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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Ways to buy Hornby Magazine

Available in Print edition delivered to your door, E-Magazine page turner via App Store and Google Play or read online as part of KeyModelWorld premium subscription.

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Back Issues

HM168 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine June 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM168, June 2021. Highlights of this issue include exclusive features on new layouts modelling Dent and Westbury Cement Works, 25 pages of news and reviews covering Hornby's 'Coronation Scot' carriages, Trains4Us Warflats and the Lionheart Trains Mk 1s, inspirational modelling and 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 May 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM167, May 2021. Highlights of this issue include a bumper read featuring 196 pages, the Hornby Magazine New Model Guide featuring 24 pages of brand new models for 2021 and beyond, the latest model reviews, features, inspirational layouts, news and 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 April 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM166, April 2021 - which celebrates the famous Somerset and Dorset Railway to mark 55 years since its closure by British Railways. Highlights of this issue include in-depth reviews of the new Hornby 'A2/2' for 'OO' gauge alongside the new 'O' gauge Class 17 and AEC railcar from Heljan, featured layouts, step by step guides and 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.

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HRA Bogie Hopper Wagons


Bachmann’s recently announced HRA bogie aggregate hopper wagons have arrived, with newly-tooled models in ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge debuting together.

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MAKING A SCENE: Submerged Spitfire scene


DAN EVASON was inspired by a story to create this stunning scene in 4mm scale - which, with adaptation, could be set in any era from the dawn of flight to the present day.

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Lockdown Sidings


The Pandemic lockdowns prompted SIMON MARSH to build his first layout in many years - and it shows what can be achieved in a small space in ‘OO’ gauge. Photography, Trevor Jones

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Hornby Magazine March 2024

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Hornby ‘Big Four‘ Collection: LNER ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit


Hornby’s ‘Big Four’ Collection commemorates 100 years of these famous railways, with Gresley ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit flying the flag for the London North Eastern Railway (LNER).


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Exclusive products on the Key Model World Shop

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

Key Publishing launches limited edition Coal Sector Class 31


The Key Publishing Limited Edition collection is expanding with an exclusive model of Coal Sector liveried Class 31 31276 Calder Hall Power Station with Accurascale for ‘OO’ gauge.

Weathering a Diesel Brake Tender in OO gauge. Feature Freemium

Weathering Diesel Brake Tenders in 'OO' gauge


With a new selection of Key Publishing’s exclusive ‘OO’ gauge diesel brake tender now available, TIM COOPER shows how some gentle weathering can really bring this model to life.


New Diesel Brake Tenders launch!


A new batch of three different ‘OO’ gauge Diesel Brake Tender models are now available from Key Publishing. Mike Wild introduces these new releases.


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Latest model railway news

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

New Overbridge and Mill for Metcalfe 


Metcalfe have unveiled images of their forthcoming Grimy Old Mill and Overbridge kits for OO and N gauge.


Rails reveals exclusive Cavalex Models Class 60s


Rails of Sheffield has commissioned three exclusive limited editions of Cavalex Models forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Class 60.


WIN! A Hornby ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard '2MT', worth £230.

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win one of Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘2MT’ 2-6-0s, worth £230. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on February 25 2024.

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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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Brodie Baxter