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Graham Farish Class 769 BiMU

Bachmann’s newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge Class 769 four-car Bi-mode Multiple Unit (BiMU) is here. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at this latest release from the Graham Farish range.

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Repurposing and recycling are very much in vogue at the moment, but are principles rarely applied to trains. However, that is now all changing with the rebuilding of surplus electric multiple units into versatile and useful bi-mode trains, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Boscawen Junction - Cornish inspired 'N' gauge

The railways of Cornwall in the 1990s were the inspiration for DANIEL HARRIS to build this compact and attractive ‘N’ gauge layout which could easily fit in a typical home environment. Dan explains how it was built.

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Cavalex TEA bogie tanks for 'OO' gauge

Cavalex Models’ range of ‘OO’ gauge freight wagons continues to expand with the arrival of its latest completed project, the 102tonne TEA bogie tank wagon. But is this new model MARK CHIVERS’ cuppa?

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Some layouts require a signature structure, and DAN EVASON created just that by combining four Scale Model Scenery ‘OO’ gauge engine shed kits to create a very large facility.

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Supreme Primo Trees

PRIMO MODELS’ range of handmade trees, bushes and scenic materials continues to expand with an extensive selection of products now available for most scale uses.

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The English Electric Class 37 is one of the most popular diesel locomotives and this distinctive class is Locoman Sounds’ first digital audio project for a diesel. With one eye on spending, MIKE WILD installs a D&H decoder into an older generation 8-pin Bachmann model.

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Overnight sleeping trains are a fascinating part of the railway network and Hornby has introduced new coaches to allow the final pre-Mk 5 era Scottish trains to be reproduced in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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Are we getting a fair deal?

If you believe some of the comments online, railway modelling is too expensive and with poor quality models. TREVOR JONES looks at the REAL picture, based on his purchases in 2021.

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New levels for NEW Junctıon


The initial draft of the track plan is complete - but will it actually work? Eager to get trains running on his ‘OO’ gauge New Junction layout, RICHARD WATSON takes a cautious approach which uncovered some unexpected challenges.

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This summer Pete Waterman and the Railnuts group are returning to Chester Cathedral to display a brand-new West Coast Main Line themed 'OO’ gauge layout for ten weeks. MIKE WILD reveals the full story behind Making Tracks II.

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South Road Junction - Scottish Borders in 'OO'

The Scottish Borders is the setting for BOB BRUCE’s ‘OO’ gauge layout, capturing the last years of steam in this beautiful part of the world.

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Eastern promise... UNFULFILLED

The recent introduction of a model of the 1903-built petrol-electric Autocar has aroused much interest in early forms of alternative traction – many of which were pioneered by railways in North Eastern England, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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The pioneer of internal combustion passenger railway vehicles is the subject for Rails of Sheffield’s latest exclusive product. MIKE WILD inspects this enticing and fascinating new ‘OO’ gauge model.

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While the latest exciting new models may dominate the headlines, it shouldn't be forgotten that there is also a thriving secondhand model railway market. In this multipoint plan, TIM SHACKLETON looks at the pros and cons of buying pre-owned models.

Accurascale Manor sound project

Mark Chivers was invited by Accurascale to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire railway (GWSR) to follow the behind-the-scenes process of what goes into creating an all-new sound file for their new 'OO' gauge GWR Manor.

New liveries for GT3

KR Models has added a further selection of fictional colour schemes for its ‘OO’ gauge model of English Electric gas turbine prototype GT3.

Milton Keynes MRS exhibition returns

Milton Keynes Model Railway Society's (MKMRS) popular model railway exhibition returns on Saturday July 16 at an all-new venue - the Ridgeway Centre in Wolverton Mill.

Great Electric Train Show line up grows

The layout list for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show is growing with announcement of five more of the 30 strong line up for the October 8/9 event in Milton Keynes.

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Accurascale and Rails of Sheffield Class 89 goes ahead

Accurascale and Rails of Sheffield have confirmed that the proposed 'OO’ gauge Class 89 is going to be produced for release in 2023.

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Eastern Inspiration highlights gallery

The BR Eastern Region has been the subject of many layouts large and small. Hornby Magazine highlights a handful of the best in this gallery of inspirational scenes.

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BR Eastern Region Locomotive Survey

Ready-to-run is awash with a range of ‘OO’ gauge BR Eastern Region motive power with steam, diesel and electric traction. MIKE WILD surveys the choices.

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BR’s Eastern Region Train Formations

BR’s Eastern Region covered a large swathe of England, operating an eclectic mix of main line, secondary and branch line services. MARK CHIVERS recalls some typical train formations from the 1950s and 1960s.

VIDEO: Brand new 'OO' gauge locomotive announcement

Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson with Accurascale for their latest 'OO' gauge announcement at 12:00 30.06.2022. Don't forget after the announcement video you can see full details of the new model here on Key Model World.

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Join Mark Chivers as he takes us through this month's Hornby Magazine Book club with his top suggestions to pick up and flick through.

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Of all the regions created when the railways were nationalised, the Eastern was perhaps the most forward-looking, yet many aspects of its advances are today not widely appreciated, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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New HUOs for ‘OO’

ACCURASCALE’S debut coal wagon is back with a new batch of four different triple packs as well as a single BR bauxite version exclusive to the manufacturer’s website.

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Little Quarry 'OO' gauge micro-layout

The stunning south Shropshire countryside is the setting for DAN EVASON’S ‘OO’ gauge micro-layout, recalling the longvanished railways which served quarries in the area.

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The sell out of Accurascale’s ‘O’ gauge HUO 24.5ton coal hoppers has prompted the manufacturer to offer a new batch of eight different numbered vehicles including the only HUO to carry BR bauxite livery.

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Prestwin mix & match

Want to break away from the limitations of ready-to-run rolling stock and create something original? TIM SHACKLETON uses simple cross-kitting to create bespoke models of a distinctive prototype.

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