Making Tracks

Making Tracks is a giant 64ft x 12ft layout built by Pete Waterman and the Railnuts group for a summer long exhibition in Chester Cathedral in 2021 and 2022. In 2023 the team are back and building a brand new scene in 'OO' gauge modelling the West Coast Main Line once more to model Milton Keynes Central station to scale. Discover the full story in words, pictures and video here.

NEW MAKING TRACKS MAGAZINES!

Buy our brand-new Pete Waterman's West Coast - Making Tracks for Milton Keynes bookazine and the latest issue of Hornby Magazine here for delivery to your door. Both feature exclusive images of the new Making Tracks layout while the bookazine covers the full story from start to finish explaining how an idea presented by Hornby Magazine resulted in the team creating a scale model of Milton Keynes Central station in OO gauge.

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Making the Making Tracks World Record

On April 27 2024 Pete Waterman and the Railnuts became official Guinness World Records holders for Making Tracks: The Final Frontier as the world's Largest Portable Model Railway. MIKE WILD reveals how it all came together.

Model World LIVE 2024 – Review

On the weekend of April 27/28 2024 Key Publishing’s Model World LIVE exhibition debuted at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Hornby Magazine presents a selection of photographic highlights from the weekend.

Making Tracks attempts official World Record

For the first time in UK model railways an official World Record attempt recognised by Guinness Word Records is being made by Pete Waterman and the Railnuts at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham.

PROJECT UPDATE - Making Tracks: The Final Frontier

With just three weeks to go until Model World LIVE and the debut of Making Tracks: The Final Frontier on April 27/28 at the NEC in Birmingham, we visit Pete Waterman's workshop to catch up on the latest progress on this epic model railway build.

PROJECT UPDATE: Making Tracks for Model World LIVE

Making Tracks: The Final Frontier is progressing towards its debut at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 when this giant 208ft long layout will be presented with its new extensions for the first time. Watch the latest video update here.

VIDEO: Making Tracks: The Final Frontier - Project Update

Pete Waterman and the Railnuts are working through construction of new extensions to the Making Tracks layout to create Making Tracks: The Final Frontier for Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham. The new extensions will take the layout to 208ft x 14ft and feature over 240ft of scenery. Watch the latest update video here.

Making Tracks: The Final Frontier

Pete Waterman and the Railnuts and taking on a new challenge to make the biggest portable 'OO' gauge model railway shown at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show even bigger! Making Tracks: The Final Frontier is under construction to debut at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.

SERIES 7, EP3: Making Tracks 3 - On Show

Part 3 of our Making Tracks 3 video series is here. Join us as we follow the installation process at Chester Cathedral and it operation across the summer. Watch the trailer for FREE and sign up for a Premium subscriber account to gain full access to the 50 minutes feature video.

SERIES 7, EPISODE 2: Making Tracks 3 - Construction

In part two of our new video series we focus on construction of the layout at the Making Tracks Workshop as Pete and the team take on the challenges of building a scale model of a real station in the present day. Sign up for a FREE member account today to watch Part Two exclusively on Key Model World.

NEW SERIES: Making Tracks 3 - On Location

In this brand-new Key Model World video series we go behind the scenes to reveal the construction process of Making Tracks 3 from Pete Waterman and the Railnuts leading to the 152ft long Grand Challenge layout at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. Join us for Part One as we go on location at Milton Keynes Central station.