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Christmas

It’s a time of joy, peace and merriment but what if you have a model train fanatic in your household – young or old? Here’s how to incorporate a little model railway action in your festivities.

Making a miniature Christmas Tree

Miniature doll house christmas tree
Fancy a decorated Christmas tree for an Xmas themed diorama or dolls house? Here's how I made this one. [...]

Best glue to add snow to your buildings

how to fix fake snow to model buildings
If you're making a Christmas diorama or snow scene on your model railway, you'll want snow on not just the ground but on buildings. But what glue should you [...]

How to make a frozen lake model or diorama

model frozen lake scene
Want to make a believable Winter frozen lake scene for your model train layout or diorama? Don't get cold feet, here's how to model that frozen ice look. [...]

Setting up my Christmas tree train

Christmas train set
I've finally gotten around to setting up my Christmas tree and am now starting on the Hornby train to go under it. [...]

Model Snowmen: how to make an oo gauge Snowman

model snowman
Want a snowman for your Christmas train set or Winter diorama? Don't have a meltdown making them. Chill out and and follow this simple guide to making your own [...]

If you had… Christmas 2020

Hornby Mallard
While on a recent train journey to Cornwall I came across a great idea for a bit of imaginative fun. [...]

Improve your Christmas train set with these 5 charming extras

scale model snow covered tree and snowman
If you have or are planning to have a Hornby OO scale model train running around tree or dinner table this Christmas, bring it to life with these delightful [...]

Christmas Tree Train Sets: The Best Train Sets To Go Under Your Tree 2023

Christmas tree train set
Looking to make your child's Christmas morning extra special? It can't get better than a train trundling its way around your Christmas tree or as a present to [...]

Hornby launches Coca-Cola Christmas Train Set

Hornby Christmas CocaCola Train Set
Christmas is coming as Hornby unveils a Coca-Cola Christmas train set. [...]

How to make a Christmas scene

how to make a christmas diorama model with a train
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better to wake up to on Christmas morning than a snow-covered model railway display. How's how Santa makes his. [...]

Top marks to Märklin for this but where’s the Hornby version?

christmas train advert
Watching this you could be forgiven for thinking John Lewis have started selling model trains. [...]

How to make snow

how to make model snow
Winter is coming... Fancy adding a seasonal touch to your layout? Here's how to make snow that you can add to a model railway to give it that festive touch. [...]

The Best Train Themed Films and Tip Videos To Watch Over the 2020 Christmas Break

Classic Christmas TV: It's a Wonderful Life, Die Hard and Love Actually. They're my watch films during the holidays but if you have some more spare time [...]

Train Books For Children This Christmas: 2022

The Polar Express
If you know or have a train obsessed child, these delightful train books for children are just the thing for a bit of Christmas bedtime story reading. [...]
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