HM166, April 2021

WELCOME TO HM166 | APRIL 2021

The April 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM166) is available now. 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.

HM166, April 2021

VIDEO: Hatton's Gresley carriages for 'O' gauge

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we review Hatton's new Gresley 61ft 6in corridor stock for 'O' gauge. In this video feature we join Mike Wild in the workshop to see the sample coaches running on our test track.

Hornby Mk 4 developments

Hornby has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 4 Driving Van Trailer (DVT) for evaluation as well as its first sample of the Mk 4 buffet.

Maunsell brake progresses

Hornby’s newly tooled ‘OO’ gauge Maunsell Gangwayed Bogie Luggage (GBL) Vans have moved a step closer with production samples arriving with the development team for approval.

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A Transport Journey in Colour

Picture books such as this latest volume from Pen and Sword provide excellent research material for modellers aiming to recreate an authentic scene in miniature for a layout or diorama.

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Southern Electrics in Colour 1955-1972

As the title suggests, this latest offering from Strathwood Publishing features a wealth of Southern Electric traction from locomotives to multiple units – lots of them.

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South Wales Railways around the Millennium

This picture volume from Amberley Books focuses on the rail network in South Wales, from the early/ mid-1990s into the early 2000s.

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Last Years of the Deltics 1977-1982

Firmly focused on the final few years of Class 55 operation on BR, this new picture album from Strathwood Publishing presents the class as they were being replaced by InterCity 125 High Speed Trains.

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Oliver Bulleid’s Locomotives

NEW from Pen and Sword is this hefty tome dedicated to Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid’s railway career and development of his locomotive designs through the years.

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LSWR Drummond Passenger & Mixed Traffic Locomotive Classes

This new title from Pen and Sword is dedicated to Dugald Drummond’s passenger and mixed traffic locomotive designs from his time as the London and South Western Railway’s Locomotive Engineer between 1895 and 1912.

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S&D DESIGNS

There is plenty of variety in the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway’s stations - from classic country single platform affairs to busy junctions. MIKE WILD takes inspiration from four locations to create three track plans designed to fit in a spare bedroom or single garage.

Accurascale adds shortened HYAs

The collection of HYA coded bogie hoppers from Accurascale for ‘OO’ gauge is expanding with announcement of the shortened version. Around half of the 368 strong HYA fleet was reduced in length between 2016 and 2021 to make the vehicles better suited to the high density aggregate traffic they are now used for.

Colour for KOYLI

Locomotion Models (LM) has received decorated samples of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge Accurascale Class 55 Co-Co D9002/55002 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Koyli) in BR two tone green for evaluation.

Rapido '15XX' and Hunslet 0-6-0ST for 'OO' shape up

Development of Rapido Trains UK's new 'OO' gauge BR Western Region '15XX' 0-6-0PT and Industrial Hunslet 16in 0-6-0ST (HM164) has gathered pace in recent weeks with design work nearing  completion.

Limited edition DRS HYA hoppers

Rails of Sheffield has commissioned a limited edition pack of Accurascale's forthcoming 'OO' gauge HYA bogie hopper wagons in Direct Rail Services (DRS) livery.

Accurascale shows HYA and IIA samples

Accurascale has revealed the decorated pre-production samples of its new 'OO' gauge HYA and IIA bogie hopper wagons. Production is set to start in March with delivery in the second quarter of 2021.

Revolution 'N' gauge MMA and JNA EPs

Revolution Trains has received first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its new 'N' gauge JNA/MMA bogie box wagons for checking.

Dapol shows 'Prairie' progress

Dapol has revealed decorated samples of its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2Ts covering the '5101' and '61XX' classes.

Dapol shows 'OO' gauge 'Manor'

Dapol has revealed the first engineering sample for its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Manor' 4-6-0 together with confirmation of the identities for its first production run.

Heljan's 'O' gauge 'Clayton' imminent

Heljan's newly-tooled 'O' gauge Class 17 'Claytons' are due with retailers shortly. Four versions of the distinctive centre cab Bo-Bo diesel are on their way modelling the locomotives through their short careers.

Hornby delivers new Thompson 'A2/2s'

Hornby's eagerly-awaited new 'OO' gauge Thompson 'A2/2' 4-6-2s have arrived with retailers.

Decorated 'Deltics' Debut

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge Class 55 'Deltic' Co-Co diesels for evaluation by the company's development team. View them in green, blue and purple here.

All-new Class 20 leads Bachmann Announcements

Bachmann has unveiled its Spring 2021 British Model Railway Announcements with news of an all-new BR Class 20/0 diesel for 'OO' together with tooling revisions for its 'OO' gauge GWR 'Modified Hall' 4-6-0 and a raft of new liveries on existing models across its 'OO' and 'N' gauge ranges.

Cavalex 'OO' MGR EPs arrive

First Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Cavalex Models' forthcoming 'OO' gauge Merry-Go-Round (MGR) hopper wagons have arrived for assessment by the development team.

Wills' materials range expands

Scenic kit and materials specialist Wills has added the first in a series of new embossed plastic sheet packs with the release of its slate walling (Cat No. SSMP 232).

Decorated Darstaed Thompson EP breaks through

Ellis Clark Trains has received a factory-decorated Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of Darstaed's forthcoming finescale 'O' gauge Thompson carriages, for evaluation.

Oxford Rail 2021 update

Oxford Rail has updated the status of its in-development 'OO' gauge models and added a new Banana van to its range for 2021.

New warehouse and mail order operation for KMRC

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has expanded its mail order operation with the introduction of a new warehouse.The new facility located in Camborne will handle the Cornwall based retailer's mail order business

New Hornby BR '9F' for 'OO' takes shape

Hornby has updated progress on its newly-announced 'OO' gauge BR Standard '9F' 2-10-0, sharing tantalising glimpses at development drawings of the forthcoming heavy freight steam locomotive.

Vintage 'O' gauge layout for sale

A new home is being sought for a vintage 4.2m x 3.4m 'O' gauge layout, built in 1946.

Kerr, Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T pre-orders now open

Planet Industrials is now taking pre-orders for its first ready-to-run 'OO' gauge locomotive, the Kerr, Stuart 'Victory' 0-6-0T (HM163).