Building the Great Central Railway

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The Hornby Magazine team are at it again! Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson as they embark on a brand new model railway layout build. This time the team are recreating the Midlands based double-track Great Central Railway heritage steam line in 'OO' gauge in a brand new series, Building the Great Central Railway. Watch Episode 1 here for FREE from 8pm on Friday May 5 and premium KeyModelWorld members will be able to watch the rest of the series each Friday here.

Building the Great Central Railway

VIDEO: Building the Great Central Railway - Episode three

In Episode 3 of building the Great Central Railway Mike Wild and Richard Watson continue on their journey of building a brand new model railway in 'OO' gauge. This time focusing on all things scenery from track weathering to expanding foam and the fine details. Watch Episode 3 here to see how we tackle the scenics.

VIDEO: Building the Great Central Railway - Episode two

In Episode 2 of building the Great Central Railway Mike Wild and Richard Watson continue development of our brand new model railway layout. This time the team are focusing on all things track, from laying Peco's bullhead flexible track to wiring and baseboard joints. Watch Episode 2 here to see how we get trains running.

VIDEO: Building the Great Central Railway - Episode one

The Hornby Magazine team are at it again! Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson as they embark on a brand new model railway layout build. This time the team are recreating the Midlands based double-track Great Central Railway heritage steam line in 'OO' gauge in a brand new series, Building the Great Central Railway. Watch Episode 1 here for FREE from 8pm on Friday May 5 and sign up to KeyModelWorld to watch the rest of the series.

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Great Central Railway Reborn

Although the Great Central Railway closed as a through route in 1966, the memory of this once ground-breaking line has been kept alive by what has become one of the country’s greatest preservation projects, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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Operating The Great Central Railway

The first phase of our new project layout for the Yearbook is complete. Mike Wild takes a closer look at how it will operate, its rolling stock and future plans for development. Photography, Richard Watson.

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Building the Great Central Railway

The Great Central Main Line is incredibly well served with locomotives, rolling stock and buildings offering the perfect ingredients to inspire Hornby Magazine’s annual Yearbook project layout. MIKE WILD introduces this ‘OO’ gauge model and explains its design and first phase of construction.

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The Great Central Railway then and now

The Great Central Railway is a unique survivor in preservation with its signature double-track main line, and this late 1890s built line forms the subject of our feature build for this year’s Yearbook. To begin the project, Mike Wild looks back at the real thing’s development, demise and resurrection.

THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY is a landmark in preservation. Its double track main line is unique amongst heritage lines and provides the spectacle of steam hauled passenger and freight trains passing either other. Such an enticing scene was all the inspiration the Hornby Magazine team needed to recreate the GCR in 'OO' gauge.

This new build fills a 16ft x 8ft space and has been built over the past 18 months by the Hornby Magazine team. Its progress has featured in the 2021 and 2022 Hornby Magazine Yearbooks and now we are proud to release the first of a four part video series on KeyModelWorld taking readers through the layouts construction from start to finish. The first part is available to watch for free today with parts two-four going live each Friday at 8pm exclusively on KeyModelWorld for digital subscribers.

During the build you will be able follow Mike and Richard as they develop the layout, see its baseboard come together, the track layout establish, the first trains run and even take a journey to the real Great Central Railway to see if the layout measures up to its life size counterpart.

The full layout models a typical GCR style island platform station on one side which takes inspiration from Quorn and Woodhouse as well as Ashby Magna while the rear of the layout, typically a storage yard on our exhibition layouts, takes inspiration from Swithland Sidings on the preserved line for its trackplan, signalling and buildings.

Join us for the first part of the Great Central Railway layout build today and discover the full story of its development today.