Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

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MADE IN CHINA

Hornby’s decision to move production to the far east was considered highly controversial at the time, but the move secured the company’s future, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

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Best layouts of all time

More than 470 layouts have graced the pages of Hornby Magazine since our first issue in March 2007. For this special feature we went back into the archives to pick an outstanding crop of 10.

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BACHMANN'S CLASS 117 DMU

Brand new to the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge the Pressed Steel Class 117 three-car MARK CHIVERS inspects this which looks to put the vintage firmly in the shade.

VIDEO: Bachmann's Class 117 DMUs

Bachmann's new 'OO' gauge models of the Class 117s arrived in June. In this video we showcase these highly detailed new units in action on our test track with analogue control.

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VIDEO: Bachmann Class 117 sound installation

Following the arrival of Bachmann's new Class 117 DMUs we were keen to test the models abilities with a sound decoder installed. This video guide with MIKE WILD explains how it is done using a ZIMO MX645P22 decoder.

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THE PRESSED STEEL CLASS 117

One of the longest-lived of the first-generation DMUs was the Pressed Steel-built Class 117, intended for the Western Region but later used in many other parts of the country. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES delves into the history of these highly regarded trains.

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UPGRADED SULZER ‘24’

The SLW Class 24 was highly regarded when it first arrived in 2016 (HM111), but now it has been given a makeover to enhance its details and make its sound file more user friendly. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the latest additions to the portfolio.

VIDEO: SLW Class 24s on Topley Dale

Sutton's Locomotive Works 'OO' gauge Class 24s staged a takeover on Hornby Magazine's Topley Dale in June. Join us now as we showcase 97201 and D5021 in action on era specific trains.

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VIDEO: SLW Class 24s in detail

In this exclusive KeyModelWorld video, MIKE WILD demonstrates the full suite of sounds on Sutton's Locomotive Works stunning 'OO' gauge Class 24s. Join us now for extra images and video which you can only watch here.

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Hornby's GWR 'Large Prairie'

The powerful and versatile ‘5101’ and ‘61XX’ 2-6-2Ts are the latest Great Western motive power to be released for ‘OO’ gauge by Hornby. MIKE WILD inspects the first arrival – 6145 in BR black.

VIDEO: Hornby's new 'OO' gauge '61XX'

Hornby's new GWR '61XX' 2-6-2T arrived with retailers in June. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at our sample of 6145 in BR black for this latest video feature.

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Kernow's GW150 Class 117 & 121

NEW from Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) are these exclusive Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge Class 117 and Class 121 diesel multiple units (DMUs) in GW150 lined chocolate and cream livery.

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Farish Thompsons debut

New to the Graham Farish rolling stock collection this month is the first of its ‘N’ gauge Thompson corridor coaches.

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Magnetic couplings offer easy replacement

Launched earlier this year, the Hunt Coupling range of magnetic couplings for ‘OO’ from West Hill Wagon Works has expanded rapidly.

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Tenshodo coreless power bogie

New in from Tenshodo at Scalelink is an upgraded and revitalised motor bogie featuring a coreless motor.

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DMU destination boards

NEW from Pacific Models is this comprehensive collection of first generation Diesel Multiple Unit destination blinds for ‘OO’ gauge. They have been designed to suit readily available ready-to-run DMUs from Bachmann and Dapol including classes 101, 105, 108, the new 117, 121 and 122.

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UNDERGROUND SOUND

The London Transport Stock was hugely popular when it was released in 2015 and now DC kits and legomanoifffo have produced a new ESU sound decoder twin pack to bring these units to life. MIKE WILD explores its potential and shows how he went about upgrading a four-car set with additional functions.

VIDEO: S Stock digital sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install DCC sound and lights into Bachmann's London Transport Museum S Stock. MIKE WILD showcases the finished result in this video using Legomanbiffo's latest ESU sound files.

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Theobald’s Yard

Orpington and District Model Railway Society chose a multi-gauge scenario for its busy 7mm scale industrial layout. MARTIN COOMBS and the operating team reveal how and why it was built - and what is next for its future. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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WARTIME HEAVY FREIGHT

In times of national crisis our railways are often called on to perform extraordinary feats, and in the Second World War freight traffic rose to such an extent that a special breed of locomotive was required to deal with it. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains all.

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Staff Projects: Garden Railway Construction | Part Two

In the second part of Hornby Magazine Editor MIKE WILD’S three-part series on the construction of his ‘O’ gauge garden railway, he moves on to the return loop and development of the power system.

Hornby reveals LMR open third!

Hornby has revealed that it is working on a 'OO' gauge model of the Open Third carriages hauled by Rocket on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway for release in September this year!

VIDEO: Melton Mowbray (North)

We met with John Spence who gave us the rundown on his fantastic Leicestershire based layout which models the former Melton Mowbray (North) station in 'N' gauge. Watch it here.

KR Models to produce 'N' gauge 'King'

KR Models has opened the expression of interest form for its 'N' gauge GWR 'King' project. The model is planned for release in late 2021 subject to receiving sufficient interest.

Heljan shows Class 45/1 in colour

Heljan has released images of a hand-painted version of its new 'OO' gauge model of the Class 45/1 ahead of its release.

Heljan shows decorated Cargowaggons for 'OO'

Heljan has received decorated samples of the new batch of 'OO' gauge Cargowaggon Habfis sliding door bogie vans. The new set of vehicles model six different wagons including pristine and weathered examples plus a pair replicating the RailAdventure barrier wagons used to bring new trains from mainland Europe to the UK via the Channel Tunnel. 

Accurascale Class 92 materialises

Accurascale has received the first engineering prototype (EP) sample of its new ‘OO’ gauge Brush Class 92 Co-Co electric for evaluation.

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VIDEO: Class 37 sound for 'OO' gauge

In this online feature we show how to install digital sound into the Bachmann Class 37 using a ZIMO MX644D decoder and Rail Exclusive speaker. 

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Hornby Inter7City Mk 3s

EXCLUSIVE ONLINE REVIEW!
Read our verdict on Hornby's new Inter7City liveried sliding door Mk 3s here first and watch them running in full formation on our test track.

A2/2 and A2/3 samples debut

Hornby has taken delivery of the first engineering samples of its new ‘OO’ gauge Thompson ‘A2/2’ and ‘A2/3’ class ‘Pacifics’, together with an early running sample for evaluation by the company’s development team.