Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

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MOVING VEHICLES

The Faller Car System is a brilliant way of introducing moving road vehicles alongside a railway, and it’s much simpler to add than you might think. MIKE WILD opens up the Gaugemaster starter set to add a circuit to the Hornby Magazine test track.

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A ‘baseball cap’ for a ‘Royal Scot’

Sometimes, you want a model which is utterly unique, and as with many classes, the ‘Royal Scots’ had their fair share of modifications. TREVOR JONES shows how he converted a Bachmann model with unusual smoke deflectors.

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DIESEL PROTOTYPES

As British Railways started replacing steam, a new breed of prototype locomotives started to appear on passenger and freight workings in the 1950s and 1960s. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of train formations utilising the new breed from this experimental period in BR’s history.

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REPAINTS... FACT & FANTASY

TIM SHACKLETON brings a little colour into our lives by imagining what a DB Cargo Class 68 might look like.

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Fence Houses

Drawing on the heavy industry of North Eastern England, IAN FORSYTH created this atmospheric colliery layout in ‘OO’ which showcases a long disappeared railway scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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TYPE 1 REVISION

The Class 20 has been a long-standing part of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge range, but only now has the missing piece of the ‘Chopper’ jigsaw been completed – the Class 20/3. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this revised Class 20 which models the rebuilds completed fo r DRS in the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Direct Rail Services Class 20/3

Throughout railway history there have been many instances of obsolete equipment being repurposed for a second life, with few being as successful as the rebuilding of a small fleet of almost 40-year-old locomotives to become the Class 20/3s, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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GBRf livery for Hornby Class 50s

The Class 50s have always been popular, but the repainting of 50007 and 50049 into GB Railfreight blue and orange in 2019 has catapulted the class to a new level of enthusiast attention.

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ARC livery for Accurascale tipplers

The highly anticipated ARC liveried version of the all-new Accurascale PTA/JTA/JUA family of bogie tippler wagons has now arrived, completing the first batch of releases.

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HORNBY SIX-WHEEL COACH DEBUTS

is jumping into 2021 with immediate delivery of its new collection of four and six-wheel carriages for ‘OO’ gauge, with a first sample arriving in the Hornby Magazine office just in time to make it into the review pages.

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Legacy detector

DCC Concepts has launched the first in a series of new products under the Legacy Models banner. This intelligent little device is a detector which is simple to install on layouts.

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Natural Scenics pre-cut cork

Natural Scenics has introduced a new collection of pre-cut cork track underlay sections to suit Hornby and Peco set-track systems.

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Busch pandemic action sets

German manufacturer Busch has adopted a slightly tongue-incheek approach for a selection of topical ‘HO’ scale shopper action sets.

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Gaugemaster brewery is ‘ale and hearty’

Gaugemaster has added a collection of brewery buildings to its range of ‘N’ gauge Kestrel kits with a four-storey main building, boiler house and stores.

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Scale Model Scenery industrial ladders

New from Scale Model Scenery is this pack of 4mm scale laser-cut industrial ladders.

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Gaugemaster spray can trigger grip

New to the Gaugemaster collection of modelling tools is this spray can trigger grip which is designed to assist with the use of aerosol paint cans.

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New identities for ‘Large Prairies’

Pacific Models has added a new customising sheet for Hornby’s recently introduced ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2Ts.

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Southern Railway ‘Lord Nelson’ Class 4-6-0s

THIS latest volume from Pen and Sword charts the history of the Southern Railway’s (SR) ‘Lord Nelson’ 4-6-0s, from introduction in 1926 to their withdrawal during 1961/1962.

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The Scottish Region in the 1970s and 1980s

AS the title suggests, this latest picture volume from Andy Gibbs focuses on British Rail’s Scottish Region traction in the 1970s and 1980s

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The Blue Pullman Story

New from Crecy Publishing is this fully revised history of the eye catching Metropolitan Cammell Midland Pullman/Western Pullman Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs).

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BR: From Green to Blue

This new pictorial album from Key Books offers a fascinating insight into the transition from BR green to the new BR blue corporate scheme and aims to include the major changes along the way such as small yellow warning panels, full yellow ends and more

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Cornish Railways: St Austell to Penzance

New from Key Books is this second volume from Craig Munday highlighting the Cornish Main Line between St Austell and Penzance.

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Modelling BR Engineers’ Wagons

This latest 132-page modeller’s guide from Key Publishing explores the fascinating subject of British Rail’s motley collection of engineers’ wagons.

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‘MOGUL’ MAGIC

Dapol’s new ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘Mogul’ has been designed with simplicity in mind when it comes to digital sound upgrades. MIKE WILD explores its potential by installing twin speakers and a few details to make this already stunning locomotive even better.

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Old Elms Park - The Yard

Having built a stunning ‘O’ gauge roundhouse to display his locomotives, MARK POLLARD created an extension to breathe new life into this BR steam era scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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BR’s traction options

Much has been written about British Railways’ post-war traction policy and in particular its decision to continue constructing what many regarded as obsolete and outdated steam engines. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks again at the dilemma BR faced and reviews whether, with hindsight, it came to the right decision.

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Staff Projects: Building bridges

Topley Dale has gained a third bridge scene with a new four-arch low height viaduct being built for the diversion route. MIKE WILD explains how it was assembled using the popular Wills kit.

VIDEO: Hornby 2021 catalogue launch

The first Hornby Magazine Show of 2021 is here and its a special edition to reveal and discuss the all-new catalogue from 'OO' gauge model manufacturer Hornby. Join Mike and Richard in the Hornby Workshop for this in-depth video guide to Hornby's new products for the year ahead.

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HORNBY 2021: All-new ‘P2’ and ‘9F’ lead the way

AN ALL-NEW ‘OO’ GAUGE London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘P2’ 2-8-2 and BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 lead the way for Hornby’s steam locomotive range in 2021, together with expansion of the Hornby Dublo collection and much more.

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HORNBY 2021: Ruston 88DS leads 2021 diesel and electric range

With development work continuing to Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge Class 390 APT and Class 91 electric from the 2020 range, this year sees the addition of two new tooling projects with the introduction of the Ruston and Hornsby 88DS 0-4-0 diesel shunter and detail revisions to the Sentinel 0-4-0 diesel shunter.