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Track Work Tips & Techniques

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

Reducing Track Noise Levels

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 Track construction techniques to minimise noise. [...]

How to make reliable track-carrying bridges across baseboards

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Bridges between baseboards? Here are three components to spanning the gap. [...]

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 [...]

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 Using 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

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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?  [...]

The quickest way to ballast track?

how to lay ballast quickly
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 [...]

How I keep my track clean

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You can't stop your model railway track getting dirty but it doesn't have to cost a lot to keep it clean and your trains running smoothly. Here's what I do. [...]

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

thirds rule
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. [...]

Solve track errors with this tip I discovered while making videos

I've recently been paying around with video of my layout. It was while recording that I discovered this neat track laying aid. [...]

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. [...]
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