Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
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The Best Train Sets 2019
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Building A Model Railway
From trainset to layout
Maintaining and Fixing
5 Must-Have Tools To Transform Your Track Work From Terror To Triumph
There are an astonishing 10,072 miles of track in the UK.
Great Model Railway Challenge What I Learned
October 6, 2018
I was glued to my TV last night watching the first episode of Great Model Railway Challenge. Here's one great tip I picked up.
Great Model Railway Challenge : How You Can Make Your Own Model Railway Like Theirs
October 5, 2018
If you've been watching the Great Model Railway Challenge on Channel 5 and want to build on your own railway, here's a roundup of tips and techniques you'll need to make your
The tale of the errant fish plate
October 2, 2018
Fish plates are fiddly things but I didn't think I'd spend most of a morning fighting with one.
A hot little tip for keeping your glue flowing
September 29, 2018
I use a lot of these glues. They're ideal for all manner of model making jobs. But there's a problem with them.
What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?
September 11, 2018
You've probably seen moving cars, buses and lorries on model railways but how about bicycles complete with cyclists, their legs furiously moving up and down?
Boot fair bargains – How I picked up a locomotive and controller for under £10
September 3, 2018
Who says model trains are expensive?
What’s the best glue for laying track – Hornby or Peco, it’ll hold both
August 24, 2018
Today, I'm going to answer one of the most common questions that pops up in my mailbox and in the Model Railway Engineer community group. What's the best glue to fix your
This 1880’s toy train still lives on and it’s famous but can you guess where it’s used?
August 21, 2018
There can't be many of us who haven't seen this train at one time or another.
DCC Sound Speaker Comparison – make your locos sound better
August 10, 2018
Adding sound chips to your locos makes a world of difference to a layout but not all model train speakers are created equal as Richard Croft from Road and Rails finds out.
Summer Heatwave: How to recreate the tortured sunburnt fields of 2018 in model form
August 9, 2018
Do something different with your model railway scenery and landscape and create the 2018 summer heat wave in miniature.
FREE model railway card building kits
August 7, 2018
Looking for a cheap way to get buildings for your model railway? Paper and card building kits are simple to make, realistic and best of all there are lots of them available
Add cropmarks to your fields and add novelty and realism to your layout: sunday scribbles
August 5, 2018
Here's a quick little tip to add realism and uniqueness to your layout.
Building Bridges: How to make bridges for your model railway
July 30, 2018
Want a bridge on your model railway? There's more to it than you might think.
Instant inspiration – modellers to follow on Instagram
July 29, 2018
I'm a BIG fan of Instagram. I find it a huge source of inspiration for my modeling and there are some really great folks there happy to share and suggest ideas. Here's my list
Puzzled by Paints? Model Making Painting Basics 1: Acrylics – what you need to know
July 28, 2018
Acrylic paints are one of the most popular types of paint used for model making but what's the difference between the different makes, the varnishes, and thinners; when would
How to outmanoeuvre the carpet monster
July 28, 2018
In the threads of my carpet lives a monster.
A stable aid to let you keep modelling when your hands shake
July 22, 2018
If tremors and shakes are keeping you away from your model making, this handy accessory will be a game changer for your modelling.
Baseboard backache be gone! Work under your layout in comfort with this handy aid
July 15, 2018
Car mechanics and model railways don't usually make great bedfellows but here's one garage accessory you might want to consider.
Light up with Magnets – How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings
July 15, 2018
A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on.
Solar Shed Power – how to harness the power of mother nature for convenient and efficient power
July 13, 2018
Need power for your shed or garage layout, workshop and workbench? Here's how to harness mother nature.