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What voltage do N scale model trains run on
November 27, 2019
What's the best voltage for N scale trains to run on?
How to wire Circuitron Tortoise Point Motors
February 26, 2019
Here's a quick simple guide to how I wire my Tortoise slow-motion point motors and use them with Lever operated passing contact switches.
More on the Train-Tech Screen
January 17, 2019
In my highlight of 2018, I mentioned the Train-Tech Screen as one of the highlights of the year. Here's more information on this innovative little product.
DC or DCC? What do you prefer and why
February 19, 2018
This is one of those topics that everyone has a view on. But what do real-world modellers prefer?
Fixing & connecting wires together without soldering
January 5, 2018
If you struggle with joining wires — such as track feeders to bus wiring — this is for you.
Electrics, an update on the £35 Model Railway Project
October 20, 2017
The electrics: A gamble that worked but I'm behind schedule.
Add more power: Manic Monday Quick Tips #1
September 25, 2017
Pressed for time..need to get a modelling fix? Here's the first in a new series of quick to carry out tips to improve your layout.
Cheap, easy, lights for your layout
December 21, 2016
Let me brighten up your railway with this quick and cheap way of adding lights to your layout.
Why do the LED lights on my layout flicker? – Reader Q&A
October 31, 2016
If the lights on your layout flicker, follow this advice that I gave to Paul who contacted me over the weekend. The answer was simple but of
Model Railway Beginners Q&A: How to connect more power leads to a model railway set
October 9, 2016
If you've added more track to your model railway set you'll reach a point where just one power-clip isn't enough. But how do you get more power to your track
How to master perfect soldering for trouble-free track and wiring – the definitive guide
April 22, 2016
Want to improve your model railway track work, wiring, and electrics? Soldering is the only way. But what's the best solder to use? What's the best soldering
Adventures in DIY Point Motors or How To Make Your Own Point Motors
November 11, 2015
After a recent slight miscalculation with off-the-shelf point motors I started thinking about making my own point motors. How difficult could it be and would
Adding Lights to Your Model Railway – The Low Cost Option
July 10, 2015
When adding lights to your railway you can either buy expensive off-the-shelf lights or use this low cost technique for building and street illumination.
Project Update – Layout, Bedding, Wiring and Track Laying
March 23, 2015
I admit it. It's true I haven't posted an update on my layouts for a while and since the last report a lot has changed. So here's what's gone since then
3 Tried and Trusted Track Soldering Techniques
January 31, 2015
One of the questions many model railway beginners face when moving up from basic sets is how to securely connect the power wires to the tracks of their
How To Avoid The Two Ugly Sisters of Track Soldering Hell
January 24, 2015
Tried soldering wires to your model train rails? Fed up with melted sleepers and solder globules ruining the look of your track. Here's a handy tip for quick,
Model Railway Wiring Basics | Part 1 of Model Railway Electronics
January 13, 2015
New to model railways and confused by the wires, leads, boxes and connections or want to refresh your knowledge of the basic electrics involved? Here's the
Watch track soldering done the simples way | Watch and Learn
September 14, 2014
Track soldering doesn't have to be difficult. Watch this tip-packed video for trouble free track soldering the easy way.
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