A model train set will no doubt take pride of place in a collector's home and will be painstakingly put together over countless hours.

If you are a model railway enthusiast you will know all about the labour of love that goes into getting your set to just the way you want. The long nights of crafting the layouts and then ensuring that your trains travel comfortably along the route without the fear of them crashing into each other. You may have spent a while configuring the right signals to ensure that trains stop at various points to allow others to pass and would hate to see that nice flow disrupted.

With all that time and effort put into creating these stellar model railways, the last thing you need is for them to fall into disrepair or begin to show their age. So, you should look to take steps to ensure that they are kept in top condition, whether they are like the steam powered life-like models from Mamod or even the more conventional table top miniature trains.

If you have invested in a Mamod product then you will need to ensure that it is well kept. These versions are intricate beasts, especially the ones you have put together yourself, and require a lot of care and attention to ensure that they run smoothly.

One of the main plus points of these models is the fact that they generate real steam, something that sets them apart from the rest of the field. With this in mind you need to make sure that you are fully stocked with fuel tablets so you don't have an unexpected breakdown on the tracks without any fuel available to hand.

Every now and then your trains will probably show their age and there will be a bit of paint missing here and there. This does not mean you have to go out and buy a new engine however, as by simply picking up a pot of specialist paint you can give the model a brand new coat without having to fork out massive expenses.

The track is the most crucial element for a fully functioning model railway, and a faulty one has the ability to derail your beloved engines so you need to take every step to avoid this eventuality. If you notice any loose piece of track make sure it is tightened up, making for a smoother ride for your engines. Should that not do the trick then you'll need to purchase some back up pieces which can easily slot into place.

Accessories can be the perfect accompaniment to your steam trains, while also allowing you to build your very own specialised layout. Whether it be a platform complete with a small car park and commuter or a water cert which can be pulled by the main engine, accessories perfectly complement an already lively model railway.

Creating a great model steam track is all well and good but you need to ensure that you put the work in and maintain the railway for a truly ideal set.