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

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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 2019

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.  [...]

The Best Wood For A Model Railway Baseboard

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. [...]
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