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Make a realistic texture thatched roof with this simple but effective technique
January 23, 2020
Living in Surrey, I see a lot of thatched roofs. There's no denying their beauty. But recreating them in miniature for a model railway or diorama is
A surprising but ideal ready-made base for a fun small model railway
January 19, 2020
It's not an obvious choice but this baby accessory turns out to be a perfect small model railway base.
A closer look at Hornby’s 2020 100th Anniversary releases
January 7, 2020
Graham Muspratt takes a closer look at Hornby's 2020 unveiling from a Southern Railway perspective.
Hornby celebrates 100th year with new and surprising releases
January 6, 2020
2020 see's Hornby reach its 100th year and to celebrate it's launching a number of limited edition models complete with retro-themed packaging.
Your chance to vote!
January 1, 2020
Last year, MRE was nominated and went on to win Silver for best website in the British Model Railway Awards. This year, it's been nominated again!
Adding point motors to already laid track
December 31, 2019
Now filed in a draw marked 'why on earth didn't I think of this' is this marvellous tip from MRE community member Lee Maylon for installing point motors on
London Model Railway Shops: Where to buy
December 26, 2019
Looking for a model railway shop you can visit, Tom Cunnington, looks at seven shops in London.
An easier way to hold your track in place while gluing
December 25, 2019
Is this the quickest way to fix track down for gluing?
Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun
December 24, 2019
The best ideas, as they say, are the simplest. And never has this been more true than with this bit of lateral thinking from an MRE group member.
Update: a move and new space for train tinkering
December 21, 2019
For a good reason posts have been lacking here recently but with a little luck that will change after Christmas.
A mystical experience
December 18, 2019
What I saw took me back to childhood...
Can you help?
December 17, 2019
It's that time of year again when we share love and goodwill.
Skip the pain of reaching across your layout with this inspired home built aid
September 14, 2019
How's this for a nifty idea.
Hornby pops up at St Pancras Station
September 7, 2019
Travellers and commuters passing through St Pancras Station are in for a treat this Winter.
Photograph Tips From John Olsen
August 22, 2019
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
Air Drying Clay: 7 Tips To Help Make Better Models, Easier and Faster
August 9, 2019
Want to use air-drying clay for model making and crafting but put off by your first experiences with it? This is for you.
It’s here! Finally.
August 2, 2019
It's here! I've been working on this for a long time and I'm really excited to announce...
A quick easy way to make curved corners for your backscene
July 9, 2019
If you want your backscene to have curved corners you may be struggling with how to create the curved wood onto which the paper is glued. I did and then I had
Signalling – Basics: Semaphore Signals
June 18, 2019
If you want you're model railway to look the part, you'll need signals and in the case of steam era railways this means semaphore signals. Here's a back to
A family visit turns into railway reconnaissance
June 16, 2019
It wasn't planned but a family visit turned up an expected surprise and a massive aid to my layout construction.
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