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The best aid to help see when your eyesight fades

fancii head magnifier It happens to us all. Some sooner, some later. But it happens. [more]

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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. [...]

How To Expand Your Hornby Model Train Set — The Best Track Expansion Kits

So you've taken the first tentative step and got a model railway starter kit, but what next?  [...]

Model Railways: What do you need to get started

So you've decided to build your first model railway but don't know where to start or even what you need to get started? A quick search of the web will more than likely confuse [...]

Hornby model railway stars in Sherlock TV special

Could it be true? Two of my favourite things collide on New Years Day? Yes, a Hornby model railway starred in a scene of opening episode of the new 3rd series of Sherlock, [...]

The Top 7 Model Railway Websites, Must Visit Blogs for Inspiration and Advice

Looking for more tips and advice on model railways? Google will give you a million and one possible websites to browse, instead take a look at these websites which are some of [...]

Ideas for Inspiration | Weathering

When I first started out weathering rolling stock the results weren't good. Sure I could daub the trains and wagons with a paint but the results didn't look authentic so I [...]

How to look after your train set: tips for floor based train sets

Floors are deadly places. And not just for spiders that get stamped on as they cross the room! Carpets and other floor surfaces are hostile places for your model trains with [...]

Who Invented Hornby Trains – They Story Of Frank Hornby

Update: This post on Frank Hornby was originally written in September 2013 when I launched model railway engineer. It's since been updated with more information, links to [...]

And now for something different

Model Dads
Although Model Railway Engineer is about model railways (just in case you didn't guess) I also loved Airfix and plastic modelling kits and there is of course a bit of a cross [...]

Model Railway Beginners Q&A: What’s the difference between scale and gauge

If you're just starting out in model railways one question that'll you'll invariably want answered is what are scale and gauge? What's the difference between them and should [...]

40 Essential Model Railway Words You Need To Know

Just getting started in model railways? Here are 40 essential must-know words for your new hobby. From AC to Z Stop, in alphabetical order you'll find them here. [...]

The world’s largest model railway

Wondering what the world's largest model railway is? [...]
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