Tramway Modelling
On-Line Reference

Modelling Tips

The Tramway & Light Railway Society has many modelling experts and enthusiasts amongst its membership. They regularly contribute technical 'how to' modelling articles to the Tramfare magazine. Some of these articles are reproduced here, along with other contributions, to provide a resource of how to tackle various tramway modelling topics.

The modelling articles are divided by scale and topics, but many methods are applicable across all the scales and gauges.

Further information is available in the range of tramway modelling books.

Model trams can be seen at many model exhibitions.

The British Tramway Systems list provides links to photographs and postcards of the full size tramcars.

Facebook Tramway Modelling Group where you can add your own model photos and exchange ideas.


These are lists of suppliers of materials, kits, or complete models. The information collected is for guidance only, and this web site cannot be held in any way responsible for any inaccuracies found. Any questions and queries should be directed to the manufacturer concerned.

The TLRS On-Line Sales can supply modelling items by mail-order.

If you need to track down the location of your local model railway shop, try

Large scales

The most common large scale for British tram models is 1:16 scale (3/4":1 foot), running on 3.5" gauge track.

Small scales

The most common small scale for British tram models is 00 (4mm to 1 foot), running on 16.5mm gauge track. For Continental models it is H0 (3.5mm to 1 foot), which also runs on 16.5mm gauge track.


Fancy trying 3D design and printing? Derek Smith has provided some simple video guides to using the SketchUp software to construct a tram.

Go to ---> Top of page Contents TLRS Back

Reload Home if you linked directly to this page

© Copyright John R. Prentice Software 2018