Great Model Railway Challenge : How You Can Make Your Own Model Railway Like Theirs

If you’ve been watching the Great Model Railway Challenge on Channel 5 and want to build on your own railway, here’s a roundup of tips and techniques you’ll need to make your own.

Hopefully, you’ve been watching Channel 5s new series, the Great Model Railway Challenge. If not, I really recommend it. It’s fun and enjoyable.  The Missenden Modellers, Porthcawl Model Railway Club, and Strangers on a Model Train make some great layouts, although the cheating by The Missenden Modellers in the first episode did annoy me a lot and I felt it was right that they didn’t win.

If it’s encouraged you to have a go at making your own model railway the following tip-filled articles will give tell you what you need to know.


What are model railways about?

How much space do I need?

How much does it cost?

Where’s best to build a model railway?

Track Laying Basics

Track laying: 3 quick tips

How to connect power


How to make hills

How to make tunnels

How to make cuttings

Making Buildings – Free Buildings

How to make water features

Advanced Techniques

How to ballast track

Tools you’ll need

General Info

Trains sets to get started

Kathy Millatt’s Website

> 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.

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