Hornby Magazine

Key Publishing's model railway magazine written for modellers by modellers. New issue available on the first Thursday of every month featuring all the latest model railway news, reviews, features and more.

Hornby Magazine

Edited by Mark Chivers alongside Publisher Mike Wild, Hornby Magazine set out with a new approach and was aimed squarely at newcomers and returnees to the hobby, as well as those who were established in the hobby.

Its mix of inspirational and shows-you-how features, coupled to the best model railway layout photography and latest product reviews soon caught on as modellers everywhere discovered its fresh, new approach, talking in a language that everyone understood and not assuming everyone reading it was full of technical knowledge.

There will always be at least 90 pages of editorial in every issue of Hornby Magazine, making it the best value read of all the model railway titles. It is regularly promoted at retail outlets and can be found at W H Smiths, Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons, Mills and many other good news outlets, including independent newsagents. Where it isn’t stocked, it can be ordered. Just ask!

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Hornby Magazine January 2023

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Hornby Magazine December 2022

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Hornby Magazine November 2022

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Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

Hornby Tyne Dock BR 9F 2-10-0 Review Premium

Tyne Dock ‘9F’ for ‘OO’ gauge


Hornby’s latest batch of ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0s includes one of the famed batch of Tyne Dock allocated locomotives. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

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Liverpool & Manchester Railway Wagons Roll In


New from Hornby are three triple-wagon packs of ‘OO’ gauge Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR) goods wagons, including coal, horsebox and sheep carrying vehicles.

Hornby TT:120 scale Gresley A4 4468 Mallard with TXS sound Review Premium

Mallard arrives with sound for ‘TT:120’


The most famous Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with factory fitted sound following the arrival of world speed record holder 4468 Mallard in LNER garter blue with valances.

Hornby LMS Turbomotive for OO gauge. Review Premium

Hornby’s LMS ‘Turbomotive’ for ‘OO’ gauge


Of all the locomotives we never thought would become a ready-to-run model, the unique LMS ‘Turbomotive’ was high on the list, but now you can add it to your ‘OO’ collection. MIKE WILD inspects this exciting new release from Hornby.

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Stanier's 'Turbomotive' design and development


Throughout the history of the railways experiments have aimed at improving the efficiency of the steam locomotive. One of these was Stanier’s ‘Turbomotive’, a bold initiative that used turbines instead of cylinders and valve gear for propulsion. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the history of this unusual locomotive.


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Exclusive products on the Key Model World Shop

Discover our range of limited editions, exclusive products and modelling essentials

IN STOCK NOW: Humbrol weathering powder packs

Humbrol’s weathering powder packs are an ideal way to start out in weathering. Containing six shades, the Aging and Weathering packs can be used to enhance already weathered models as well as starting a new project. Available now on the Key Model World Shop.

IN STOCK NOW: DCC ready Class 40 limited edition

The DCC ready version of Key Publishing's exclusive limited edition model of preserved Class 40 40145 East Lancashire Railway are now in stock and ready for immediate despatch. Read more here.

Hornby Rail Charter Services HST bundle available now!

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The Key Model World Shop range has expanded with the addition of an exclusive bundle featuring Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Rail Charter Services HST and five trailer coaches as well as Key Publishing’s HSTs Around Britain, 1990 to the Present Day book.

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Latest model railway news

Read all the latest model railway news from Key Model World and Hornby Magazine.

All-new ‘N’ gauge Class 66 for Revolution Trains


Revolution Trains’ next newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge locomotive will be a Class 66 Co-Co diesel. Read the full story here and watch our exclusive interview with Ben Ando and Mike Hale from Revolution Trains.


Heljan plans pilot scheme ‘Peak’ in ‘OO’


Heljan has announced plans to produce an all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 44 ‘Peak’ 1-Co-Co-1 diesel as a follow up to its recently released Class 45s.


Clark Railworks unveils WD ‘Austerity’ 2-10-0 for ‘OO’


Clark Railworks has revealed plans to produce an all-new finescale ‘OO’ gauge War Department (WD) ‘Austerity’ 2-10-0.


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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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Brodie Baxter