HM163, January 2021

WELCOME TO HM163 | JANUARY 2021

The January 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM163) is here. You can read the full issue in page-turning PDF format or as individual features re-edited to suit the digital world. Indulge in the latest layout features and exclusive online videos, browse new releases in the News and Reviews, discover the secrets of railway modelling through our step by step guides and much more.

HM163, January 2021

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Gaugemaster finger grip craft knife

Gaugemaster has added a new modelling craft knife to its range of tools and accessories.

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LASER-CUT TPWS GRIDS

NEW to Scale Model Scenery’s range of model railway detailing accessories are these 4mm scale Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) grids.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Factory sound

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

Second sample for Hornby APT

Hornby has received a second updated engineering sample of its new Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train for ‘OO’ gauge following on from the first sample shown in the Great Electric Train Show Virtual Exhibition in October. 

Hornby ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages gain colour

Hornby has received complete decorated samples of its LMS ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages for ‘OO’ gauge covering the Brake Third Corridor (Cat No. R4960), Brake First Corridor (R4961), First Corridor (R4962), Kitchen Car (R4963), Restaurant First Open (R4964) and Restaurant Third Open (R4965A).

Deco samples for ‘OO’ IWA Holdall and Timber-carriers

Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge IWA bogie holdall vans and timber-carrying flat wagons. 200 were built in Germany during the 1980s, with around 40 vehicles subsequently converted to timber carriers in 2006.

First EP for Revolution ‘N’ gauge PFA

First Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Revolution Trains’ forthcoming ‘N’ gauge PFA four-wheel container flat wagons and containers have been received for evaluation.

Green light for more Pendolinos in ‘N’

Revolution Trains' proposed second production run of its popular ‘N’ gauge Pendolino Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) is going ahead.

Cavalex opens order book for 'OO' PHA/JGA stone hoppers

Cavalex Models has opened the pre-order book for its forthcoming 'OO' gauge PHA/JGA bogie stone hopper wagons.

Locomotion and Rails reveal LNWR 'Improved Precedent'

Locomotion Models and Rails of Sheffield have revealed a brand new 'OO' gauge model of LNWR 'Improved Precedent' 2-4-0. The model is being made by Bachmann and is due for release in Summer 2021.

Dapol adds 14ton Anchor Mounted Tanks for 'O'

Dapol has unveiled plans for all-new 'O' gauge 14ton anchor-mounted tank wagons. The central anchor-mounted design was developed in the mid-1940s and featured all-steel supporting saddles.

Heljan 'O' Class 60 rerun

Heljan has announced that a new batch of its 'O' gauge BR Class 60 Co-Co diesels have been approved for production in a selection of BR Sectorisation and privatised era freight colour schemes.

'Victory' 0-6-0T for 'OO' from Planet Industrials

Planet Industrials has unveiled plans for its first 'OO' gauge ready-to-run locomotive - a Kerr Stuart 'Victory' 0-6-0T.

First sample of 'O' gauge Presflo arrives

Ellis Clark Trains has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming 'O' gauge Presflo wagon.

Heljan reveals Class 104 DMU for ‘OO’

Heljan has announced that it is developing a ready-to-run 'OO' gauge model of the popular BR Class 104 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU).

Accurascale unveils new 'OO' 21ton mineral wagons

Accurascale has revealed plans for two new 'OO' gauge 21ton mineral wagons as part of an expanding 'Powering Britain' range of wagons which already includes the 24.5ton HUO hopper wagon and recently-announced HYA and IIA bogie hoppers.

Gold-plated Clan Line surfaces

Hornby has shared images of its forthcoming special Centenary year limited edition 'OO' gauge model of Bulleid rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' 35028 Clan Line in BR lined green with late crests (Cat No. R3824), bearing gleaming gold-plated metal parts.

Dapol Class 122 samples for 'O'

Dapol has released images of its brand-new production Class 122 DMUs for 'O' gauge ahead of their expected release in the fourth quarter of this year. See the samples here and watch Dapol's introductory video.