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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.

A flexible hack to making correct curves with flexi-track

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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. [...]

5 ways to instantly make your railway look better

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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 [...]

Point Wiring: A quick tip to eliminate stalling

I get a lot of email around wiring points. They seem to cause endless problems. I'm working on a guide but in the meantime, here's a quick walkthrough and tip [...]

Sounds effects without DCC

If you've ever longingly looked or listened to the wonderful sound effects possible with DCC trains and wanted something similar for your DC locomotives Train [...]

Cheap, easy, lights for your layout

'Tis the season of goodwill and festive cheer, so let me brighten up your railway with this quick and cheap way of adding lights to your layout. [...]

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.  [...]

Short and Sweet Sunday Scribblings: Free Brick Paper

Looking for quick, free, way to create brick and stone walls surfaces for your buildings? [...]