The second area that comes to mind strongly, is the permanent way outside the station limits.

Generally, the area of land over which the railway passes, is under the control of the railway, but the only part of it to be actively managed by the railway is that portion under and in the immediate vicinity of the tracks. By and large, the remainder is simply left to its own devices. While much of it is likely to be low grasses, there will also be clumps of taller grass (where various of the tufts such as NO07004, NO07022, NO07027, NO07032 can be used effectively, while other tufts which simulate flowering plants, can be used more sparingly. NO07014, for example, has four different, muted colours, with 52 clumps of 6 mm. high and 46 clumps of 12 mm. high. 

Apart from that, consider also, use of Foliage. 'Foliage' in model railway terms, is a Razor-thin and highly flexible substrate.The foliage is flocked with up to five different materials, in conjunction with electrostatic flocking. This guarantees the natural appearance of NOCH Foliage. Simply put, take a piece of Noch foliage (NO07270; NO07271; NO07272; NO07280; NO07281; NO07282; NO07290; NO07291; NO07292 NO07300 & NO07301); tear it into the rough shape you require and secure it into place on your layout. It will resemble a clump of low-level bushes - of the types that quite frequently inhabit the spaces alongside the permanent way. 

Finally, consider the buildings and fences the mark the edge of the permanent way. There will usually be a range of plants, flowering or otherwise, that inhabit the boundaries of the permanent way, usually hard up against a fence or commercial building. Here, frequently, quite tall plants can found  and here is where it is suggested that you let your imagination run riot, with tufts that have coloured tips to them.

My final exhortation to you is to go to your local railway line; take a trip (if possible) on a local railway service and observe, observe, observe, the vegetation that you see. 

Although grass tufts have been around for quite a while now, not many modellers seem to be aware of them and the ways in which they can be used. Because they come in many colours and there are two principal heights (6 mm. & 12 mm),  they are able to be used for most scales/track gauges. Possibly one of the best ways to use these, is to first visit a local railway line, or look at photos of real railway lines. Observe where there is plant growth. Real trackage usually has some sort of growth nearby or even between the tracks themselves. I have seen grass/plant growth within station precincts, along the edge of a track, but under the overhang of a platform, for instance; dried grass and even green grass along little-used sidings; small, bushy growths at the foot of rail-yard buildings; at the base of signals, catenary masts and around control gear boxes, to name just a few places. Consider also, placing grass tufts near coal staithes, near the supports/walls of water towers, around hydrants and around the edge of turntables etc. As you see, quite a few places when grass tufts could be used and we haven't even left the station. 


...if you are building a model railway and wish to put some height into it, but don't have a lot of room; or wish to access build and have access to storage sidings underneath the main layout.

To raise track sufficiently to clear trains on tracks passing below, can take a tremendous length of track and usually, a great deal of room. But if that track was in the form of a helix, great space-savings can be made. A helix is in the form of a spiral, rather like a large cork-screw. Trains can enter the helix and after travelling up or down, are able to emerge at a different level. 

Building a helix, however, can be somewhat challenging. A major consideration has to be that ascending a slope on a continuous curve is different from ascending in a straight line, because the curve increases the drag on the wheels, making the climb more difficult for the motive power. Therefore the angle of a slope has to be lower for a helix than for a straight line, unless another factor can be used to overcome this drag. Fortunately, there is an answer: Super-elevation. This is the technique of positioning the outer rails of curved track higher than the inner rails of the curve. Therefore, if  a track was curving to the left, the right-hand rails would be higher than the left-hand rails. Although this makes a helix very useful, it also adds to the complexity of building it. Of all the railway modellers I have spoken to over the years, many have told me that helixes are useless. May I suggest that possibly it was the helix THEY built that wasn't up to the mark.

There are really only three elements to a successful helix: Design, Construction and Installation. Noch have designed a helix that works. They have produced a helix that is easy to construct. All that the railway modeller is required to do is assemble the parts and complete the third leg - Installation. The only requirement here is a completely level base upon which to place the assembled helix. 

Noch produces a range of Helices - Single or double track; HO or N; with modellers usually using a basic helix of one and a half circles to reach a first level and an add-on helix of one circle to reach the next level.

There is a range of versions produced for particular brands/models of track. We keep stocks of the most popular for HO and order others from Noch as required.

To see the range available, type 'helix' into the seaqrch box on the left-hand side of our home screen.

In September 2019, we received news of more promotional sets from Faller, this time for 'N' gauge modellers. Promotional sets are usually very keenly priced (Especially at Eurorail Models Ltd.).The featured models this time are 239005 and 239006. Faller 239005 comprises a large, half-timbered warehouse and a large crane on its own tracks, to handle timber movements. This model would justify its own siding. The second model, 239006, is of two, hot-air balloons, also at a very good price. 

In recent times, Faller have taken to offering Promotional Sets of some of their kitset models. They are now doing this several times each year and the latest offering includes:  Faller 190069 'Carriage repair hall'; Faller 190070 'Small Funfair'; Faller 190071 'Black Forest village' and Faller 190072 'Bruderstadt station'. These are expected to be available in September or October 2019. The particular month of their release in shown on the listings on this website. 

Promotional Sets are great value as the whole set is usually available more cheaply than its component parts.