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Maintenance

How to successfully maintain, fix, service and repair model trains and model railway track.

How to clean model train wheels, fixing a train that stops and starts. UPDATED for 2019

You've found it. Abandoned in your childhood, a long forgotten Hornby loco has been rediscovered. A childhood memory reborn. You dust it off and plant it on [...]

What is the best oil to lubricate your model train with & what NOT to use

From time-to-time every model locomotive needs oiling to keep it running smoothly. But what's the best fluid to use? [...]

The easiest fix for wagons derailing on points

If your wagons derail or jump while crossing points here's one of the most common and easiest solutions. [...]

My Five Favourite Model Train Maintenance Tips Of 2018

One of the most common questions I get is how to maintain locomotives and track so trains run smoothly — I seemed to get a desperate plea for help daily [...]

Keeping a layout clean — what I use

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Keeping a model railway layout dust and debris free during construction is a pain. Here's how I keep mine clean without damaging the delicate parts of the [...]

How NOT to clean track, part 2

How not to clean track 2
Cleaning track is a fundamental maintenance task on a model railway but it's surprising how badly wrong it can go. [...]

How NOT to clean track, Part 1

This gem of track cleaning advice was overheard in a model railway shop the other day. And it's wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. [...]

7 Tips That Will Make Your Model Railway Train Run Smoothly in 2019

Trying to figure out why your model railway train judders, stops and starts? Don't panic. Here are 7 easy and quick tips from model railway gurus across the [...]
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