Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.
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Protecting your rails while painting track
April 8, 2020
Most model railway track come with black sleepers. These look nothing like the real thing and many modellers paint them a more authentic colour. Browns for
How to test a model train without tools
April 5, 2020
How to test locomotives when out and about and you don't have your usual tools handy.
How wide are UK roads in OO and N gauge
March 26, 2020
If your layout features roads you'll want accurate widths for them, why go to all the trouble of making wonderful looking track and scenery only to ruin it
Making an entrance
March 18, 2020
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance.
What size is Z scale?
February 18, 2020
Z scale model train layouts are increasingly popular due to the small size and hence appeal for those with limited space but what are their dimensions? How
Hidden Away – the genesis of a quick mini project
February 11, 2020
Hidden away behind a wall of trees, perched half way up a hillside, on the banks of Tamar in deepest Devon, is a small railway.
Get perfect track cuts everytime by using Xuron cutters this way
February 6, 2020
Struggling to get clean, straight ends, for your N, OO and HO track when cutting it? Here's how I use the Xuron cutters to get perfect track every time.
A surprising but ideal ready-made base for a fun small model railway
January 19, 2020
It's not an obvious choice but this baby accessory turns out to be a perfect small model railway base.
Adding point motors to already laid track
December 31, 2019
Now filed in a draw marked 'why on earth didn't I think of this' is this marvellous tip from MRE community member Lee Maylon for installing point motors on
London Model Railway Shops: Where to buy
December 26, 2019
Looking for a model railway shop you can visit, Tom Cunnington, looks at seven shops in London.
An easier way to hold your track in place while gluing
December 25, 2019
Is this the quickest way to fix track down for gluing?
Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun
December 24, 2019
The best ideas, as they say, are the simplest. And never has this been more true than with this bit of lateral thinking from an MRE group member.
Update: a move and new space for train tinkering
December 21, 2019
For a good reason posts have been lacking here recently but with a little luck that will change after Christmas.
What voltage do N scale model trains run on
November 27, 2019
What's the best voltage for N scale trains to run on?
How high should a model railway baseboard be?
October 11, 2019
While working on the construction of one of my layouts, I happened to think about the correct height for maximum convenience.
Skip the pain of reaching across your layout with this inspired home built aid
September 14, 2019
How's this for a nifty idea.
Photograph Tips From John Olsen
August 22, 2019
Creating good photographs of model railways is surprisingly difficult. Here's a few tips from famed model railroader John Olsen on how he created his beautiful
Is N Scale cheaper than HO?
August 16, 2019
N and HO scales are the two most common worldwide standards for model trains an common question for those thinking about this wonderful hobby then is which is
How much does a model railway cost?
August 11, 2019
If you're thinking of starting a model railway, or perhaps revisiting the trains your dad or grandad had, one of the first question most people ask is how much
What voltage do HO scale trains run on?
July 27, 2019
What's the right voltage for HO scale model railroads and trains?
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