HM177, March 2022

The March 2022 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM177) 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.

HM177, March 2022

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ACCURASCALE'S SUPER-DETAILED HYA HOPPERS

Coal, biomass and aggregates hoppers from the HYA and IIA wagons fleets are arriving from Accurascale offering a new choice of modern freight wagon. MIKE WILD explores their value with brand-new video and exclusive online only images.

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Humphrey Road Sidings 'OO' gauge shunting layout

What if nationalisation had never happened? That's what NORMAN AND MEG RAVEN set out to explore in their 1950s Southern Railway goods scene in ‘OO’ gauge with a distinctly chilly feel. Read the full feature with an exclusive KeyModelWorld online video tour.

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WORKING DESTINATION SCREENS

Modern electronics are opening up new possibilities for miniature displays. MIKE LOMAX explains how he installed a working LED matrix screen into a ‘OO’ scale double-decker bus.

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BOOK REVIEW: How a Steam Locomotive Works

If you have ever wondered how a steam locomotive works, then this book should provide the necessary insight.

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BOOK REVIEW: Rail Freight: Scotland

While there has been much change to the rail freight scene in Scotland, there is still plenty to be positive about and this latest picture album from Key Books helps reflect this.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Class 37s by Key Publishing

This recent picture volume from Key Books focuses on British Rail’s popular English Electric Type 3s in later years.

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BR Blue: The North in Focus

British Rail's operations in northern Britain through the late 1970s and early 1980s are the focus of this recent book from Amberley Publishing, with plenty of BR blue diesel and electric traction on view.

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Parkend North: Part One

With a brief to create a layout set in the dying days of steam in the Forest of Dean in ‘OO’ gauge, DAN EVASON explores how a workable track plan was created – and how the permanent way was laid in the first of a two part series on this layouts construction.

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Dapol releases Vanwides and VEAs for 'O' gauge

Dapol's long-awaited ‘O’ gauge BR 12ton Vanwide ventilated box van is finally here, adding a new wagon to the manufacturer’s portfolio.

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Howbrooke - the modern railway in 'OO'

Given a challenge to create a present day layout for his club, RICHARD SMITH and friends built this appealing snapshot of the sights and colours of the modern day railway in ‘OO’ gauge. Read the full story here with exclusive KeyModelWorld only video.

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Revolution IWAs arrive

The IWA holdall bogie vans are the latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run freight wagons to dock with Revolution Trains. MIKE WILD reviews these new arrivals.

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Rails’ Caley ‘812’ is here!

Pure Scottish based ready-to-run locomotives are rare, but Rails of Sheffield has bucked the trend with this magnificent ‘OO’ gauge commission from Bachmann. MIKE WILD discovers what this longstanding 0-6-0 has to offer together with video of the model in action.

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The Caledonian ‘812’

Functional and workmanlike goods engines were very much a feature of the late Victorian railway scene, but few matched the beauty and level of performance of the Caledonian Railway’s ‘812’ 0-6-0s, a real maid of all work, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

Model Rail Scotland 2022 event preview

Scotland’s premier model railway exhibition returns to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow on February 25 to 27. Hornby Magazine previews this highlight in the model railway calendar.

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Hornby LNER ‘Azuma’ Class 800/2 arrives

New liveries have been hotly anticipated on the Hornby Class 800 unit. RICHARD WATSON inspects the first LNER liveried set to arrive for 'OO' gauge.

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STEP BY STEP: Paint fading techniques

You can almost taste the tobacco smoke and touch the threadbare upholstery as TIM SHACKLETON evokes the unique character of carriage stock from a bygone age using simple weathering techniques to fade the paint on a series of Hornby Maunsell carriages.

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Farewell to the 'Deltics'

London, a Saturday night 40 years ago. Hordes of fans mob the platforms at King’s Cross station cheering the star of the day while thousands of cameras record the remarkable scene. The occasion is not, however, the appearance of a Hollywood film star, but the final run of one of the most popular diesels – the ‘Deltics’. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back to January 1982.

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Cavalex Models BLA for 'OO'

The BLA steel coil carriers first appeared as an exclusive limited edition with Rails of Sheffield, but now they are available widely from Cavalex retailers. MIKE WILD takes a look at this exceptionally detailed follow up to the BBA.

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STAFF PROJECTS: Bachmann Class 37/4 restoration

The discovery of a partially stripped chassis and a tatty Class 37 body prompted MIKE WILD to assess returning this Bachmann model of 37411 to frontline service. Here’s how he did it.

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BOOK REVIEW: Class 442s: The Wessex Electrics

New from Key Books is this title dedicated to British Rail’s Class 442 Electric Multiple Units (EMUs).

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SOUTHPOOL - THE 1960S IN THE NORTH WEST

The 1960s around Southport and Liverpool were the inspiration for STEVE JOHNSON of Grimy Times to build this stunning urban landscape in his single garage at home. Steve reveals the full story of this soon to be dismantled layout with exclusive KeyModelWorld online images and video. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Westhill Wagon Works 3D-printed depot accessories

Westhill Wagon Works’ range of 3D-printed scenic accessories includes an impressive range of depot and engineers’ equipment including these detailed access platforms and a drainage vacuum tank – or sludge gulper!

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Gaugemaster telephone boxes and relay cabinets

Gaugemaster’s range of ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge 3D-printed scenic accessories is bolstered with the addition of these packs containing classic K6 telephone kiosks, lineside relay boxes and roadside telecommunications cabinets.

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Modelu’s 3D-printed creamery workers

Modelu’s extensive collection of 3D-printed finescale figures now includes a selection of creamery workers in a variety of realistic poses.

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Albion Hobbies 'HO' scale spruce trees

Model Scene’s range of scenic materials includes a wide range of flocks, turfs, bushes, leaves and trees, including these ‘HO’ scale spruces.

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SMS tri-spike palisade security fence

Security conscious modellers of modern day scenes will find this pack of tri-spike palisade security fencing from Scale Model Scenery useful.

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SMS weathered slates and tiles

Scale Model Scenery’s extensive range of laser-cut kits and accessories includes these useful packs of weathered roof slates and terracotta tiles.

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Hornby Magazine March 2022

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM177, March 2022. Highlights of this issue include three stunning feature layouts, full reviews of the Bachmann Class 20/0 and Rails of Sheffield Caley '812' for 'OO', step by step modelling guides and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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Digital sound for the Hornby 4-VEP

With the prospect of a new and upgraded 4-VEP from Hornby in 2022, MIKE WILD looked back at the first versions to introduce digital sound while also improving the front gangways in this modelling guide.

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Bachmann renews its Class 20

The Class 20 was one of the first main line production diesel locomotives when it entered service in 1957 and now Bachmann has gone back to the drawing board to offer a present day version of this long-standing workhorse for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.