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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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

Hornby Magazine March 2022 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine March 2022

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM177, March 2022. Highlights of this issue include three stunning feature layouts, full reviews of the Bachmann Class 20/0 and Rails of Sheffield Caley '812' for 'OO', step by step modelling guides and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

HM176 PDF reader Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine February 2022

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM176, February 2022. Highlights of this issue include FULL coverage of the Hornby 2022 catalogue launch, three stunning feature layouts, first reviews of the Hornby 'W1' 4-6-4 and Dapol 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2T for 'OO', step by step modelling guides and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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.

Latest articles from Hornby Magazine

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Hornby Magazine June 2024

June 2024 issue of Hornby Magazine in page-turning format turns the spotlight on a modern marvel - Wiltshire's Fairwood Junction recreated in the present day

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Accurascale Mk 2b coaches roll in

Can Accurascale maintain its record with these important new coaches? MARK CHIVERS checks out these latest BR Mk 2s in ‘OO’.

Bachmann Narrow Gauge Baguley-Drewry 4wDM for OO9 gauge. Review Premium

Bachmann Baguley-Drewry 70HP diesel

Bachmann’s long-awaited ‘OO9’ gauge Baguley-Drewry diesel locomotives are here five years after they were first announced, but have they been worth the wait? BEN CHURCH takes a closer look.

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Class 104 conversion – Part 2

Having already rebuilt the underframes as part of his Class 104 conversion, TIM SHACKLETON turns his attention to the bodywork. 3D-printed components come to his aid, as he explains.

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Pen-y-Bryn - the Western Region in steam

The South Wales collieries inspired PHILIP COGGAN to revisit his memories of working in them and create this compact scene in ‘OO’ gauge.Photography, Philip Coggan

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Exclusive products on the Key Model World Shop

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

OUT NOW: Steel sheet piling kits for ‘OO’ gauge

The latest Key Publishing exclusive kit models modern Larssen steel sheet piling used in construction and featured on Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks 3 layout.

40145 production sample arrives

Production samples of Key Publishing’s latest limited edition ‘OO’ gauge model of Class 40 40145 East Lancashire Railway have arrived. View them here and watch our full sound demonstration.

New low-relief North Light factory laser-cut kits

Key Publishing’s exclusive collection of PJM laser-cut kits has expanded with the addition of low-relief North Light factory units for ‘OO’ gauge.

Visit the Key Model World Shop to view the full range.

Latest model railway news

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

VIDEO: Railway Icons HSDT prototype decorated sample

The decorated sample of the Railway Icons collection model of HSDT prototype power car 41001 has been revealed through the collaboration between Rails of Sheffield, Locomotion Models and Bachmann Europe together with a factory sound option of the model.

Exclusive CrossCountry HST train pack joins Key Publishing Exclusives collection

Key Publishing has teamed up with Hornby to offer a limited edition train pack featuring CrossCountry HST power cars 43184 and 43366 in ‘OO’ to celebrate the end of long-distance HST operation, exclusively available from the Key Model World Shop.

Heljan Southern PMV EP arrives

First Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Heljan’s newly-tooled ‘O’ gauge Southern Railway Parcels Miscellaneous Van (PMV)/Covered Carriage Truck (CCT) utility van have arrived for evaluation by the company’s development team.

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Magazine Contacts 



Mike Wild


Acting Editor

Mark Chivers


Associate Editor

Jonathan Newton


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Brodie Baxter