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Comprehensive how to guides and solutions for making, troubleshooting and fixing model railways, all gauges, including N, OO (Hornby) and HO.

How to make a Christmas snow diorama with a model train

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. [...]

What magic is this? How do I get working bicycles on my model railway?

cyclist magnorail
You've probably seen moving cars, buses and lorries on model railways but how about bicycles complete with cyclists, their legs furiously moving up and down? [...]

How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections

How have I missed this?  [...]

Make your own foliage

make your owln foliage
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

It happens on every layout at one point or another. [...]

How to make bushes

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?

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. [...]

A simple, cheap and effective technique to removing paint from plastic models

Why a picture of Dettol on a model railway blog? Read more to find out how a household disinfectant can help your railway modeling. [...]

How to make your own trees, a new technique

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

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

The Melin Llechi layout
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 model water on your railway

How to model waves on a model railway
Rivers, streams, lakes and seas are something every model railway builder wants but notoriously difficult to get right. Until now. Here’s a simple, easy [...]

How to make your own buildings

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

how to make your own grass
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

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

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

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

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

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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