New Arrıvals


The real-life railway system is currently undergoing a massive upgrade which is seeing hundreds of new trains entering service, ushering in a new era for travellers and enthusiasts. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at what is on offer and at future modelling possibilities.

LNER is the latest Train Operating Company to bring Hitachi IET trains into service. On April 6 2019 Class 800 800113 passes Newsham during a test run. The first LNER 800s entered public service on May 15 2019. Gordon Edgar.

WE ARE ALL USED to hearing about the radical changes brought to the railways by the introduction of standard class steam engines, or by dieselisation in the 1955 Modernisation Plan. We are also all aware of the revolution in travel of the 1980s which saw the widespread introduction of Pacer and Sprinter units, and the subsequent withdrawal of many locomotive-hauled trains. However, another revolution is currently under way bringing with it the wholesale introduction of fleets of new trains and once again the disappearance of many old favourites.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Key Model World subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all Key Model World content
  • Exclusive product reviews, latest news, builds and highly detailed layouts
  • Read 5,300 articles, in a fully searchable archive of modelling content growing daily!
  • Access to read the official Hornby Magazine and Airfix Model World online, brought to life with video and additional imagery
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below