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 March 2015

The full issue in page-turning format

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Hornby Magazine February 2015

The full issue in page-turning format

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Hornby Magazine January 2015

The full issue in page-turning format

Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

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Making a Scene: Locomotive Rescue!

What do you do with a model beyond repair? DAN EVASON creates a scene of salvation in ‘OO’ scale using in the latest Making a Scene modelling guide.

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Cleaning Up Dirtying Down

Are you unhappy with factory weathering or unsure what to do about unwanted paint and pigments? If you want to change the appearance of your models, TIM SHACKLETON has the solution.

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REALITY CHECK: The BR Standard '2MT' 2-6-0s

The old saying of ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ is often used in railway circles and this saying was never more true than in the design of the ‘2MT’ 2-6-0s which, despite being a BR Standard design, were near identical copies of an earlier type, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Conyer Creek Signals - an SECR branch line in O gauge

A sleepy Kent Coast creek is the setting for GREG COOMBER’S debut ‘O’ gauge layout, set in the pre-Grouping era.

WIN! A Hornby ‘OO’ gauge Freightmaster train set, worth £170.

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge Freightmaster train set , worth £170. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on January 25 2024.

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Latest model railway news

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

Exclusive Wild & Chivers coal wagon

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.

Hornby Magazine Model Railway Award winners 2023

The winners of the 2023 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards have been revealed. See all the winners here, as voted for by Hornby Magazine readers.

Rails and Cavalex reveal ‘OO’ PXA and JXA steel wagons

Rails of Sheffield has commissioned two new exclusive ‘OO’ gauge wagons from Cavalex Models, with the announcement of newly-tooled PXA bogie steel coil carriers and JXA bogie scrap wagons.

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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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Brodie Baxter