HM183, September 2022

The September 2022 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM183) 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.

HM183, September 2022

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Scalescenes Terrace shop - A step by step guide

Hornby Magazine and Scalescenes present a brand new 4mm scale kit for ‘OO’ gauge layouts which models a low relief terrace shop which can be used as part of the backdrop on almost any town-based model railway. JOHN WIFFEN explains how to build this brick structure using the free kit included with this issue.

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TRS Trains adds Working Diesel Exhausts

TRS TRAINS has applied its smoke generator technology to diesel locomotives, with the first project to arrive in the Hornby Magazine office being a Dapol Class 52 ‘Western’ equipped with twin atomisers for ‘OO’ gauge.

Bachmann Mk 2 DBSO for OO gauge Review Premium

Bachmann modern era DBSOs

The Driving Brake Second Open (DBSO) coaches are a sought-after part of the Bachmann Mk 2F collection. MIKE WILD checks out one of the latest versions which models these push-pull coaches in their final form. Read our full review online first here.

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British Rail's Mk2 DBSOs

Railway operators are always seeking ways to improve efficiency, and one of the most interesting results of this process was the conversion of a number of brake coaches to include a cab, enabling a train to be driven from either end. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks more closely at British Rail’s Mk2 Driving Brake Second Opens.

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STAFF PROJECTS: Electrical endeavours for New Junction

With the build racing ahead, it was time to pause for reflection giving time to complete the more mundane tasks on this new ‘OO’ layout. RICHARD WATSON plods on with the essential but repetitive tasks.

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Bridge Building - a step by step guide

A bridge offers a useful scenic focal point on a model railway. DAN EVASON shows how he built a unique structure for a ’OO9’ gauge layout.

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Orleton Road - Western region in the 1940s

Recreating a famous layout by Peter Denny in ’OO’ gauge looked like an easy project for DAN EVASON. However, fitting it into a garage presented some intriguing challenges, as Dan explains.

Flangeway models 'OO' gauge ‘Salmon’ wagon SA002 Review Freemium

Flangeway ‘Salmon’ wagon for 'OO' gauge

After a protracted development which resulted in a dimensionally inaccurate model appearing, Flangeway’s revised ‘OO’ gauge 50ton ‘Salmon’ bogie rail wagon is here. MARK CHIVERS inspects this latest catch.

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Greenford Broadway - a London Underground Micro layout

TONY DEAN’s longstanding love of London suburban services set the stage for his fascinating compact micro layout in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Have you ever wondered what the various items of lineside equipment are on today’s modern railway? In the first of a series of articles, SIMON PALEY outlines the role they play and how you can replicate them in model form.

WIN! A five-year subscription and £150 Key Publishing Shop voucher

Key Publishing is a offering unique chance to win a five-year FREE subscription to Hornby Magazine and a voucher worth £150 to spend at the Key Publishing online shop. The total prize value is over £500! Closing date for entries is October 28th.

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Mail by Rail

At one time an important and profitable source of income for the railways, mail traffic has largely disappeared from the system. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES traces the history and decline of mail by rail.

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Big ‘Cat’ sound for the Dapol Class 68

The Vossloh Class 68s are one of the most modern and powerful diesel-electrics running today. MIKE WILD installs the latest generation MS series ZIMO decoder into the feature rich Dapol ‘OO’ gauge model.

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Hornby's Welsh Class 67

Hornby has delivered a new variant of its popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 67 diesel. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at this latest release.

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New Trainsporter Model Railway storage solutions

TRAINSPORTER has added two new heavy-duty plastic stackable carry cases to its growing range of storage solutions.

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Peco expands bullhead range

PECO has expanded its Streamline code 75 ‘OO’ gauge bullhead track range with the release of a selection of new Unifrog track components, including a single slip and a long crossing.

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Roxby Town - Modern multi-level ‘N’ gauge layout

This action packed multi-level ‘N’ gauge layout is one of 30 booked to take part in the 2022 Great Electric Train Show this October. GEOFF BUTTLER explains its story and how it operates.

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Hornby Magazine September 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

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Sonic Models reveals all-new 'Large Prairie' for 'N' gauge


The Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T has been selected as Sonic Models’ latest ‘N’ gauge ready-to-run model project. Read the full story here and watch our exclusive launch video.

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Modern Railway Puzzle Book 2022

Test your modern railway knowledge with Hornby Magazine's Puzzle Book 2022

A closer look At Accurascale's GWR 'Manors'


Accurascale has released a project update video for its up-and-coming Great Western Railway 'Manor' Class project for 'OO' gauge.


UPDATED: All-new Alcan PCAs for ‘OO’

Revolution Trains is to produce a newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge model of the distinctive alumina PC020A PCA tank wagons.

Accurascale Siphons surface

Further decorated samples of Accurascale’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge GWR/BR Siphon G vans have arrived for assessment by the company’s development team.

WIN! Two tickets to our celebratory railtour!

We have an exclusive opportunity for readers of Hornby Magazine to win a pair of First Class tickets for our special HST railtour with Cross Country on Tuesday 27 September. Closing date: Friday 9th September.

FIRST LOOK: Lionheart ‘O’ gauge ‘3MT’ 2-6-2T

Lionheart Trains has received the first shots from the tooling of its all-new ‘O’ gauge BR Standard ‘3MT’ 2-6-2T for review.

Hornby ‘Flirts’ at CAD stage

Hornby has released early CAD images of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Class 755/3 three-car (R3963/A) and Class 755/4 four-car (R3964/A) ‘Flirt’ bi-mode multiple units.

Liveried Lionheart L&B locomotives

Decorated samples of Lionheart Trains’ all-new 7mm scale Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts have arrived for inspection by the development team.

TMC ‘G5’ deco samples surface

Decorated samples of The Model Centre’s (TMC) specially-commissioned ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘G5’ 0-4-4T have arrived for detailed inspection.

SLW Highland 24s progress

Sutton’s Locomotive Works (SLW) has received Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Scottish Class 24/1 Bo-Bo diesels.

Accurascale adds Enparts exclusive

Accurascale has added an exclusive model of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Siphon G van to the first production run finished in departmental olive green for Enparts traffic.