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

Author: Andy

Par and St. Blazey in N Gauge, First Steps

As mentioned in a previous post, I've chosen St Blazey in Cornwall as a source for my next project. I took the opportunity of quiet time over the Christmas [...]

3 Simple Precautions You Must Take To Protect Your Railway In Case of Theft

They're your prized possession and worth a lot of money. But have you taken these 3 simple precautions to hopefully get them back or get at very least get [...]

It’s Decided – Par & St Blazey it is

St Blazey engine shed ariel photograph
It's decided. After a lot of pontificating, I've finally picked the project I'm going to build for my next model railway: Par and St Blazey in [...]

Where’s Best To Build Your Model Railway

model railway in loft
Wondering where to build your model railway? Loft, garage, shed or spare room? Here's the pros and cons of each. [...]

What’s the difference between DCC and DC trains – which is best?

When first starting out you'll undoubtedly come across two terms — DC and DCC. What does DCC mean, what are the differences? Which should you get? [...]

Model Railway Trees: How To Make Your Own Trees In 5 Steps

Look at any good model railway layout and you'll see trees. Here, in 5 five easy steps, is how to make your own trees out of objects from around your home. [...]

Budget Techniques To Clean Your Track

model railway track
Looking for tools and techniques to keep your railway track clean on the cheap? Model Railway Engineer finds 3 popular budget solutions from model railway [...]

Don’t Blink Or You’ll Miss It – The World’s Fastest Model Train

worlds fastest model train
I'm not sure why you'd want to do this but if model trains and speed is your thing or you're wondering what the world's fastest model train you won't want to [...]

7 Tips That Will Make Your Model Railway Train Run Smoothly in 2020

Trying to figure out why your model railway train judders, stops and starts? Don't panic. Here are 7 easy and quick tips from model railway gurus across the [...]

Are Wooden Trains Compatible?

Looking to expand your children's favourite wooden wooden train set? There are lots of choices and many makes but are they compatible?  [...]

Watch track soldering done the simples way | Watch and Learn

Track soldering doesn't have to be difficult. Watch this tip-packed video for trouble free track soldering the easy way.  [...]

The Best Wood For A Model Railway Baseboard, updated for 2020

Thinking of building your first real model railway? Arguably one of the biggest jobs you'll face is making the baseboard for your layout. Once you've decided [...]

Now where did I put it – the world’s smallest model railway

world's smallest model railway
Looking for the world's smallest model railway? Find it here but remember to bring your magnifying glasses. [...]

Going Underground – The Secret of Authentic Model Railway Track

Railway Track Bedding
This is a simple short tip but an often overlooked and important one if you want authentic model railway layouts. [...]

How To Expand Your Hornby Model Train Set — The Best Track Expansion Kits

So you've taken the first tentative step and got a model railway starter kit, but what next?  [...]

Model Railways: What do you need to get started

So you've decided to build your first model railway but don't know where to start or even what you need to get started? A quick search of the web will more [...]

Hornby model railway stars in Sherlock TV special

Could it be true? Two of my favourite things collide on New Years Day? Yes, a Hornby model railway starred in a scene of opening episode of the new 3rd series [...]

The Top 7 Model Railway Websites, Must Visit Blogs for Inspiration and Advice

Looking for more tips and advice on model railways? Google will give you a million and one possible websites to browse, instead take a look at these websites [...]

Ideas for Inspiration | Weathering

When I first started out weathering rolling stock the results weren't good. Sure I could daub the trains and wagons with a paint but the results didn't look [...]
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