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

What’s on this site

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Whether 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 seven years of this blog.  You can learn more about me here.

Beginners and Basics Guides

The best train sets to start with
Setting up a train set
How to expand a Hornby train set
How to keep a floor or table train set in tip top condition
From train set to model railway


For those returning to the hobby after a break

What’s the difference between DC and DCC
DC or DCC what do modellers prefer and why


Layout Construction Guides

How to ballast – the complete guide
The top 5 websites and resources for track planning
The tools you’ll need for successful baseboard construction
3 Quick track laying tips
The 9 top tips for laying flexi-track
Five must-have tools to transform your track work from terror to triumph
How to make cuttings
How to make bridges across baseboards
How to build inclines your train can climb


Fixing, Repairing and Maintaining Model Trains & Track

7 tips that will make your trains run smoothly
How to clean locomotive wheels
Track cleaning: How to, the definitive guide
How to oil and lubricate locomotives


Money Saving Tips

Six golden rules to successfully using second-hand track
Making your own flexible track
How to make your own scatter material


Useful Tools & Accessories

The best aid to help you see when your eyesight fades
Static grass applicators tried and tested
The best soldering iron for model railway construction
The best tool to clean locomotive wheels


> A final, personal, note: I spend a huge amount of time testing, photographing, writing and researching techniques for these articles and pay for all the running costs of MRE out of my own pocket. If you found this article useful you can support me by making a donation on my fund-raising page. Thanks and happy modelling, Andy.