Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.

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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How To Avoid 5 Easy & Common Track Laying Mistakes

Track Laying Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
In our eagerness to get trains running, we all often make mistakes when laying track but don't make these potentially expensive mistakes. [...]

Three And A Half Minutes To Build A Model Railway Baseboard

baseboard construction
If you're thinking of building a baseboard for your model railway but think it's too complicated or difficult watch this. [...]

5 Must Read Books For Model Railway Beginners

hornby book of model railways
If you're just starting out in model railways, save yourself a lot of time and effort and read one or all of these 5 tip-packed books. [...]

The ABC Guide To Drybrushing – Add Extra Realism To Your Models

Dry Brushing Technqiues
From rolling stock to building brick work, dry brushing gives your models an extra dimension and makes the difference between a painted plastic model and an authentic [...]

Watch These Wonderful Layouts At The Milton Keynes Model Railway Society Exhibition 2015

Don't miss out, if you couldn't make the Milton Keynes Model Railway Society 2015 Exhibition this weekend, watch this 15 minute round up to see the great layouts on display. [...]

Yard Design 101: What you need to know about designing model railway yards

fiddle yard design
Think creating yards for your model railway layout is simple. There's a lot to them than you may think.  Watch this and get the inside information plus loads of tips on yard [...]

How To build a wooden railway for your children

Wooden train set
If your child loves trains, a wooden train set will be the love of his or her young life. But if you're new to wooden trains you may be wondering how to build the best layout [...]

St Blazy & Par Layout Project – Building Pictures

I recently visited Par in Cornwall, on which my long term layout will hopefully and partly be based, and while there took the opportunity to take some pictures of the station, [...]

What are you trying to glue?

Glue is a key component of any railway modellers tool kit. But there are so many different types available. Here's a quick run down of the major types of glue you'll need [...]

Model Railways In Small Spaces | Ideas for The Space Limited

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They may be small themselves but most model railways take up a fair chunk of space. You may think you don't have enough room in your home but there are still lots of small [...]

Watch the World’s longest model train

Sure it's a dull video, and is obviously built just to get the title rather than being a genuine model railway layout but if you want to see the longest model railway train [...]

How To Get A Baseboard For Under £30 | Model Railway Baseboards

When first starting out building a model railway, it usually comes as a shock to find building a baseboard isn't quick or cheap. Here's a tip that'll get you a baseboard for [...]

3 Tried and Trusted Track Soldering Techniques

One of the questions many model railway beginners face when moving up from basic sets is how to securely connect the power wires to the tracks of their railway. Here are the [...]

How to make your own weathering powders using kids chalks

Looking for a quick, effective and cheap way to make weathering powders? It's your lucky day.  [...]

Layout elements for beginners

Inglenook, switchbacks and wyes. Confused by layout elements? Here's a handy beginners guide. [...]

Building a Speedometer for model trains

Ever wondered how fast your model trains go? Here's a way to measure the speed of your trains on your model railway. [...]

These chalk weathering tips give stunning 3D authentic finishes

I've been looking for a way to get a super realistic rust effect on my trains. These two tips produced the authentic finish I wanted and even better use artist chalks to do it [...]

Watch this amazing floating model train

Where we're going, we don't need rails! Watch this model train use magnets and superconductors to float above the track. [...]

How To Avoid The Two Ugly Sisters of Track Soldering Hell

Tried soldering wires to your model train rails? Fed up with melted sleepers and solder globules ruining the look of your track. Here's a handy tip for quick, simple tip for [...]

17 Essential Tools For Your Model Railway Tool Box + Tips

When it comes to tools for model railways, there are a thousands of tools to chose from. You don't need every tool on sale in B&Q but old hands in the hobby recommend [...]
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