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Hornby Magazine February 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM164, February 2021 - which marks the launch of Hornby's 2021 range! Read our full eight-page preview to all the new 'OO' gauge locomotives, rolling stock and accessories which are coming from Hornby in 2021. Plus we review Bachmann's all-new model of the Class 20/3 for 'OO', tour three stunning layouts, show how to install the Faller Car System, bring you the latest model railway news, reviews and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

VIDEO: Hornby 2021 catalogue launch

The first Hornby Magazine Show of 2021 is here and its a special edition to reveal and discuss the all-new catalogue from 'OO' gauge model manufacturer Hornby. Join Mike and Richard in the Hornby Workshop for this in-depth video guide to Hornby's new products for the year ahead.

Vintage 'O' gauge layout for sale

A new home is being sought for a vintage 4.2m x 3.4m 'O' gauge layout, built in 1946.

Kerr, Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T pre-orders now open

Planet Industrials is now taking pre-orders for its first ready-to-run 'OO' gauge locomotive, the Kerr, Stuart 'Victory' 0-6-0T (HM163).

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A Nod To Brent

The area around Brent, South Devon inspired Robin Sweet to create this atmospheric ‘OO’ gauge layout set in the last years of the Great Western Railway. See this superb home-based model railway in full in pictures and video. Photography, Trevor Jones.

Accurascale reveals TPE Mk 5a Nova 3 EPs

Having showcased its forthcoming 'OO' gauge Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5 carriages earlier in the week, Accurascale has revealed progress on its new Transpennine Express Mk 5a Nova 3 carriages for 'OO'.

First EP for Accurascale's Mk 5 Caledonian Sleepers

Accurascale has taken delivery of the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge Mk 5 Caledonian Sleeper carriages for evaluation by the project's development team.

Heljan's 'OO' ETHEL on the horizon

Heljan's eagerly-awaited newly-tooled 'OO' gauge Class 25 Bo-Bo diesels are expected to arrive during February.

Heljan's new 'O' gauge Class 26 breaks cover

Heljan has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming 'O' gauge Class 26 Bo-Bo (HM162), which has also been hand-painted by Brian Daniels to provide a taste of what is to come.

VIDEO: Hornby's BR Mk 1 RB for 'OO' gauge

Hornby has released its latest BR Mk 1 carriage for 'OO' gauge - the Restaurant Buffet. Join Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine workshop as he takes a closer look on video ahead of our review in HM165.

KMRC LSWR Road Van approved for production

Kernow Model Rail Centre's (KMRC) forthcoming 'OO' gauge LSWR/SR Diagram 1541 10ton Road Van has been approved for production.

Refurbished 'O' Class 31 samples

Heljan has received the first factory decorated samples of its forthcoming 'O' gauge refurbished Class 31/1 and 31/4 A1A-A1As.

Bellerophon leads the way for KR Models in 2021

KR Models has unveiled plans to expand its portfolio of ready-to-run models with three new 'OO' gauge projects including the Haydock Foundry's 0-6-0WT Bellerophon, a Hunslet Bo-Bo diesel shunter and a torpedo ladle wagon.

VIDEO: Hornby's GBRf Class 50s for 'OO'

Hornby's eagerly awaited GBRf liveried models of Class 50s 50049 Defiance and 50007 Hercules/50014 Warspite arrived at the end of 2020. Here we showcase the pair in action on the Hornby Magazine test track on video.

Coil A for 'OO' next from Accurascale

Accurascale has unveiled its next 'OO' gauge model - a BR diagram 1/412 21ton four-wheel Coil A rolled strip steel wagon. Delivery is expected in the third quarter of 2021.

Bachmann's Branchline Bulleids break through

Bachmann has received first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its all-new 'OO' gauge Bulleid carriages for evaluation by the development team.

Heljan 'O' Gauge Mk 2 samples surface

Heljan has taken delivery of the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming 'O' gauge BR Mk 2/Mk 2a carriages for assessment.

Rails Connect CDU

Rails of Sheffield has added a high-powered Capacity Discharge Unit (CDU) to its new Rails Connect branded electronics range.

First EP for Heljan's all-new 'OO' Class 47

Heljan's development team has taken delivery of the first hand-assembled Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly tooled 'OO' gauge Class 47 Co-Co diesel.

VIDEO: HORNBY SIX-WHEEL COACH DEBUTS

Hornby is jumping into 2021 with immediate delivery of its new collection of four and six-wheel carriages for ‘OO’ gauge, with a first sample arriving in the Hornby Magazine office just in time to make it into the review pages.

VIDEO: Bachmann's Class 20/3 for 'OO'

Bachmann's all-new model of the refurbished Class 20/3s for 'OO' gauge headlines the review section in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM164, February 2021. Watch the model in action here on our test track with Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild.

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Welcome to the February 2021 issue

JANUARY BRINGS one of the most anticipated model railway catalogue releases of the year, as it marks the reveal of Hornby’s new range for 2021. The announcement has become something of a ritual for the Hornby Magazine team as we work round the clock excitedly to prepare our content for this issue in the run up to Christmas, working in secrecy to ensure the information is kept firmly under wraps until the official announcement.

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Penmouth & Curzon Street

Unable to decide on one location, MARK WILSON set out to create an ‘OO’ gauge layout covering London, Birmingham and the South West – to grand effect. Photography, Mike Wild.

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MOVING VEHICLES

The Faller Car System is a brilliant way of introducing moving road vehicles alongside a railway, and it’s much simpler to add than you might think. MIKE WILD opens up the Gaugemaster starter set to add a circuit to the Hornby Magazine test track.

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A ‘baseball cap’ for a ‘Royal Scot’

Sometimes, you want a model which is utterly unique, and as with many classes, the ‘Royal Scots’ had their fair share of modifications. TREVOR JONES shows how he converted a Bachmann model with unusual smoke deflectors.

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DIESEL PROTOTYPES

As British Railways started replacing steam, a new breed of prototype locomotives started to appear on passenger and freight workings in the 1950s and 1960s. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of train formations utilising the new breed from this experimental period in BR’s history.

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REPAINTS... FACT & FANTASY

TIM SHACKLETON brings a little colour into our lives by imagining what a DB Cargo Class 68 might look like.

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Fence Houses

Drawing on the heavy industry of North Eastern England, IAN FORSYTH created this atmospheric colliery layout in ‘OO’ which showcases a long disappeared railway scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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TYPE 1 REVISION

The Class 20 has been a long-standing part of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge range, but only now has the missing piece of the ‘Chopper’ jigsaw been completed – the Class 20/3. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this revised Class 20 which models the rebuilds completed fo r DRS in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Direct Rail Services Class 20/3

Throughout railway history there have been many instances of obsolete equipment being repurposed for a second life, with few being as successful as the rebuilding of a small fleet of almost 40-year-old locomotives to become the Class 20/3s, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.