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Track Work

Free, easy, and straightforward tips and advice on model railway track planning, laying and troubleshooting from the UK’s largest model train blog.

Camouflaging Curves – how to obscure artifical looking curves

Glyn Valley Tramway Railway
Curves and bends make model railways more fun and allow continuous running but they come with a problem. [...]

Reducing Track Noise Levels

test track noise levels
 Track construction techniques to minimise noise. [...]

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 [...]

How to make Hornby & Peco OO gauge track look more realistic

Shedly Yard
Hornby and Peco track is cheap and compatible with a huge number of trains but it has a problem. [...]

How to easily fit rail joiners perfectly, everytime

how to fix rail joiners easily
It's undoubtedly one of the most frustrating, annoying, downright infuriating jobs in constructing a layout. My fingers bleed and I've ruined track ends doing [...]

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. [...]

6 Golden Rules To Successfully Use Second-hand Track

second hand hornby track
Second hand track can be a bargain but also a right royal pain. [...]

Bending track or making your own flexible track

make your own flexitrack
Standard track cramping your style? Don't want to buy flexible track? Here's how to make your track bend and go where you want it. [...]

What are track codes and which is best – OO Gauge Code 100 or 75

Confused by OO gauge track codes?  [...]