Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

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Growing up with Hornby

To celebrate Hornby's Centenary TIM SHACKLETON looks back at the profound influence the Hornby brand has had at key of his 60-year modelling career.

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Reality Check: LNER ‘N2’ 0-6-2T

Perhaps the most popular model of the early Hornby Dublo period was the LNER’s ‘N2’ 0-6-2T, which launched the Dublo range alongside the Gresley ‘A4’ in 1938. Many variations, some more realistic than others, followed. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of this often modelled but unappreciated class.

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’N’ gauge CLASS 17 breaks cover!

The chance of an ‘N’ gauge Class 17 seemed to have passed, but through Bachmann’s new brand EFE Rail and Kernow Model Rail Centre, this once ill-fated model has been revived and brought to completion. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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‘J94’ from EFE Rail

EFE Rail is off to a flying start with new ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge products arriving in the same month as their announcement. A highlight for ‘OO’ is the revival of the ‘J94’ 0-6-0ST with an upgraded motor and DCC interface. MIKE WILD investigates.

VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' 0-6-0ST

EFE Rail has relaunched the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST for 'OO' gauge as part of the new Bachmann brand. Watch our video of the first release in action here with DCC sound installed.

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VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' sound installation

EFE Rail's first 'OO' gauge locomotive is the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST. In this online exclusive video we show how to install digital sound into the compact tank engine using a ZIMO chip and Rail Exclusive speaker.

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Hornby’s die-cast ‘Duchess’

Hornby has revisited one of its most soughtafter Hornby Dublo locomotives with a modern twist to create a new version of the Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 with a diecast body. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this enticing limited edition.

VIDEO: Hornby Dublo Duchess of Atholl

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM160) we take a detail look at Hornby's new Hornby Dublo inspired model of Stanier 'Duchess' 6231 Duchess of Atholl. Watch this new release in action on our test track here.

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Isle of Wight ‘Terrier’

Hornby's popular 2019 model of the Stroudley ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0Ts is back for a new outing and this second batch features a trio of Isle of Wight locomotives with extended bunkers.

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Midland Railway fencing

New to the Scale Model Scenery range of 4mm scale model railway accessories are these packs of Midland Railway fencing.

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More ’OO’ HOP24 hoppers from Accurascale

Following the sell-out success of its ‘OO’ gauge BR 24.5ton HOP24/ HUO hopper wagons, Accurascale has added another run of the popular coal carriers to its range.

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Accurascale PFA container packs

New from Accurascale are these ‘OO’ gauge 20ft British Gypsum containers.

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Date stones and house names

Small details can make all the difference and these new laser-cut date stones and house names from Scale Model Scenery are a case in point.

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Dapol’s ’O’ gauge ‘Turbots’

Modern image ‘O’ gauge is being served with the arrival of Dapol’s eagerly awaited 7mm scale ‘Turbot’ bogie spoil wagons.

VIDEO: Dapol 'Turbot' wagons for 'O'

Dapol's all-new model of the 'Turbot' spoil and ballast wagon arrived for 'O' gauge during August. In the latest issue we take a closer look at these enticing new modern image additions while this video showcases the wagons in action on our test track.

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Bachmann delivers HKA for 'OO' and 'N'

NEW to the Branchline ‘OO’ and Graham Farish gauge ranges are all-new models of the HKA high capacity hopper wagons which were originally built for National Power as JMAs which were originally built in 1995.

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Modeltech ProTrack Rail Aligner

A new name to the hobby, Modeltech, has launched with a useful pack of baseboard rail aligners.For review we received a pack of standard ‘HO’/‘OO’ gauge ProTrack rail aligners, while alternative packs are also offered for ‘OO’ bullhead, ‘N’, ‘O’, ‘OO9’ and ‘O-16.5’.

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Hobby Trax 12v power board

Hobby Trax has added a handy 12volt switchable power distribution board (Cat No. 11445024) to its range of modelling electronics and components.

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OO Works LSWR ‘0330’ 0-6-0ST

The London South Western Railway ‘Saddleback’ shunting engine is the subject of OO Works’ latest hand-built short run ‘OO’ gauge locomotive. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at what it has to offer.

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Stanier ’Princess’ upgrades

New to the Hornby collection in its 100th anniversary year is the latest generation model of Stanier’s first ‘Pacific’ design – the ‘Princess Royal’. MIKE WILD breaks out his tools to give 46207 a digital makeover with the addition of sound, ‘stay alive,’ working lamps and a smoke generator too.

VIDEO: Hornby 'Princess' with digital sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install digital sound, 'stay alive', working lamps and a smoke generator into Hornby's new 2020 version of the Stanier 'Princess Royal' in 'OO' gauge as part of our Hornby Centenary special issue. Watch the finished model in action here.

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Railmen of Kent

The Great Model Railway Challenge has taken railway modelling to television screens around the country on Channel 5. FRED GARNER from the 2019 winning team, Railmen of Kent, reveals the layouts they created and what it was like to be involved.

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Dublo in the '60s

The Modernisation Plan of the 1950s created huge interest, with many clamouring to model the latest trains. Hornby Dublo was quick off the mark and often produced models even before the prototypes had taken to the rails, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

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The Clayton Type 1s

In its rush to dispense with steam locomotives, British Railways ordered many new diesels straight from the drawing board. One of the shortest-lived was the Clayton Class 17 – now the subject of a new model from Heljan. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the history of this handsome, but unreliable class in this feature from HM24 in 2009.

Kernow receives 'Road Van' sample

Kernow Model Rail Centre has received the first engineering sample for its 'OO' gauge London South Western Railway (LSWR) 10ton 'Road Van'. The 'Road Vans' were introduced in 1884 by the LSWR and were late classed as SR Diagram 1541.

Murphy Models Class 121 coming soon

Murphy Models has released images of the decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge model of the Irish Railways Class 121 Bo-Bo diesel. The all-new ready-to-run locomotive is expected to arrive with retailers during August.

Railway Laser Lines range expands

Railway Laser Lines has recently added two new kits and three packs of safety fencing to its laser-cut range of railway buildings and accessories.

Heljan shows latest Class 37/4s for 'O'

Heljan has released images of its latest batch of Class 37/4 decorated samples for 'O' gauge while Revolution Trains has also shown the livery sample for its DRS limited edition produced by the Danish manufacturer.

Heljan Class 17 revealed for 'O'

Heljan has revealed the first factory decorated sample of its new 'O' gauge Class 17 Bo-Bo Type 1 diesel. Production versions are expected to arrive in the shops before the end of 2020.

Revolution Class A Tanks progress

Revolution Trains has revealed progress on its forthcoming ‘N’ gauge Class A tank wagons, as the project reaches the CAD stage of the production process. Built in the late 1950s, Class A tankers featured a longer barrel than their Class B counterparts and were designed for carrying lighter fuels.