HM186, December 2022

The December 2022 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM186) 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.

HM186, December 2022

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Railway Realism: Chinley

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Once the centre of a busy railway network Chinley, in Derbyshire, is now but a shadow of its former self. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the rise and fall of this important railway landmark.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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BOOK REVIEW: Along Welsh lines

MARK CHIVERS

Amongst the recent book releases from Pen & Sword is this substantial picture volume of the rail network taking in South Wales and the Central Wales line in the late 20th Century.

MARK CHIVERS
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BOOK REVIEW: English Electric Class 37/4s

Marck Chivers

British Rail’s English Electric Class 37/4s have proved to be remarkably versatile locomotives, evidenced by the fact that some remain in front line service today, more than 35 years after conversion from standard class members.

Marck Chivers
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BOOK REVIEW: Class 47 adventures

MARK CHIVERS

A recent addition to the Key Books portfolio from Key Publishing is this latest edition on Class 47s by Ian McLean. This is the third book in the series on Class 47s and covers movements from Inverness to Newquay.

MARK CHIVERS
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BOOK REVIEW: Main Line to the South

MARK CHIVERS

​​​​​​​This recent tome from Irwell Press is the second in the series focussing on the South Western Main Line between Basingstoke and Southampton.

MARK CHIVERS
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BOOK REVIEW: Modelling British Railways Railfreight Sub-Sectors

MARK CHIVERS

New from Key Publishing is this latest bookazine in the Modelling British Railways series, dedicated to Railfreight sub-sectors.

MARK CHIVERS
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BOOK REVIEW: Class 33s

MARK CHIVERS

New from Key Books is this picture album showcasing BR Southern Region’s popular Class 33 Bo-Bo diesels.

MARK CHIVERS
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3D printing model railway carriages

STEPHEN GRANT

As computers, software and peripherals become ever more advanced, increasing numbers of modellers are embracing the technology as a new form of digital scratchbuilding, as STEPHEN GRANT outlines.

STEPHEN GRANT
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How to create a 1930s roadworks scene

DAN EVASON

Like railways, roads always need maintaining. DAN EVASON shows how to recreate a typical 1930s roadworks scene.

DAN EVASON
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Modelling Tyne Dock Class 24s in 'OO' gauge

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON goes for a high-fidelity weathering treatment that squares with the level of detail on a matched pair of Sulzer Type 2s.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Hornby Pride Pendolino for 'OO' gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s eagerly-awaited ‘OO’ gauge model of Avanti West Coast’s vivid Pride-liveried ‘Pendolino’ has arrived with retailers. MARK CHIVERS casts his eyes over this colourful new release.

MARK CHIVERS
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Cadhay Sidings

CHRIS GOUGH

The sleepy Southern Railway branch lines of South Devon are the subject of CHRIS GOUGH’s ‘P4’ scale layout, with high-fidelity track and prototypical operation.

CHRIS GOUGH
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Hooper’s Aggregates

ANDREW KEAST

Redruth Model Railway Club’s latest ‘OO’ gauge layout is a present-day quarry scene set on the Devon/Cornwall border, offering a nod to the famous operations at Meldon Quarry, as ANDREW KEAST reveals.

ANDREW KEAST
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Big sound for a Peco ‘Small England’

How do you fit Digital Command Control, stay-alive and sound into a tiny ‘OO9’ gauge locomotive? JOHN GAY reveals how.

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Planet Industrials’ Kerr, Stuart

MIKE WILD

Planet Industrials is a new name in the world of ready-to-run model railways and its debut model is the Kerr, Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T for ‘OO’ gauge. Mike Wild finds out what is in store.

MIKE WILD

PREVIEW: Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2022

Get set for the return of the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition this weekend and join us for our preview of the biggest model railway show in the country.

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Old Oak Common in 'OO' gauge

The early diesel era of this famous Western Region maintenance depot has been recreated in ‘OO’ gauge by MALCOLM BENTLEY, oozing atmosphere galore.

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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s Mk 1 CCT

MIKE WILD

The BR Mk 1 Covered Carriage Truck is a versatile vehicle which can suit everything from depot to main line scenes. MIKE WILD inspects this attractive new arrival for ‘O’ gauge from Heljan.

MIKE WILD

New Fleetlines from Rapido UK

Rapido Trains UK is to produce a new batch of its 1:76 scale West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE) Fleetline buses, including a selection of retailer exclusives for Rails of Sheffield and TTC Diecast.

VIDEO: Locomotion Models, Rails of Sheffield and Heljan product launch

Locomotion Models, Rails of Sheffield and Heljan have joined forces to launch a brand-new never seen before ready-to-run 'OO' gauge locomotive. Watch the official launch video by Hornby Magazine here for North Eastern Railway electric ES1 here...

Model meets Prototype at North Norfolk Railway

Bachmann Europe visited the North Norfolk Railway in mid-October to present the owners of resident BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2-6-0 76084 with a ‘OO’ gauge model of the prototype.

Dapol parts for Peter's Spares

Peter’s Spares Model Railways has recently purchased a large quantity of Dapol ‘OO’, ’O’ and ‘N’ spares from DCC Supplies.

More KR Consett hoppers

KR Models has confirmed a second run of its recent ‘OO’ gauge Consett Iron Ore hoppers (HM180) with new running numbers.

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Hornby updates its ‘Grid’

Mike Wild.

The Class 56 has had a small refresh for its latest outing in the Hornby range. MIKE WILD checks out the new arrival in the shape of BR blue 56047.

Mike Wild.

Realtrack Models shows Class 142 sample

MIKE WILD

The first engineering samples of the all-new ‘OO’ gauge model of the Class 142 ‘Pacer’ DMU have been revealed by Realtrack Models. See them here.

MIKE WILD

Deco artwork for Rails of Sheffield 'OO' 18100

MARK CHIVERS

Rails of Sheffield has received new artwork for its forthcoming exclusive 'OO' gauge BR prototype 18100 gas turbine locomotive.

MARK CHIVERS

Sonic ‘OO’ LNER 'A5' gains colour

Rails of Sheffield has received the first decorated samples of Sonic Models’ debut locomotive for ‘OO’ – the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘A5’ 4-6-2T.

Flying Scotsman at 100 - new Hornby-Dublo range

MARK CHIVERS

To celebrate the centenary of Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 4472 Flying Scotsman, Hornby is collaborating with the National Railway Museum (NRM) to create a range of brand-new bespoke models to mark this special occasion.

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan withdraws 'TT:120' plans

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan has confirmed that it is to withdraw plans for an all-new 'TT:120' scale range of model railway products and has cancelled its proposed 'TT:120' Class 31 A1A-A1A.

MARK CHIVERS

Colour for Foster Yeoman ‘N’ O&K hoppers

Dapol has received decorated samples of its new Foster Yeoman livery O&K hopper wagons in ’N’ gauge, with production models due to arrive soon.