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 August 2015

The full issue in page-turning format

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Hornby Magazine July 2015

The full issue in page-turning format

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Hornby Magazine June 2015

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Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

View the latest news and features from Hornby Magazine below.

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Converting an American station for a British layout

Looking outside the usual sources for a building can reap big rewards. TIM SHACKLETON explains how Grosvenor Square’s imposing terminus building came into being using an American outline kit as the basis.

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Grosvenor Square: Building platforms

There is a myriad of methods and materials which can be used to make model platforms. Mike Wild explains how with a combination of timber, plastic, card, resin and ballast the extensive platforms for Grosvenor Square were built.

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Building a low relief backdrop

Creating a backdrop to a railway scene doesn’t have to rely on printed or painted backscenes. Mike Wild explains how the low relief scene at the back of Grosvenor Square developed.

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Station detailing at Grosvenor Square

There are many ways to bring life to a station scene. Mike Wild offers 10 top tips to make your layout’s signature location stand out from the crowd.

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Grosvenor Square: A roof over our heads

Hornby Magazine’s roofing contractor TIM SHACKLETON describes the construction of Grosvenor Square’s imposing overall canopy.

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Latest model railway news

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

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.

WIN! A Hornby ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 08 diesel shunter, worth £185.99.

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win one of Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 08 diesel shunter worth £185. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on November 25 2023.

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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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