HM194 - August 2023

The August 2023 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM194) 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.

HM194, August 2023

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British Rail ‘PEP’ Electric Multiple Unit story

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Rarely modelled, but part of the railway scene now for almost 50 years, the British Rail ‘PEP’ family of EMUs is now reaching the end of its service life. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at the interesting history of this group of influential but often overlooked trains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Suburban destination boards

MARK CHIVERS

Pacific Models has released several sets of BR Eastern Region (ex Great Northern Railway) destination boards and smokebox numberplates for suburban trains originating from London termini in ‘OO’ and ‘O’.

MARK CHIVERS
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1:148 Bedford HA van

MARK CHIVERS

New from ‘N’Tastic Scale Models is this 1:148 scale Bedford HA van, which forms part of a rapidly expanding new range of road transport vehicle kits.

MARK CHIVERS
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Train-Tech motor switch

MARK CHIVERS

Gaugemaster’s Train-Tech range of electronic accessories and components is bolstered with the addition of a new two-wire point motor switch.

MARK CHIVERS
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Wickham Trolley crew

MARK CHIVERS

Modelu’s range of 3D-printed finescale figures is augmented with the addition of this pack of 7mm scale Wickham Trolley crew designed for use with Ellis Clark Trains’ new ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run model.

MARK CHIVERS
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Diode matrix

MARK CHIVERS

Brimal Components has added a new diode matrix board to its range of electronic accessories.

MARK CHIVERS
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Modern station furniture

MARK CHIVERS

DCC Concepts has added a selection of modern station platform furniture to its range of ‘OO’ gauge model railway accessories.

MARK CHIVERS
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Building a Permanent Way Depot

DAN EVASON

You’ll often see the ‘orange army’ and their equipment maintaining the railway. DAN EVASON shows how to build a small maintenance depot in ‘OO’ gauge.

DAN EVASON
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Phorpres seven-plank open wagon for 'N' gauge

MARK CHIVERS

A new addition to Peco’s ‘N’ gauge Quality Line range of wagons is this seven-plank open with “Phorpres” Bricks branding (Cat No. NR-7012P).

MARK CHIVERS
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Peco ‘N’ gauge metal wheel packs

MARK CHIVERS

‘N’ and ‘OO9' gauge modellers looking to replace wheelsets need look no further than a series of new packs containing Peco’s nickel-silver tyred wheels from its Quality Line wagon range.

MARK CHIVERS
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New Peco code 80 concrete sleeper track for N gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Peco has introduced a new improved version of its ‘N’ gauge concrete sleeper flexible track to the range of nickel silver track options.

MARK CHIVERS
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‘OO9’ Ffestiniog Railway coaches return

MARK CHIVERS

Peco’s popular ‘OO9’ Ffestiniog Railway ‘Bug Box’ coaches return to the range in a new colour scheme.

MARK CHIVERS
Dapol B4 0-4-0T for O gauge. Review Premium

Dapol LSWR ’B4’ 0-4-0T for 'O' gauge

MIKE WILD

Southern Railway 7mm scale modellers are in for a treat with the arrival of the Adams ‘B4’ 0-4-0T from Dapol, but does it tick the right boxes? MIKE WILD finds out as we demonstrate the model in action.

MIKE WILD
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Lockwood Street - a 2mm finescale terminus

PAUL DERRICK

The former Hull and Barnsley Railway terminus at Cannon Street in Hull was the inspiration for the Hull Miniature Railway Society to build this enthralling 2mm finescale railway. PAUL DERRICK explains all.

PAUL DERRICK
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Hornby six-wheel departmental carriages for OO gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s latest batch of ‘OO’ gauge six-wheel carriages includes a selection of vehicles in departmental colour schemes.

MARK CHIVERS
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Flying Scotsman ‘Electra’ from Hornby

MIKE WILD

The striking LNER ‘Flying Scotsman’ livery is the latest to be released on the Hornby Class 91. MIKE WILD checks out this colourful new addition.

MIKE WILD
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Triplex Sound for the Hornby Class 08

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s new Bluetooth Triplex Sound chips provide a simple means of adding stay alive, but can you fit all the components into the Hornby Class 08? MIKE WILD shows how in this step-by-step guide.

MIKE WILD
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Hornby East Midlands Trains HST power cars

MARK CHIVERS

East Midlands Trains’ dynamic livery is the latest colour scheme to adorn Hornby’s recently re-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Class 43 High Speed Train (HST) power cars.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby's ScotRail Highland Explorer Class 153

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s venerable ‘OO’ gauge Class 153 diesel railcar returns for its latest outing in ScotRail active travel livery.

MARK CHIVERS
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Cockshute - a 1970s Traction Maintenance Depot

ALLAN FREER

After several false starts, the Sutton’s Locomotive Works Class 24 became all the inspiration ALLAN FREER needed to rekindle his ambition to build a model railway. Cockshute depot near Stoke-on-Trent is the result.Photography, Jonathan Newton

ALLAN FREER
Sonic Models LNER J50 0-6-0T for N gauge. Review Premium

Sonic Models J50

MIKE WILD

The bulky lines of the LNER ‘J50’ 0-6-0T have been recreated in ‘N’ gauge by Sonic Models. MIKE WILD assesses how this new locomotive stacks up.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: A day in the life of Flying Scotsman | Part Four

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

We go behind the scenes in the final part of our Flying Scotsman series to discover what it takes to maintain and operate the world's most famous steam locomotive during its visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in May 2023.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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Modelling Low Moor Fairburn ‘4MTs' in 'N'

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON successfully migrates weathering techniques he developed for 4mm scale across to an ‘N’ gauge 2-6-4T.

TIM SHACKLETON
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The LNER ‘G5’ 0-4-4Ts

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

One of the most successful Victorian-era passenger tank engines was the North Eastern Railway’s ‘O’ class, which became the LNER’s ‘G5’ and lasted for more than 50 years in service. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES charts the history of a fleet so well designed it never needed any substantial upgrades during its service life.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Great Days Out | Summer 2023

MARK CHIVERS

As the summer heats up, MARK CHIVERS picks out some of the railway highlights to enjoy a day out and draw inspiration from all over Britain.

MARK CHIVERS
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Accurascale product update

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale has grown rapidly since it launched its first products in 2018. MARK CHIVERS meets with Project Manager STEVE PURVES to catch up on the latest progress with its ever-expanding collection of ‘OO’ gauge locomotives and rolling stock with exclusive online only images and video.

MARK CHIVERS

40145 production sample arrives

MIKE WILD

Production samples of Key Publishing’s latest limited edition ‘OO’ gauge model of Class 40 40145 East Lancashire Railway have arrived. View them here and watch our full sound demonstration.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: An evening with Flying Scotsman | Part Three

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the third part of our new series about the world’s most famous steam locomotive, we feature presentations from former owner Pete Waterman OBE as well as Riley and Son Engineering’s Director Colin Green to discover more about Flying Scotsman’s story and its resurrection.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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Catherwood - a Southern Region branchline, Part 1

GLENN JONES

Inspired by his grandmother's tales of life in England and visits to the Swanage Railway, GLENN JONES recreated a slice of southern England in Australia. In the first instalment of a two-part feature, he explains the early construction, operation and train fleet. Photography, Jonathan Newton

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New low-relief North Light factory laser-cut kits

MIKE WILD

Key Publishing’s exclusive collection of PJM laser-cut kits has expanded with the addition of low-relief North Light factory units for ‘OO’ gauge.

MIKE WILD