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Locoman Sounds GWR Manor sound demonstration video. Feature Premium

Speaker upgrade for the Accurascale ‘Manor’

MIKE WILD

Accurascale’s GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is a superb model, but it left room for improvement in the speaker setup. MIKE WILD shows how he fitted Locoman Sounds’ latest profile for these two-cylinder locomotives together with a speaker upgrade.

MIKE WILD
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Beattie Well Tank Crew

MARK CHIVERS

MODELU has further expanded its range of engine crew designed for specific classes with this new pack for the diminutive LSWR ’0298’2-4-0WT in ‘OO’ gauge.

MARK CHIVERS
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DCC Power Bus Terminator

BEN CHURCH

A further addition to the Hobby Trax range of electronic components is this pack of Digital Command Control (DCC) ‘Spike Buster’ terminators.

BEN CHURCH

Staff Projects: Reviving Topley Dale

MIKE WILD

It’s approaching two years since Topley Dale was dismantled and put into storage, but now the layout is being rebuilt in a much bigger, extended form. MIKE WILD explains the first steps and the vision for the future.

MIKE WILD
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Carriage Siding Platform Kit

BEN CHURCH

New from West Hill Wagon Works is this ‘OO' gauge carriage siding platform kit.

BEN CHURCH
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Rusty Rails Forklift

BEN CHURCH

This handy 4mm scale forklift truck from Rusty Rails is a recent addition to the company’s line-up of 3D-printed modelling items.

BEN CHURCH
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‘TT:120’ Tracksettas

BEN CHURCH

Tracksetta templates are one of the most useful tools for modellers using flexible track, and these handy tools are now available for modellers in ‘TT:120’ scale.

BEN CHURCH
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BR Diesel Depots

BEN CHURCH

Key Publishing has added to its expanding list of modelling titles with this guide to developing classic and contemporary diesel depots in model form.

BEN CHURCH
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Eighties Rail Scene

BEN CHURCH

Amberley Publishing’s extensive range of titles is bolstered with this look into the past of Britain’s railways in the 1980s. This superb collection of archive photographs provides a window into the near past in the twilight of British Railway’s Corporate Blue era before sectorisation and later privatisation.

BEN CHURCH
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Teesside Steelmaster Exclusive

MARK CHIVERS

With an expanding collection of exclusive limited edition models available to members of the Bachmann Collectors Club, MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at the club’s striking Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge Class 37/5.

MARK CHIVERS
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Class 57s in detail

BEN CHURCH

A recent addition from Key Publishing is this colourful look at the Class 57 Co-Co diesels, examining the life and work of the entire class of 33 throughout their service.

BEN CHURCH
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Pigs and Farmer

MARK CHIVERS

Adding to the range of farm-based figures and accessories offered by Osborn’s Models is this set of four pigs and a farmer in ‘OO’ gauge.

MARK CHIVERS
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The Peak Diesels

BEN CHURCH

This most recent publication from Crecy offers a comprehensive look at the ever popular ‘Peak’ diesel locomotives of Classes 44, 45 and 46.

BEN CHURCH
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London Rail Atlas

BEN CHURCH

London is Britain‘s pre-eminent railway hub and recent developments such as the Elizabeth Line have altered the map. Crecy’s latest edition of the London Railway Atlas details many of the changes in London’s railways since their inception.

BEN CHURCH
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Trains4U Jackal 2 Military Vehicles

BEN CHURCH

Trains4U of Peterborough’s range of 3D-printed military vehicles includes this 1:76 scale Jackal 2.

BEN CHURCH
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Model Detailing

BEN CHUCRH

New from Key Publishing is this informative bookazine aimed at railway modellers wishing to detail their layouts and create realistic scenes.

BEN CHUCRH
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Bluetooth TXS for Hornby ‘9F’

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s recently retooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0 (HM185) gains a new outing finished as 92002 in BR black with early crests – and the addition of the manufacturer’s new Bluetooth Triplex Sound (TXS).

MARK CHIVERS
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Speedlink freight operations

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The 1960s are usually best remembered for Beeching’s railway closures but this period also saw a number of innovations, not least the rapid Speedlink freights with their distinctive long-wheelbase wagons, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES remembers.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Crianlarich - Scotland in 'N' gauge

KEITH BATHGATE

This well-known West Highland Line junction was Renfrewshire Model Railway Club’s exhibition mainstay for many years. KEITH BATHGATE explains its fortuitous start and plans for a successor.

KEITH BATHGATE
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‘BIG FOUR’ COLLECTION: GWR ‘Castle’ 4074 Caldicot Castle

BEN CHURCH

To celebrate the centenary of the 1923 Grouping, Hornby is producing four limited edition models, the first of which arrived in late November. The Great Western’s representative in this collection is ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 4074 Caldicot Castle.

BEN CHURCH
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Class 57s

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

While remanufacture of existing locomotives is common practice in other countries it is quite rare in the UK. The Class 57, however, is an exception, having been rebuilt from the Class 47 two decades ago. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at this successful conversion and its subsequent service history.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Peco ‘TT:120’ seven-plank open wagons

BEN CHURCH

Peco’s latest releases for ‘TT:120’ scale include these all-new seven-plank open wagons in eight different liveries covering Cadbury’s, Huntley and Palmers, Colman’s and British Railways colour schemes, together with one for each of the ‘Big Four’ railways.

BEN CHURCH
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‘OO9’ Gloucester bogie coach arrives

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s eagerly-awaited newly-tooled ‘OO9’ Ashover Light Railway Gloucester bogie coach arrived in the Hornby Magazine office during December.

BEN CHURCH
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Terrific TTA Tankers

BEN CHURCH

The ubiquitous TTA ‘monobloc’ tank wagon has been a common sight for ‘OO’ gauge modellers for a long time. Half a century since first appearing in the Hornby range in 1973, the manufacturer has retooled this classic BR wagon for its 2023 range and the first examples are now available.

BEN CHURCH
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The Great Gathering Returns

BEN CHURCH

2013 witnessed the reuniting of all six surviving Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2s including two based in North America. A decade ago, Hornby released limited edition models to commemorate the reunion and now they are being re-released – this time in limited edition Hornby Dublo form – to mark ten years since that landmark and unlikely-to-be-repeated event.

BEN CHURCH
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HRA Bogie Hopper Wagons

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s recently announced HRA bogie aggregate hopper wagons have arrived, with newly-tooled models in ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge debuting together.

BEN CHURCH
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MAKING A SCENE: Submerged Spitfire scene

DAN EVASON

DAN EVASON was inspired by a story to create this stunning scene in 4mm scale - which, with adaptation, could be set in any era from the dawn of flight to the present day.

DAN EVASON
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Lockdown Sidings

SIMON MARSH

The Pandemic lockdowns prompted SIMON MARSH to build his first layout in many years - and it shows what can be achieved in a small space in ‘OO’ gauge. Photography, Trevor Jones

SIMON MARSH
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Hornby ‘Big Four‘ Collection: LNER ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s ‘Big Four’ Collection commemorates 100 years of these famous railways, with Gresley ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit flying the flag for the London North Eastern Railway (LNER).

BEN CHURCH
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Creating the cover for model for Hornby Magazine 200

RICHARD HALL.

Marking the 200th issue of Hornby Magazine called for a special cover shot. RICHARD HALL reworked a Bachmann class 40 to mark the occasion in style with a unique headboard.

RICHARD HALL.