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Camouflaging Curves – how to obscure artifical looking curves

Glyn Valley Tramway Railway
Curves and bends make model railways more fun and allow continuous running but they come with a problem. [...]

The ABC’s of Fiddle Yards

Sector plate fddle yard on the Yoredale tramway - moorside layout.
Fiddle yards are the changing room of a Parisian fashion show catwalk for model railways. [...]

Reducing Track Noise Levels

test track noise levels
 Track construction techniques to minimise noise. [...]

How to make reliable track-carrying bridges across baseboards

model railway baseboard bridge how
Bridges between baseboards? Here are three components to spanning the gap. [...]

How To Make Your Own Rerailer – Z, N or OO gauge

This is a creative DIY tip for making your own portable rerailer is almost too simple. [...]

Track Cleaning: How to clean track, the 2021 definitive guide

Here's a little secret. [...]

The best of both in 4ft square

How to have a railway that looks good from a distance with lovely large landscapes features but also works up close with lots of detail visible in your figures [...]

How to remove fish plates / rail joiners – Sunday Scribbles

rail joiner tool
How to remove fish plates without damaging your rails, or your nails. [...]

Tiny Terrific Track Tweaks : how to make your track work look better

Track Bars
I'm always on the lookout for ways to improve the look of my railways. Just recently I came across these fish plates and wow do they make a difference to track [...]

Invaluable lessons we can learn from Sir Nigel Gresley

Nigel Gresley
Take some lessons from one of Britain's most famous steam locomotive engineers. Your layout will thank you. [...]

How to fix your buildings down without fixing them down

If you're still building a layout and continually moving buildings around while working on it, this is for you. [...]

How to join and solder wires for the most reliable connections

soldering wire how to
How have I missed this?  [...]

How to easily fit rail joiners perfectly, everytime

how to fix rail joiners easily
It's undoubtedly one of the most frustrating, annoying, downright infuriating jobs in constructing a layout. My fingers bleed and I've ruined track ends doing [...]

6 Golden Rules To Successfully Using Second-hand Track

second hand hornby track
Second hand track can be a bargain but also a right royal pain. [...]

Add more power: Manic Monday Quick Tips #1

Pressed for time..need to get a modelling fix? Here's the first in a new series of quick to carry out tips to improve your layout. [...]

Bending track or making your own flexible track

make your own flexitrack
Standard track cramping your style? Don't want to buy flexible track? Here's how to make your track bend and go where you want it. [...]

How to Fit SEEP Point Motors

How to fit SEEP point motors. Michael Campbell details his approach. [...]

5 ways to instantly make your railway look better

Cheap and easy lights for model railways
Even with the best intentions, things don't always work out how we'd planned. [...]

Third Rail Tips

Building a modern era electric track layout? Wondering about that third rail? Here are a few tips to get you started. [...]

Sounds good – audio effects for layouts

We've had sound in locomotives but what about sound in your buildings?  [...]
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