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Parcels Plan

A quiet weekend and the right mindset were the perfect combination to get an Ian Kirk ‘O’ gauge Stanier parcels van kit off the ground. MIKE WILD explains all.

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Heljan 'O' gauge 'Hymek' sound

In this exclusive online feature, MIKE WILD shows how a ZIMO digital sound decoder was installed into the latest version of Heljan's 'O' gauge 'Hymek' diesel-hydraulic.

VIDEO: Heljan Class 07 with sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine Paul Chetter shows how to install digital sound in Heljan's compact 'OO' gauge model of the Class 07. In this video we showcase the finished model running on Topley Dale. See HM155 or sign up to KeyModelWorld to read the full sound installation guide.

Miniature garden construction

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine, HM155 - May 2020, we illustrate how you can build a garden scene in 'OO' scale using readily available products. Here we present a full step by step guide together with a timelapse video of the diorama's construction.

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60 years of Evenıng Star

Sixty years ago this month a name was attached to the last steam engine to be built for British Railways. That name was Evening Star, and the locomotive on which it was mounted was to become one of the most famous in UK railway history, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES recalls.

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Stanier’s ‘Princess Royal’

Eclipsed in reputation by later and more famous designs, the ‘Princess Royal’ class ‘Pacifics’ of the LMS were nevertheless a radical step forward for that company. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains how the class started a golden era of West Coast steam.

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Evening Star digital sound

The BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0s were one of the most impressive of the Riddles Standard designs and the last was built in March 1960 - 92220 Evening Star. MIKE WILD looks to the Bachmann model and shows how a twin speaker setup can be added together with stay alive and firebox flicker.

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Freightliner’s green machines

Having covered first-generation BR diesels last month, TIM SHACKLETON moves forward in time to point camera and airbrush at Freightliner’s sizeable fleet of EMD Class 66s.

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Weathering BR green diesels

TIM SHACKLETON discusses the whys and wherefores of how first-generation diesels got themselves into such a state - and how to replicate this in miniature.

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Staff Projects: Topley Dale scenic overhaul

Over time scenic materials can fade and lose their impact . MIKE WILD explains what he did to bring a fresh finish to the ground cover around Topley Dale station in this step by step guide.

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Bachmann 'J72' 0-6-0T sound installation

Bachmann’s recently released, newly designed ‘J72’ 0-6-0T model reveals its advanced internal features to PAUL CHETTER as he installs sound and stay alive capacitors.

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Farewell to the ECML HST

On December 15 2019 the curtain came down on one of the most significant eras of the East Coast Main Line when the last HST was withdrawn from regular service on that route, marking the end of a 40-year period, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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Staff Projects: Model me

At the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition MIKE WILD visited the ModelU 3D stand to be immortalised in miniature as a ‘Western’ driver. The results are in and he’s now at the controls of a pair of Dapol Class 52s.

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Planning a model railway

Building your first model railway calls for a little planning and understanding before you get underway. We highlight the most important considerations from choosing a scale through to finding a location to build your first railway to get your project underway.

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BASEBOARDS made simple

Baseboards don’t have to be difficult or complex. We explain three ways to create a solid foundation for your model railway covering DIY, kit and readyassembled boards.

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Every model railway needs track. We offer our top tips for laying track so that you can build a smooth running layout which will work reliably on every use.

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POWER & CONTROL Analogue vs Digital

Choosing the right type of control system for your layout from the start will set you on the right track for the future. We explain the key differences between analogue and digital control for model railways.

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Scenery top tips

Hornby Magazine presents its top tips and products to start your journey to a full scenic model railway.

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Class 158 and 159 DMUs

The Class 158 family of DMUs revolutionised secondary services all over the country on their introduction 30 years ago and have been reliable performers with many more years of service planned. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES tells us more about this popular class.

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Maintaining the new diesels

The change from steam to diesel traction in the 1950s and 1960s brought with it a huge number of new challenges, not least at depot level where a whole new approach to maintenance had to be established. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Class 50 afterlife

BR’s Class 50 diesels are some of the most popular locomotives ever built, and this has been reflected in the number preserved, which currently stands at just over a third of those constructed, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES discovers.

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Rail Centres: Eastleigh

Situated between Winchester and Southampton on the former LSWR mainline in Hampshire, Eastleigh was amongst the last places to see steam operation on the Southern Region. MARK CHIVERS looks back at this railway hotspot and highlights a selection of passenger and freight formations from the final decade of Southern steam.

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Narrow gauge sound

PAUL CHETTER explains how he fitted sound to ‘OO9’ narrow gauge model locomotives from Bachmann and Heljan revealing how a model’s basic design can greatly influence the ease with which this can be achieved.

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Staff Projects: Detail matters

With the long winter evenings upon us, MARK CHIVERS has been adding fresh details to his Southern Region Class 33 and 73 fleet including new numbers and etched nameplates.

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PCA weathering

Having looked at Presflos and Cemflos, TIM SHACKLETON turns to Blue Circle’s present-day fleet of PCAs, now operated by Freightliner in partnership with Lafarge.

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Gresley's pioneering ‘A3' class 'Pacifics'

Much is known about the exploits of Gresley’s famous ‘A3’ Pacifics, including Flying Scotsman, but far less is known about the wider impact the class had on services on the East Coast Main Line. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES finds out more to mark the arrival of Hatton’s new ‘O’ gauge model.

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BRITISH RAILWAYS Western Region

Chocolate and cream, lined green 4-6-0s, Brunel’s ‘billiard table’ and the torturous grades of the South Devon Banks were just a few of the components of British Railways’ Western Region. MIKE WILD looks back at what made this region of British Railways different to all the rest.

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TRANS-PENNINE TRACTION

With its intense traffic levels, fearsome gradients and challenging timetabling, the north Trans-Pennine corridor has always held great interest for enthusiasts. Now services on this line are undergoing a radical upgrade, the latest in a series of improvements which have been continuously carried out since Victorian times, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES discovers.

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Oxford ‘N7’ sound

The chunky lines of the Great Eastern ‘N7’ 0-6-2Ts are hard to resist. MIKE WILD completes his GER collection by installing sound in Oxford Rail’s new BR black model of Stratford allocated 69612.

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Staff Projects: Thinking ahead

Following a busy autumn season of projects MIKE WILD is already thinking about what to build next in both ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge.