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Things I do instead of working on my model railway? Build teddy bears with my daughter!   When my daughter (5) asks me “Dad, can we make a teddy bear?” My answer most definitely is “YES!”. Now, do I know exactly how to make a teddy bear? No. But I […]

Making Hand Stitched Teddy Bears


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My two main go-to programs for model railroad track design software are SCARM and Anyrail.   SCARM: SCARM (Simple Computer Aided Railway Modeller) is such a powerful, and FREE, program. you can design a layout of near infinite complexity with it. Its amazing… And did I mention it’s for free! […]

Track and Layout Design Software


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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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Metal wheels are a quick and easy upgrade for model train rolling stock. After the upgrade you can look forward to fewer derailments and better long term electrical conductivity too… This could be the best value project you’ll ever do on your layout, what’s not to like! The metal wheels […]

Metal Wheel Upgrade For Rolling Stock


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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!


Lately I’ve been focused on completing the construction of the layout modules, laying and fixing roadbed and track, and doing all the under bench wiring soldering feeders to the bus… and the rest! But for now I think I need to change gears for a bit and learn a new […]

Weathering Rolling Stock and Scenery Without an Airbrush



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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This is a placeholder post for the future project of trackwork. we’ll cover the pros and cons of set track and flex track. explain all about turnouts, and switch machines. different types of road bed / subroadbed and also touch on the techniques for laying track. I have been researching […]

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This is a placeholder post for the future project of weathering engines, freight cars and passenger cars! I have been researching the best techniques, and cant wait to share them with you! I’m aiming to create a video how to series for this topic too! Stay Tuned!

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This is a placeholder post for the future project of building trees, forests, bushland, the works!   I have been researching the best techniques, and cant wait to share them with you!   I’m aiming to create a video how to series for this topic too!   Stay Tuned!

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