On the French Narrow Gauge

By the Not-Quite-So-Old-Dominie I confess to a love affair with France, the French, their food and (especially) their drink, their scenery, the ambience – and I’m quite partial to their trains as well. Holidays tend to be based on moving from preserved railway line to preserved railway line, with the odd museum thrown in. So […]

British Railways Headlamp Codes

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 […]

Hornby The History

Hornby Railways is the leading brand of model railway in the United Kingdom. Its roots date back to 1901, when founder Frank Hornby received a patent for his Meccano construction toy. Early history Hornby, then known as Meccano Ltd and based in Liverpool, released its first train, a clockwork 0 gauge (1:48) model, in 1920. […]

Model Railway Gauges | Scales

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 […]

Model Railway Scale Speed Calculator

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 […]