose your information as permitted by law to protect the rights or property of the site, it’s owners, and users.

We also may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency’s request, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.

Further questions?

Although the owner and commercial partners of the site take measures to safeguard against unauthorised disclosures of information, we cannot assure or guarantee you that personally identifiable information that is collected will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information collected, the privacy policy or disclaimer; you wish to know or correct your personally identifiable information, please contact [email protected]

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