Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun

Digital voltage meter
The best ideas, as they say, are the simplest. And never has this been more true than with this bit of lateral thinking from an MRE group member. [...]

Update: a move and new space for train tinkering

The loft of our new home
For a good reason posts have been lacking here recently but with a little luck that will change after Christmas. [...]

A mystical experience

Philip Reed
What I saw took me back to childhood... [...]

Can you help?

BRMA 2019 Logo
It's that time of year again when we share love and goodwill.  [...]

What voltage do N scale model trains run on

What's the best voltage for N scale trains to run on? [...]

11 Gift Ideas For Model Train Enthusiasts

Worldwar Scenics Scatter
This article is for non-railway builders looking for a gift ideas for the model train enthusiasts in their lives. [...]

How high should a model railway baseboard be?

While working on the construction of one of my layouts, I happened to think about the correct height for maximum convenience. [...]

How to paint lifelike figure faces

how to paint model figure faces and heads
If there's one element of model making and painting I REALLY struggle with it's face painting. I can never get the results I wanted. This six minute guide helped me up my [...]

Hornby pops up at St Pancras Station

Hornby at St Pancras Station
Travellers and commuters passing through St Pancras Station are in for a treat this Winter. [...]

What materials are Warhammer miniatures made with?

plastic model warhammer 40k
Wonderfully detailed, Games Workshop miniatures are a delight to make and paint but what are they made of? [...]

Photograph Tips From John Olsen

john olsen model railroad
Creating good photographs of model railways is surprisingly difficult. Here's a few tips from famed model railroader John Olsen on how he created his beautiful shots. [...]

Is N Scale cheaper than HO?

N and HO scales are the two most common worldwide standards for model trains an common question for those thinking about this wonderful hobby then is which is cheaper. [...]

How much does a model railway cost?

how much do model railways cost
If you're thinking of starting a model railway, or perhaps revisiting the trains your dad or grandad had, one of the first question most people ask is how much will it cost? [...]

Air Drying Clay: 7 Tips To Help Make Better Models, Easier and Faster

Tips for working with air-drying clay
Want to use air-drying clay for model making and crafting but put off by your first experiences with it? This is for you. [...]

It’s here! Finally.

Model Railway Book Club
It's here!  I've been working on this for a long time and I'm really excited to announce... [...]

What voltage do HO scale trains run on?

What's the right voltage for HO scale model railroads and trains? [...]

A quick easy way to make curved corners for your backscene

how to make curved corners for a backscene
If you want your backscene to have curved corners you may be struggling with how to create the curved wood onto which the paper is glued. I did and then I had this idea. [...]

Signalling – Basics: Semaphore Signals

Subsidiary Signal
If you want you're model railway to look the part, you'll need signals and in the case of steam era railways this means semaphore signals. Here's a back to basics guide on [...]

How many feet and inches is an N scale mile?

How many feet and inches are you going to need to model one mile of track or landscape in N gauge?  The answer will surprise you. [...]
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