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

How to master perfect soldering for trouble-free track and wiring – the definitive guide

model railway soldering Want to improve your model railway track work, wiring, and electrics? Soldering is the only way. But what's the best solder to use? What's the best soldering iron? And how can you get superior solder joints? This article will answer all your soldering questions. [more]

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What is Z gauge: Six things you’ll want to know before starting

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge
If you're itching to build a model railway but don't have space, Z gauge is the answer. Here's a quick primer on what you need to know to get started. [...]

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away model railways are mono rail. Why not here?

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Where are the monorail model railways? [...]

How to make scenic cement: my foolproof 3 part recipe for the best ground cover

There's a lot of misunderstanding around scenic glue but it's surprisingly simple once you know how to make it. [...]

And it goes clickety-clack, clickety-clack

If you watch and listen to any real railway you notice a particular noise. [...]

Fitting Point Motors – how to save yourself time now and avoid disruption later

Point motors are expensive and fitting them under baseboards takes time which often holds up layout construction. Here's a great way to get your track laid now while still [...]

Backscenes without detail

Making a backscene without costly printers and buying a commercial background. [...]

Making my model railway man-cave a bit more comfortable

I spend a lot of time in my model railway man-cave. It's time to add a few creature comforts. [...]

Ready but not able?

It's a sore spot for many railway modellers. What are your thoughts? [...]

Monday Money Savers: cheap model masking tape

Use masking tape in your model making? Here's a quick money saving tip. [...]

6 videos about track laying you have to watch

Everything you need to know about successfully laying track and track tips galore in 6 must-watch videos. [...]

Damaged Track, What Can I Do?

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I was recently testing a locomotive on my layout and managed to damage a section of track in the process. Here's how I fixed it. [...]

What you can learn from E.T.

Can it really be 36 years? [...]

Model Railway Engineer Wins Its First Award

Towards the end of last year, I received an odd email. [...]

An effective but surprisingly simple to making points look better: Sunday Scribbles

This is an effective but surprisingly simple tip to give your points a little bit of extra realism. [...]

Mixing Hobbies: Trains, Lego & Gardens

I challenge you to watch this and not want a Lego steam train in your garden! [...]

Fixing a train that stops and starts, how to clean locomotive wheels

You've found it. Abandoned in your childhood, a long forgotten Hornby loco has been rediscovered. A childhood memory reborn. You dust it off and plant it on the track. The [...]

Baseboard construction – an alternative technique

Most modellers make their layout baseboards from wood. But there’s an alternative, easier, more flexible and arguably cheaper material. [...]

Share Your Tips & Progress – a new forum for Model Railway Builders

You can now share your trials and tribulations, layout progress, photos/videos and tips and ideas and chat with friends and thousands of other model railway builders. [...]

A rake for your static grass, Sunday Scribbles

This is a silly little tool-tip, but one I find myself using a lot since discovering it. [...]

The Best of Model Railway Engineer Winter 17/18

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Another season has come and gone and it was a record season for my Model Railway Engineer with record numbers of model railway enthusiasts visiting the site, connecting on [...]
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