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18 Things Only A Model Railway Enthusiast Will Understand

18 things only a railway modeller will understand
You know you're a model railway enthusiast when... [...]

Railway in a box, Hobbit vineyard

A while back I acquired a wine box. I was about to throw it out when I idea struck me. [...]

A simple, cheap and effective technique to removing paint from plastic models

Why a picture of Dettol on a model railway blog? Read more to find out how a household disinfectant can help your railway modeling. [...]

What model railway builders can learn from Lego

Lego model railways
Don't laugh but model railways can learn a lot from Lego. Okay, not about realism or authenticism but about something perhaps more important. [...]

Where darkness resides

Adding internal lighting to the buildings on a layout is increasingly easy and growing in popularity amongst railway modellers but if you've done it you'll [...]

The 5 Key Skills Every Model Railway Beginner Needs To Master

Want to upgrade your train set to a model railway that looks and works as good as the real thing? Here are the 5 the most important techniques to learn. [...]

Dremel 3000 review – the best model making tool in 2021

Dremel 3000 model railway
I'm a long time fan of Dremel's versatile rotary tools and the Dremel 3000 is one of my favourite tools — no make that my number one most used model making [...]

The 5 best track laying tips I’ve learned in 7 years writing Model Railway Engineer

thirds rule
In the 5 years since I set up this blog I've visited more exhibitions and clubs than I can count; met hundreds of fellow model railway enthusiasts, and come [...]

The Top 5 Reasons Wooden Trains Derail and How To Fix Them

If your child's wooden train set doesn't run smoothly and the trains derail frequently it can be super frustrating for all concerned. Here are the top 5 [...]

The Beginnings Of A Cornish Tin Mine: Landreath Model Railway – Update

At long last I've got around to starting on the foam board scratch-build of my Tin-mine engine house. [...]

Hornby, Peco or Gaugemaster Track Pins… Which are best?

What's the difference between one track pin and another? You wouldn't think much, but there are important variations between the pins from Peco, Hornby [...]

Even the darkness will not be dark to you

tunnel walls
Here's a quick tip for anyone building on tunnels for their railway. [...]

What is a static grass applicator

What is a static grass applicator and what does it do? Read the answer here in the Internet’s largest glossary for model railways. [...]

£35 Model Railway Update: Building the buildings and cliff face

project update £35 model railway
It's been a while, too long, but here's an update on my £35 model railway challenge project. [...]

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 [...]

Background scenic sounds

model railway
Want ambient background sounds on your layout, it's cheaper and easier than might you think. [...]
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