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

How to clean model train wheels, fixing a train that stops and starts. UPDATED for 2019

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 expectation builds. [more]

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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. [...]

More on the Train-Tech Screen

Train Tech Smart Screen
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

Mike Buick Oak Road
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 [...]

I’ve found the perfect rotating model making paint and tool holder and it’s not what you might expect

rotating model tool and paint holder
Is your workbench a mess, with tools, paints and glues scattered around? Looking for an organiser? I was and have found what could be the perfect rotating storage unit, [...]

Jools Holland reveals model railway 10 years in the making

Musician and TV presenter Jools Holland has revealed his 100ft model railway. [...]

Show report: The 35th International Model Railway Exhibition, Cologne

Billed as Europe's greatest model railway event, the International Model Railway Exhibition took place in Cologne in November.  [...]

How to make rock faces and cliffs for your model railway or diorama

how to make model cliffs and rock faces
Creating realistic cliffs and rock formations in miniature is surprisingly difficult but with these techniques, some practice and a bit of time anyone can do it. [...]

Building a Metcalfe Church? Here’s how to add stained glass windows

Tree of Jesse from York Minster
Models of churches for layouts look great but typically miss one vital element. [...]

Ideas for a future layout

Looking for something out of the normal for your next layout? What about a North American logging layout? [...]

Dozens of new locomotives revealed in major launch from Hornby for 2019

Hornby R3782 Class A1 Terrier 0-6-0T 751
2019 looks to be one of the most exciting years for Hornby judging by launch plans revealed yesterday. [...]

Book a stay in a miniature model railway home, height restrictions apply

miniatur-wunderland-airbnb
Okay, this isn't really about model railways, but hey, it's in conjunction with the world's largest model railway and it's for a good cause and that's all the justification I [...]
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