Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

Edited by 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 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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Back Issues

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Hornby Magazine April 2023

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM190, April 2023. Highlights of this issue include the launch of our new diesel depot layout, exclusive Key Publishing limited editions, first reviews of the latest releases and much more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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Hornby Magazine March 2023 | HM189

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM189, March 2023. Highlights of this issue include our Flying Scotsman Centenary supplement, first reviews of the latest releases and much more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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Hornby Magazine February 2023

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM188, February 2023. Highlights of this issue include a full guide Hornby 2023 catalogue and much more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

ZIMO sound chip updates Feature Premium


Technology is always on the move and specialist model railway decoder manufacturer ZIMO is no exception. MIKE WILD discovers what this Austrian brand’s latest MS series sound decoders have to offer.

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iTRAIN software for model railways


Digital Command Control systems are available in many forms, including the ability for full automation of a layout. One such system is iTrain Layout Control, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

DCC Concepts Zen decoder family Feature Premium

DCC Concepts Zen Decoder family

DCC Concepts’ Zen decoder collection offers a comprehensive and flexible system with the option to add plug-and-play stay alives. MIKE WILD reviews the range.

Yamorc DCC accessory decoders Feature Premium


A new name to the Digital Command Control market is YaMoRC. MARK CHIVERS looks at this fledgling brand’s newly-released accessory decoders.

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Horsley - a Southern Railway branch line in OO gauge


Sometimes a new model can prompt a new wave of interest, and for COLIN CHISEM, Bachmann’s ‘N’ 2-6-0 saw him switch to the Southern Railway from his lifelong passion for all things Great Western.

Kernow Model Rail Centre LSWR box van. Review Premium

Kernow delivers ‘O’ gauge LSWR van


We inspect Kernow Model Rail Centre's 'O' gauge ready-to-run model of the LSWR Diagram 1410 box van. Read the full review here.

Dapol anchor mounted tanker for O gauge. Review Premium

Dapol’s anchor-mounted tanker arrives for ‘O’ gauge

First announced in November 2020, Dapol’s all-new ‘O’ gauge 14ton anchor-mounted tank wagon is now available. We check out this addition to the manufacturers growing collection of steam era goods wagons.

Revolution Trains JNA-T for N gauge. Review Premium

Revolution Trains 'N' gauge JNA-T box wagons


Reflecting the present-day rail scene, Revolution Trains has delivered a kaleidoscope of colour with its latest ‘N’ gauge project, the MMA-A/JNA-T bogie box wagons. MARK CHIVERS inspects these newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge arrivals.

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Twin Track Sound vent van in ‘OO’ gauge


Digital sound is an enthralling part of the model railway scene and Hornby has sought to bring even more value to ‘OO’ gauge with the introduction of its Twin Track Sound fitted Western Region style ventilated van.

Billingham in OO gauge. Feature Premium

Billingham – the 1950s in the North East


BILL STEPHENSON describes the Middlesbrough MRC’s ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout depicting Billingham station and its approaches from 1955 to 1963. Photography, Mike Wild.


Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Assitant Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Richard Watson


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Brodie Baxter