Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

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 2020

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 [...]

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. [...]

How I fixed my runaway trains

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

If you've got rolling stock that always derail this may be the answer. [...]

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

how NOT to clean model railway track
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

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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