Make. Paint. Build: Tips and tutorials for model train enthusiasts, modellers and miniature painters.

Model Railways

Making an entrance

Morwellham mine in Devon
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance. [...]

Simple idea that saves time and makes track testing fun

Digital voltage meter
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

The loft of our new home
For a good reason posts have been lacking here recently but with a little luck that will change after Christmas. [...]

What is the best model train brand? Now updated for 2021

Model trains have been around for decades and in that time the top brands and manufacturers have changed a lot of the years. Here are top brands for model [...]

What are modular model railway baseboards

Looking for the easiest, quickest, way to start building model railways and operating your trains? Pre-made modular model railway baseboards are the ideal [...]

A quick easy way to make curved corners for your backscene

how to make curved corners for a backscene
If you want your backscene to have curved corners you may be struggling with how to create the curved wood onto which the paper is glued. I did and then I had [...]

A family visit turns into railway reconnaissance

It wasn't planned but a family visit turned up an expected surprise and a massive aid to my layout construction. [...]

Tips from an inspirational model railway

ben alder
There are realistic model railways and then there are realistic model railways. Anyone who’s seen Ben Alder's Far North Line layout knows what I mean. [...]

More on the Train-Tech Screen

Train Tech Smart Screen
In my highlight of 2018, I mentioned the Train-Tech Screen as one of the highlights of the year. Here's more information on this innovative little product. [...]

Tips from an exhibition layout: Oak Road by Mike Buick

Mike Buick Oak Road
Mike Buick will be familiar to many modellers as the creator of the Oak Road layout. It's a beautiful layout exhibition with astonishingly lifelike modelling. [...]

How a Blue Peter favourite can help with your layout construction

They've been around for years and are a mainstay of crafters but Velcro and double-sided sticky tape are a godsend for model railways too. [...]

How I got 5 locos to run smoothly over my points with just 10 minutes work

model railway points close up
Most of the time, our locos run smoothly over points. But occasionally there are problems. Here's how I quickly solved a problem that was causing 5 of my locos [...]

Railway in a box, Hobbit vineyard

A while back I acquired a wine box. I was about to throw it out when I idea struck me. [...]

How to fill gaps between your rails

Fixing gap between rails
If you've ever laid track and found you have an unsightly gap between two sections here's an easy little trick to conceal it and help your trains run easier. [...]

The tale of the errant fish plate

Fish plates are fiddly things but I didn't think I'd spend most of a morning fighting with one. [...]

Model railway baseboards: the complete guide

Everything you need to know about model railway baseboards. The complete guide including modular, open frame and flat top boards for model trains, construction [...]

Stuck for space for your model railway? Here’s one uplifting solution

model railway lifting and lowering
Stuck for space for your layout? Here's one modeller's solution. [...]

The undercover model railway: reader question

uncovered model railway
Regular reader Ed recently contacted me with an unusual question so I thought I'd throw it out to the Model Railway Engineer community. [...]

Does your backscene distract from your layout?

backscene
Are beautiful photo realistic back scenes too good and distracting from our models? [...]

Baseboard construction – an alternative technique

Most modellers make their layout baseboards from wood. But there’s an alternative, easier, more flexible and arguably cheaper material. [...]
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