Track

Without track you simply do not have a model railway. But, out-of-the-box track isn’t very realistic so we reveal many ways to make it look like the real thing. This section also includes model railway trackplans for you to enjoy.

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How to motorise a turntable kit

These impressive features of larger steam depots have long-interested modellers.…

By Phil Parker | 22 September 2021

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How to improve the appearance of track

In a bid to transform your permanent way into one of the star qualities of your…

20 September 2021

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Wiring for reliability

Here to keep your layout's 'veins' in good order, Paul Moss shares techniques…

20 September 2021

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Ask Phil: How do I pin track down?

I've been told that it's wrong to use a hammer to pin track down. How am I…

By Phil Parker | 20 September 2021

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Track: Laying a double-slip

It doesn't matter how big your layout is, it'll require track. Ensuring yours is…

16 September 2021

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How to fit a point motor

Effective point motor operation is vital to any layout. Phil Parker shows how…

By Phil Parker | 10 September 2021

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How to refresh your track

The track on this project is in need of improvement. Howard Smith shares his…

By Howard Smith | 09 September 2021

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Ask Phil: Wiring or tracklaying first?

What is the correct sequence when laying track and wiring it up for DCC? Fix the…

By Phil Parker | 23 April 2021

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Ask Phil: Will 'OO' models run on 'HO' track?

I am a British ex-pat living in the USA. I have some nice UK 'OO' locomotives…

By Phil Parker | 17 February 2021

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Ask Phil: Surface mounted point motors

Please could you advise on surface mounted point motors with ease of mounting…

By Phil Parker | 16 February 2021

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Ask Phil - Track weathering without an airbrush

Question: How can I make my track dirty? Everyone seems to use an airbrush but I…

01 October 2020

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Model railway track plan ideas

Simple model railway trackplans can still offer plenty of interest, modelling…

20 September 2020

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A guide to model railway track cleaning

We explore the different methods you can apply for cleaning your model railway…

02 September 2020

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How to ballast track

Real railways run on a bed of crushed rocks called 'ballast'. We explain how you…

31 August 2020

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How to create your ideal trackplan

Planning a model railway is akin to a crossword as ideas mesh together. Phil…

04 August 2020

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