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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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: 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 | 11 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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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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Top tips to fighting dust on your model railway

Howard Smith provides ideas to combat the perennial problem of dust on our model…

13 May 2020

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5 ways to improve the reliability of your layout

A reliable layout is a fun one to operate. With time on your hands, we've put…

02 April 2020

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Phil's Practical - Point Levers

Not all points are worked from a signal box. We take a look at how you model…

26 March 2020

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Model Railways: How to cosmetically improve track points

In our latest practical feature, we turn our attention to enhancing the…

17 February 2020

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How to expand your train set

Your first train set is supplied with an oval or circle of track and might…

13 August 2019

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How to wire a reversing DC loop

Adding a return loop to your layout increases operational flexibility, but can…

29 July 2019

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Model Railway Design Software: Everything you need to know

Here we take a closer look at how software can benefit your model railway and…

09 July 2019

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A guide to model railway track cleaning

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

03 July 2019

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A model railway beginner’s guide to laying track

After planning your circuit, laying track is the first important step to…

18 April 2019

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