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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Making my model railway man-cave a bit more comfortable

I spend a lot of time in my model railway man-cave. It's time to add a few creature comforts. [...]

Ready but not able?

It's a sore spot for many railway modellers. What are your thoughts? [...]

Monday Money Savers: cheap model masking tape

Use masking tape in your model making? Here's a quick money saving tip. [...]

6 videos about track laying you have to watch

Everything you need to know about successfully laying track and track tips galore in 6 must-watch videos. [...]

Damaged Track, What Can I Do?

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I was recently testing a locomotive on my layout and managed to damage a section of track in the process. Here's how I fixed it. [...]

What you can learn from E.T.

Can it really be 36 years? [...]

Model Railway Engineer Wins Its First Award

Towards the end of last year, I received an odd email. [...]

An effective but surprisingly simple to making points look better: Sunday Scribbles

This is an effective but surprisingly simple tip to give your points a little bit of extra realism. [...]

Mixing Hobbies: Trains, Lego & Gardens

I challenge you to watch this and not want a Lego steam train in your garden! [...]

Fixing a train that stops and starts, how to clean locomotive wheels

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 [...]

Baseboard construction – an alternative technique

Most modellers make their layout baseboards from wood. But there’s an alternative, easier, more flexible and arguably cheaper material. [...]

Share Your Tips & Progress – a new forum for Model Railway Builders

You can now share your trials and tribulations, layout progress, photos/videos and tips and ideas and chat with friends and thousands of other model railway builders. [...]

A rake for your static grass, Sunday Scribbles

This is a silly little tool-tip, but one I find myself using a lot since discovering it. [...]

The Best of Model Railway Engineer Winter 17/18

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Another season has come and gone and it was a record season for my Model Railway Engineer with record numbers of model railway enthusiasts visiting the site, connecting on [...]

7 signs that reveal your other half is a secret railway modeller

Have you got a secret model railway enthusiast in your midst? [...]

A layout construction question and suggestion

Toby J. recently reached out to me to discuss a baseboard he was making. He'd seen a friend's railway and set out to build his own OO gauge layout. Having researched [...]

How to fit platform lights

No model railway station is complete without platform lighting. Here's how to do it in five simple steps and a video walkthrough. [...]

Does your model railway feature a plastic pet?

London trains and stations get my attention. But throw in cute animal photographs and I'm hooked. [...]

Introducing….

Am I allowed to get a buzz from a new feature on my website? [...]

Upgrading an old Hornby Pannier

GWR Pannier engines are the best. They're my favourite locos and I  have quite a few, in both OO and N gauge. The Hornby versions are great little incarnations and with a [...]
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