Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Baseboards

Baseboard tips and advice for model railways, including how to make them; constructing folding baseboards and how to prepare them.

A surprising but ideal ready-made base for a fun small model railway

table with N or 009 train
It's not an obvious choice but this baby accessory turns out to be a perfect small model railway base. [...]

How high should a model railway baseboard be?

While working on the construction of one of my layouts, I happened to think about the correct height for maximum convenience. [...]

The Best Thickness For Plywood Model Railway Baseboards

What thickness of plywood is best for a model railway baseboard. [...]

Baseboard backache be gone! Work under your layout in comfort with this handy aid

car creeper
Car mechanics and model railways don't usually make great bedfellows but here's one garage accessory you might want to consider. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

How to make reliable track-carrying bridges across baseboards

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Bridges between baseboards? Here are three components to spanning the gap. [...]

Model Railway Baseboard, what is it

Model Railway Baseboard
What is a model railway baseboard? Get the answer here in the Internet's biggest model railway glossary. [...]

How one modeller joins track across boards

Joins track across boards
How to join track across baseboard sections is one of the most common questions I get asked here on Model Railway Engineer. Here's an interesting technique one [...]

Baseboard tips: make wiring easier with a splash of paint

I wish I'd done this before my most recent journey to the dark side of my layout! [...]

Crossing the great divide

If you're laying track across a baseboard join, you'll need to secure the track at the edges. The tried and tested technique for this is Copper clad sleepers. [...]

How To Save Your Railway From Being A Track Only Tragedy

track tragedy-model railway
It's all too easy to start building a model railway with great intentions but then get stuck, never to get beyond the track stage. The trains are left to [...]

Tools You’ll Need To Successfully Build A Model Railway Baseboard

Making baseboards and tables for your model railway seems straight forward but the construction can often go wrong. Very wrong. The good news is that it's [...]

Model Railway Baseboards – A Low Cost Alternative

Looking for an easy, quick, alternative to setting up your model railway on the dinner table or floor? Here's a low cost alternative that won't break the [...]

Hiding the gap between baseboards

If you have portable baseboards and want to hide the gap between them when the layout is joined up this tip I saw on an exhibition layout could be just the [...]

Three And A Half Minutes To Build A Model Railway Baseboard

baseboard construction
If you're thinking of building a baseboard for your model railway but think it's too complicated or difficult watch this. [...]

How To Get A Baseboard For Under £30 | Model Railway Baseboards

When first starting out building a model railway, it usually comes as a shock to find building a baseboard isn't quick or cheap. Here's a tip that'll get you a [...]

A Space Saving Idea For Compact Model Railway Layouts

If you're tight on space for your model railway layout or want a efficient way of moving trains over a large vertical distance you'll love this idea. [...]

Model Railway Baseboard Construction | Avoid These 3 Painful Mistakes

There's nothing worse than building a model railway layout only to realise you've made a basic error. Avoid these 3 painful but easy mistakes when designing [...]
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