Features

HM163 Lakeside Feature Premium

Lakeside

It has a thorough backstory, but GRAHAM FOULSTON uses his highly detailed ‘OO’ gauge scenic layout as a stage to display a wide range of models, from the ‘Big Four’ to the present day, home and abroad. Photography, Mike Wild.

HM163 English Electric GT3 Feature Premium

ENGLISH ELECTRIC’S GT3

In the rush to replace steam during the 1950s and 1960s a number of different propulsion systems were proposed, with gas turbines being the least successful. A number of experimental locomotives were, however, built with one of the shortest lived being English Electric’s GT3, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES remembers.

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HIGH-SPEC ‘66’

The Hattons ‘OO’ gauge Class 66 has an impressive specification, and DC Kits’ Legomanbiffo has created an equally high value sound decoder specifically for the model. MIKE WILD installs an ESU LokSound V5 decoder into the Hattons model together with stay alive and a ‘rail rumble’ speaker.

HM163 Whitmoor Feature Premium

Whitmoor

When members of Astolat MRC wanted a new ‘N’ gauge layout, considerable thought went into providing a suitable showcase for their stock – and ultimately third-rail, as JIM KEMP explains. Photography, Trevor Jones.

HM163 Railway Realism Feature Premium

Brewery and Distillery lines

Drink production was given a huge boost by the development of Britain’s railways, with beers, wines and spirits becoming a large part of the economy. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at how this traffic developed and how it became such a major source of income. 

HM163 Topley Dale Feature Premium

Staff Projects: Quarry Progress

Topley Dale’s new quarry scene has taken big steps forward this autumn and is well on the way to completion. MIKE WILD rounds up the latest developments and explains how the track and ground cover has been weathered for a more realistic finish. 

HM163 Digital sound Feature Premium

SOUND IDEA!

DCC sound is an exciting and engaging development for the hobby that adds a new dimension to operating model railways and puts you firmly in the driving seat, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

HM163 sound fitting tools Feature Premium

Sound fitter’s toolbox

Adding sound to your locomotives requires a selection of tools and consumable materials. MIKE WILD explains the essentials to get you started.

HM163 Speakers Feature Premium

SPEAKING VOLUMES

There is a huge array of speakers available, but how do you go about choosing the right one for your model? MIKE WILD explains all.

HM163 Twin Track Sound Class 31 Feature Premium

TWIN TRACK MIND

If you are looking for the ultimate starter sound decoder which won’t cost the earth, Hornby’s Twin Track Sound diesel decoders offer superb value for money and an enthralling driving experience. MIKE WILD shows how to add a Twin Track Sound decoder to a Class 31 as well as upgrading its speaker.