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Model Railways

Keeping a layout clean — what I use

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Keeping a model railway layout dust and debris free during construction is a pain. Here's how I keep mine clean without damaging the delicate parts of the [...]

Why do the LED lights on my layout flicker? – Reader Q&A

If the lights on your layout flicker, follow this advice that I gave to Paul who contacted me over the weekend.  The answer was simple but of [...]

Not just trains: cars, vans and boats for model railways

Want a car for your OO gauge level crossing? A fishing boat for your N scale harbour? A cycle outside the signal box? Who wouldn't. [...]

Reader Question – what to do with track offcuts

Recently a reader raised a great question. What to do with track offcuts? [...]

9 Top tips to laying flexitrack

Flexible track is a quicker, easier, option for track work but comes with its own problems. Here are the 9 best tips from the collective wisdom of the Internet [...]

Model Railway Beginners Q&A: How to connect more power leads to a model railway set

If you've added more track to your model railway set you'll reach a point where just one power-clip isn't enough. But how do you get more power to your track [...]

How I fixed my runaway trains

I recently ran into a frustrating problem where my DCC locomotives just ran away by themselves. After a bit of head scratching I found an answer. [...]

What model railway builders can learn from Lego

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Don't laugh but model railways can learn a lot from Lego. Okay, not about realism or authenticism but about something perhaps more important. [...]

A day trip to Eastleigh

For my birthday my brother and his wife got me tickets for the miniature railway at Eastleigh. This weekend a Big Four show, with scaled down engines from the [...]

Where is Rails of Sheffield

Where is and how to get to Rails of Sheffield. [...]

How to tip: cheap, authentic, point control

Using electric point motors for a model railway can get expensive. But if you just want to remotely control your points there's an alternative, cheaper, way.  [...]

How to master perfect soldering for trouble-free track and wiring – the definitive guide

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Want to improve your model railway track work, wiring, and electrics? Soldering is the only way. But what's the best solder to use? What's the best soldering [...]

7 Books That Have Taught Me The Most

7 books that have taught me the most
One of the reasons I enjoy building model railways is the variety of different skills that can be learned and mastered. To develop this knowledge, I read [...]

7 Ways To Get Track Cheap in 2021

You don't need to buy brand new and expensive Peco and Hornby track for your model railway. Use these 7 techniques and save your money. [...]

How my money-saving-Nija wife is helping helping me make a model railway baseboard for free

How my money-saving-Ninja wife is helping helping me make a model railway baseboard for free. [...]

How they do it: Sunday Scribbles on baseboard inclines, track, modelling tips and more for your mental toolkit

Want to build a better railway? Whatever your level of model railway building this week's Sunday Scribbles has something for you with five quick tips from [...]

It Always Happens

It all looks good until you decide otherwise. Experienced model railway modellers will know this story only too well. It's certainly true for my layouts. [...]

How To Save Your Railway From Being A Track Only Tragedy

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It's all too easy to start building a model railway with great intentions but then get stuck, never to get beyond the track stage. The trains are left to [...]

Creating Outstandingly Realistic Model Railway Scenery

This is perhaps my favourite tip of the year! It's a simply brilliant way to create outstandingly realistic walls, tunnel entrances and bridges for model [...]

6 model railway builders on YouTube you have to follow

YouTube is a great resource for railway modellers, the problem is there are so many videos it can be hard to find quality channels. Here are six of the best [...]
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