We know that getting started in model railways can be confusing, with so many options available and many unfamiliar terms being used. It can sometimes seem daunting to find which path is the best for you.

At Anticsonline help is only a phone call away. Our staff will do their best to explain those unfamiliar terms and assist you to make the right choices for your first model railway layout.

Meanwhile we are trying to provide concise references and diagrams here, along with a range of books and video/computer programmes which we know have been produced with new and returning model railway enthusiasts in mind.

Hornby's new 'Step-By-Step Guide to Railway Modelling' CD-Rom is the perfect resource to establish, evolve and complement your hobby skills - whether you are starting out, an enthusiast or an experienced modeller. The CD-Rom includes chapters on 'Where Do I Start', 'Baseboards and Track', 'Buildings and Scenics', 'Wiring the Layout' and 'Taking Stock'. This innovative CD-Rom, produced by modelling experts, adopts a simple step-by-step approach, providing advice, explaining methods and demonstrating techniques by walking you logically through key tasks and activities.

PC Specification Minimum Pentium 2 600MHz, 64Mb RAM (128Mb with Windows XP) 20Mb disk space, 16Mb graphics card, SoundBlaster 128 compatible sound card, 16x CD-Rom drive, Windows 98 or later.
MAC specification Minimum G3 700MHz, 128Mb RAM, 20Mb disk space, 16Mb graphics card, 16x CD-Rom drive, OS 9 or OS X.

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Written as a follow-on from First Steps in Railway Modelling this book covers further and more advanced techniques for model railway construction. Including a multitude of topics from baseboards to electronics, detailing, weathering and successful kit building. More examples of prototype railways are included with tips for realistic scenes, details and operating practices. Paperback, 282mmx213mm, 96 pages.
See also First Steps in Railway Modelling
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Track geometry diagrams for OO Honrby and Peco Setrack section track ranges.
The geometry for these ranges is almost identical, based on a standard straight track length of 6 5/8in and using the same curve radii. Most track sections from these two manufacturers are interchangeable.
Bachmann track uses the same designs as Hornby track sections, so all three manufacturers track can be mixed.
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Era Definition
1 1804 - 1875 Pioneering
2 1875 - 1922 Pre-Grouping
3 1923 - 1947 The Big four - LMS, GWR, LNER and SR
4 1948 - 1956 British Railways Early Emblem
5 1957 - 1966 British Railways Late Crest
6 1967 - 1971 British Railways Blue Pre Tops
7 1971 - 1982 British Railways Blue Tops era
8 1982 - 1994 British Railways Sectorisation

1995 onwards - Post Privatisation

Railway preservation and heritage railways started in 1951 at Towyn, moving up to the first standard gauge heritage railway, the Bluebell line, opening to the public in 1960. Many historic railway vehicles from the past are painted in the liveries of their original owners, with steam locomotives and equipment operating alongside 'modern' diesel power.
Since privatisation several older liveries have been revived for charter trains. Yet another reason why something out of period might be seen on the 'modern' railway.

Era information is provided as a guide to the time period when a model or livery would have ben seen. Normally the era starts as the date of a significant livery change, however it is impossible to set an era for every livery change. In most cases a search on the web will quickly find the dates applicable for specific changes if you need more accurate information.

It takes many years to complete a change of livery and many items of rolling stock remained painted in the liveries from the preceeding Era during the early part of the following Era. Typically locomotives and passenger coaches would normally have received a repaint within 5 years, but goods and shunting engines often went much longer between full repaints, having existing paintwork 'touched up' at much lower costs. Railway company owned wagons were painted much less frequently, possibly only when major repairs were required and paint applied up to 20 years previously might be found. Surprisingly steam-era private owner wagons were often fully repainted every 3 years under maintenenace contracts to keep the livery clean, fresh and legible.

Please rememeber the Era is merely a guide for those who wish to purchase models from a similar period in time and in livereies which would have been seen together. Do not let the Era dissuade you from purchasing and enjoying an item because you find it attractive or interesting.

It's your railway, run it your way!
That's what we've been doing for years!

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