Category Archives: HO Scale Layouts

Husband And Wife Can’t Get Enough After 9 Model Railway Layouts

Every day we receive emails from enthusiastic model railroaders but this Husband and Wife model railroading team were perfect to profile this Valentines Day…

Meet Brian and Ann Silby from The Rylstone Wellingborough Northants England. Continue reading

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Easy Landscape Creation With Styrofoam

A great option to create landscape for your model railroad is to use white Styrofoam board. This is a popular material as it is easy to use and is inexpensive. A 4 x 8 foot sheet of 1 ½” thick Styrofoam is a great size to cut and shape. The Styrofoam is best cut with a hot wire foam cutter. Kevin shows you how… Continue reading

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A Derailment Causes HO Scale Chaos

I’ve often spoken about the frustrations of having derailments on your model train layout and the 7 ways to solve them.

But derailments happen in real life and are a part of railroading… so to make your model trains come alive maybe you need to fabricate some derailments…? Continue reading

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Alice and 10 Years of Modeling a Christmas Village

Often we get so much mail it is very hard to reply to everyone individually… but this email from Alice caught our attention. Alice has been modeling a Christmas village for the last 10 years and is obviously very passionate about it.

We know that a lot of our readers struggle with the electrical side of model trains and here is a perfect example of modeling that requires no electrical skills at all.

This is what Alice had to say… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Choose the Right Model Train Scale To Suit You

If you are a model train beginner then you might be asking… “Which model train scale is best suited for me?”

A common mistake for model train beginners is to confuse scale and gauge.

Let me explain… scale is the proportion of the replica to the real thing. For example, HO scale locomotives are 1/87 the size of the real life locomotive. Model train gauge is the width between the inside running edge of the track…. Continue reading

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An Inspiring Model Train Layout – 4 Scenes in 1

It always blows me away when I see awesome model train layouts like the one in this video. The effort and patience would have been absolutely huge… but the end result was so worth it. Continue reading

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7 Tips to Save Money on Your Model Trains

If you have been a model railroader for some time you will understand that the costs of model trains can add up very quickly. Model trains are the best hobby in the world, but if you are going to pay full retail price for everything you buy, it will soon become the most expensive hobby you have ever had!

Here is how to save money on your model trains… Continue reading

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7 Ways to Eliminate Model Train Derailments

Are you frustrated because your model trains derail from time to time?

This was a major frustration for me. I would fix one section of the track and the next day the train would derail on another section.

It frustrated me to the point of wanting to give the hobby away..! Continue reading

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The Fat Finger Syndrome With Model Trains

A reader emailed asking how they could get past the fat finger syndrome… when trying to hold and work on their model train models… Continue reading

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A Good Quality Locomotive Makes All The Difference

A good quality locomotive will make all the difference… it can be very frustrating having a locomotive that you need to push to get going, or it suddenly speeds up and falls off the tracks.

A locomotive runs by picking up the electricity from the track through its wheels. The wheels transfer the electricity to the motor, which then turns the gears to drive the locomotive… Continue reading

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