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Why the nation loves Model Railways

It is said that ‘it takes all sorts to make a world’. Just as our society is enriched by diversity, we also celebrate our common interests. For more than a century, model railways have delighted adults and children alike. They appeal not only to an interest in trains, but also to a desire to construct miniature worlds over which the modeller is in control. These working models bring joy to many – all sorts in fact! Model railways give us a sense of travel without the need to leave our own homes. They are unique among modelling. Unlike model boats or aircraft, a model train needs its own railway network in which to operate – the modeller has complete control over its journey. In 1924, leading model railway firm Bassett-Lowke wrote: ‘Herein lies the peculiar attraction of model railways, as compared with every other form of the modelling art. All the wide variety of railway operation may be worked out on a small scale’. There is so much more to model railways than just trains and track. A brief history of railway models Model making is an activity with ancient origins. Archaeologists have discovered clay models of houses and temples […]

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How to Get Started with Model Railways

Many families are finding themselves with more time together at home as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic. Keeping both children and adults entertained day-in-day-out can be challenging. Model railways are a great hobby for every member of the family, young and old. They provide a safe and fun way for children to “make new worlds, narratives and stories” and can give older people a sense of community and purpose. Celebrity fans of modelling include Rod Stweart, Walt Disney and Frank Sinatra. Stewart has such passion for the pastime that he recently donated £10,000 to the Market Deeping Modern Railway Club when it lost years of work due to vandalism. But how do you get started building your first model railway? In this beginner’s guide, the Rocket Railways team will give you all the information you need to start creating a model railway layout the whole family can enjoy. Understanding Model Railway Terms At first glance, the world of model trains can be a little overwhelming and confusing. What does “gauge” mean and what exactly is a “Z scale”? We’ve put together a brief glossary of key terms for beginner modellers. You’ll be surprised how quickly you and your […]

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