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Astolat MRC 2015 Exhibition
January 19, 2015
Astolat MRC is my local model railway group, so I could hardly not go along to their 2015 Exhibition, held on 17th January.
Build An Authentic Coal Staithe In 5 Steps
January 16, 2015
No steam model railway is complete without a coal yard. Here's how to get make and paint your own staithes in 5 easy steps.
A Warning | Model Railway Enthusiasts Disease
January 15, 2015
Signs like this will never get old. I came across it on t'interweb and it's too good not to share with you.
Adopt This 30 Minute Pattern To Get More Done On Your Railway
January 14, 2015
Want to get more done on your railway? Want to finish it sooner?
Model Railway Wiring Basics | Part 1 of Model Railway Electronics
January 13, 2015
New to model railways and confused by the wires, leads, boxes and connections or want to refresh your knowledge of the basic electrics involved? Here's the guide to get you
A Space Saving Idea For Compact Model Railway Layouts
January 11, 2015
If you're tight on space for your model railway layout or want a efficient way of moving trains over a large vertical distance you'll love this idea.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Brass or Steel Rails
January 11, 2015
Buying railway track? Here's a great short and simple piece of advice that will let your trains run smoother and mean less work for you.
Mini Project: The Potentially Perfect Layout
January 10, 2015
While I continue with the planning of my main model railway project I need something to keep me out of trouble. This morning I came across a potentially perfect layout for my
Weathering Tips | Five Great Tips To Improve Model Train Realism
January 5, 2015
Want to learn how to weather your trains? Here are six great model railway rolling stock weathering tips from the darkest corners of the web to get you started and
How To Add A Super Realistic Rust To Your Model Trains
January 4, 2015
Abandoned rusted rolling stock is a frequent sight on many railways. Learn how to apply a cool rusted effects to old trains for that abandoned, left-behind, look to your
Effortless Track Weathering
January 3, 2015
Here's a wonderful tip for adding realism to your layout. And best of all, it requires minimum effort but produces fantastic results.
Model Railway Baseboard Construction | Avoid These 3 Painful Mistakes
January 2, 2015
There's nothing worse than building a model railway layout only to realise you've made a basic error. Avoid these 3 painful but easy mistakes when designing and
Hornby, Peco or Gaugemaster Track Pins | Which Should You Use?
January 1, 2015
What's the difference between one track pin and another? You wouldn't think much, but there are important variations between the pins from Peco, Hornby and Gaugemaster.
Achieving An Authentic Finish For Model Railway Buildings
January 1, 2015
Looking to add a stunningly detailed and authentic finishing to your buildings? Get your paint brushes ready...
Model Railway Tools You’ll Need To Get Started
December 31, 2014
If you're just starting out in model railway building, you'll need some tools to get started. Below are suggestions for your first tools from a 30 year modelling veteran.
Par and St. Blazey in N Gauge, First Steps
December 30, 2014
As mentioned in a previous post, I've chosen St Blazey in Cornwall as a source for my next project. I took the opportunity of quiet time over the Christmas to source some
3 Simple Precautions You Must Take To Protect Your Railway In Case of Theft
December 28, 2014
They're your prized possession and worth a lot of money. But have you taken these 3 simple precautions to hopefully get them back or get at very least get compensation via
It’s Decided – Par & St Blazey it is
December 21, 2014
It's decided. After a lot of pontificating, I've finally picked the project I'm going to build for my next model railway: Par and St Blazey in Cornwall.
Where’s Best To Build Your Model Railway
November 27, 2014
Wondering where to build your model railway? Loft, Garage or Shed, oh my! Here's the pros and cons of each.
Model Railway Trees: How To Make Your Own Trees In 5 Steps
November 17, 2014
Look at any good model railway layout and you'll see trees. Here, in 5 five easy steps, is how to make your own trees out of objects from around your home.