70 years of the BR Mk 1

Celebrate 70 years of the BR Mk 1 with
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BR Mk 1 at 70

70 years of the British Railways Mk 1

VIDEO: Heljan's updated 'O' gauge Mk 1s

In this latest video from the Hornby Magazine team we showcase Heljan's new 'O' gauge BR Mk 1s with Commonwealth and B4 bogies running on our garden railway behind a Heljan 'O' gauge Class 50. Join Mike Wild in the workshop to find out more and read the full review in HM169.

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Bogie upgrades for Heljan Mk 1s

Heljan has issued a new batch of 7mm scale Mk 1 carriages with two new designs of bogie. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the First Corridor and Gangway Brake models.

VIDEO: Mike and Mark talk Mk 1 carriages

MIKE WILD and MARK CHIVERS meet in the Hornby Magazine workshop to discuss the options available to the modeller for Mk 1 carriages as part of our celebration of the 70th anniversary of this iconic range of rolling stock.

VIDEO: Lionheart Trains BR Mk 1 carriages for 'O'

Join MIKE WILD in the Hornby Magazine workshop as he takes a closer look at the new Lionheart Trains 'O' gauge Mk 1 carriages on video and don't miss our full review in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM168 - or online here at KeyModelWorld in the reviews section.

VIDEO: BR Mk 1 carriage tour

To celebrate 70 years of the British Railway's Mk 1 carriage fleet MARK CHIVERS takes a tour of one of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's preserved sets to show the differences between vehicle types.

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Mk 1 at 70: 'OO' gauge survey

British Rail's venerable Mk 1 corridor carriages have, not surprisingly, been popular with modellers throughout the decades, with examples available for 'OO' gauge in one form or another. MARK CHIVERS looks back at some of the model highlights and examines the current crop of BR Mk 1s for today's modellers. 

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Mk 1 at 70: 'OO' gauge EMUs

The Southern Region's fleet of BR era Electric Multiple Units drew on the Mk 1 carriage design to create suburban and long distance electric trains with a familiar family appearance. MIKE WILD surveys the options for ready-to-run EMUs in the current market for 'OO'.

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Mk 1 at 70: 'O' gauge survey

The BR Mk 1 carriage is a popular choice for 'O' gauge ready-to-run models. MIKE WILD surveys the current offerings from Ellis Clark Trains, Heljan and Lionheart Trains for 7mm scale modellers.

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Mk 1 at 70: 'N' gauge survey

The British Railways Mk 1 carriage design is well represented in 'N' gauge through the Graham Farish range, MIKE WILD looks over the options for corridor, non-corridor, parcels and multiple units off-the-shelf.

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British Railways Mk 1 carriages

Born out of necessity and constructed in a time of skill and material shortage the BR Mk 1 coach was one of the outstanding success stories of the nationalisation era. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back on its history.

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Lionheart’s Mk 1s

2021 marks 70 years since introduction of the British Railways Mk 1 carriage design and Lionheart Trains has just delivered the first of its all-new ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run models. MIKE WILD finds out if these could be the definitive version for 7mm scale.

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Hornby’s Restaurant Buffet

Hornby's growing collection of all-new BR Mk 1 coaching stock has expanded with the arrival of the new Restaurant Buffet (RB) in original and refurbished (RBR) formats. Read our full review from HM165 here together with video and extra images.

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BR green for Hornby Mk1s

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 carriages receive a fresh coat of BR Southern Region green for their latest outing.

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Structure Gauging coaches

The ever-popular Network Rail yellow livery is back with a vengeance in the Hornby 2020 catalogue and amongst the impressive line up of 11 vehicles from the Mk 1, Mk 2 and Mk 3 ranges comes this pair of Structure Gauging Train coaches.

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Bachmann releases 2-HAP EMU

Southern Region electric modellers will soon be able to expand their BR era unit fleet with the arrival of Bachmann’s all-new model of the Class 414 2-HAP two-car units. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival for third-rail electric layouts in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Digikeijs digital lighting

With Hornby’s centenary celebrations in full swing, MARK CHIVERS looks to its growing range of BR Mk 1 carriages as he opts to install fully controllable digital lighting, with impressive results.

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Ellis Clark Darstaed Mk 1 suburbans

Ellis Clark Trains has become an important name in ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge, especially following the announcements of its LMS Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 and LNER Thompson carriages in August (HM148). Here we are focusing on its Darstaed-produced collection of BR Mk 1 57ft non-corridor carriages are in the limelight.

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Darstaed delivers 7mm scale Mk 1s

Ellis Clark Trains teamed up with Darstead – a renowned name in ‘O’ gauge tinplate locomotives and rolling stock – to produce a new range of BR Mk 1 63ft 6in corridor carriages for 7mm scale which were first released in 2018.

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Southern push-pull

You can recreate the famous Southern Region push-pull trains for the Bournemouth-Weymouth section of the LSWR main line from London with a simple sound project using a new LokSound sound file pairing from Legomanbiffo and DC Kits. MIKE WILD installs the decoders into a Heljan Class 33/1 and a Kernow 4-TC unit.

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Kernow’s 4-TC debuts

Southern Region multiple units have gained much popularity since introduction of the Bachmann 4-CEP in 2009, but now we have a go anywhere unpowered 4-TC unit available too. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this surprisingly enticing and versatile offering.

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Trailer Control

Bi-mode trains are all the rage now - but they are just the latest solution to a problem that has arisen before and which gave rise 50 years ago to a unique, but unpowered, multiple unit train known as the 4-TC, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES discovers.

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British Railways 4-VEP EMU

Electrification of Southern England's railway system extended progressively throughout the 20th Century and as it did so new electric trains were built to run on it. One of the most successful designs was the 4-VEP, introduced in 1967 as the network was extended to take in Bournemouth, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES found out.