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Hornby receives ‘Coronation Scot’ 3D samples

Development of Hornby’s 2020 collection of LMS ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages for ‘OO’ gauge saw the arrival of a set of 3D printed stereolithography samples. These are produced to inspect DTS CAD drawing work in a 3D format before progressing to the tooling stage.


HORNBY took delivery of the first engineering sample of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 in late February for evaluation.

Welcome to Key Model World

Homby Magazine has launched a brand-new website to combine its print and digital content in one space. We introduce KeyModelWorld.com and its features.

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On the road again

Train Truckers meets Scrapheap Challenge as TIM SHACKLETON improvises a rail/road convoy out of a pile of cast-offs.

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Zero 1: Hornby's digital dawn

Hornby utilised cutting-edge technology for its Zero 1 digital control system in the late 1970s. MARK CHIVERS looks back at a revolutionary development which was literally decades ahead of its time.

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Building your first ‘O’ gauge wagon

The recent wave of new ‘O’ gauge locomotives has prompted new interest in 7mm scale modelling, but how do you start expanding your wagon fleet? MIKE WILD has the answer in Parkside Models’ simple to assemble kits.

Spring garden

With the huge range of off-the-shelf scenic products, HORNBY MAGAZINE sets out to show just how simple it can be to create an attractive miniature garden to enhance the background of a railway scene.

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St Cuthbert’s

A sleepy termimus in the Scottish Borders just before the Beeching cuts is the setting for Thistle Modelmakers’ ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout, which was designed for members of all abilities. STEVE BENJAMIN explains its creation. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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Revolution’s stunning HOA hoppers

REVOLUTION Trains’ new ‘N’ gauge HOA hopper wagons started arriving in February and we had the opportunity to inspect a trio of these highly detailed wagons.

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Colas Colours for Graham Farish Class 70

NEW from Bachmann’s ‘N’ gauge Graham Farish range is this up-to-the-minute version of the General Electric (GE) PowerHaul Class 70 Co-Co diesel in Colas Rail Freight livery.

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Primo Models trees

An impressive range of highly detailed hand-made scale model trees is being offered by Primo Models to suit model railway layouts and dioramas.

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Oxford’s Mk 2 Escort

• Price: £6.25 • Cat No: 76ESC001 • Site: www.oxforddiecast.co.uk...

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Hornby delivers BR ‘PRINCESS’

FOLLOWING the arrival of the LMS lined crimson version (HM154), Hornby has released its BR period Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2s for ‘OO’ gauge. Both 46206 Princess Marie Louise in BR lined blue and 46207 Princess Arthur of Connaught (R3713) in BR lined maroon are now available and we had the opportunity to inspect the latter.

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‘Hymek’ Hydraulics

Lauded by many as one of the best looking of all the first-generation diesel classes, the Class 35 ‘Hymeks’ nevertheless had short working lives, with the last withdrawn almost half a century ago. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains the story of this distinctive hydraulic design.

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Heljan revives ’O’ gauge ‘HYMEK’

The versatile Class 35 ‘Hymek’ has been relaunched by Heljan 15 years after the first release. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this reintroduction for ‘O’ gauge to find out what’s new.

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Train Control Systems Universal WIFI Handset

WIRELESS CONTROL is one of the great advantages of modern Digital Command Control systems.

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Bachmann Class 121 Diesel Railcar

The Pressed Steel single-car Class 121 DMUs have a popular subject. Bachmann has released brand-new version gauge which MARK CHIVERS inspects.

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Model railway heritage

A new permanent model railway centre is being planned for Ashford. CLIFF PARSONS brings the story of the Ashford International Model Railway Education Centre up to date.

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Immingham Depot

The operations in and around the busy port of Immingham are the focus for this impressive ‘OO’ gauge layout at the Immingham Museum and Heritage Centre. STEPHEN RICHARDS reveals the story behind its creation. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Heljan’s dock shunter

The Ruston and Hornsby Class 07 shunter is full of character which can be enhanced further with sound. PAUL CHETTER shows how to bring this superb Heljan model truly to life.

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Immingham Docks

Although railway companies were primarily concerned with the transport of goods and passengers their influence spread to many other areas, one of which was the creation of new docks and harbours. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at how the Great Central Railway created one of the most impressive of these, at Immingham in north east Lincolnshire.

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Parcels Plan

A quiet weekend and the right mindset were the perfect combination to get an Ian Kirk ‘O’ gauge Stanier parcels van kit off the ground. MIKE WILD explains all.

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RICHARD WATSON has joined the Hornby Magazine team to develop video and online content. Find out more about the man behind and in front of the camera.

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Heljan 'O' gauge 'Hymek' sound

In this exclusive online feature, MIKE WILD shows how a ZIMO digital sound decoder was installed into the latest version of Heljan's 'O' gauge 'Hymek' diesel-hydraulic.

VIDEO: Graham Farish Class 70 for 'N' gauge

Bachmann's new Colas Rail liveried Class 70 is put through its paces on the Hornby Magazine 'N' gauge test layout Barrenthorpe.

VIDEO: Heljan Class 35 Hymek for 'O'

Heljan has released a refreshed version of its 'O' gauge Class 35. We've added digital sound to the reissued Hymek, watch as we put the completed model through its paces.

VIDEO: Bachmann Class 121 for 'OO'

Bachmann's long-awaited Class 121 diesel railcar is pressed into service on Topley Dale as we put this new 'OO' gauge DMU through its paces.

VIDEO: Hornby BR liveried ‘Princess' for 'OO' gauge

Hornby's latest 'OO' gauge BR lined maroon Stanier 'Princess Royal' is put through its paces on the Hornby Magazine test track, Topley Dale.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | March 2020

Join the Hornby Magazine team of Mike, Mark and Richard for a tour of West Coast Cement, a visit to the Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition and more in the fourth of our Layout Update series.

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Hornby Magazine - May 2020

Welcome to Hornby Magazine Issue 155 - May 2020. Subscribers can login in to the view the full issue as PDFs in this brand-new online service. Highlights include layouts in 'OO' and 'O' gauge, the latest model reviews from Bachmann and Heljan, five projects to inspire your modelling and much more. Login or sign up now to read HM155.