Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
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The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades
It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens.
How many inches in height do I need for my incline
March 10, 2019
Confused about inclines and how many inches you need to raise your track to go over other track? Here's what you need to know.
Incredible Model Railway Facts, Figures and World Records
March 10, 2019
Ever wondered what the fastest model train is? How about the most expensive or longest model railway? Here are all the surprising world-record breaking model railways and
There’s a world-record for model trains pulling a real train??? Watch the incredible video
March 2, 2019
Model trains pulling a full-size locomotive? How many trains would it take? Can it even be done?
How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors
February 26, 2019
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches.
Sunday Scribbles: Keep your paint brushes for longer
February 24, 2019
If you do a lot of painting you'll undoubtedly go through a lot of brushes. I did. But not any more.
DIY point control with Meccano – Frank Hornby’s creations meet
February 23, 2019
Take two of the UK's greatest toy inventor's best products; add a sprinkle of ingenuity and you have DIY point control that Frank Hornby himself would be proud of.
Tips from an inspirational model railway
February 21, 2019
There are realistic model railways and then there are realistic model railways. Anyone who’s seen Ben Alder's Far North Line layout knows what I mean.
N Scale compared – can you see the difference between 1:150 or 1:160 buildings?
February 18, 2019
How do the different sizes of N scale model compare and can they be intermixed? One N scale modeller took a look.
Now I am become Stig, the model builder
February 16, 2019
How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models.
Congratulations to the winners
February 14, 2019
Here are the winners of the recent London Festival of Railway Modelling competition here on MRE.
Attempt on model railway world speed record – miniature Mallard to try and break 186mph record
February 8, 2019
Model railway enthusiasts will be looking to break a world speed record this weekend.
A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls
February 5, 2019
Create realistic stone and brickwork walls and ground with this simple technique from a professional model maker.
Competition! Win one of four tickets to The London Festival of Railway Modelling
January 31, 2019
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Winners were announced here. Model Railway Engineer has teamed up with Warners Exhibitions to offer you the chance to win one of four
What to do if you don’t have space for a model railway
January 30, 2019
Don't have space for a model railway? Here are some suggestions that may help.
Want the fonts to create model transport road signs? Get them here for free
January 30, 2019
The Internet is a wonderful place. I can spend all day on it. Especially when I come across sites like this that give away the fonts you can use to create scale British road
A not so little bit of Lego trains
January 28, 2019
Regular readers of this blog will know I focus on traditional model railways, Hornby etc. But occasionally I like to play with other forms of tiny train, Lego in
A big week for Hornby
January 26, 2019
Hornby is going to need a bigger awards cabinet.
2018 British Model Railway Award winners: Model Railway Engineer honoured
January 25, 2019
The winners have been announced.
More on the Train-Tech Screen
January 17, 2019
In my highlight of 2018, I mentioned the Train-Tech Screen as one of the highlights of the year. Here's more information on this innovative little product.
Tips from an exhibition layout: Oak Road by Mike Buick
January 15, 2019
Mike Buick will be familiar to many modellers as the creator of the Oak Road layout. It's a beautiful layout exhibition with astonishingly lifelike modelling. Mike took a few
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