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All your most common questions about model railways are answered here by Andy and expert contributors to MRE.

How to re-fix stickers on old rolling stock

Tri-Ang R153
On older rolling stock, the transfers can sometime work free. Here's a quick tip to fixing them back. [...]

How to make model sacks and sandbags

This cheap, quick and simple technique for making sandbags and sacks works for any scale and war game and requires little to now model making skills. [...]

How to attach wires to model train track

soldering wire to oo gauge track
Moving up from track clips to attaching power wires to track? Here are 3 techniques, how to do each and the pluses and minuses of each. [...]

How to make a frozen lake model or diorama

model frozen lake scene
Want to make a believable Winter frozen lake scene for your model train layout or diorama? Don't get cold feet, here's how to model that frozen ice look. [...]

What’s the best paint for expanded Polystyrene / Styrofoam

lots of expanded polysyrene foam
So you've created your landscape with expanded Polystyrene. Now to paint it. Don't ruin your would be lush landscape by using the wrong paint. Here's the best [...]

How to make model roses

how to make model roses oo scale
For a small Valentine's Day diorama on one of my layouts, I wanted an OO scale figure holding some red roses. Here's how I made them. Compared to model [...]

Model Snowmen: how to make an oo gauge Snowman

model snowman
Want a snowman for your Christmas train set or Winter diorama? Don't have a meltdown making them. Chill out and and follow this simple guide to making your own [...]

Adding inertia to DCC locomotives

DCC chip Bachmann 36-566
One of the smarter features of DCC locomotives is the ability to simulate inertia. [...]

How to safely clean model trains + what NOT to use

model train covered in dust
How to keep your model trains or plastic models clean without damaging the plastic, paint or decals. [...]

What is N gauge model trains?

n gauge train repair
N gauge is hugely popular but what is it? Here's what you need to know before leaping in to the world of N scale model railways. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

What size is Z scale?

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge size compared to OO model train
Z scale model train layouts are increasingly popular due to the small size and hence appeal for those with limited space but what are their dimensions? How [...]

How high should a model railway baseboard be?

While working on the construction of one of my layouts, I happened to think about the correct height for maximum convenience. [...]

What are modular model railway baseboards

Looking for the easiest, quickest, way to start building model railways and operating your trains? Pre-made modular model railway baseboards are the ideal [...]

Is N Scale cheaper than HO?

N and HO scales are the two most common worldwide standards for model trains an common question for those thinking about this wonderful hobby then is which is [...]

How much does a model railway cost?

how much do model railways cost
If you're thinking of starting a model railway, or perhaps revisiting the trains your dad or grandad had, one of the first question most people ask is how much [...]

How many feet and inches is an N scale mile?

How many feet and inches are you going to need to model one mile of track or landscape in N gauge?  The answer will surprise you. [...]

Will OO trains run on HO track?

OO and HO gauge model trains are the most popular but can you run OO trains on HO track? [...]

How big (or small) are n gauge trains: photos and dimensions

How big (or small) are n gauge model trains
If you are thinking about getting an N gauge train you might be concerned about how small (or large) they are? Are they too small see or handle? How do they [...]
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