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LSWR ‘B4’ 0-4-0T class history

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES.

Although primarily known for their work in Southampton Docks, the Adams ‘B4s’ actually had a wide sphere of operation, both on the main line and later on industrial railway complexes, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES.
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Triplex Sound for the Hornby Class 08

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s new Bluetooth Triplex Sound chips provide a simple means of adding stay alive, but can you fit all the components into the Hornby Class 08? MIKE WILD shows how in this step-by-step guide.

MIKE WILD
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Modelling Low Moor Fairburn ‘4MTs' in 'N'

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON successfully migrates weathering techniques he developed for 4mm scale across to an ‘N’ gauge 2-6-4T.

TIM SHACKLETON
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The LNER ‘G5’ 0-4-4Ts

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

One of the most successful Victorian-era passenger tank engines was the North Eastern Railway’s ‘O’ class, which became the LNER’s ‘G5’ and lasted for more than 50 years in service. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES charts the history of a fleet so well designed it never needed any substantial upgrades during its service life.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Great Days Out | Summer 2023

MARK CHIVERS

As the summer heats up, MARK CHIVERS picks out some of the railway highlights to enjoy a day out and draw inspiration from all over Britain.

MARK CHIVERS
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Reality Check: The Great Eastern’s ‘J15’ 0-6-0s

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Many good locomotive designs were born out of necessity rather than a desire to progress science, and few more so than the humble ‘J15’ 0-6-0s which served the East of England well for more than 70 years, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Level Crossings

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Level crossings are one of the common features on model railways, but few represent the diversity of styles which existed on the national system, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES discovered.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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EQUIPMENT GUIDE: ‘OO’ gauge sectional track

MARK CHIVERS

Sectional track is the cornerstone of trainsets and is useful even where flexible track is used. MARK CHIVERS examines some of the options in ‘OO’ gauge.

MARK CHIVERS
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Enhancing a Hornby Class 56 with weathering

MIKE WILD

The Hornby Class 56 made its debut in early 2009 and weathering gives this heavy freight workhorse the realistic appearance it really needs. MIKE WILD shows how in this Key Model World exclusive step by step guide.

MIKE WILD
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Digital sound for the ‘08’

PAUL CHETTER

Introducing custom digital sound to small locomotives can make for a rewarding challenge. Paul Chetter puts the Bachmann and Hornby Class 08 diesel shunters head to head and explains how to introduce a high value DCC sound decoder and ‘stay alive’ technology.

PAUL CHETTER
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The evolution of the railway carriage

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

From an open truck fitted with hard seats to a 140mph air-conditioned vehicle the British Railway carriage has come a long way in less than two centuries, yet it is surprising how long many features from those early years actually survived, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Third-rail Electrification

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The south of England’s pioneering third-rail electrified railway system has served the country well for more than a century, and after a long pause could yet be extended. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the history of this innovative and important system.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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The Italian Job: Upgrading Lima diesel locomotives

TIM SHACKLETON

Lima produced accurate models for the time which can be acquired very cheaply today. TIM SHACKLETON shows how upgrades to detail and chassis can transform their appearance and operation at a fraction of the cost of a brand-new model.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Nifty 50s: Install Locoman Sounds in Hornby's Class 50

MIKE WILD

Locoman Sounds has introduced a new sound profile for the Class 50 ‘Hoovers’. MIKE WILD installs a pair of Doehler & Haass chips into the Hornby GBRf pairing of 50049 and 50007 with some nifty adjustments to the lighting functions.

MIKE WILD
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Hawkswood Junction - Nottinghamshire in the 1980s in 'OO'

STEVE BRAMMER

Nottinghamshire during the 1980s is the setting for railwayman STEVE BRAMMER’S ‘OO’ gauge home-based layout, capturing the scene of the times delightfully.

STEVE BRAMMER
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Dig for Victory

DAN EVASON

If your 1940s layout has houses and gardens in it, the odds are it will have an Anderson shelter amongst the fruit and veg. DAN EVASON unearths a range of techniques to create this fascinating scene.

DAN EVASON
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A4’s in Preservation

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

It is now 57 years since the last of Sir Nigel Gresley’s famous ‘A4s’ were taken out of service yet six survive, with one still active on the main line. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the preservation years of what will always be remembered as the ‘Streaks’.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Building a diesel depot Part 4: The ‘Birdcage Bridge’

MIKE WILD

In the fourth and final feature, MIKE WILD builds PJM Models’ laser-cut GCR ‘Birdcage Bridge’ and explains how it was installed as a scenic break for the Diesel Depot build.

MIKE WILD
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The Great Eastern Jazz Trains

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Intensive suburban passenger workings are a feature of many great stations, but perhaps one of the most efficient in steam days were the ‘Jazz Trains’ of the Great Eastern Railway’s London Liverpool Street terminus. These intensive steam workings established a frequency of service that many thought impossible to achieve, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Developing the diesel shunter

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Amazingly, the diesel shunter has been around now for more than 90 years. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at its development and shows how it can be incorporated into layouts set from pre-nationalisation days onwards.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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The Billinton LBSCR ‘E4’ 0-6-2T

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Throughout the history of the railway many locomotive classes have made an invaluable contribution to providing services, yet have remained largely out of the limelight. One such design was the Brighton built ‘E4’ 0-6-2T, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Static Grass Tufts

Making your own static grass tufts can be a rewarding detailing exercise and offers something different to mass produced items? We show you how simple it is to make and use grass tufts.

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BR Liveries: Sectorisation to Privatisation

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

In the 1980s British Railways was coming under considerable pressure from the country’s politicians to stem its losses. One of the most radical changes made was the splitting of the railways into sectors and the abandonment of regional boundaries. The changes lead to an explosion of new liveries, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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How to install DCC Concepts Powerbase on gradients

MIKE WILD

Gradients have always posed a problem to model railway builders. MIKE WILD tackles the subject using DCC Concepts Powerbase equipment to install two gradients on our much modified ‘N’ gauge office test track, with impressive results.

MIKE WILD
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Weathering a GWR '64XX' 0-6-0PT

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON gives the Bachmann 'OO' gauge ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT a convincing oily rag finish that recaptures childhood memories.

TIM SHACKLETON
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The GWR ‘64XX’0-6-0PTs

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The Great Western stood alone amongst the railways of the British Isles in its widespread use of ‘Pannier’ tank locomotives. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a close look at the ‘64XXs’, and finds out what made this small class different from the rest.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Updating the Hattons KWA Warwell

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON widens the scope of Hatton’s new KWA Warwell in a bid to bring it into line with 21st century military strategy.

TIM SHACKLETON
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EQUIPMENT GUIDE: Rolling Roads

MARK CHIVERS

If you don’t have a continuous run layout, running in new models can be a challenge. However, a number of suppliers offer rolling roads to achieve this. MARK CHIVERS evaluates some of the more popular options.

MARK CHIVERS
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Making Buildings from Scratch – Part Three

MALCOLM BRIGGS

Building on the techniques of his new series, MALCOLM BRIGGS shows how to build a shop in ‘OO’ gauge ready for later interior fitting.

MALCOLM BRIGGS
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Creating a unique wagon load in 'OO' gauge

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON recreates a rare sight on the rails which could occasionally have been seen almost anywhere - a wagon loaded with Invacars - in ‘OO’ gauge.

TIM SHACKLETON