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Construction: Topley Dale station renovation

MIKE WILD

Platforms looking empty, tired signage or just needing a little maintenance. MIKE WILD offers 10 top tips to breath new life into any station scene no matter how big or small.

MIKE WILD
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Reality Check: Stanier’s ‘Duchess’ class 'Pacifics

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Although eclipsed in the public’s imagination by engines from rival railways the LMS ‘Duchesses’ were the most powerful passenger locomotives of their time and given other circumstances might have even held the world steam speed record, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Construction: Scratch-building in styrene

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON demonstrates the basics of wagon building using plastic sheet and strip – what’s involved, what to use, how to go about it. Using ordinary hand tools and equally simple techniques, it may be easier than you might think.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Class 92 Electrics

. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Throughout the history of Britain’s railways there have been many locomotives and trains with troubled histories, with amongst the most recent the Class 92 electrics - a design that has struggled to find its rightful place on today’s railway despite its immense capability, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Workbench: Quickfix canopy

MIKE WILD

Using a combination of kits, components and scratchbuilding, Mike Wild developed a canopy and building frontage to fill a void on Hornby Magazine's 'OO' gauge terminus layout Grosvenor Square.

MIKE WILD
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Big sound for a Peco ‘Small England’

How do you fit Digital Command Control, stay-alive and sound into a tiny ‘OO9’ gauge locomotive? JOHN GAY reveals how.

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The Crosti ‘9Fs’ - a bold experiment

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

One of the most easily identifiable of the ‘standard’ classes was the small group of Crosti boilered ‘9F’ 2-10-0s, a peculiar design which had the chimney halfway down the boiler and which was anything but a success.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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The Southern Railway 'Lord Nelson' 4-6-0s

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

During the 1920s the Southern Railway identified a requirement for a powerful yet fast locomotive for use on its continental boat train services, and this was to lead to the development of the ‘Lord Nelson’ class, a design that perhaps never really lived up to its full potential. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes up the story.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Flying Scotsman

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Arguably the most famous steam locomotive in the world, Flying Scotsman has returned to the rails to huge public acclaim following a £4.5m overhaul. However, the prospects for this famous machine have not always been as rosy as they are today, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Starting out in narrow gauge

MIKE WILD

The arrival of ready-to-run ‘OO9’ locomotives and rolling stock is an exciting catalyst for narrow gauge modelling. MIKE WILD explores the subject and discusses how to get started with your own project.

MIKE WILD
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Construction: Building roads

MIKE WILD

Using Woodland Scenics Road System products and a Wills Modern level crossing, MIKE WILD shows how we added a realistic road scene to West Coast Cement.

MIKE WILD
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LEGOMAN ‘ Electra ’ - Class 91 sound

The new Hornby Class 91 has all the looks of the real locomotives and a powerful chassis too, but how do you add sound? MIKE WILD takes one apart to show how simple it is and completes a matching Mk 4 DVT at the same time.

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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Model railway controller choices

MIKE WILD

Analogue or digital, app or handset, there are new important choices when it comes to driving your model railway locomotives. We surveys the options.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Choosing a location

MIKE WILD

Designing your layout requires more than simply building the baseboards and adding track. Hornby Magazine starts at the beginning and explains how to find the perfect location to build your dream railway in your own home.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE: Building model railway baseboards

MIKE WILD

A baseboard provides a solid foundation onto which a reliable and enjoyable model railway can be built. Hornby Magazine explains its simple method for home-made solid top boards in simple steps.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE: Model railway scales and gauges

MIKE WILD

There were once only two primary choices for the ready-to-run layout builder, today we have five to choose from with the recent announcement of ‘O-16.5’ narrow gauge models. HORNBY MAGAZINE looks into the options offering advice and guidance for the budding modeller.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE Model railway layout designs

MIKE WILD

There are many different styles of model railway you can build ranging from circuits to terminus and through stations with different levels of operation. Hornby Magazine explores the main options.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Ballasting your model railway

MIKE WILD

Careful ballasting of your track will add realism to any model railway in any scale. We explains the basics step by step.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Connecting power to the track

MIKE WILD

Making your first connection from the controller to your track is the most important. Hornby Magazine explains the basics and how you can connect wires to your track neatly.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Top track laying tips

MIKE WILD

If you want to start running trains, we need to talk about track. We present essential tips for reliable and smooth-running track.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Creating a model railway landscape

MIKE WILD

Scenery brings a model railway to life. We offer a whistle stop tour through the basics in this modelling guide to get you started.

MIKE WILD
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TRACKSIDE EQUIPMENT - PART 3

In the final part of his series looking at lineside equipment, SIMON PALEY turns his attention to the all-important signs which provide vital information.

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Creating a sixties street scene

A street scene is a great addition to a layout. DAN EVASON shows you how he created this superb 1960s shopping parade from scratch.

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BARROW HILL ROUNDHOUSE

The circular engine shed, or roundhouse, was once one of the most common structures on the railway but over the years hundreds have been demolished, leaving the one at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire as the only example still working and in anything like original condition, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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YouChoos Class 47 sound upgrades

MIKE WILD

Digital sound specialist YouChoos has created a brand-new sound file for the ever-popular Class 47 diesel-electric utilising the latest ZIMO MS series decoders. MIKE WILD shows how it can be used to upgrade the outgoing 21-pin generation Bachmann Class 47.

MIKE WILD
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How to model Consett iron ore trains

Trevor Jones.

The famous iron ore trains which ran from Tyne Dock to Consett until the 1970s are recreated by TREVOR JONES in ‘OO’ scale using the recently released KR Models wagons as the basis.

Trevor Jones.
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Choosing Speakers for your Sound Decoder

Understanding two values will ensure you always pick the right speaker set up for your sound decoder. MIKE WILD covers the basics in this beginner’s guide.

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SPROG DCC Decoder Programmer

Mark Chivers.

Configuring digital decoders for optimum performance can prove challenging, especially for beginners. MARK CHIVERS considers one such solution in the intriguingly named SPROG DCC decoder programmer.

Mark Chivers.
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REALITY CHECK: ‘Peaks’ in preservation

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The Class 45 ‘Peak’ diesel has always been one of the most popular of the early modernisation-era designs. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES finds out how the surviving ‘Peaks’ have fared in preservation.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Scalescenes Terrace shop - A step by step guide

Hornby Magazine and Scalescenes present a brand new 4mm scale kit for ‘OO’ gauge layouts which models a low relief terrace shop which can be used as part of the backdrop on almost any town-based model railway. JOHN WIFFEN explains how to build this brick structure using the free kit included with this issue.