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Hornby Magazine September 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM171, September 2021. Highlights of this issue include our ultimate guide to Pete Waterman's stunning Making Tracks layout for Chester Cathedral, first reviews of the Heljan AEC railcar for 'OO' and Lynton and Barnstaple Railway 2-4-2T Lyn plus Hornby's latest Pendolino and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section from Thursday August 5.

VIDEO: Making Tracks at Chester Cathedral

EXCLUSIVE FIRST ACCESS FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Join the Hornby Magazine team for our latest feature length one-hour special video showcasing Pete Waterman's stunning new 'OO' gauge layout at Chester Cathedral as we take control of the trains alongside the volunteers and learn all about this stunning 64ft x 12ft layout. Plus don't miss our full feature in HM171 - on sale from August 5.

WIN! A Hornby ‘Merchant Navy’ 4-6-2 worth £180

Hornby Magazine is offering a chance to win one of Hornby’s brand-new Bulleid air-smoothed ‘Merchant Navy’ 4-6-2s in our latest competition. The closing date for entries is September 25 2021.

WIN! A five-year subscription and £150 Key Publishing Shop voucher

Key Publishing is offering a unique chance to win a five-year FREE subscription to Hornby Magazine and a voucher worth £150 to spend at the Key Publishing online shop. The total prize value is over £380! The closing date for entries is 5pm on October 28 2021

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Using simple tools and techniques, TIM SHACKLETON gets to grips with the options to enhance the Hattons Class 66 and shows how you can make these attractive heavy freight locomotives stunning in every detailed respect.

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Avanti West Coast Pendolino


Hornby's ‘OO’ gauge Class 390 Pendolino makes a welcome return following an extended break from the range.

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The Class 390 Pendolino

One of the most successful trains in service is the Alstom-built Class 390 Pendolino, which has monopolised West Coast Main Line express services for almost two decades. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks into the history of this ground-breaking design.

Dapol 'Manor' sound

Dapol has produced a video showcasing a pre-production sample of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge GWR 'Manor' 4-6-0 fitted with digital sound.

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Hornby BR Mk 1 BCK

Hornby's all-new BR Mk 1 BCK was announced for the 2021 catalogue range earlier this year (HM164) with five models planned initially in BR chocolate and cream, BR maroon, BR blue and grey, BR InterCity and Network Rail yellow.

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Express Dairy 48DS

Hornby’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Ruston and Hornsby 48DS four-wheeled diesel shunter and Conflat wagon is back, this time in Express Dairy colours.

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Hornby ‘Terrier’ returns

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Stroudley ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T (HM143) makes a welcome return to the range as ‘A1X’ 32646 in BR plain black with Bulleid ‘sunshine’ lettering.

Heljan Class 33 33025 Review Premium

More Class 33s for ‘OO’

The popularity of Heljan’s reworked modern era Class 33/0 from June 2020 prompted the manufacturer to make quick work of a second production run for ‘OO’ gauge. On the review desk is one of six versions which arrived with Heljan stockists in July and it models 33025.

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Second-series tender for Hornby ‘MN’

Hornby's expanded collection of Bulleid air-smoothed ‘Merchant Navy’ models has bolstered the off-the-shelf options with the arrival of 35017 Belgian Marine (Cat No. R3861) and 35029 Ellerman Lines (R3649).

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BR around the Derbyshire Peak District

This volume of photographs showcasing the work of the late Peter Gater, takes a nostalgic look back at British Rail workings in the Peak District reflecting the changing rail scene in Derbyshire’s peaks and dales from the mid-1970s to early-1990s

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LNER 4-6-0 locomotives

This recently released weighty tome from Pen and Sword references all 4-6-0 locomotives that operated over the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) routes between 1923 and 1947, as well as those LNER engines that continued in BR service from 1948 until the late 1960s, when steam operation ceased.

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HSTs: The Western Region

Interest in British Rail’s InterCity 125 High Speed Trains (HSTs) is at an all-time high thanks in part to some recent high profile retirements from service, so this timely new picture book from Key Publishing is sure to prove popular.

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Locomotives of the Isle of Wight Railways

Considering its size, the Isle of Wight once enjoyed an extensive network of railway lines and this latest volume from Crecy sets out to detail these operations from the beginning to the present day.

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Modelling BR Engineers’ Wagons: Part two

Following on from the first volume (HM164), this latest bookazine from Key Publishing continues the story of British Rail's (BR) departmental wagon fleet and this time attention focuses on the evolving air-braked engineers’ wagon fleet into the mid-1990s

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Railways around Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s

New from Amberley Publishing is this latest picture volume from Andy Gibbs. As the title suggests, the book is primarily focused in and around BR Southern Region third-rail territory and, as you might expect, a good selection of Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) have been included.

VIDEO: Bachmann Class 57 sound demonstration

The Class 57 is an important part of the modern railway scene and one stands out from the crowd – 57307 Lady Penelope in its Cable Thieves-branded DRS livery. MIKE WILD and RICHARD WATSON discuss this Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition after it's sound installation.

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‘Western' buying guide

Sixty years ago, the first of British Rail’s (BR) Type 4 diesel-hydraulic C-C ‘Western’ Class locomotives rolled off the production line at Swindon Works. MARK CHIVERS looks back at some of the models of these distinctive diesel-hydraulics through the years in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge.

KMRC Steam Railmotor EPs

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has received the first Engineering Prototype samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) steam railmotor for evaluation.

Hornby Magazine takes over Making Tracks!


On Monday July 26, the Hornby Magazine and Key Model World team is taking over Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks Layout at Chester Cathedral.


VIDEO: Bachmann’s all-new Sulzer Type 2

The Derby Sulzer Type 2 Bo-Bo diesels are proving to be popular subjects with another brand-new entrant to the market from Bachmann. Join MIKE WILD and Richard Watson for a closer look in this video.

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Rails launch GWR V6 Iron Mink for ‘OO’

Rails of Sheffield has expanded its range of ‘OO’ gauge 3D-printed ready-to-run wagons with a GWR V6 Iron Mink wagon.

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Staff Projects: Outdoor station


A station scene has been a longstanding plan for MIKE WILD’S garden railway and the arrival of Tower Models’ new resin platform sections provided the perfect excuse to start work.

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Thunderbirds are go!

The Class 57 is an important part of the modern railway scene and one stands out from the crowd – 57307 Lady Penelope in its Cable Thieves-branded DRS livery. MIKE WILD picks up a Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition of the unique locomotive for this sound installation guide.

VIDEO: Teak finish for Hattons Gresleys


The latest arrivals for ‘O’ gauge are the teak liveried version of Hattons’ Gresley corridor coaches. MIKE WILD and RICHARD WATSON take a closer look.


Hornby sets Summertime Challenge

Hornby has launched an exciting competition to create a summer-themed layout and win £1000 of Hornby prizes.

Colour for Revolution Trains’ MMA/JNA wagons in 'N'

Decorated samples of Revolution Trains' newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge MMA/JNA wagons have arrived for evaluation.