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 July 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM169, July 2021. Highlights of this issue include our first reviews of the Bachmann 4-BEP EMU for 'OO' and Kato 'N' gauge Class 800, Kernow Model Rail Centre's LSWR Road Vans and more plus John White's stunning model of Doncaster is one of three great layouts inside alongside step by step guides, inspirational features and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section from Thursday June 3.

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Hornby Magazine June 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM168, June 2021. Highlights of this issue include exclusive features on new layouts modelling Dent and Westbury Cement Works, 25 pages of news and reviews covering Hornby's 'Coronation Scot' carriages, Trains4Us Warflats and the Lionheart Trains Mk 1s, inspirational modelling and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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Hornby Magazine May 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM167, May 2021. Highlights of this issue include a bumper read featuring 196 pages, the Hornby Magazine New Model Guide featuring 24 pages of brand new models for 2021 and beyond, the latest model reviews, features, inspirational layouts, news 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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New Peco code 80 concrete sleeper track for N gauge


Peco has introduced a new improved version of its ‘N’ gauge concrete sleeper flexible track to the range of nickel silver track options.

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‘OO9’ Ffestiniog Railway coaches return


Peco’s popular ‘OO9’ Ffestiniog Railway ‘Bug Box’ coaches return to the range in a new colour scheme.

Dapol B4 0-4-0T for O gauge. Review Premium

Dapol LSWR ’B4’ 0-4-0T for 'O' gauge


Southern Railway 7mm scale modellers are in for a treat with the arrival of the Adams ‘B4’ 0-4-0T from Dapol, but does it tick the right boxes? MIKE WILD finds out as we demonstrate the model in action.

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LSWR ‘B4’ 0-4-0T class history


Although primarily known for their work in Southampton Docks, the Adams ‘B4s’ actually had a wide sphere of operation, both on the main line and later on industrial railway complexes, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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Dapol ‘OO’ gauge Adams ‘B4’ 0-4-0T

Mike Wild.

The compact Adams ‘B4’ 0-4-0T from Dapol offering an attractive choice of shunting engine for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes detailed look at two versions from different eras from the first batch released in 2018.

Mike Wild.

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Latest model railway news

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

IN STOCK NOW: Humbrol weathering powder packs

Humbrol’s weathering powder packs are an ideal way to start out in weathering. Containing six shades, the Aging and Weathering packs can be used to enhance already weathered models as well as starting a new project. Available now on the Key Model World Shop.

IN STOCK NOW: DCC ready Class 40 limited edition

The DCC ready version of Key Publishing's exclusive limited edition model of preserved Class 40 40145 East Lancashire Railway are now in stock and ready for immediate despatch. Read more here.

Hornby Rail Charter Services HST bundle available now!

Mike Wild.

The Key Model World Shop range has expanded with the addition of an exclusive bundle featuring Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Rail Charter Services HST and five trailer coaches as well as Key Publishing’s HSTs Around Britain, 1990 to the Present Day book.

Mike Wild.

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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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Brodie Baxter