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Point Wiring: A quick tip to eliminate stalling

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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 [...]

How one modeller joins track across boards

Joins track across boards
How to join track across baseboard sections is one of the most common questions I get asked here on Model Railway Engineer. Here's an interesting technique one [...]

Better Bends

If you have curves on your layout heres a quick technique that will make them look better. [...]

The 5 Best Track Laying Tips I’ve Learned In 5 years Writing Model Railway Engineer

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In the 5 years since I set up this blog I've visited more exhibitions and clubs than I can count; met hundreds of fellow model railway enthusiasts, and come [...]

Changing Track – How To Alter Already Laid Track

It happens on every layout at one point or another. [...]

5 Must-Have Tools To Transform Your Track Work From Terror To Triumph

There are an astonishing 10,072 miles of track in the UK. [...]

Why and should I solder my track — Reader Q&A

On the back of this reader question on track offcuts Steve Boughton reached out to ask if he should shoulder his track together. Here's the wisdom from [...]

3 Quick Track Laying Tips

About to lay the track for a model railway? Stop.  Go no further.  Well not before you've read these three quick tips anyway. [...]

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.  [...]

Model railway minimum curve conundrum – what’s the smallest radius?

What's the minimum curve radius for model railways? The numbers you need to know for Z, N, OO and HO track from Peco, Hornby, Märklin. [...]

How NOT to clean track, part 2

How not to clean track 2
Cleaning track is a fundamental maintenance task on a model railway but it's surprising how badly wrong it can go. [...]

How NOT to clean track, Part 1

This gem of track cleaning advice was overheard in a model railway shop the other day. And it's wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. [...]

How To Build Inclines Your Trains Can Climb – Maximum and Recommended Gradients UPDATED

If you want a fun and interesting model railway then you'll want your Hornby trains hauling wagons up hills. Here's how to work out the vital length and [...]

The top 5 model train maintenance checks

Don't leave the trouble-free operation of your model railway to chance. Follow this top 5 definitive checklist of quick and easy preventative maintenance [...]

N Gauge Track Laying – How To

Lay N gauge track flawlessly with this comprehensive collection of hints, tips and guides.  [...]

Everything You Need To Know To About N Gauge Track Codes

Confused by track code numbers? Here's an excellent couple of video's that explain the differences between code 40, 55 and 80 N gauge track. [...]

The Big Picture

Model Railway Track Painting
Every so often it pays to take a step back, review the big picture as your layout progresses and check it's coming together as a whole. It was on one such [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]
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