HM195 - September 2023

HM195, September 2023 will be on sale in August 2023. Read our digital first news content and features here first to keep up to date with all the latest happenings in the model railway world.

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Collett GWR ‘Manors’ on the Cambrian

Designed as a lightweight equivalent of the ‘Hall’ 4-6-0s, the Great Western’s ‘Manors’ did their best work on the Cambrian lines of mid and north Wales. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains why these versatile locomotives were so successful.

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Flying Scotsman gains sound in ‘TT:120’

The famous Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with Hornby’s new Triplex Sound installed from the factory. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

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Building a ‘OO9’ micro layout – Part one

With a new influx of models in this narrow gauge scale, DAN EVASON shows how you can create a grand scene the size of a pizza.

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BUILDING A LEGEND: The Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2

Modern design methods and a brand-new facility are helping to shape construction of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive in Darlington. MIKE WILD meets with A1 Steam Trust Chairman STEVE DAVIES MBE to find out how the mammoth project to build a brand-new ‘P2’ 2-8-2 is progressing in words, pictures and video.

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Hornby’s all-new LNER 'P2' 2-8-2 debuts

The stunning Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2s are the subject of a brand-new model from Hornby. MIKE WILD gets to grips with this enticing new offering highlighting its details and performance.

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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s NBL prototype 10800

Prototype diesels have been a popular subject choice in ‘OO’ gauge over the past decade, but it was hard to imagine the short-lived Ivatt designed Bo-Bo being produced. Heljan’s all-new model is here and MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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BR’s North British 10800

Although many people think that BR’s Modernisation Plan was the start of the diesel era, there had been several attempts to introduce alternative traction prior to that, with one of the least successful being 10800, which was, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates, ordered before nationalisation.

Rapido reveals ‘S160’ for ‘OO’

Rapido Trains UK has indicated that it is to produce an all-new ‘OO’ gauge United States Army Transportation Corps (USATC) ‘S160’ 2-8-0 steam locomotive.

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St John’s - a GWR branch line terminus in 'OO'

PAUL WARDEN opted to 'Go Great Western’ with his first ever layout, recalling summer Saturdays in Glorious Devon in the 1930s and 1960s in ‘OO’ gauge - and you can see it at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. Read the full feature and watch our exclusive layout tour video here.

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Accurascale FNA-D nuclear flask wagon for 'OO' gauge

These distinctive wagons are now with retailers - but do they make MARK CHIVERS go nuclear with delight?