Carriages are the public face of the railway and through the years their development has taken them from four-wheel open wagons to sophisticated modern coaches and everything in between. From 1820s four-wheelers to Pullman cars, Gresley teaks, BR Mk 1s and the latest Mk 5 stock we have the full story of model railway carriages here including modelling guides, reviews and news of the next releases.

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‘TT:120’ Stanier 50ft Full Brake

Hornby’s ‘TT:120’ range continues to go from strength to strength with the first of the LMS coaching stock arriving with the LMS 50ft Stanier Full Brake (BG).

Colour for Coronation coaches  

Hornby has unveiled decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge LNER Coronation carriages.

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BR Blue and Grey Mk 3 Trailers

New from Hornby are further examples of its all-new ‘TT:120’ scale BR Mk 3 carriages (HM203), which are now available in BR’s classic blue and grey colour scheme from the Key Model World Shop.

Bachmann unveils new BR Mk1 coaches at Model World Live

Bachmann revealed a selection of all new ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk1 coaches covering Brake Second Open (BSO)/(BSOT), First Open (FO) and Restaurant Buffet (RB) vehicles at Model World LIVE 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham.

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EWS charter train pack

Hornby’s latest ‘OO’ gauge train pack is billed as the ‘EWS Business Train’ and models the air-conditioned Mk 2 carriages EWS repainted in the early 2000s for charter trains. The vehicles were used on railtours as well as on regular peak-hour relief services for ScotRail, operating on the Fife Circle route.

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Accurascale Mk 2b coaches roll in

Can Accurascale maintain its record with these important new coaches? MARK CHIVERS checks out these latest BR Mk 2s in ‘OO’.

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Modelling a West Coast Railtour

Railtours are a superb way of bringing variety to a layout. In the first of two step-by-step guides, RICHARD HALL shows how to recreate the railtour carriages  – which can be very different.

LNER Coronation coach running samples

Hornby has received Engineering Prototype (EP) running samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) articulated Coronation coaches for evaluation by the company’s development team.

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Revolution Trains MK 5A Coaches

Revolution Trains’ all-new ‘N’ gauge TransPennine Express Nova 3 carriages have arrived. BEN CHURCH casts a glance over these colourful coaches.

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New Grafar rolling stock rolls in

Bachmann’s Graham Farish range of British Railways Mk 1 and Mk 2f coaches has been significantly expanded with new liveries and running numbers.