HM187 - January 2023

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West Coast Cement goes East

At the Spalding Model Railway Exhibition, the Hornby Magazine team switched the identity of its popular modern day cement works layout to the East Coast Main Line. MIKE WILD explains why and how the change came about.

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Modifying the Hornby Grand Suspension bridge

Generations of modellers grew up seeing pictures of the Tri-ang/Hornby suspension bridge - but can this veteran model work in today’s high-fidelity world? DAN EVASON explains how he updated it to provide a signature structure.

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Chinley - the Midland Mainline in 'OO' gauge

The Midland Main Line in the 1950s inspired HARRY FIELDING to recreate this famous location in ‘OO’ gauge. Read the full story here and watch our exclusive video tour.

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Locomotion’s ES1 electric for ‘OO’ gauge

The pioneering North Eastern Railway steeple cab electric is the subject of the latest collaboration between Locomotion Models, Rails of Sheffield and Heljan. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this new release ahead of its arrival in December.

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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Where do I start?

Before you start building a model railway, there are a few important questions to consider. JONATHAN NEWTON looks at what they are and what some options might be.

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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Choosing a model railway scale

Choosing a gauge to model can present a challenge. However, as RICHARD HALL explores, the ever-increasing ranges across multiple scales each provide their own strengths and benefits.

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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Developing the grand plan

Developing your layout’s design is a highly rewarding part of the process. MARK CHIVERS offers a few hints and tips to help create that master track plan.

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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Top tips for a better layout

Some simple steps can maximise your enjoyment of your model railway. JONATHAN NEWTON offers 20 top tips to aid construction and reliable operation of your new layout.

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BEGINNERS GUIDE: Transform your layout

Details can make a very real difference to a layout, transforming it from a train set to a model railway. JONATHAN NEWTON examines the options.

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Bron Hebog

Narrow gauge railways aren’t all short-distance affairs with tiny locomotives. DAVID WALLER explains how this delightful Welsh Highland Railway layout was created in ‘OO9’ - complete with its mighty Garrats