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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Back Issues

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Hornby Magazine June 2023

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM192, June 2023. Highlights of this issue include our first review of Accurascale's stunning new 'OO' gauge Class 37, detailed step by step modelling guides, three stunning layouts 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 2023

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM191, May 2023. Highlights of this issue include our first review of the Sonic Models GCR 'A5' 4-6-2T for OO gauge, Lewis Bucknell's Misselthwaite, detailed step by step modelling guides 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 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.

Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

Cavalex Models OO gauge Class 56 model review. Review Premium

FIRST REVIEW: Cavalex Models Class 56 for OO gauge


Cavalex Models’ debut powered model arrived at the end of January. MIKE WILD takes an exclusive look at the first production versions of this highly-anticipated ‘OO’ gauge locomotive.


Model Rail Scotland 2024 Preview


Scotland’s premier model railway exhibition returns to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow this February. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at some of the highlights of this year’s show.

Locoman Sounds GWR Manor sound demonstration video. Feature Premium

Speaker upgrade for the Accurascale ‘Manor’


Accurascale’s GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is a superb model, but it left room for improvement in the speaker setup. MIKE WILD shows how he fitted Locoman Sounds’ latest profile for these two-cylinder locomotives together with a speaker upgrade.

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DCC Power Bus Terminator


A further addition to the Hobby Trax range of electronic components is this pack of Digital Command Control (DCC) ‘Spike Buster’ terminators.


Staff Projects: Reviving Topley Dale


It’s approaching two years since Topley Dale was dismantled and put into storage, but now the layout is being rebuilt in a much bigger, extended form. MIKE WILD explains the first steps and the vision for the future.


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Exclusive products on the Key Model World Shop

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

Scorpion and Scimitar upscale to ‘O’

Mike Wild.

PJM Models has upscaled its popular 3D printed Scorpion and Scimitar 3D printed CVR(T)s for ‘O’ gauge modellers and they are available now exclusively from the Key Model World Shop.

Mike Wild.
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Building Twelvemill Bridge – Part Two: The Viaduct


In the second part of our series following construction of our brand-new ‘TT:120' scale layout, MIKE WILD explains how the laser-cut viaduct kit was built and installed.


Exclusive Wild & Chivers coal wagon

Mike Wild.

The first of a new series of annual exclusive wagons featuring the names from the Key Publishing team on classic private owner wagons in ‘OO’ gauge. The first is Wild & Chivers.

Mike Wild.

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Latest model railway news

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

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Bachmann all-new 'OO' Class 30 and 31


Join us as we reveal the first samples of Bachmann's next 'OO' gauge model which forms part of the new British Railway Announcements going live on February 7 2024.


Accurascale reveals ‘O’ gauge 88DS decorated samples


Accurascale has received decorated samples of its forthcoming Ruston and Hornsby 88DS locomotives for ‘O’ gauge.


Sydenham station joins exclusive laser-cut collection

Mike Wild.

The laser-cut kit for Sydenham station featured in Pete Waterman’s Little Trains and Big Names with Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi is the next kit to enter the Key Publishing laser-cut collection from PJM Models.

Mike Wild.

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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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