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Revolution hops to it with the HOA

Bulk aggregates freight wagons are essential additions to a modern day layout. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the new Revolution Trains ‘OO’ gauge HOA.

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Hornby’s ‘TT:120’ scale ‘Duchess’ lands

Stanier’s ‘Princess Coronation’ 4-6-2s were giants of the steam age and the pinnacle of express passenger motive power for the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS). But does Hornby’s new ‘TT:120’ model match the raw power and elegance of the prototype? BEN CHURCH inspects this all-new arrival.

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Modelling Operation Smash Hit

40 years ago, a spectacular test was conducted to prove the safety of moving nuclear flasks by rail. ALAN TAYLOR explains how he recreated the locomotive and coaches used in 4mm scale to mark the anniversary.

FIRST LOOK: Limited edition CrossCountry HST decoration samples

The first decorated samples of Key Publishing's exclusive Hornby 'OO' gauge limited edition HST power car pack featuring CrossCountry's 43184 Laira Diesel Depot and 43366 HST40 has arrived. Check out the latest progress on this new product here.

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Ebsworth Street

This bustling modern-era ‘OO’ gauge layout incorporates an exceptional level of bespoke circuitry, providing full colour light signalling, train detection and more, as GREG MARSHALL reveals.Photography, Trevor Jones

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Caprotti ‘Black Five’ debut

For the first time modellers can add a ready-to-run Caprotti ‘Black Five’ to their collection with the arrival of the all-new Hornby model. BEN CHURCH finds out how good it is.

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‘King’ for Another Day

Everyday Swindon steam in the 1960s wasn’t as glossy and highly polished as the locomotives seen on heritage railways and enthusiast specials might suggest. TIM SHACKLETON fettles a ‘King’ into typical last-days condition.

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Class 50s go West

The distinctive Class 50s were perhaps at their best after being reallocated to the Western Region in the 1970s, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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FIRST REVIEW: Hornby’s ‘TT:120’ Class 50

Hornby has ‘Hoovered’ up the ever-popular English Electric Class 50 for ‘TT:120’. MIKE WILD inspects this main line diesel locomotive for the growing scale.

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Ground Effects

Railways often used redundant van or coach bodies for storage or messrooms. DAN EVASON shows how to create a typical scene in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Chatswell

This BR sectorisation layout was built for JUSTIN LONGLEY-NEWING and his father to enjoy. Justin explains how it was developed to recapture the colourful days of the late 1980s.

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GREAT DAYS OUT SUMMER 2024

Railway enthusiasts are spoiled for choice for days out this summer. MARK CHIVERS rounds up some of the highlights of the heritage and model railway calendar as well as special events from Key Publishing.

WIN! A Hornby ‘TT:120’ LMS ‘Duchess’ and Stanier coaches worth £395

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win one of Hornby’s all-new ‘TT:120’ scale London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) ‘Princess Coronation’ 4-6-2s and a rake of Stanier carriages worth £395. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on August 25 2024.

Exclusive modular 'OO' gauge platform kits launch

Key Publishing and PJM Models have created a brand-new collection of modular platform kits for ‘OO’ gauge with the first sets available now covering straights, ramps and terminus section. Find out more here with our latest news and video.

Making Tracks 4 heads for Chester Cathedral this summer

This August Making Tracks with Pete Waterman and the Railnuts return to Chester Cathedral for the fourth summer event displaying Making Tracks 4 – Up to the Junction. It will feature part of the Guinness World Record Largest Portable Model Railway modelling Watford Junction.

Class 08 08632 joins the GBRf Gala Weekend locomotive line-up

The pool of locomotives attending the GB Railfreight Gala Weekend at the Nene Valley Railway (NVR) on 7-8 September 2024 has been bolstered with the addition of Peterborough Yard based Class 08 No 08632.

Hornby Magazine layouts prepare for GBRf Gala Weekend

A trio of Hornby Magazine layouts is being prepared for exhibition at the GBRf Gala Weekend which takes place at the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024.

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West Hill Wagon Works Lamps

Adding those finishing touches can really make a difference to a model and these new 4mm scale 3D-printed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and British Railways (BR) lamps from West Hill Wagon Works (WHWW) will do just that.

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Scale Model Scenery Greenhouse

Scale Model Scenery’s (SMS) range of 4mm scale laser-cut kits and detailing accessories is bolstered with this delightful new greenhouse.

Cavalex adds first-built Class 60

Cavalex Models is to produce first-built Class 60 60001 Steadfast in as-delivered condition with custom tooling developed for its all-new ‘OO’ gauge model.

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Millsbridge in 'N' gauge

Based on a real location, this BR steam era layout recaptures the gritty atmosphere of West Yorkshire. RICHARD STOTT explains how it was built and why it has two different gauges of track with an exclusive full video tour of this stunning layout.

Cavalex reveals Adaptive Magnetic Detail

A new system from Cavalex Models promises to make fitment of buffer beam detail easier.  

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Graham Farish ‘Dance Hall’ Brake Van

New from Bachmann’s Graham Farish range is this South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) ‘Dance Hall’ brake van for ‘N’ gauge.

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Laser-cut semi-detached house fronts

Building upon previous laser-cut kits from Peco, this new 4mm scale semi-detached house kit provides an easy and simple way to add some highly detailed houses to your layout or diorama.

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Rapido RCH 1907 Private Owner Wagons

These all-new ‘OO’ gauge wagons model prototypes of which many thousands were built. BEN CHURCH puts them to the test.

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Exclusive Rapido Five-Plank Open Wagon

B & H Models of Lincoln has taken delivery of a specially commissioned ‘OO’ gauge RCH private owner wagon by Rapido Trains UK, modelling a five-plank wagon carrying the livery of W. Grocock wagon agents, based in Gainsborough.

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Peco Unifrog Y turnout

New to Peco’s code 100 range of ‘OO’ gauge Streamline track is this new Unifrog small radius Y turnout.

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GWR Skaledale Lineside Buildings

Two new 4mm scale Great Western Railway (GWR) lineside buildings have recently been added to the Hornby Skaledale range.

Cavalex Class 56 batch two confirmed

Cavalex Models has confirmed the second run of its popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 56 Co-Co diesel.

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‘TT:120’ Stanier 50ft Full Brake

Hornby’s ‘TT:120’ range continues to go from strength to strength with the first of the LMS coaching stock arriving with the LMS 50ft Stanier Full Brake (BG).