HM181 - July 2022

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Are we getting a fair deal?

If you believe some of the comments online, railway modelling is too expensive and with poor quality models. TREVOR JONES looks at the REAL picture, based on his purchases in 2021.

Great Electric Train Show line up grows

The layout list for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show is growing with announcement of five more of the 30 strong line up for the October 8/9 event in Milton Keynes.

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BR Eastern Region Locomotive Survey

Ready-to-run is awash with a range of ‘OO’ gauge BR Eastern Region motive power with steam, diesel and electric traction. MIKE WILD surveys the choices.

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Eastern Inspiration highlights gallery

The BR Eastern Region has been the subject of many layouts large and small. Hornby Magazine highlights a handful of the best in this gallery of inspirational scenes.

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BR’s Eastern Region Train Formations

BR’s Eastern Region covered a large swathe of England, operating an eclectic mix of main line, secondary and branch line services. MARK CHIVERS recalls some typical train formations from the 1950s and 1960s.

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Of all the regions created when the railways were nationalised, the Eastern was perhaps the most forward-looking, yet many aspects of its advances are today not widely appreciated, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Little Quarry 'OO' gauge micro-layout

The stunning south Shropshire countryside is the setting for DAN EVASON’S ‘OO’ gauge micro-layout, recalling the longvanished railways which served quarries in the area.

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New HUOs for ‘OO’

ACCURASCALE’S debut coal wagon is back with a new batch of four different triple packs as well as a single BR bauxite version exclusive to the manufacturer’s website.

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The sell out of Accurascale’s ‘O’ gauge HUO 24.5ton coal hoppers has prompted the manufacturer to offer a new batch of eight different numbered vehicles including the only HUO to carry BR bauxite livery.

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Ellis Clark’s ‘O’ gauge Thompsons

The partnership of Ellis Clark Trains and Darstaed Finescale has delivered a brand-new collection of Thompson corridor carriages for ‘O’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.