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Adventures in DIY Point Motors or How To Make Your Own Point Motors

After a recent slight miscalculation with off-the-shelf point motors I started thinking about making my own point motors. How difficult could it be and would [...]

Tools To Successfully Build A Model Railway Baseboard

Making baseboards and tables for your model railway seems straight forward but the construction can often go wrong. Very wrong. The good news is that it's [...]

What travelling 54,000 miles by train taught me about model railways

What travelling 54,000 miles by train has taught me about keeping my model railway in tip-top condition. [...]

MRE Bigger, better and longer #1 – How many wagons can this OO gauge monster pull? Watch to find out.

Bachmann 9F
MRE celebrates the engineering marvel of model railways looking at the biggest, fastest and longest model trains and railways.   [...]

Layout Track Plan Primer – End To End Layouts

In the first of a new series looking at different track plan designs that you can use for your model railway, we start with one of the most popular, easiest to [...]

How To Turn A Garden Shed Into A Model Railway Eden

Thinking of putting your model railway in the garden shed. Read this before going any further. [...]

Adding Lights to Your Model Railway – The Low Cost Option

When adding lights to your railway you can either buy expensive off-the-shelf lights or use this low cost technique for building and street illumination. [...]

How To Lay and Fix Track

Laying and fixing track doesn't seem difficult. But then you try it. It's surprising how many problems can be avoided with the benefit of hindsight. Here's [...]

A Question Of Time – Monday Model Railway Factoid #9

If you're building a model railway around a particular point in history you'll want trains that only ran during your chosen period but how do you know what [...]

Model Railway Baseboards – A Low Cost Alternative

Looking for an easy, quick, alternative to setting up your model railway on the dinner table or floor? Here's a low cost alternative that won't break the [...]

How To Pick The Right Ballast For The Most Realistic Model Railway

The ballast on railways wasn't always grey and if you want your model railway to be authentic you'll need to get the colour and texture right on your layout. [...]

The Origins of Ballast – Monday Model Railway Factoid, #5

Even wondered what the origins of ballast are and why it's even called ballast? Read on for the fascinating history of the small grey stones found between [...]

Where to put a simple model railway: 3 suggestions

window sill model railway
If you're building a simple model railway for your children or perhaps are just starting out and only want to dabble you don't need a fixed dedicated home for [...]

Hiding the gap between baseboards

If you have portable baseboards and want to hide the gap between them when the layout is joined up this tip I saw on an exhibition layout could be just the [...]

How To Remove Glued Ballast From Model Train Track In Five Easy Steps

If you want to re-use track that has ballast glued in place you'll probably be wondering how to recover the track and remove the ballast. Here's how I solved [...]

When was the earliest model railway

Birgmingham Dribbler
New to model railways, this new series is just for you. Every Monday, will bring a new factoid, tip or fun fact to help you get up to speed with your new [...]

How To Get A Baseboard For Under £30 | Model Railway Baseboards

When first starting out building a model railway, it usually comes as a shock to find building a baseboard isn't quick or cheap. Here's a tip that'll get you a [...]

Building a Speedometer for model trains

Ever wondered how fast your model trains go? Here's a way to measure the speed of your trains on your model railway. [...]

How To Avoid The Two Ugly Sisters of Track Soldering Hell

Tried soldering wires to your model train rails? Fed up with melted sleepers and solder globules ruining the look of your track. Here's a handy tip for quick, [...]

Model Railway Tools: 17 Essential Items For Your Tool Box, updated for 2021

When it comes to tools for model railways, there are a thousands of tools to choose from. You don't need every tool on sale in B&Q but old hands in the [...]
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