Category Archives: The trade

Book review – Creating cameo layouts’

We all get older.  Even Iain Rice gets older.  That young whipper-snapper with radical ideas on P4 modelling and on layout design is now an elder statesman of the hobby.  Fortunately he writes in just the same style as he ever … Continue reading

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Book review – Model Railroad Planning 2017′

The new year has come around again and it’s time for this year’s ‘Model Railroad Planning’ from Kalmbach.  I get this annual publication every year, and it is almost always worth a read.  There are usually too many (for me) … Continue reading

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Shopping list 2017

Bachmann announced their 2017 (and probably well beyond) release at the weekend, and also the unfortunately much smaller number of Farish N gauge releases.  I have put a few pre-orders in, for if and when they arrive.  I just hope … Continue reading

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It’s 2017 – Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all our readers! What will 2017 bring?  I hope that I will get more modelling done, and have a number of projects lined up, having purchased a range of bits and pieces.  I can’t see … Continue reading

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Another N-gauge coupler development – this time from Europe

I  came across this blog , UK based but describing a French fine scale ‘N’ layout.  And it had a very interesting post on ‘N’ gauge couplers. N-tram are the doyen of European brass models, in N-m and N.  They are … Continue reading

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An interesting N-gauge coupler development

A very interesting development from MicroTrains – the ‘True-Scale’ N-gauge coupler.  The pictures below shows how good these look (photos MTL.)  They also have the advantage over using ‘Z’ gauge couplers in ‘N’ that they have no springs and ‘slinky’ … Continue reading

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Model cost increases

There has been a lot of discussion recently on the price increases for ‘N’ gauge stock imposed by Graham Farish and others.  There are some good thoughts in this month’s Railway Modeller from Ben Ando (of NGS and Revolution Trains … Continue reading

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