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 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.

HM174 December 2021 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine December 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM174, December 2021. Highlights of this issue include an exclusive feature on a stunning and huge model of Reading to Twyford in 'OO' gauge featuring 160ft of scenery, comprehensive reviews of gas turbine 18000 from Rails of Sheffield, Bachmann's new Class 47, Locomotion's 'Improved Precedent' 2-4-0 and new Accurascale wagons for 'OO' as well as Heljan's new 'O' gauge Class 47 and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section from Thursday November 4.

HM173, November 2021 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine November 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM173, November 2021. Highlights of this issue include three stunning layouts in 'OO' and 'O' gauge, the latest model reviews covering Bachmann's 'V2' 2-6-2 for 'OO', Dapol's Class 122 for 'O' and more, the chance to win a Hornby Dublo 'Merchant Navy' 4-6-2, practical modelling guides, the winners of the 2021 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards voting 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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Building a ‘OO9’ micro layout – Part one


With a new influx of models in this narrow gauge scale, DAN EVASON shows how you can create a grand scene the size of a pizza.

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Hornby’s all-new LNER 'P2' 2-8-2 debuts


The stunning Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2s are the subject of a brand-new model from Hornby. MIKE WILD gets to grips with this enticing new offering highlighting its details and performance.

Heljan NBL prototype 10800 Review Premium

FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s NBL prototype 10800


Prototype diesels have been a popular subject choice in ‘OO’ gauge over the past decade, but it was hard to imagine the short-lived Ivatt designed Bo-Bo being produced. Heljan’s all-new model is here and MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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BR’s North British 10800


Although many people think that BR’s Modernisation Plan was the start of the diesel era, there had been several attempts to introduce alternative traction prior to that, with one of the least successful being 10800, which was, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates, ordered before nationalisation.

St John's layout feature Feature Premium

St John’s - a GWR branch line terminus in 'OO'


PAUL WARDEN opted to 'Go Great Western’ with his first ever layout, recalling summer Saturdays in Glorious Devon in the 1930s and 1960s in ‘OO’ gauge - and you can see it at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. Read the full feature and watch our exclusive layout tour video here.


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Exclusive products on the Key Model World Shop

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

FIRST LOOK: Bradley Manor limited edition in colour

The first fully decorated sample for Key Publishing’s limited edition model of preserved Great Western Railway ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 7802 Bradley Manor arrived for inspection in late January offering the first impression of the finished product.

Key Publishing commissions Accurascale 'Manor'

Key Publishing has commissioned an exclusive limited edition model of preserved Great Western Railway ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 7802 Bradley Manor from Accurascale, with delivery expected in early 2022.

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Latest model railway news

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

Lionheart adds Mk 1 BCK and FK


Lionheart Trains has added two new ‘O’ gauge BR Mk 1 carriages to its range with announcement of all-new Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) and Corridor First (FK) coaches.


Colour for Bachmann Baguley DH88


Bachmann has received decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO9’ narrow gauge Baguley-Drewery 70hp DH88s for evaluation by the company’s development team.


Pocket Planet revealed


Leisure experience developer Pocket Planet has revealed details of an exciting new 30,000 square foot model attraction set to open on London’s Oxford Street from next year.


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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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