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 January 2018

The January 2018 issue of Hornby Magazine features the Warley show in a dedicated eight-page news section highlighting new products on show as well as new announcements.
We also have a full review of Dapol’s new GWR AEC railcar alongside new releases from Train-Tech, Hornby, Bachmann, Minerva, Noch and more, three stunning feature layouts headlined by Yeovil MRG’s The Summit, a detailed step by step guide to installing digital sound in Hornby’s ‘H’ 0-4-4T, Hornby Magazine’s guide to the best ballasts and an installation guide for Viessmann animated figures. All our regulars are back, too, including Reality Check, Railway Realism, Staff Projects, Showcase and Show Guide. Don’t miss it!

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Hornby Magazine December 2017

The latest issue of Hornby Magazine is headlined by an exclusive first review of Hornby’s new Wainwright ‘H’ 0-4-4T for ‘OO’ gauge, a £1,000 model giveaway offering five great prizes and free 2018 calendar.
Plus, this digital edition includes three videos showcasing the Hornby ‘H’ 0-4-4T, Branor Systems Camtruck and Legomanbiffo’s DCC sound decoders for the 4-TC and Class 33/1.

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Hornby Magazine November 2017

Exclusive first reviews of Hornby’s new Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 and Kernow Model Rail Centre’s Bulleid 1-Co-Co-1 diesel headline the latest issue of Hornby Magazine along with a competition to win a new ‘Duchess’ together with a ‘Royal Scot’ and a collection of buildings from the Skaledale collection.

Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

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Rapido's GWR Diagram AA20 ‘Toad’ brake van lands


A newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘Toad’ brake van is here. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at this latest release for the scale.

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How to weather an Accurascale DRS Class 37/4


The arrival of the all-new Accurascale Class 37/4s for ‘OO’ gauge prompted MIKE WILD to give DRS-operated 37425 an equally detailed weathered finish. He explains all in this step by step guide.

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MAKING TRACKS 3: Milton Keynes Central - the finished layout


When you have built two stunning 64ft long layouts in two years and you want to build a third, how do you make it even better? The answer was to take on a challenge from Hornby Magazine, which PETE WATERMAN OBE and the Railnuts did when they set out to build Milton Keynes Central in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD explains all.

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Accurascale FNA-D nuclear flask wagon for 'OO' gauge


These distinctive wagons are now with retailers - but do they make MARK CHIVERS go nuclear with delight?

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Rapido Trains’ SECR Six-Wheel Brake Vans


These distinctive and important vehicles are now available. MARK CHIVERS puts Rapido’s new ‘OO’ gauge model under the microscope.


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Latest model railway news

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

KR Models’ 4-DD EP progresses


KR Models has received the latest Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge Southern Railway Bulleid 4-DD four-car double-deck Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) for assessment.


Rapido ‘OO’ GWR ‘44XX’ specification confirmed


Rapido Trains UK has confirmed the specification for its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘44XX’ 2-6-2T.


Hornby ‘Turbomotive’ edges closer


Final decorated samples of Hornby’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Royal ‘Turbomotive’ 4-6-2 have arrived for approval by the development team.


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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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