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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

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 [...]

Reader Question – what to do with track offcuts

Recently a reader raised a great question. What to do with track offcuts? [...]

9 Top tips to laying flexitrack

Flexible track is a quicker, easier, option for track work but comes with its own problems. Here are the 9 best tips from the collective wisdom of the Internet [...]

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. [...]

Crossing the great divide

If you're laying track across a baseboard join, you'll need to secure the track at the edges. The tried and tested technique for this is Copper clad sleepers. [...]

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

how NOT to clean model railway track
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 [...]

Project Update – Layout, Bedding, Wiring and Track Laying

model railway track wiring
I admit it. It's true I haven't posted an update on my layouts for a while and since the last report a lot has changed. So here's what's gone since then [...]

How To Avoid 5 Easy & Common Track Laying Mistakes

Track Laying Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
In our eagerness to get trains running, we all often make mistakes when laying track but don't make these potentially expensive mistakes. [...]

Layout elements for beginners

Inglenook, switchbacks and wyes. Confused by layout elements? Here's a handy beginners guide. [...]
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