Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

Welcome to KeyModelWorld and Hornby Magazine. This page features all of our content from the latest and past issues, offering an outstanding resource of quality editorial from the Hornby Magazine team. Subscribers can log in to KeyModelWorld to view all our premium content, but if you are just visiting then there is FREE content for everyone in our News and Online Exclusives section to keep you up to date with the latest news and arrivals in model railways.

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The Tri-ang Connection

While Hornby’s rich heritage owes much of its existence to Frank Hornby’s vision from the 1920s, the route to today’s highly detailed ‘OO’ models is not so straightforward, as MARK CHIVERS discovers.

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Hornby's best locomotive of all time!

The votes have been counted and we can now reveal the locomotive that you chose as Hornby’s Best Locomotive of All Time in our public vote at KeyModelWorld.com. MIKE WILD has the results.

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OAK ROAD

Sweeping curves and scale length HSTs are amongst the highlights of MIKE BUICK’S inspirational ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Here he tells the full story of its creation and explains how it is supporting the Meningitis Now charity. Photography, Richard Watson.

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Bachmann’s Johnson ‘1P’

The latest arrival for ‘OO’ gauge from Bachmann is the popular Midland Railway ‘1P’ 0-4-4T. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this sought after new release. Plus we have two videos with this feature - one showcasing the model running on Topley Dale and a second subscriber exclusive explaining the sound fitting process for the model.

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JOHNSON’S ‘1P’ 0-4-4Ts

For more than half a century, the Midland Railway’s primary lightweight passenger design for secondary duties was a very neat and attractive series of 0-4-4T engines designed by Samuel Johnson. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of one of the variants of this once numerous class, and finds out why it was so long-lived.

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Graham Farish ‘8F’ 2-8-0s land

The Stanier ‘8F’ has been a long-standing part of the Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge collection, but it is being replaced by a brand-new model to 21st century standards. MARK CHIVERS inspects this enticing new arrival.

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Hattons launches laser cut baseboards

Hatton's has released the first of its new Precision Baseboards range of products, offering 4ft x 2ft baseboard kits in MDF and plywood as well as legs to support the boards. The boards have been designed to be as near as possible tool-free for assembly.

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Woodland Scenics board fencing

We have been excited to see the new range of ready painted fencing products arrive from Woodland Scenics since their announcement at the beginning of 2020. The new range comprises log, board, chain link, picket, privacy and barbed wire designs with our samples covering board fencing in ‘HO’ scale.

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ModelU locomotive crew packs

Modelu’s range of 3D printed finescale figures has been expanded with a new selection of locomotive crew packs for ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’. These new packs are available for Western, Southern, Midland and Eastern Region motive power.

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Murphy Models Class 121 diesel

IRISH RAILWAY MODELLERS have a new choice of readyto-run motive power with the arrival of Murphy Models’ super-detailed ‘OO’ gauge model of the General Motors built Class 121 Bo-Bo diesels. These single cab locomotives were introduced to Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE) in 1961 and were originally known as the B Class.

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New diecast delights

Oxford Diecast has delivered a fresh batch of newly tooled 1:76 scale road vehicles with the arrival of its Audi UR Quattro Turbo, Bentley Continental GT Sport, London EV Company (LEVC) electric black taxi and second-generation Mercedes Sprinter van.

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IPA car carriers move motors

Automotive traffic has provided the railway with a good deal of business through the years and these all-new ‘N’ gauge IPA car carriers from Revolution Trains will enable you to further replicate this in miniature.

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Revolution goes nuclear with flask carriers

Revolution Trains (RT) has taken delivery of its eagerly awaited ‘N’ gauge KUA Nuclear Flask Carriers. Just two of these distinctive multi-bogie vehicles were built in the late 1990s for the Ministry of Defence to transport fuel for the Royal Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines.

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AS ONE WE CAN

Hornby's latest batch of wallet friendly Class 66s have arrived including this version as 66587 As One We Can in Ocean Network Express (ONE) branded magenta.

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RailRoad Plus Class 47 debuts

New in with Hornby this month is the first of its RailRoad Plus locomotives from the 2020 range modelling GB Railfreight (GBRf) operated Class 47/7 47749 City of Truro in its BR blue based colour scheme.

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Structure Gauging coaches

The ever-popular Network Rail yellow livery is back with a vengeance in the Hornby 2020 catalogue and amongst the impressive line up of 11 vehicles from the Mk 1, Mk 2 and Mk 3 ranges comes this pair of Structure Gauging Train coaches.

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RULE ‘BRITANNA’

The ‘Britannia’ 4-6-2s were the largest fleet of ‘Pacifics’ in the BR Standard series. MIKE WILD installs a Doehler & Haass 8-pin decoder loaded with Locoman Sounds’ new ‘Britannia’ sound file in the Hornby ‘OO’ gauge model with the addition of extra lighting functions.

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Parkstone Goods

After hearing about a long-forgotten industrial railway in Poole, COLIN LOCKYER set about recreating some of it in ‘OO’ – with a 1970s twist. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Railways of the Lake District

The railways of the Lake District have long drawn admiration from passengers and enthusiasts – but as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES reveals, they also prompted poetic outrage from one of Britain’s legendary wordsmiths.

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Staff Projects: New frontiers

Its Yearbook time -and the Hornby Magazine team has been back in the workshop to create a brand new ‘OO’ gauge layout. MIKE WILD introduces the Great Central-set Quorn Magna.

Heljan GWR railcars are ready for production

The new ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge models of the GWR AEC railcars from Heljan have now been approved for production. On release they will be available in six liveries covering GWR chocolate and cream, BR carmine and cream and BR green.

Bachmann reveals winter 2020 announcements

Bachmann has revealed its Winter 2020 British Railway Announcements today, November 3, offering a new collection of 'OO' and 'N' gauge models across its Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish, EFE Rail and Scenecraft collections.

Minerva announce GWR MINK vans for 'O'

Minerva Model Railways has announced plans to produce a series of GWR MINK wooden bodied goods vans for 'O' gauge with the first planned for release in Spring 2021.

Hornby shows decorated '2MT'

Hornby has received factory decorated samples of its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the BR '2MT' 2-6-0 in BR lined black and BR green liveries. Release is expected in Spring 2021.

‘OO’ GWR Steam Railmotor CADs approved

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) Steam Railmotor has progressed to the tooling stage of the production process following final approval of the CAD drawings.

More ‘Warships’ for Kernow

Kernow Model Rail Centre is releasing new versions of its award-winning ‘OO’ gauge D600 ‘Warship’ A1A-A1A diesels.

KMRC commissions Petersfield Signal Box for ‘OO’

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has commissioned Bachmann to produce an exclusive 4mm scale model of the ex-London and South Western Railway (LSWR) Type 3a signal box at Petersfield in Hampshire (Cat No. 44-074X).

KR Models 'GT3' decorated sample

KR Models has received pre-production samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge model of English Electric gas turbine prototype 4-6-0 GT3.

Tooling underway for ‘N’ gauge MTV/ZKV ‘Zander’

Revolution Trains has confirmed that tooling is now underway on its forthcoming ‘N’ gauge MTV/ZKV ‘Zander’ box wagons, following approval of the CAD drawings.

Ellis Clark unveils new ‘Black Five’ drawings

Brand new CAD drawings have been revealed for Ellis Clark Trains new ‘O’ gauge model of the Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 which have been generated fresh from the ground up by the company’s new in-house CAD designer.