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

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Hornby Magazine October 2023

The full issue in page-turning format

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Hornby Magazine September 2023

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM195, September 2023. Highlights of this issue include our first reviews of the Hornby LNER 'P2' 2-8-2, Heljan's NBL prototype 10800 and Rails SECR 'D1' plus a full feature with exclusive images on Pete Waterman's Making Tracks 3 layout 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 August 2023

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM194, August 2023. Highlights of this issue include our first reviews of the TMC 'G5' 0-4-4T, Sonic Models 'J50' and the Dapol 'B4' 0-4-0T plus 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.

Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

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‘King’ for a day

TIM SHACKLETON pitches a classic locomotive from the early noughties against its present-day equivalent, using simple detailing techniques to bring the older model more into line with current expectations.

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Broad-Brush Approach

Giving models a realistic appearance doesn’t have to take long. TIM SHACKLETON shows how a ‘big picture’ approach using large brushes can create a lifelike look in minutes.

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Alston in 'N' gauge

This classic branch line terminus is the subject of PETER BROWN’s ‘N’ gauge layout, bringing to life a distinctive location which is now the headquarters of the South Tynedale Railway - and you can see the layout at the 2024 Great Electric Train Show.

Rapido ‘Fireless’ EPs arrive

Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Rapido Trains’ forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 ‘Caledonia’ fireless locomotives have arrived for inspection.

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Hornby Magazine July 2024

July 2024 issue of Hornby Magazine in page-turning format features an exclusive report on Pete Waterman and the Railnuts' world record at Model World LIVE

Read all our latest model railway features here.

Exclusive products on the Key Model World Shop

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

Sydenham station joins exclusive laser-cut collection

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.

IN STOCK NOW: Hornby TT:120 scale TTA tankers

Hornby's new collection of TT:120 scale 45ton TTA tankers are in stock now at the Key Model World Shop. Check out the first three liveries here.

New exclusive ‘OO’ gauge GNR signalbox kit

A ‘OO’ scale kit of the Great Northern Railway signalbox at Helpston is the latest addition to the Key Model World Shop exclusive building collection, produced by PJM Models.

Visit the Key Model World Shop to view the full range.

Latest model railway news

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

Ellis Clark postpones ‘O’ gauge wagons

Ellis Clark Trains has postponed its planned ‘O’ gauge ‘Shark’, ‘Seacow’ and ‘Sealion’ engineers' wagons.

Heaton Lodge Junction extension fund

Heaton Lodge Junction owner Simon George has launched a fundraising campaign to complete the second phase of the expansive ‘O’ gauge layout. 

Hornby TT:120 Class 50s arrive!

Hornby's all-new 'TT:120' scale Class 50 Co-Co diesels have arrived with retailers and are in stock now on the Key Model World Shop.

Read all the latest model railway news here.

Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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Brodie Baxter