There are toy and model shops in many malls and high streets today and plenty of reputable dealers who acquire and sell on the locomotives, rolling stock and ancillary items needed to create, maintain and expand the enthusiast’s layout; but there is one source that tends to be overlooked – the specialist auction house.
Organising a model railway exhibition is one of the hardest things a club can ever undertake. A club with lots of experience at this is One Model Railway Club based in Stowmarket, so we asked them all about it.
You’ve been to an exhibition, or museum or model village and have caught the Model Railway bug, you go to your local store and are immediately overwhelmed by the variety of shapes, sizes, scales and gauge on offer. But what do these even mean? And why not just have one size to fit all? In this article we aim to give a good grounding in what they are and why they exist.
Planning a model railway layout for the first time can be daunting, where do you start? should you make intricate plans, or just walk into a shop and buy what looks good? Well, my view is it is always best to have a plan to start with, even if a project evolves away from that plan in the making. This article aims to look at the basics of how to plan and what should be in a plan.
So you've got your new layout, or maybe that new locomotive you’ve been waiting for and you're excited to try it out. Yet try as you may, the worst happens, Derailment. We've all been there, so why is it happening? And more importantly is it your fault?