Model train blogs we love

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Model railway enthusiasts

Creating a great model railway is a huge creative endeavour that requires great skill and planning. True enthusiasts spend hours building and detailing all aspects of the railway’s layout, from weathering locomotives to forming rolling hills.

We’ve created a list of blogs, written by model railway lovers, that follow their creative pursuit to reproduce the railway world in miniature.

Rhyd Ddu

This blog describes the planning, woodwork and track laying as well as the wiring, scenery, and rolling stock of one man’s recreation of Rhyd Ddu in miniature. A very detailed and thorough record of model railway creation useful to all levels of enthusiast.

The Model Railways of Chris Nevard

Fantastic photos of extremely detailed scenes with advice on creating the perfect layout. See how just a few key changes like swapping high vis jackets for murky blue overalls on model workers and weathering panels on carriages can shift the era of industrial layouts to give you more breadth of design.

Cairns Road Works – Model railway detailing and repainting by Andi Walshaw

Excellent tips and photos on how to weather engines for an authentic look. Posts cover advice on repainting and detailing your model railway from a seasoned model railway artist.


Reviews of model railway shows and exhibitions as well as progress reports on the author’s own model railway projects. There are also posts on the day to day life of a railway modeller including trips to real railways and even reviews of stand up comics.

Model trains today

Top tips on how to improve your model railway, find deals and discounts on modelling gear and stay up to date on new releases of trains and layout parts. Also check out the 7 Model Train Mistakes to avoid and sign up for the newsletter to stay on top of model railway news and events.

A Model Railway – Life in Miniature

David Smith shares videos of his work and the operation of his railways as well as photos of real life steam train sightings. There are also several useful posts on how to make your own DIY 4mm model people.

Model Railways Blog

A relatively recent addition to the model railway blogosphere, this blog mixes advice on planning, building and running your own model railway with posts on real railway memories and modelling nostalgia.

Model train sets blog

This blog has lots of videos, reviews and tutorials for the model railway enthusiast. The blog also gives posts on how to build layouts and create scenery as well as sections on model railway FAQs.

Rushby’s Railways

Learn the ins and outs of batch-building, find out a few tricks of the trade for photographing your trains and follow Neil on his train-faring travels through his model railway blog.

Albion Yard

This is the blog of the planning, building and operation of the model layout Albion Yard, which has featured in Hornby Magazine and Model Railway Journal. There is also a gallery section with great close-ups of the model buildings and trains.

4 thoughts on “Model train blogs we love

  1. This is really great info. Recently, I finally built my own model railroad after many years of wanting to do it. Believe me, it’s never too late to live your dream! Just don’t lose faith and know that it will be worth it in the end, despite all the hard work.

    I was lucky to find some great advice that helped me make my railroad very realistic and detailed, and keep things under budget. Here is one of the resources that helped me a lot:

    Let me know if you all have other places where you learn about railroading.

  2. Hey have you seen the great new level crossing video on you tube, it is Trenino N Gauge Level Crossing Gates with Control Electronics and Mains Adapter , also for oo gauge.
    It is being sold on Ebay and also the supplier is an ebid member :2011st2011. take a look, it is really lifelike.

  3. Great blogs mentioned here. Thanks for compiling the list! We have recently taken a trip to the Model Railway Village in Clonakilty, West Cork. It is made up of a 4 miniature versions of quaint West Cork villages as they would have looked during the 1940’s. The villages of Dunmanway, Bandon, Kinsale and Clonakilty are all represented here in fantastic detail. They are all interconnected via an intricate railway network. On arrival it was a way to pass the afternoon on leaving I think I may have picked up a lifelong model train addiction. You can read our full review here:

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