Layout construction


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I’ve been tossing around ideas for the final style of the layout, and the other day I had a hit of inspiration for the back corner module. We were in a bit of a hurry when we decided to start construction of this layout, finishing themes and style took a […]

This Corner Module got a Makeover. AKA: I dug a ...


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The latest progress on the layout! Constructing a mountain! For this mountain we used aluminium flyscreen and Plaster of Paris. It has to be aluminium flyscreen (not fibreglass or stainless). Small batches of Plaster of Paris are a necessity – it goes off real quick when working. The beauty of […]

Mountain Construction with Flyscreen and Plaster of Paris


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Initially I was going to wire the underside of my layout with quick clip solderless connectors, like you’d use in automotive applications, because I didn’t want to be cutting and joining wires for hours at a time and dealing with those associated problems. I was going to use these T-Tap […]

Probably the Greatest Tool for Wiring a Larger Layout



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Bare with me while I find more pictures, and write some more words. But for now,  here we go!     Test fit, for width. Both sides fabricated. We ended up much wider. For a single track and room on each side for the “0-5-0 switcher “.   Once the […]

My Dad built a pretty big bridge, from scratch!


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So you ask… What’s the best thing I’ve done to my layout to make it feel more complete, and gain a bit of storage space to boot? I put a skirt on it! I nipped down to spotlight the other day and grabbed a 30m roll of black fabric, it […]

One simple project to make progress on the layout AND ...


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Hi everyone, welcome to Modeling Trains! Just a quick note to let you know I’ve got some great content lined up for future posts. I’ve got a lot of general tips which I’ve personally picked up over the last few years, and even some wisdom handed to me from my […]

Welcome to Modeling Trains!



This is a placeholder post for the future project of wiring the layout.   Confused about DC / DCC? Don’t know the difference between a bus and a feeder? Come with me on my journey to discover the secrets and tips for the advanced wiring for your model train layout. […]

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