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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.

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 [...]

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 After 4 years Writing This Blog

thirds rule
In the almost 4 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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]