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How to clean model train wheels, fixing a train that stops and starts. UPDATED for 2019

You've found it. Abandoned in your childhood, a long forgotten Hornby loco has been rediscovered. A childhood memory reborn. You dust it off and plant it on the track. The expectation builds. [more]

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Book a stay in a miniature model railway home, height restrictions apply

miniatur-wunderland-airbnb
Okay, this isn't really about model railways, but hey, it's in conjunction with the world's largest model railway and it's for a good cause and that's all the justification I [...]

Scratch building steam trains

SCRATCH BUILT STEAM TRAIN TESTED
I'm a big fan of Tested.com so when they cover scratch building model steam trains I can't help but watch. [...]

Model Railway Engineer nominated for the BMRA Awards – Vote Now!

BMRA model railway engineer nominated
Model Railway Engineer has made it through the nomination round for the 2018 British Model Railway Awards and now it's your chance to vote for the winners. [...]

Sunday Scribbles: Madcapped idea for track cleaning

Track cleaning BristleBot
A daft idea that may make track cleaning easier. Has anyone tried it? [...]

Improve your plastic models today by avoiding these 5 common mistakes

model kits gaps unfilled
Avoid these top 5 plastic model making mistakes and improve your model making and layout construction. [...]

A look back at 2018, including the best of Model Railway Engineer from the last 12 months

BEST MODEL RAILWAY TIPS 2018
Another year has come and gone, the fifth year of this blog in fact, and it's been without a doubt the best year yet. Here are the most popular articles on the site from the [...]

How a Blue Peter favourite can help with your layout construction

They've been around for years and are a mainstay of crafters but Velcro and double-sided sticky tape are a godsend for model railways too. [...]

BMRA Awards Time

It's that time of year again when we share love and goodwill.  [...]

Big Country, Big Sky, Big Backscene

One of the basic rules of model railway construction is to lay the track into the landscape as opposed to building the landscape around the track. Railways run through and [...]

The City on the Edge of Forever

city edge of forever startrek
No, this isn't about a StarTrek themed model railway - how cool would that be! - but a quick tip on how to stop views into a different time and space from spooling your [...]

How I got 5 locos to run smoothly over my points with just 10 minutes work

model railway points close up
Most of the time, our locos run smoothly over points. But occasionally there are problems. Here's how I quickly solved a problem that was causing 5 of my locos to bump on the [...]

Six inspiring ideas and track plans to use for small layouts

scifi model railway layout
Here are my favorite track plans for small spaces. It includes plans for N, OO, HO and 009 scales with designs that will fit into small spaces around a typical home. [...]

How to make a Christmas snow diorama with a model train

how to make a christmas diorama model with a train
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better to wake up to on Christmas morning than a snow-covered model railway display. How's how Santa makes his. [...]

Top marks to Märklin for this but where’s the Hornby version?

christmas train advert
Watching this you could be forgiven for thinking John Lewis have started selling model trains. [...]

What’s the best glue for paper card models from Metcalfe etc

William Doran's Metcalfe kit.
Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this. [...]

Tiny Train Thursday: Best price on the Hornby R3359 Rothery Industrial 101 Class Locomotive

Hornby R3359 Rothery Locomotive
Looking for a general purpose, low cost, train for your train set or to expand your train fleet with? The Hornby Rothery Industrial 101 Class Locomotive is what you want. [...]

Looking for 00-9 Scale Buildings?

009-00-9 scale model ralway buildings
Looking for 00-9/HOe scale buildings? [...]

Trains stalling on Electrofrog points?

electrofrog points tortoise stalling locomotive
Trains stalling on Electrofrog points? Here’s the one solution I’ve found. I hope it works for you too. [...]

How to fill gaps between your rails

Fixing gap between rails
If you've ever laid track and found you have an unsightly gap between two sections here's an easy little trick to conceal it and help your trains run easier. [...]

Model railway incline, what is it

What is an incline on a model railway? Why are they needed? Read the answer here in the largest glossary of model railway terminology. [...]
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