Welcome to my modelling and model railway blog! With over 200,000 readers a year, a growing community of model railway builders and 300+ articles, tips and guides you’ve come to the right place if you looking to build a model railway.

What’s on this site

model railway engineer content mapWhether you’re building your first model railway, returning to the hobby after a mid-life break, an experienced modeller looking for tips and inspiration or building a layout for your kids/grandkids there’s something here to help, including:

  • Hundreds of tips, guides and ideas from beginner to expert,
  • The latest techniques and technologies explored,
  • My journey and experiences as a lifelong modeller,
  • Money saving ideas,
  • Reviews and field tests of tools, accessories and products;


Below are some of my favourite and most popular articles from the last five years of this blog.  You can learn more about me here.

Beginners and Basics Guides

Layout Construction Guides

For those returning to the hobby after a break

Fixing, Repairing and Maintaining Model Trains & Track

Money Saving Tips

Useful Tools & Accessories

Did you know, last year MRE (this website) was nominated and went on to win Silver for best website in the British Model Railway Awards. This year, I'm honoured that it's been nominated again! MRE is a labour of love and your vote for it in these awards would really encourage and motivate me to develop the site further, creating more free tips, advice and guides. If you would like to support me, please click here and select your entries in the various classes of entry. If you don't have a preference for a particular category, you can skip that class. The Website of the Year is on the final page, just tick the box next to Model Railway Engineer to support me. Thanks Andy, creator of MRE.