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Free tips and guides for building Hornby, N, OO, HO model railways from the the UK’s largest model train blog.

How to make a Christmas snow diorama with a model train

how to make a christmas diorama model with a train
'Tis the season to be jolly and what better to wake up to on Christmas morning than a snow-covered model railway display. How's how Santa makes his. [...]

How to fill gaps between your rails

Fixing gap between rails
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. [...]

FREE model railway card building kits, updated for 2019

card kit building free
Looking for a cheap way to get buildings for your model railway? Paper and card building kits are simple to make, realistic and best of all there are lots of [...]

How to clean model train wheels, fixing a train that stops and starts. UPDATED for 2019

You've found it. Abandoned in your childhood, a long forgotten Hornby loco has been rediscovered. A childhood memory reborn. You dust it off and plant it on [...]

Fixing & connecting wires together without soldering

track wiring
If you struggle with joining wires — such as track feeders to bus wiring — this is for you. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Model Making 101: Making Your Own Washes

black ink wash stock
Indispensable. Expensive. No Longer. [...]

What glue to use to stick tinfoil: Sunday Scribbles

how to glue tinfoil
What's the best glue to stick Aluminium (tin) foil? It makes great corrugated roofing but how to glue it? [...]

How to make snow

how to make model snow
Winter is coming... Fancy adding a seasonal touch to your layout? Here's how to make snow that you can add to a model railway to give it that festive touch. [...]

The easiest fix for wagons derailing on points

If your wagons derail or jump while crossing points here's one of the most common and easiest solutions. [...]

Plant your buildings – Manic Monday Tip #2

model railway buildings tip
Another quick job that can be carried out on your model railway when time is tight. [...]

A flexible hack to making correct curves with flexi-track

flexible track template hack
If you use flexible track but don't have Tracksetta templates this tip will save lots of frustration. [...]

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. [...]

What’s Been Your Biggest Railway Blunder

So today wasn't one of my finest but it did remind me of this handy tip that might save you a train tragedy. [...]

How to make your own scatter & why I’ll never buy scatter material again

How to make your own scatter
I'll never buy scatter for my model railway again. [...]

5 ways to instantly make your railway look better

model railway tips
Even with the best intentions, things don't always work out how we'd planned. [...]

The quickest way to ballast track? Beginners tip

Let's face it, no one likes ballasting track. It's soooo time-consuming. But if you're just starting out and want a quick rather than perfect looking finish [...]
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