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HM163 Johnson 1P sound Feature Premium

MODERN SIMPLICITY

The latest locomotives from Bachmann are being designed to make upgrading to sound as simple as possible. MIKE WILD shows the process with the new Johnson ‘1P’ 0-4-4T for ‘OO’ gauge.

HM163 Stay alives Feature Premium

Using ‘stay alives’

The capacitor is a useful electronic component and the latest generation of sound decoders allow these to be connected to maintain uninterrupted sound. MIKE WILD explains how they work and which brands support their use.

HM163 D600 sound installation Feature Premium

Giving Bulldog its bark

Locomotives with 21-pin decoders sometimes require a different approach to connecting a speaker. MIKE WILD explains all with Kernow Model Rail Centre’s ‘OO’ gauge model of the D600 ‘Warship’ diesel-hydraulic.

HM163 Hornby 'Black Five' sound Feature Premium

STANIER SOUNDS

It isn’t just the latest locomotives which can benefit from digital sound. MIKE WILD delves into his stores to find one of the early modern day Hornby ‘Black Fives’ which predates the ease of tender-mounted decoder sockets.

HM163 factory sound Feature Premium

Factory sound

If installing a sound decoder is not for you, there is another option – factory fitted digital sound, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

Digital semaphores

Using readily available equipment Mike Wild shows how semaphore signals can be brought fully into the digital era in just six simple steps.

VIDEO: Revolution Trains IPA car carriers for 'N'

Revolution Train's IPA car carriers are now available for 'N' gauge and we review these new additions in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM162, December 2020. Watch them in action on our test track here.

VIDEO: Revolution Trains KUA wagons for 'N'

Revolution Trains new 'N' gauge KUA wagons feature in the review section of the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM162. Watch them in action on our 'N' gauge test track here.

VIDEO: Hornby RailRoad Plus Class 47

Hornby has released the first of its new RailRoad Plus models for 2020 with enhanced decoration. Join us at the Hornby Magazine test track to see GBRf liveried Class 47 47749 City of Truro running on Topley Dale on a railtour to showcase its running qualities.

VIDEO: Hornby's ONE Class 66 for 'OO'

Hornby has released a new batch of 'OO' gauge Class 66s in the latest liveries. Arriving in the Hornby Magazine office for review is the ONE magenta liveried version of the model as 66587 As One We Can. Watch it in action on our test track here at the head of a container train.