Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

Welcome to KeyModelWorld and Hornby Magazine. This page features all of our content from the latest and past issues, offering an outstanding resource of quality editorial from the Hornby Magazine team. Subscribers can log in to KeyModelWorld to view all our premium content, but if you are just visiting then there is FREE content for everyone in our News and Online Exclusives section to keep you up to date with the latest news and arrivals in model railways.

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HORNBY 2021: Carriages Galore

LEADING THE WAY FOR Hornby’s range of ‘OO’ gauge carriages and wagons for 2021 is a new series of four-wheel and six-wheel carriages in a wide choice of configurations and liveries.

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HORNBY 2021: RailRoad new items

HORNBY’S RailRoad range of models increases by 23 new locomotives this year, plus two train packs including steam and diesel locomotives in an array of colourful liveries.

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HORNBY 2021: TRAIN SETS

Hornby’s latest HM6000 analogue control system appears in a train set for the first time this year as part of the iTraveller 6000 train set (R1271M) forming one of three new train sets for 2021.

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HORNBY 2021: PLAYTRAINS

In 2021 Hornby is introducing an exciting new children’s range of interactive train packs and sets – Hornby Playtrains.

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2020 product release dates

Hornby has provided an update on the arrival timescales for its remaining all-new products from the 2020 range covering the Thompson 'A2s', 'W1', Class 91, BR '2MT', APT and 'Coronation' carriages for 'OO'.

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Ashdan Junction

The West Midlands in the 1970s is the setting for BARRY PLATT’S ‘OO’ gauge digital sound layout – which recaptures the times wonderfully. Read the full story here, originally published in HM121, and watch the video too. Photography, Mike Wild.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show Christmas Special

Join Mike, Mark and Richard to find out what has been happening on Topley Dale and start you Christmas celebrations with the Hornby Magazine team. The video will be ready to watch at 8pm on December 24 on this page.

VIDEO: Kernow D600 'Warship' with sound

The free 32-page digital sound guide with HM163 (January 2021 issue) includes a step by step guide for the Kernow Model Rail Centre D600 'Warship' for 'OO' gauge to demonstrate installing sound with a 21-pin decoder. Join us here to watch the finished model in action on the Hornby Magazine test track.

VIDEO: Hornby 'Black Five' with D&H sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install a Doehler & Haass 8-pin sound decoder with Locoman Sounds latest sound project for the Stanier 'Black Five'. The feature uses the Hornby model with a locomotive mounted decoder socket and the full installation guide is part of our Beginners' Guide to Digital Sound supplement issued with HM163. Watch our sound demonstration here.

Locomotion and Rails limited edition ‘V2s’

Four exclusive editions using Bachmann’s all-new model of the Gresley ‘V2’ 2-6-2 for ‘OO’ gauge have been announced by Locomotion Models and Rails of Sheffield. The limited editions are due for release in 2021 alongside Bachmann’s main batch of new ‘V2s’.

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Heljan 2021 FREE catalogue PDF!

FREE SUBSCRIBER ACCESS! Heljan has released its 2021 catalogue and Hornby Magazine subscribers can view it now for free! Sign in or sign up to gain access to the Heljan 2021 catalogue here on KeyModelWorld and read our news story too.

Heljan reveals 2021 catalogue

Heljan has revealed its new catalogue for 2021 including new products for 'OO' and 'O' gauge and new liveries for previous models. Highlights include an LMS inspection saloon for 'O' gauge plus details of the Class 02 shunter for 'OO'. Read the full story here.

FIRST LOOK: Accurascale Class 37

Accurascale has received the first engineering sample for its eagerly anticipated all-new 'OO' gauge model of the English Electric Class 37. Take a closer look here at the split headcode version.

Drax Biomass hoppers for 'N'

Revolution Trains has teamed up with Rails of Sheffield for its next 'N' gauge wagon, the IIA-D biomass hopper (UIC code: Tafoos) used on traffic to and from Drax power station.

