Garden Railway Week | July 9-16


Welcome to Garden Railway Week on KeyModelWorld. To launch our latest edition of the Hornby Magazine Show we are celebrating the world of outdoor railway modelling with a collection of spectacular layout features, step by step modelling guides and more. Plus we are offering FREE access to selected features from our Premium collection for a limited time giving you the chance to try out KeyModelWorld's Premium content. If you have ever considered building a garden railway, you are sure to find the information you need here...

Garden Railway Week

Garden Railway Week | July 9-16

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Perennial Appeal - living with a garden railway

With Spring officially here, TREVOR JONES takes stock of his outdoor Great Wakering, Flackwell Heath and Whitefield ‘OO’ gauge garden railway, paying particular attention to the recently improved harbour scene.

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There and back again

RICHARD WATSON’S New Junction garden railway was always going to be a challenge as an end-to-end layout. With a little help from DCC Concepts and its ABC braking modules to create automated stopping and starting, running in the garden was about to become much easier.

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Staff Projects: Outdoor station

A station scene has been a longstanding plan for MIKE WILD’S garden railway and the arrival of Tower Models’ new resin platform sections provided the perfect excuse to start work.

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Kirtley Bank

‘O’ gauge looks at best outdoors, and DON NEALE’S beautiful Settle and Carlisle inspired garden railway is still running almost 60 years after construction started. Photography, Trevor Jones.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show - Garden Railway Special

The latest edition of the Hornby Magazine Show is available for all to watch now. This month we have a Garden Railway Special to launch Garden Railway Week on KeyModelWorld. Plus subscribers can check our exclusive behind the scenes images in our Premium version of the Hornby Magazine Show.

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The lure of main line diesels in ‘O’ gauge drew CHRIS SPRING to build a combined indoor and outdoor layout. Here he reveals the story behind its construction and explains how it works. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Great Wakering Garden Railway: The first 40 years

It's more than 40 years since Hornby Magazine’s photographer Trevor Jones made the first steps towards construction of his inspirational ‘OO’ gauge garden railway. Trevor brings the story of this ever-developing scale 23/4mile long model railway up to date. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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The Isle of Westland Railway

Andy Coward’s garden may not be the biggest in the world but it hasn’t stopped him building a stunning outdoor railway which enthrals both him and his railway modelling friends, as he explains in this feature from the Hornby Magazine Archive. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Steaming through the garden

Given enough space, many of us would love to build a long garden railway. Trevor Jones visits the Iden Railway which does just that and attracts visitors from all over the world. Photography, Trevor Jones.


Beginning more than 60 years ago, this fascinating club has built a complex network of ‘O’ gauge and ‘SM32’ outdoor railways in woodland near the Midland Main Line, as JIM RAYNER reveals. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Planning a garden railway

No matter what scale or gauge you plan to work with in the garden there are considerations to make a construction methods to choose from. Trevor Jones relays his own experiences and offers his top tips for starting out in garden railway modelling.

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A station for the garden

Trevor Jones’ garden railway features regularly in Hornby Magazine and continues to develop. Trevor reveals how he developed Whiteland station using readily available Bachmann, Gaugemaster and Hornby products.

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Cautherly Lane

Garden railways don't have to be in the larger scales: with care 'OO' scale allows fabulous recreation of main line scenes. Mark Nelson-Griffiths explains how he created his railway and offers some pointers to successful running.

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Bridging the gap

Many model railways can benefit from a removable section to allow access to a room. TREVOR JONES shows how he made use of a bridge kit to create a removable section with both form and function.

Hornby Magazine Show | July 2021

SUBSCRIBER EDITION: The latest edition Hornby Magazine Show is out now and subscribers can watch it here first and view extra behind the scenes images here unique to KeyModelWorld. This month is a garden railway special with Mike, Mark and Richard touring the country to find the best in garden railways. Join us for your exclusive first look at the Hornby Magazine Show for July featuring layouts in 'OO', 'O' and 5in gauge outdoors.

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1958 Deja vu

Us 'Silver surfers' have many memories of trainspotting in the 1950s - and when pocket money allowed us days out we travelled further afield.To guarantee marking off many new ‘cops’ in our Ian Allan ABC, we needed a shed pass and an adult.

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The garden presented the perfect place for STEVE BOON to develop an ‘O’ gauge railway on which he could run his collection of Western Region hydraulics. Here he reveals the story behind the line and how it was built.

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The Rainbow line

Discover the amazing Rainbow Line garden railway created by David Price with help from his granddaughter Chloe. See the full gallery and more information here.

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Staff Projects: Garden Railway Construction | Part One

Learn how Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild constructed his 'O' gauge garden railway in his garden in our three part guide. Check out part one here.

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Staff Projects: Garden Railway Construction | Part Two

In the second part of Hornby Magazine Editor MIKE WILD’S three-part series on the construction of his ‘O’ gauge garden railway, he moves on to the return loop and development of the power system.

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Staff Projects: Polarity switching

In the final part of his three-part garden railway series, MIKE WILD explains how he overcame a complex return loop situation while discovering even greater flexibility could be introduced with a new piece of trackwork and Digital Command Control electronics.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | June 2020

Join the Hornby Magazine team for our fifth and extended monthly Layout Update feature video as we take you on a tour of three of our layouts, bring you up to date with the latest news, round up the arrivals and show what's in store for HM156.

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Staff Projects: The great outdoors

A house move and a bare garden were all the inspiration MIKE WILD needed to begin building one of his lifetime ambitions – a garden railway in ‘O’ gauge. In this whistle-stop introduction, he takes us behind closed doors to reveal the early stages of the project over its first 12 months.