Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.

The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades

fancii head magnifier It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens. [more]

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The Definitive Guide To Making Model Scenery: 4,800 words on rivers, hills, lakes, fields and rock faces

So you've laid the track and have your trains running merrily around. Great work! Brunel and Stephenson would be proud. But now what? How do you make that collection of track [...]

Looking for a different railway to model? Watch this sumptuous video for something different

Mauritania Railway
Fed up with the standard English branch line railways or American CSX layouts? How about a railway with trains 3Km in length in some of most spectacular environment on Earth? [...]

How many inches in height do I need for my incline

Paul Mcmanus model railway incline
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

model train fastest, smallest, longest
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

model train pulling real train world record
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

Tortoise passing contact switch wiring
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

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

Maccano point control Hornby
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

ben alder
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?

N scale buildings compared
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

stig fo the dump
How I went full Stig of the Dump for the sake of my models. [...]

Congratulations to the winners

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

Model railway enthusiasts will be looking to break a world speed record this weekend. [...]

A quick cheap way to make brick and stone walls

make you own stone work
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

London Festival Of Railway Modelling
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

box-file layout
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

free downloadable road sign fonts
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

lego train
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

Hornby Toy Fair 2019
Hornby is going to need a bigger awards cabinet. [...]

2018 British Model Railway Award winners: Model Railway Engineer honoured

Website of the Year - Silver - Model Railway Engineer-small
The winners have been announced. [...]
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