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

Model Railways

A primer on wire sizes

model railway wiring
Using the right wire for a model railway will not only be cheaper it'll make the wiring easier. But what are the right sizes of wire to use. [...]

Improve your goods sheds with this guide

An invaluable reference resource for goods sheds. [...]

A prototype inglenbook track plan

Inglenook shunting puzzle prototype
Love industrial heritage? Fancy an inglenook model railway shunting puzzle layout? Here's an industrial narrow gauge line that has an inglenook built in. [...]

Z Gauge Vs OO Gauge

OO gauge vs Z gauge locomotives
OO gauge is the most popular UK model railway gauge, Z gauge is the smallest commercially available model trains. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Here's [...]

Old Triang trains on modern Hornby track, yes or no

Tri-Ang R153
I'd love to give you a simple yes or no answer to this question but unfortunately the answer isn't as clear cut. [...]

Making my first exhibition layout, part 1

modular baseboard
It was just another email. [...]

The best model railway controllers for DC / Analogue layouts

Gaugemaster Q controller
Want to upgrade from the standard model train controller? Not sure which controller to buy? This is my guide to picking the best analogue to fit your budget [...]

Handy station building resource

Station colours website
A goldmine for station modellers. [...]

Resources for Tri-ang railway collectors

Tri-ang catalogue 11th Editiion
No man is an island and no collector can amass the perfect collection all by him (or her) self. Here are contacts, resources and businesses I've found useful [...]

Is this the world’s smallest every model railway

There are lots of contenders to the smallest model railway but NOTHING I've seen comes close to this one. [...]

My Tri-ang Collection

Triang 253 shunter
I'm a bit of a Tri-ang train fan and collect original vintage rolling stock, here are a few photos of my collection. [...]

Plywood – what you need to know before buying

Plywood is a simple material, very versatile and great material for a model railway baseboard top. Here's what you need to know before buying. [...]

A new loco

Hornby Merton
I wasn't going to miss this. The limited edition Hornby Merton. [...]

How to make the three most common woodwork joints

Wood work joints for model railway baseboards
If you're building a model railway baseboard from wood you'll need to join various bits of wood together. Here's how to make the three most common wood work [...]

Layout ideas clipbook: roundly roundly / rabbit warren

model railway small layout clipbook
Here's an idea for a fun and delightful layout idea that will challenge during its build and give endless hours of entertainment when operating. [...]

Don’t use this for baseboards

I'm always on the look out for new, cheaper or better materials to build model railways with so when someone wrote in suggesting fibreboard I had [...]

Protecting your rails while painting track

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

Testing a model train with a 9v battery
How to test locomotives when out and about and you don't have your usual tools handy. [...]

The Best Ballasting Tool For N Gauge Model Railways

Best N Gauge Ballast Spreader
Ballasting is one of those tasks you either love or hate on a model railway. It transforms your track work but is a slow laborious messy process that's hard to [...]

How wide are UK roads in OO and N gauge

Road widths for model railways
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 [...]
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