Hi, welcome to Model Railway Engineer – the biggest and multi-award winning UK blog for model railway enthusiasts.


puffing billyI’m Andy (that’s me in the picture), lifetime modeller and founder of Model Railway Engineer, and I invite you to join me as I share the tips, inspiring photos, advice and stories from my adventures in making and engineering model railways.

“No one does model railways like you” — martyprop03 (Instagram)

On this site, you’ll find hundreds, perhaps thousands, of articles and videos covering every aspect of model railway building: from making baseboards to planning and track laying to electrics to scenery and model making. If it’s involved in making model railways I cover it and approx. 240,000 modellers came here last year to read these guides.

There’s now so much here, I’ve compiled this collection of my most popular articles to help you. Alternatively, just browse the site using the menu or the search function at the top of this page.


Popular Tips and Guides

Just Starting

The best train sets to get

Setting up a train set

How to expand it

Troubleshooting guide


Track Laying  & Ballasting Tips


Scenery & Model Making Guides

Making buildings from scratch


Wiring & Electrical Tips

How to solder

How to fix wires without soldering

How to easily light your buildings

Point Wiring: Avoid Stalling On Points


Get the best from Model Railway Engineer direct

how to make model cliffs and rock facesIf you want to get the best from the site, I recommend subscribing to my free email newsletter.,

Again, this is completely free.

“I love receiving your regular emails and have gained a lot of additional insight into the art of model railroading.” — Ken J

Just enter your email address and you’ll start receiving the tips and more to your inbox. I typically send these every few weeks so as not to overload your mailbox and you can unsubscribe at any time following a link in every email.

Also, if you’re on Facebook, why not join the companion community to this blog. It’s where over 3,500 like-minded, friendly, model railway enthusiasts come to for help, share their layouts and tips.

Good luck and best wishes in your model railway adventures.



Founder and station master 🙂 of Model Railway Engineer,