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Layout elements for beginners
January 29, 2015
Inglenook, switchbacks and wyes. Confused by layout elements? Here's a handy beginners guide.
Building a Speedometer for model trains
January 29, 2015
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
January 27, 2015
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
January 26, 2015
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
January 24, 2015
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
January 23, 2015
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
Understanding Model Railway Standards Organisations in 30 Seconds
January 21, 2015
Confused by the different standards. Baffled by NEM and NMRA and standards orgs? Here's what you need to know in 30 seconds.
Bob Symes 6th May 1924 to 19th January 2015
January 20, 2015
Ambassador for railway modelling, inventor, engineer and TV presenter Bob Symes passed away yesterday, aged 90.
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
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