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The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades

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Astolat MRC 2015 Exhibition

Priorsfield Model Railway at Astolate Exhibition - Feb 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

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

  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

Want to get more done on your railway? Want to finish it sooner? [...]

Model Railway Wiring Basics | Part 1 of Model Railway Electronics

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

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

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

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

rolling stock weathering tips
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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

St Blazey engine shed ariel photograph
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

model railway in loft
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

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. [...]
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