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

HM162 December 2020 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine December 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM162, December 2020. Highlights of this issue include our first review of the new Bachmann Johnson '1P' 0-4-4T for 'OO' gauge, Mike Powell's stunning Coniston Lake layout, Mike Buick's equally incredible Oak Road plus a host of modelling guides, reviews, railway history features and much more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

HM161, November 2020 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine | November 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM161, November 2020. This issue marks the launch of the 2020 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards and you can vote for your favourite models, manufacturers and retailers right here on KeyModelWorld. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

HM160, October 2020 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine | October 2020

Welcome to Hornby Magazine October 2020 celebrating 100 years of Hornby. This special issue features 172 pages of modelling content including an exclusive competition to win one of Hornby's celebratory limited edition Sir Nigel Gresley train sets plus runner up prizes of Hornby 2020 memorabilia. Inside we have a series of special features to celebrate this momentous occasion in Hornby's history and much more besides. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

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Heljan ‘OO’ gauge Class 25 re-run


Heljan’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 25 Bo-Bo diesel is back, incorporating several amendments to the original model’s specification.

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MAKING A SCENE: Building a Harbour


Railways and harbours complement each other very well. DAN EVASON shows how he built a typical scene in ‘OO’ gauge whose techniques can be used in any scale.

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Head Magnifier


Golden Valley Hobbies’ range of modelling tools has expanded with the addition of  Amtech’s useful products including this head magnifier with LED light.

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Telescopic Led Pick-Up Tool


Amtech’s telescopic magnetic tool can extend up to 800mm and is ideal for reaching behind bookcases, under desks and model railway layouts.

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Ranelagh Bridge - London Paddington's stabling point


The once familiar sight of Western Region hydraulics at Ranelagh Bridge yard has been preserved in model form by MALCOLM BENTLEY'S stunning ‘OO’ gauge layout. We discover how and why it was built as well as its clever operational tricks.


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Latest model railway news

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

Hornby 4-VEP gains colour


Hornby has received decorated samples of its upgraded ‘OO’ gauge BR Southern Region Class 423 4-VEP Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) for inspection.


Exclusive ‘Buckjumper’ for Accurascale


Accurascale has revealed an additional exclusive model of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge LNER ‘J68’ 0-6-0T finished as ‘Buckjumper’ 7027 in LNER black.


‘O’ gauge ‘Deltics’ due soon


Production of Heljan’s new batch of ‘O’ gauge Class 55 ‘Deltic’ Co-Co diesels is nearing completion, with the manufacturer sharing images of the forthcoming models in early October.


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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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Brodie Baxter