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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
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Lionheart Trains’ Lynton & Barnstaple 7mm scale debut

MIKE WILD

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts and carriages have been recreated in 7mm narrow gauge by Lionheart Trains. MIKE WILD inspects the first British outline ready-to-run ‘O-16.5’ gauge models.

MIKE WILD
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Bachmann Network Rail Autoballasters for OO gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Bachmann’s well-regarded ‘OO’ gauge JJA Mk 2 Autoballaster hopper wagons have gained a new colour scheme for their most recent appearance as an exclusive edition for Bachmann Collectors Club members. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS
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Accurascale 21ton re-runs for OO gauge

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has added to its series of 21ton wagons with a new batch of its popular ‘OO' gauge MDO (Cat No. ACC1087-1089) and MDV (ACC1096-1098) open wagons, plus the new addition of the air-braked MDW (ACC1111/1112) versions.

BEN CHURCH
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Gonerby - a freight depot in the diesel era

KEVIN CRANE

The atmosphere of a 1980s freight terminal and depot was what KEVIN CRANE wanted to recapture, done to brilliant effect in ‘OO’ gauge. Read the full feature and watch our exclusive layout tour video here.

KEVIN CRANE

NEW SERIES: Making Tracks 3 - On Location

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In this brand-new Key Model World video series we go behind the scenes to reveal the construction process of Making Tracks 3 from Pete Waterman and the Railnuts leading to the 152ft long Grand Challenge layout at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. Join us for Part One as we go on location at Milton Keynes Central station.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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Rapido Wisbech & Upwell Bogie Tramcars

BEN CHURCH

Modellers of the Wisbech & Upwell Tramway will be pleased that Rapido Trains’ ‘OO’ gauge models of these characterful vehicles are with retailers now, the first time they have ever been modelled in ready-to-run form.

BEN CHURCH
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Iron bridges on the ‘iron road’

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Although greatly favoured by early railway builders, the deficiencies of cast iron as a material for building railway bridges meant that its period of predominance was relatively short. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the history of this material and finds out what there is still left to see.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Accurascale aims to raise £10,000 for Samaritans

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale is adding one more ‘OO’ gauge Class 66 to its upcoming roster, 66415 You Are Never Alone in Freightliner orange livery with black striping, as a special fundraising initiative.

BEN CHURCH

UPDATE: Limited edition Coal Sector Class 31

MIKE WILD

We have been working with Accurascale on development of our exclusive limited edition model of 31276 Calder Hall Power Station for 'OO' gauge. Read the latest news on this all-new model here.

MIKE WILD
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What next? Southern Railway

TREVOR JONES

In the second of his series looking at gaps in the ‘OO’ gauge ready to run market, TREVOR JONES turns his attention to the Southern Railway and its constituents.

TREVOR JONES

Making Tracks for Christmas

MIKE WILD

Pete Waterman and the Railnuts have taken Making Tracks 3 to Cheshire Outdoors in Blakemere Village for the festive season with trains running every day through December.

MIKE WILD
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MEET THE MANUFACTURER: Revolution Trains

MARK CHIVERS

It is now a decade since Revolution Trains entered the market. Mark Chivers talks to founders Ben Ando and Mike Hale about how it started - and what's coming next across 'OO' and 'N' gauge. Read the full feature here and watch our exclusive interview video - only on Key Model World.

MARK CHIVERS
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Halfpenny Green

GEORGE SHERIDAN

Based on a planned railway never built, Cradley Heath Model Railway Club rewrote history and created an unusual Midlands-based GWR terminus in ‘OO’ gauge, as GEORGE SHERIDAN explains. Read the full feature and watch our full video tour here.

GEORGE SHERIDAN

VIDEO: Heljan 'OO' gauge Class 47 project update

MIKE WILD

Heljan's all-new 'OO' gauge Class 47 is due to arrive in early 2024. We met with Heljan's Ben Jones in the Key Model World workshop to find out more and hear the final factory DCC sound fitted versions in action. Watch the video interview here.

MIKE WILD
Accurascale Class 37/0 Co-Co diesels. Review Premium

Accurascale's Pilot Scheme Class 37/0s Arrive

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has expanded its new ‘OO’ Class 37 range with a collection of new original condition scheme examples to complete the first wave of releases on the English Electric Type 3.

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale adds ICI Soda Ash 16ton mineral wagons

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has revealed details of its latest website exclusive - ICI Soda Ash 16ton steel mineral wagons for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
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HobbyTrax Oil Dropper

BEN CHURCH

HobbyTrax has added to its catalogue of locomotive maintenance tools with this useful oil dropper, which dispenses a small amount of oil at the end of a very fine needle, with no squeezing required.

BEN CHURCH
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Mini Drill Set

BEN CHURCH

New from Amtech is this extensive mini drill set, now available from Golden Valley Hobbies.

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale reveals decorated 16ton mineral wagon samples

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new 16ton steel mineral wagons for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
Bachmann refurbished Class 411 4-CEP for OO gauge. Review Premium

Bachmann delivers refurbished 4-CEP EMU

MARK CHIVERS

It’s back to the 1980s with Bachmann’s latest release. MARK CHIVERS assesses the differences in its new Southern Region EMU in words, pictures and video.

MARK CHIVERS
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Making a Scene: Locomotive Rescue!

DAV EVASON

What do you do with a model beyond repair? DAN EVASON creates a scene of salvation in ‘OO’ scale using in the latest Making a Scene modelling guide.

DAV EVASON
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Cleaning Up Dirtying Down

TIM SHACKLETON

Are you unhappy with factory weathering or unsure what to do about unwanted paint and pigments? If you want to change the appearance of your models, TIM SHACKLETON has the solution.

TIM SHACKLETON
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REALITY CHECK: The BR Standard '2MT' 2-6-0s

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The old saying of ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ is often used in railway circles and this saying was never more true than in the design of the ‘2MT’ 2-6-0s which, despite being a BR Standard design, were near identical copies of an earlier type, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Conyer Creek Signals - an SECR branch line in O gauge

GREG COOMBER’S

A sleepy Kent Coast creek is the setting for GREG COOMBER’S debut ‘O’ gauge layout, set in the pre-Grouping era.

GREG COOMBER’S
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Building Twelvemill Bridge's Platforms

MIKE WILD

New to the Key Model World Shop are laser-cut platform kits for ‘TT:120’ scale. MIKE WILD explains how they were built and painted for Twelvemill Bridge.

MIKE WILD

Hornby Live Steam 20th anniversary marked

BEN CHURCH

The 'OO' gauge Live Steam Club commemorated the 20th anniversary of Hornby’s 'OO' gauge live steam range at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition in late November.

BEN CHURCH

WIN! A Hornby ‘OO’ gauge Freightmaster train set, worth £170.

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge Freightmaster train set , worth £170. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on January 25 2024.

Irish Railway Models reveals new ‘OO’ wagons

BEN CHURCH

Irish Railway Models (IRM) is adding to its rapidly expanding range with two newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge wagons.

BEN CHURCH
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Southern Region first-generation DEMUs

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Forever identified with the Southern Region, British Railways’ first diesel-electric multiple units, affectionately known as ‘Thumpers’, were developed quickly due to a unique set of circumstances, yet proved very successful, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES