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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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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. [...]

Budget Techniques To Clean Your Track

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Looking for tools to keep your railway track clean on the cheap? Model Railway Engineer finds 3 popular budget solutions from model railway magicians across the Internet. [...]

Don’t Blink Or You’ll Miss It – The World’s Fastest Model Train

worlds fastest model train
I'm not sure why you'd want to do this but if model trains and speed is your thing or you're wondering what the world's fastest model train you won't want to miss this. [...]

7 Tips That Will Make Your Model Railway Train Run Smoothly in 2018

Trying to figure out why your model railway train judders, stops and starts? Don't panic. Here are 7 easy and quick tips from model railway gurus across the Internet to get [...]

Are Wooden Trains Compatible?

Looking to expand your children's favourite wooden wooden train set? There are lots of choices and many makes but are they compatible?  [...]

Watch track soldering done the simples way | Watch and Learn

Track soldering doesn't have to be difficult. Watch this tip-packed video for trouble free track soldering the easy way.  [...]

What’s The Best Wood To Use For Model Railway Baseboard in 2018?

Thinking of building your first real model railway? Arguably one of the biggest jobs you'll face will be building the baseboard for your layout. Once you've decided on size [...]

Now where did I put it – the world’s smallest model railway

world's smallest model railway
Looking for the world's smallest model railway? Find it here but remember to bring your magnifying glasses. [...]

Going Underground – The Secret of Authentic Model Railway Track

Railway Track Bedding
This is a simple short tip but an often overlooked and important one if you want authentic model railway layouts. [...]
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