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Beginners

Hornby train set and model railway hints, tips and reviews for beginners. The perfect starting place for anyone just beginning with Hornby train sets.

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. [...]

The quickest way to ballast track?

how to lay ballast quickly
Let's face it, no one likes ballasting track. It's soooo time-consuming. But if you're just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish [...]

Solve track errors with this tip I discovered while making videos

I've recently been paying around with video of my layout. It was while recording that I discovered this neat track laying aid. [...]

It’s always worth playing with trains or what I learnt by giving in to temptation

How the temptation of my trains ended up saving a lot of work and taught me two valuable lessons. [...]

Where is Rails of Sheffield

Where is and how to get to Rails of Sheffield. [...]

7 Books That Have Taught Me The Most

7 books that have taught me the most
One of the reasons I enjoy building model railways is the variety of different skills that can be learned and mastered. To develop this knowledge, I read [...]

7 Ways To Get Track Cheap in 2021

You don't need to buy brand new and expensive Peco and Hornby track for your model railway. Use these 7 techniques and save your money. [...]

What travelling 54,000 miles by train taught me about model railways

What travelling 54,000 miles by train has taught me about keeping my model railway in tip-top condition. [...]

Where to put a simple model railway: 3 suggestions

window sill model railway
If you're building a simple model railway for your children or perhaps are just starting out and only want to dabble you don't need a fixed dedicated home for [...]

How To Expand Your Hornby Model Train Set — The Best Track Expansion Kits

So you've taken the first tentative step and got a model railway starter kit, but what next?  [...]

Model Railways: What do you need to get started

So you've decided to build your first model railway but don't know where to start or even what you need to get started? A quick search of the web will more [...]
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