Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

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Heljan reveals 2021 catalogue

Heljan has revealed its new catalogue for 2021 including new products for 'OO' and 'O' gauge and new liveries for previous models. Highlights include an LMS inspection saloon for 'O' gauge plus details of the Class 02 shunter for 'OO'. Read the full story here.

FIRST LOOK: Accurascale Class 37

Accurascale has received the first engineering sample for its eagerly anticipated all-new 'OO' gauge model of the English Electric Class 37. Take a closer look here at the split headcode version.

Drax Biomass hoppers for 'N'

Revolution Trains has teamed up with Rails of Sheffield for its next 'N' gauge wagon, the IIA-D biomass hopper (UIC code: Tafoos) used on traffic to and from Drax power station.

Revolution bags Gypsum containers in 'N'

Revolution Trains is planning to offer the distinctive 20ft British Gypsum containers as separate items for 'N' gauge modellers to utilise as loads for their existing bogie KFA or four-wheel PFA container flats.

VIDEO: Bachmann '94XX' sound installation guide

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM163) we review Bachmann's eagerly awaited new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR '94XX' 0-6-0PT for the first time. In this video feature Richard Watson demonstrates how simple it is to install digital sound in the model using a ZIMO decoder and Digitrains sound file.

VIDEO: Hornby Class 31 with TTS

Hornby's Twin Track Sound decoder provide the perfect starting point to explore digital sound. In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install a TTS decoder in a Hornby Class 31 together with a speaker upgrade. Watch in it action here.

VIDEO: Hornby's latest 'Princess Royal'

The latest version of Hornby's all-new model of the Stanier 'Princess Royal' 4-6-2 for 'OO' is 46211 Queen Maud in BR lined green. We put it through its paces on the Hornby Magazine test track.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | December 2020

Join Mike, Mark and Richard for our monthly Hornby Magazine Show feature video to see the latest progress on Topley Dale, the winners of the 2020 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards, the latest news new arrivals and more. Watch it here...

VIDEO: Hattons Class 66 with Legomanbiffo sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we demonstrate how to install digital sound into Hattons Model Railways 'OO' gauge model of the Class 66 using an ESU LokSound V5 decoder with Legomanbiffo's bespoke sound for the Co-Co diesel. Join us now as Mike Wild demonstrates its sound functions on our test track.

VIDEO: Dapol GWR '43XX' 2-6-0 for 'OO'

Dapol's new GWR '43XX' 2-6-0 is out now for 'OO' gauge and we review this stunning new addition in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine. Watch it in action on our 'OO' gauge test track here.

Rapido Trains UK launches

Rapido Trains has officially launched its UK division – Rapido Trains UK - with a series of newly tooled British-outline models including three ‘OO’ gauge projects, an ‘N’ gauge locomotive and more 1:76 scale double-decker buses.

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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards | The Results

The votes have been counted and we can now reveal the winners of the annual Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards. With the highest level of voting so far, MIKE WILD presents the awards for 2020, as selected by Hornby Magazine readers.

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Modelling Stanier coaches

TIM SHACKLETON looks at some subtle but surprisingly effective ways of improving ‘OO’ gauge coaches from Bachmann and Hornby.

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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.

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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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Hornby delivers Queen Maud

Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2 (HM154) gains a new identity as 46211 Queen Maud in BR lined green with late crests, for its latest release.

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Hornby 100 EVENING STAR

WITH HORNBY’S Centenary year drawing to a close, the manufacturer delivered another of its special commemorative models during November with the arrival of speciallypackaged ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star in BR lined green with late crests.

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BR green for Hornby Mk1s

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 carriages receive a fresh coat of BR Southern Region green for their latest outing.

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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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LASER-CUT TPWS GRIDS

NEW to Scale Model Scenery’s range of model railway detailing accessories are these 4mm scale Train Protection Warning System (TPWS) grids.