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

Hornby Magazine March 2022 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine March 2022

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM177, March 2022. Highlights of this issue include three stunning feature layouts, full reviews of the Bachmann Class 20/0 and Rails of Sheffield Caley '812' for 'OO', 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.

HM176 PDF reader Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine February 2022

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM176, February 2022. Highlights of this issue include FULL coverage of the Hornby 2022 catalogue launch, three stunning feature layouts, first reviews of the Hornby 'W1' 4-6-4 and Dapol 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2T for 'OO', 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.

Hornby Magazine January 2022 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine January 2022

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM175, January 2022. Highlights of this issue include an exclusive feature on Pete Waterman's stunning 'O' gauge model of Leamington Spa, our first review of Bachmann's all-new 'OO9' Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T and Heljan's new centre headcode Class 40 for 'O' gauge, detailed step by step guides, railway history and the start of our brand-new narrow gauge layout build 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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Terrific TTA Tankers


The ubiquitous TTA ‘monobloc’ tank wagon has been a common sight for ‘OO’ gauge modellers for a long time. Half a century since first appearing in the Hornby range in 1973, the manufacturer has retooled this classic BR wagon for its 2023 range and the first examples are now available.

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The Great Gathering Returns


2013 witnessed the reuniting of all six surviving Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2s including two based in North America. A decade ago, Hornby released limited edition models to commemorate the reunion and now they are being re-released – this time in limited edition Hornby Dublo form – to mark ten years since that landmark and unlikely-to-be-repeated event.

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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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Exclusive products on the Key Model World Shop

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

Norton Bridge 3D printed signalbox interior kit out now!


New to the Key Model World Shop is a bespoke 3D printed interior kit for our recently introduced laser-cut model of Norton Bridge signalbox.

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Building a diesel depot Part 4: The ‘Birdcage Bridge’


In the fourth and final feature, MIKE WILD builds PJM Models’ laser-cut GCR ‘Birdcage Bridge’ and explains how it was installed as a scenic break for the Diesel Depot build.


West Coast relay room expands exclusive laser-cut collection


PJM Models’ laser-cut ‘OO’ scale kit for a West Coast Main Line relay room is the latest product to join the Key Publishing Exclusives collection.


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Latest model railway news

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

Hornby Locomotion No. 1 for OO gauge News Freemium

REVEALED: Hornby 2024 'OO' gauge range launches


Hornby's all-new 70th catalogue has been revealed today with the headline act being an all-new model of Locomotion No. 1 for 'OO' gauge. Read our full news coverage of the Hornby 2024 range release here.


Hattons confirms closure


After 77 years of trading, North West retailer Hattons Model Railways has confirmed that the business is to close.


‘N’ gauge Newton Chambers car transporters progress


Sonic Models has received the latest Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its all-new ‘N’ gauge Newton Chambers car transporters.


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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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