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Western Region Train Formations 1948-1968

BR’s Western Region has operated a huge variety of trains and classes over the decades. MARK CHIVERS looks at some modellable examples from the 1940s to the 1960s.

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SAUSAGES BY RAIL

Colourful advertising liveries are commonplace on today’s privatised network, but this wasn’t always so. TIM SHACKLETON builds a high-quality kit for one of the most distinctive and unusual vehicles that ran on our steam-era railways – the Palethorpe’s six-wheel van.

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A new village for Knight's Hill

MALCOLM BRIGGS explains how he modelled Cornish vernacular architecture quickly and at practically no cost to create a new village scene for his ‘OO’ gauge layout.

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Autumn finale

Adding trees and foliage to a landscape adds height, colour and a sense of scale to a scene. ANTHONY REEVES puts the finishing touches to the autumn diorama to create a realistic vista.

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Sound for the 48DS

The brand-new Ruston 48DS might be tiny, but it can still be equipped with digital sound by choosing the right components. PAUL CHETTER describes how the much admired and tiny 48DS can be transformed for digital operation.

Upscaling to ‘O’ gauge

Changing from ‘OO’ to ‘O’ gauge is much simpler than it used to be with an increasing range of motive power and greater consideration to digital control and sound. MIKE WILD opens up the Heljan Class 05 for ‘O’ gauge and shows how it can be enhanced with sound quickly and simply.