Archive for the ‘Tips and Advice’ Category

How to Ballast Track

Posted by Webmaster On August 4, 2010 Comments Off

Track ballast is referred to as a layer of crushed rock or gravel upon which a railway track is laid. 1st Step I would suggest that you paint the areas of your base board where the track will be laid, using a paint colour similar to that of your scatter. Some people don’t paint the  [ Read More ]

Model Railway Weathering Techniques | Methods

Posted by Webmaster On August 2, 2010 Comments Off

Weathering refers to the process of making a model look as if it has been previously used and exposed to the weather by simulating the natural dirt and wear on the vehicle, this technique can also be applied to buildings and equipment. Most models come out of the box with a “looking new” look, because  [ Read More ]

Standard Railway Modelling Dimmensions

Posted by Ben Angus On July 19, 2010 Comments Off

The following diagrams show the structure dimensions with the table indicating the appropriate measurements in various scales as devised by the British Railway Modeling Standards Bureau (BRMSB).  Platforms, Station Buildings and Bridges dimensions Tunnel and Overbridge dimensions Standard Dimensions RefLetter See Note Prototype(Ft) N gauge(1/148) 2mmFine scale TT3(3mm) HO(3.5mm) OO(4mm) EM(4mm) O fine(7mm) A 1  [ Read More ]

Scratch Built | Buildings

Posted by Ben Angus On July 17, 2010 Comments Off

Scratch building is the process of building a scale model from raw materials or even materials found about the household, rather than building it from a commercial kit or buying it pre-assembled. Scratch building is easy, if original plans of the subject exist. However because of the lack of plans, many models have to be  [ Read More ]

British Railways Headlamp Codes

Posted by Ben Angus On July 15, 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The main purpose of the headlamp is that it can warn people on the rail track ahead of an approaching train, thus allowing sufficient time for them to take evasive action. The other main benefit is the ability to light up whistle posts and landmarks. Headlamp Details Express passenger train, breakdown van train going to  [ Read More ]

Model Railway Gauges | Scales

Posted by Ben Angus On July 15, 2010 Comments Off

Rail gauge or scale is the distance between the inner sides of the two parallel rails that make up a railway track. OO Gauge 4mm to 1ft, 1:76 scale 16.5mm gauge (inside track width) A British system which is very well provided for, with a wide range of ready-to-run models, and accessories. This is the most  [ Read More ]

Model Railway Scale Speed Calculator

Posted by Ben Angus On April 7, 2010 ADD COMMENTS

by Andrew Allardyce I was asked by one of our members about scale speeds, how fast should model trains actually be run, but I did not know the answer.   A Google search threw up an article by Andy Watkins of the 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers e-Group.   Using the basis of his article I have produced  [ Read More ]