Hornby Magazine

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HM163 January 2021 Feature Premium

Hornby Magazine January 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM163, January 2021. Highlights of this issue include our exclusive first review of KR Models' GT3 for 'OO', first reviews of the Bachmann '94XX' 0-6-0PT and Dapol '43XX' 2-6-0, stunning layout features, step by step guides, the winners of the 2020 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards and much more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Online Exclusives section.

VIDEO: KR Models' GT3 for 'OO'

KR Models' debut 'OO' gauge model it unique English Electric gas turbine prototype GT3. We review the model exclusively in HM163 while here we put the model through its paces on the Hornby Magazine test track.

VIDEO: Bachmann GWR '94XX' 0-6-0PT for 'OO'

Bachmann's all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR '94XX' 0-6-0PT arrived in the Hornby Magazine office for review in HM163 - the January 2021 issue - which includes our full insight into this compact and powerful tank engine. Join us here to watch it in action on our test track.

VIDEO: Accurascale PTA tipplers for 'OO'

Accurascale's new PTA tippler wagons for 'OO' gauge feature in the review section of the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM163, January 2021. Join us in the workshop as we showcase these wagons running on Topley Dale.

WIN! A Hornby Christmas Hamper worth over £440!

Hornby and Hornby Magazine are offering a chance to win one of Hornby’s new Family Fun Christmas Hampers (Cat No. R1278) in our latest exclusive competition. The closing date for entries is January 25 2021.

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Welcome to the January 2021 issue

This issue we are celebrating the best of the manufacturers, retailers, models and layouts in 2020 with the results of the Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards. I won’t be giving anything away right here, but you can read the full list of winners in this issue and join us online at youtube.com/hornbymag from 8pm on December 3 to watch our video presentation as part of our monthly Hornby Magazine Show. 

HM163 North Cornwall Brewery Feature Premium

North Cornwall Brewery

The brewery trade is the setting for MALCOLM BRIGGS’ superbly modelled brand-new ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Discover its secrets and how this well thought-out project came together. Photography, Mike Wild.

Lakeside

It has a thorough backstory, but GRAHAM FOULSTON uses his highly detailed ‘OO’ gauge scenic layout as a stage to display a wide range of models, from the ‘Big Four’ to the present day, home and abroad. Photography, Mike Wild.

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KR Models debuts GT3

KR Models launched its model railway business in 2018 with plans to produce a ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of unique English Electric gas turbine prototype GT3, and now it’s in the Hornby Magazine office for review. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this sought-after new arrival.

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ENGLISH ELECTRIC’S GT3

In the rush to replace steam during the 1950s and 1960s a number of different propulsion systems were proposed, with gas turbines being the least successful. A number of experimental locomotives were, however, built with one of the shortest lived being English Electric’s GT3, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES remembers.

HM163 Bachmann 94XX 0-6-0PT Review Premium

Bachmann’s Hawksworth ‘PANNIER’

The final development of the Great Western Railway ‘Pannier’ tank is the subject of Bachmann’s latest ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this brand-new and ‘most-wanted’ new release.

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Accurascale Tipplers debut

The latest ‘OO’ gauge wagons to arrive from Accurascale are PTA//JTA/JUA bogie tipplers. MIKE WILD inspects these outstanding new additions for the freight sector.

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Dapol steps up with GWR ‘Mogul’

Dapol has been continually enhancing its ready-to-run locomotives with new features, performance and even finer detail, but its latest could be its best yet. MIKE WILD puts the new GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 for ‘OO’ gauge through its paces to find out.

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Whitmoor

When members of Astolat MRC wanted a new ‘N’ gauge layout, considerable thought went into providing a suitable showcase for their stock – and ultimately third-rail, as JIM KEMP explains. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Brewery and Distillery lines

Drink production was given a huge boost by the development of Britain’s railways, with beers, wines and spirits becoming a large part of the economy. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at how this traffic developed and how it became such a major source of income. 

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Staff Projects: Quarry Progress

Topley Dale’s new quarry scene has taken big steps forward this autumn and is well on the way to completion. MIKE WILD rounds up the latest developments and explains how the track and ground cover has been weathered for a more realistic finish. 

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SOUND IDEA!

DCC sound is an exciting and engaging development for the hobby that adds a new dimension to operating model railways and puts you firmly in the driving seat, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

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Sound fitter’s toolbox

Adding sound to your locomotives requires a selection of tools and consumable materials. MIKE WILD explains the essentials to get you started.

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SPEAKING VOLUMES

There is a huge array of speakers available, but how do you go about choosing the right one for your model? MIKE WILD explains all.

HM163 Twin Track Sound Class 31 Feature Premium

TWIN TRACK MIND

If you are looking for the ultimate starter sound decoder which won’t cost the earth, Hornby’s Twin Track Sound diesel decoders offer superb value for money and an enthralling driving experience. MIKE WILD shows how to add a Twin Track Sound decoder to a Class 31 as well as upgrading its speaker.

HM163 Johnson 1P sound Feature Premium

MODERN SIMPLICITY

The latest locomotives from Bachmann are being designed to make upgrading to sound as simple as possible. MIKE WILD shows the process with the new Johnson ‘1P’ 0-4-4T for ‘OO’ gauge.

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Using ‘stay alives’

The capacitor is a useful electronic component and the latest generation of sound decoders allow these to be connected to maintain uninterrupted sound. MIKE WILD explains how they work and which brands support their use.

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Giving Bulldog its bark

Locomotives with 21-pin decoders sometimes require a different approach to connecting a speaker. MIKE WILD explains all with Kernow Model Rail Centre’s ‘OO’ gauge model of the D600 ‘Warship’ diesel-hydraulic.

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STANIER SOUNDS

It isn’t just the latest locomotives which can benefit from digital sound. MIKE WILD delves into his stores to find one of the early modern day Hornby ‘Black Fives’ which predates the ease of tender-mounted decoder sockets.

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Factory sound

If installing a sound decoder is not for you, there is another option – factory fitted digital sound, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

Accurascale 'OO' D6700 for Locomotion Models

Locomotion Models has commissioned a special limited edition 'OO' gauge model of Accurascale's forthcoming BR Class 37 Co-Co diesel for its expanding National Collection in Miniature range.

Second sample for Hornby APT

Hornby has received a second updated engineering sample of its new Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train for ‘OO’ gauge following on from the first sample shown in the Great Electric Train Show Virtual Exhibition in October. 

Hornby ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages gain colour

Hornby has received complete decorated samples of its LMS ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages for ‘OO’ gauge covering the Brake Third Corridor (Cat No. R4960), Brake First Corridor (R4961), First Corridor (R4962), Kitchen Car (R4963), Restaurant First Open (R4964) and Restaurant Third Open (R4965A).

Deco samples for ‘OO’ IWA Holdall and Timber-carriers

Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge IWA bogie holdall vans and timber-carrying flat wagons. 200 were built in Germany during the 1980s, with around 40 vehicles subsequently converted to timber carriers in 2006.

First EP for Revolution ‘N’ gauge PFA

First Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Revolution Trains’ forthcoming ‘N’ gauge PFA four-wheel container flat wagons and containers have been received for evaluation.