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How to clean model train wheels, fixing a train that stops and starts. UPDATED for 2020
March 27, 2018
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
February 26, 2018
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
October 7, 2017
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
December 29, 2016
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
November 8, 2016
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 I fixed my runaway trains
September 27, 2016
I recently ran into a frustrating problem where my DCC locomotives just ran away by themselves. After a bit of head scratching I found an answer.
Troubleshooting derailing rolling stock
September 17, 2016
If you've got rolling stock that always derail this may be the answer.
How NOT to clean track, part 2
March 4, 2016
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
February 8, 2016
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 2020
September 26, 2014
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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