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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.
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 is the best model train brand? Now updated for 2021
August 26, 2019
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
August 18, 2019
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
July 9, 2019
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
June 16, 2019
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
February 21, 2019
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
January 17, 2019
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
January 15, 2019
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
December 27, 2018
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
November 29, 2018
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
November 11, 2018
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
October 10, 2018
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
October 2, 2018
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
August 18, 2018
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
June 17, 2018
Stuck for space for your layout? Here's one modeller's solution.
The undercover model railway: reader question
June 17, 2018
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?
May 9, 2018
Are beautiful photo realistic back scenes too good and distracting from our models?
Baseboard construction – an alternative technique
March 26, 2018
Most modellers make their layout baseboards from wood. But there’s an alternative, easier, more flexible and arguably cheaper material.
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