Hints, tips and products for model train and railway enthusiasts.
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The Best Train Sets 2018
Setting up a train set
Building A Model Railway
From trainset to layout
Maintaining and Fixing
How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections
October 24, 2017
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Make your own foliage
May 11, 2017
How a chance email revealed my new favourite way of making foliage and it's almost free.
Changing Track – How To Alter Already Laid Track
February 28, 2017
It happens on every layout at one point or another.
How to make bushes
January 11, 2017
Shortly after publishing a recent article on making stone bridges I got a number of messages from modellers wanting to know more about the vegetation seen in
How to make your own stone bridge. What do you think of mine?
December 18, 2016
Want a stone bridge on your railway? You could go and buy a plastic kit... Or you follow these 7 steps and make you own.
How to make your own trees, a new technique
October 15, 2016
I've covered making trees here before but I'm always on the look out for new techniques. I recently came across this approach and have been impressed by
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
Static grass applicator – which is best, applicators reviewed and rated for 2018
September 12, 2016
Static grass transforms a layout but laying the stuff is a time hog and getting it to look right even more so. Static grass applicators promise to solve
How to make your own buildings
June 19, 2016
Looking to save money in the construction of your railway and want lovely buildings to complement your track and trains without the cost of buying pre-made
How to make your own grass
April 15, 2016
This is a short but great tip for making your own super-realistic grass by modeller Stephen Fay.
A Quick Guide To Setting Up A Hornby Model Railway
March 12, 2016
So you got a Hornby train set for Christmas or perhaps taken the plunge and bought your first model railway, probably a Hornby starter set. You've unwrapped
How Much Space Is Needed for A Hornby Train Set
November 11, 2015
A question asked by many beginners is how much space will they need for a railway set. It's a good question but it's a bit more involved than you might
5 Ways To Make Your Train Set More Interesting
October 29, 2015
Fed up with watching the trains in your railway set go around and around in an oval? Want a bit more variety? Here are five ways to add interest to railway
How To Get A Hornby Train Set Without Breaking The Bank
August 26, 2015
Let's be honest, model trains and railways aren't a cheap hobby. It can cost a LOT but it can be done on a budget.
How To Expand Your Hornby Model Train Set — The Best Track Expansion Kits
January 20, 2014
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
January 20, 2014
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
How to look after your train set: tips for floor based train sets
October 7, 2013
Floors are deadly places. And not just for spiders that get stamped on as they cross the room! Carpets and other floor surfaces are hostile places for your