Revolution bags Gypsum containers in 'N'

Revolution Trains is planning to offer the distinctive 20ft British Gypsum containers as separate items for 'N' gauge modellers to utilise as loads for their existing bogie KFA or four-wheel PFA container flats.

VIDEO: Hornby Class 31 with TTS

Hornby's Twin Track Sound decoder provide the perfect starting point to explore digital sound. In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install a TTS decoder in a Hornby Class 31 together with a speaker upgrade. Watch in it action here.

VIDEO: Hornby's latest 'Princess Royal'

The latest version of Hornby's all-new model of the Stanier 'Princess Royal' 4-6-2 for 'OO' is 46211 Queen Maud in BR lined green. We put it through its paces on the Hornby Magazine test track.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | December 2020

Join Mike, Mark and Richard for our monthly Hornby Magazine Show feature video to see the latest progress on Topley Dale, the winners of the 2020 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards, the latest news new arrivals and more. Watch it here...

VIDEO: Hattons Class 66 with Legomanbiffo sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we demonstrate how to install digital sound into Hattons Model Railways 'OO' gauge model of the Class 66 using an ESU LokSound V5 decoder with Legomanbiffo's bespoke sound for the Co-Co diesel. Join us now as Mike Wild demonstrates its sound functions on our test track.

VIDEO: Dapol GWR '43XX' 2-6-0 for 'OO'

Dapol's new GWR '43XX' 2-6-0 is out now for 'OO' gauge and we review this stunning new addition in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine. Watch it in action on our 'OO' gauge test track here.

Rapido Trains UK launches

Rapido Trains has officially launched its UK division – Rapido Trains UK - with a series of newly tooled British-outline models including three ‘OO’ gauge projects, an ‘N’ gauge locomotive and more 1:76 scale double-decker buses.

VIDEO: KR Models' GT3 for 'OO'

KR Models' debut 'OO' gauge model it unique English Electric gas turbine prototype GT3. We review the model exclusively in HM163 while here we put the model through its paces on the Hornby Magazine test track.

VIDEO: Bachmann GWR '94XX' 0-6-0PT for 'OO'

Bachmann's all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR '94XX' 0-6-0PT arrived in the Hornby Magazine office for review in HM163 - the January 2021 issue - which includes our full insight into this compact and powerful tank engine. Join us here to watch it in action on our test track.

VIDEO: Accurascale PTA tipplers for 'OO'

Accurascale's new PTA tippler wagons for 'OO' gauge feature in the review section of the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM163, January 2021. Join us in the workshop as we showcase these wagons running on Topley Dale.

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Hornby Magazine January 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM163, January 2021. Highlights of this issue include our exclusive first review of KR Models' GT3 for 'OO', first reviews of the Bachmann '94XX' 0-6-0PT and Dapol '43XX' 2-6-0, stunning layout features, step by step guides, the winners of the 2020 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards and much more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

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Welcome to the January 2021 issue

This issue we are celebrating the best of the manufacturers, retailers, models and layouts in 2020 with the results of the Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards. I won’t be giving anything away right here, but you can read the full list of winners in this issue and join us online at youtube.com/hornbymag from 8pm on December 3 to watch our video presentation as part of our monthly Hornby Magazine Show. 

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North Cornwall Brewery

The brewery trade is the setting for MALCOLM BRIGGS’ superbly modelled brand-new ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Discover its secrets and how this well thought-out project came together. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards | The Results

The votes have been counted and we can now reveal the winners of the annual Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards. With the highest level of voting so far, MIKE WILD presents the awards for 2020, as selected by Hornby Magazine readers.

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Modelling Stanier coaches

TIM SHACKLETON looks at some subtle but surprisingly effective ways of improving ‘OO’ gauge coaches from Bachmann and Hornby.

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Lakeside

It has a thorough backstory, but GRAHAM FOULSTON uses his highly detailed ‘OO’ gauge scenic layout as a stage to display a wide range of models, from the ‘Big Four’ to the present day, home and abroad. Photography, Mike Wild.