HM167, May 2021


The May 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM167) 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.

HM167, May 2021

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Steam’s Lament – Bulleid’s Light Pacifics

New from Strathwood Publishing is this collection of evocative black and white images of Bulleid’s ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘West Country’ 4-6-2s through the British Railways era.

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Steaming through the Chilterns and thereabouts

THIS latest book from Goose Publishing features a new selection of photographs captured through the lens of the late H.C. Casserley.

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The GCR – what really happened

THIS recent release from Pen and Sword sets out to address what really happened throughout the Great Central Railway’s (GCR) existence, through its LNER days and into British Railways (BR) custodianship.

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Diesels in East Yorkshire: Four decades of change

The rail network around East Yorkshire has witnessed much change over the years, including improved passenger services and frequencies, as well as changing freight traffic patterns.

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Railways of the South East – Sussex and its surrounds

New from Key Books, this latest picture volume casts the spotlight on the railway network in and around Sussex, with brief forays into Kent and Surrey too.

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The Brush Class 31

One of the most recognisable and longest-lived of the Modernisation Plan diesel locomotives is the Brush Type 2, which later became much better known as the Class 31. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES examines this design, which despite its longevity has not been without its problems.

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‘Peak’ practice

The Bachmann Class 45 is a simple locomotive for a sound installation project, as MIKE WILD shows in this guide using a ZIMO sound decoder.

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This famous Scottish location has been modelled before closures and rationalisation took place by the East Kilbride Model Railway Club. BILL CAMPBELL describes how this attractive ‘N’ gauge layout was built, and how it operates.

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Dining by Rail

Dining on the rails was once an essential part of long-distance travel, but now this facility is limited to very few routes alongside special or tourist trains. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES investigates how changing times have led to the demise of the restaurant car.

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Staff Projects: A Stone's throw away...

Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout expansion is off to a flying start. RICHARD WATSON shows us how he tackled the first of the manmade structures on the layout.

Heljan completes ‘O’ gauge Class 26 artwork

Heljan has completed artwork for its forthcoming new ‘O’ gauge Class 26/1 Bo-Bo diesels.

World’s smallest DCC decoder just got smaller

DCC Concepts has updated its Zen Blue+ Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder range with what is believed to be the smallest DCC decoder – ever!

Heljan ‘O’ gauge ED CADS revealed

Heljan has revealed progress on its forthcoming Class 73/1 Electro-Diesel (ED) with release of the latest CAD drawings for this new ‘O’ gauge project.

Burslem exclusives for Hobby Goblin 

The Hobby Goblin of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent has commissioned Dapol to produce three exclusive seven-plank private owner coal wagons, covering all three main scales, in Sneyd of Burslem colours.

Flangeway Salmon Wagon Update

Flangeway has advised that its recently-released ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘Salmon’ rail-carrying wagon is to undergo retooling.

New building kits for Display

Display Models has added a series of new 4mm scale low-relief buildings to its expanding range of multimedia kits.

Dapol adds 'O' gauge HBA to hopper plans

Dapol is adding the 32.5ton HBA hopper to its ‘O’ gauge HEA wagon project plans, first announced back in 2014.

SECR 'D' Class 4-4-0 for 'OO' in production

Rails of Sheffield has confirmed that production of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) ‘D’ Class 4-4-0 is underway.

Cavalex expands 'BBA' plans

Cavalex Models has confirmed that it is to produce another batch of its popular 'OO' gauge 'BBA' bogie steel carriers.

Dapol plans second run of 'OO' gauge '43XX'

Dapol is to undertake a second production run of the Great Western Railway Churchward ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 in ‘OO’ gauge – with an expanded tooling suite to allow further variations of these popular locomotives to be covered.

Dapol 'O' gauge Vanwide/VEA van progress

Dapol has updated progress on its forthcoming 'O' gauge BR 12ton Vanwide and VEA box vans, with confirmed identities for the vehicles due to be produced.

Weathered finish for new 4mm 'TEA'

Cavalex Models has taken delivery of the first weathered decorated samples of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge TEA bogie tank wagons for assessment.

Accurascale's nuclear vision

Accurascale has unveiled further plans for its ‘OO' gauge PFA two-axle container flat wagons, with a series of newly-tooled low-level waste nuclear containers for them to carry.

Planet Industrials commissions 21ton mineral opens

Planet Industrials has commissioned a batch of Accurascale's forthcoming 'OO' gauge 21ton steel mineral open wagons in an exclusive industrial colour scheme.

GB Railfreight Class 60 named Graham Farish

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has named Class 60 60002 Graham Farish – 50th Anniversary 1970-2020 to celebrate the company’s association with British outline ‘N’ gauge over the past 50 years.

Kato Class 800 IET for 'N' takes shape

Gaugemaster has shared images of development work on Kato's forthcoming 'N' gauge (1:148) Class 800 five-car InterCity Express Train (IET).

Revolution's Super-Sized DRS 'Tractor'

Revolution Trains has received stocks of its exclusive 'O' gauge Heljan Class 37/4 Co-Co as 37405 in Direct Rail Services (DRS) 'Compass' livery.

Rails' MC Metals 21ton limited edition steel opens

Rails of Sheffield has received a decorated sample of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge limited edition Accurascale BR 21ton MDV/PMV steel mineral open wagon in MC Metals branded grey for assessment.

'Cat' out of bag for Hornby

Hornby has confirmed news that it is working on a new 'OO' gauge ready-to-run model of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway's 0-4-2 Lion, to complement its recently-introduced all-new 4mm scale model of Stephenson's Rocket.

Dapol unveils LSWR 'B4' for 'O'

Dapol has unveiled plans to produce the London and South Western Railway 'B4' 0-4-0T for 'O' gauge.