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What Next? LMS

TREVOR JONES

The largest of the ‘Big Four’ companies, many models have been made of LMS designs in ‘OO’. But TREVOR JONES argues there are still significant gaps which could be filled.

TREVOR JONES
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Outstanding ‘OO’ OAA opens from Rapido Trains

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR OAA open wagons touched down in the Hornby Magazine office in early December.

BEN CHURCH
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Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 returns

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 Co-Co diesel returns in a selection of new identities and colour schemes. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS
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WORKBENCH: Tyne Dock steam finale

TIM SHACKLETON

The Tyne Dock-Consett iron ore circuit has always fascinated modellers. TIM SHACKLETON blends consistency and variety within a nine-wagon rake of KR Models iron-ore hoppers.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Hornby Magazine – Top 200 Models

MARK CHIVERS

With hundreds of models reviewed over the past 200 issues, MARK CHIVERS reveals the very best 200, and the team's personal highlights since 2007.

MARK CHIVERS
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Allerby - recreating the 1980s in 'O' gauge

Steve Thompson

The latest exhibition layout from STEVE THOMPSON and family models a freight scene in ‘O’ gauge, demonstrating the tremendous presence this scale offers and you can see it at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.

Steve Thompson

SERIES 7, EP4: Making Tracks - The Grand Challenge

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the fourth and final part of our Making Tracks 3 video series, we delve into the story of the Grand Challenge at the Great Electric Train Show when Pete Waterman and the Railnuts created a record breaking 152ft long 'OO' gauge model railway.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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RailRoad Royal Class 67 67005 from Hornby

BEN CHURCH

DB Cargo’s Class 67 67005 Queen’s Messenger has the distinction of being one of two locomotives designated to pull the Royal Train. Hornby has recreated this prestigious locomotive in its most recent guise as part of its 2023 range.

BEN CHURCH
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Hornby Class 66 – The Green Progressor

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s latest version of its former Lima Class 66 is GB Railfreight’s unique green 66796 The Green Progressor. The locomotive was painted in its livery and named to reflect its use on High Speed 2 construction trains.

BEN CHURCH

New exclusive ‘OO’ gauge GNR signalbox kit

Mike Wild.

A ‘OO’ scale kit of the Great Northern Railway signalbox at Helpston is the latest addition to the Key Model World Shop exclusive building collection, produced by PJM Models.

Mike Wild.
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Hornby project updates – January 2024

MIKE WILD

Following the launch of the Hornby 2024 catalogue, MIKE WILD rounds up the latest progress on previously announced models for ‘OO’ gauge from 2022 and 2023.

MIKE WILD
Hornby Locomotion No. 1 for OO gauge News Freemium

REVEALED: Hornby 2024 'OO' gauge range launches

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby's all-new 70th catalogue has been revealed today with the headline act being an all-new model of Locomotion No. 1 for 'OO' gauge. Read our full news coverage of the Hornby 2024 range release here.

MARK CHIVERS
Hornby Class 31 with Triplex Sound for OO gauge. Feature Premium

TXS 8-pin Installation Hornby Class 31 Upgrades

MIKE WILD

The Hornby Class 31 is a simple locomotive to add Triplex Sound into and in this guide we move on to upgrade the speaker. MIKE WILD explains how.

MIKE WILD

SERIES 7, EP3: Making Tracks 3 - On Show

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Part 3 of our Making Tracks 3 video series is here. Join us as we follow the installation process at Chester Cathedral and it operation across the summer. Watch the trailer for FREE and sign up for a Premium subscriber account to gain full access to the 50 minutes feature video.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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VIDEO: TXS 21-pin Installation Hornby HST Power Cars

MIKE WILD

The latest generation Hornby Class 43 High Speed Train power cars set out to make sound installation simple. MIKE WILD adds a pair of TXS 21-pin chips to EMT liveried 43049 and 43060 and demonstrates the finished models on video.

MIKE WILD

REVEALED: Exclusive limited edition DCR Class 60

MIKE WILD

The Key Publishing Collection available through the Key Model World Shop has expanded with a limited edition of Class 60 60029 Ben Nevis in DCR grey produced by Cavalex Models for ‘OO’ gauge.

MIKE WILD
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Installing Hornby Triplex sound in ‘TT:120’ scale

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s new collection of ‘TT:120’ scale locomotives makes use of the smallest and most compact DCC interface - Next18. MIKE WILD explains what it is and how it works.

MIKE WILD
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Using the HM|DCC APP to upload a sound profile

MARK CHIVERS

For new and experienced DCC users, the HM|DCC app makes setting up a model easier than ever. MARK CHIVERS shows how in a simple step-by-step guide.

MARK CHIVERS
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TXS Power Supplies -  Power Options

MARK CHIVERS

There are three primary options to power HM7000 Bluetooth-controlled trains. MARK CHIVERS looks at the possibilities.

MARK CHIVERS
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What is Hornby's HM7000?

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby launched a new way to control model railways in 2023. MARK CHIVERS explains how the HM7000 system works - and why you should consider it.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby Triplex Sound Bluetooth decoder choices

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby offers a range of Bluetooth-enabled DCC decoders for all budgets and purposes. MARK CHIVERS explains their capabilities and differences.

MARK CHIVERS

FIRST LOOK: EFE Rail SR Booster Co-Co electrics for OO gauge

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

The all-new EFE Rail model of the SR Booster Co-Co electrics has arrived with retailers. We met with product development manager Graham Muspratt to find out more about these fascinating early electrics.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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MAKING BUILDINGS FROM SCRATCH PART 6

MALCOLM BRIGGS

In the final part of his series, MALCOLM BRIGGS shows how to add the finishing touches to model structures to make them look as realistic as possible.

MALCOLM BRIGGS
Graham Farish Class 158 DMU. Review Premium

Graham Farish's all-new Class 158

MARK CHIVERS

These stylish DMUs are the subject of an all-new ‘N’ gauge model. MARK CHIVERS assesses its execution and running qualities.

MARK CHIVERS
Rapido Trains Titfield Thunderbolt train pack Review Premium

Titfield Thunderbolt Deluxe train pack

BEN CHURCH

70 years since the film first debuted, Rapido Trains UK’s eagerly-awaited Titfield Thunderbolt train packs representing the iconic 1953 Ealing comedy have arrived.

BEN CHURCH
Hornby BR 2MT 2-6-0 for OO gauge Review Premium

The Hornby BR '2MT' 2-6-0 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s all-new model of the BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 has been a long time coming for ‘OO’ gauge, but it has now arrived with retailers. Mike Wild takes a closer look at BR lined black 78047.

MIKE WILD
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Point Motor Wiring Board

BEN CHURCH

Now available from Model Rail Electrics, this ready to use point motor board allows for both easy wiring for point control and additional functionality without soldering.

BEN CHURCH
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Station Porter with Churns

BEN CHURCH

With the growing popularity of ‘TT:120’, 3D printing is providing a comprehensive range of figures and details for the scale.

BEN CHURCH
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Realistic Adhesive Roadways

BEN CHURCH

Modelling roads can be an involved process, but a new self-adhesive roadway system from Hobby Trax promises a simple and effective solution.

BEN CHURCH

SERIES 7, EPISODE 2: Making Tracks 3 - Construction

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In part two of our new video series we focus on construction of the layout at the Making Tracks Workshop as Pete and the team take on the challenges of building a scale model of a real station in the present day. Sign up for a FREE member account today to watch Part Two exclusively on Key Model World.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON