Diesels

Refurbished 'O' Class 31 samples

Heljan has received the first factory decorated samples of its forthcoming 'O' gauge refurbished Class 31/1 and 31/4 A1A-A1As.

VIDEO: Hornby's GBRf Class 50s for 'OO'

Hornby's eagerly awaited GBRf liveried models of Class 50s 50049 Defiance and 50007 Hercules/50014 Warspite arrived at the end of 2020. Here we showcase the pair in action on the Hornby Magazine test track on video.

First EP for Heljan's all-new 'OO' Class 47

Heljan's development team has taken delivery of the first hand-assembled Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly tooled 'OO' gauge Class 47 Co-Co diesel.

VIDEO: Bachmann's Class 20/3 for 'OO'

Bachmann's all-new model of the refurbished Class 20/3s for 'OO' gauge headlines the review section in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM164, February 2021. Watch the model in action here on our test track with Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild.

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Penmouth & Curzon Street

Unable to decide on one location, MARK WILSON set out to create an ‘OO’ gauge layout covering London, Birmingham and the South West – to grand effect. Photography, Mike Wild.

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DIESEL PROTOTYPES

As British Railways started replacing steam, a new breed of prototype locomotives started to appear on passenger and freight workings in the 1950s and 1960s. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of train formations utilising the new breed from this experimental period in BR’s history.

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TYPE 1 REVISION

The Class 20 has been a long-standing part of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge range, but only now has the missing piece of the ‘Chopper’ jigsaw been completed – the Class 20/3. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this revised Class 20 which models the rebuilds completed fo r DRS in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Direct Rail Services Class 20/3

Throughout railway history there have been many instances of obsolete equipment being repurposed for a second life, with few being as successful as the rebuilding of a small fleet of almost 40-year-old locomotives to become the Class 20/3s, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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BR’s traction options

Much has been written about British Railways’ post-war traction policy and in particular its decision to continue constructing what many regarded as obsolete and outdated steam engines. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks again at the dilemma BR faced and reviews whether, with hindsight, it came to the right decision.

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HORNBY 2021: Ruston 88DS leads 2021 diesel and electric range

With development work continuing to Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge Class 390 APT and Class 91 electric from the 2020 range, this year sees the addition of two new tooling projects with the introduction of the Ruston and Hornsby 88DS 0-4-0 diesel shunter and detail revisions to the Sentinel 0-4-0 diesel shunter.