Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine

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VIDEO: Rocket double bill

Hornby's new standard edition Rocket train pack (R3810) is here. We take a closer look and showcase it running side by side with Hornby's Centenary edition pack (R3809) on our office test track in this video feature.

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Stephenson’s ROCKET TRAIN PACK

FOLLOWING the sell-out success of its centenary limited edition earlier this year (HM154), Hornby’s standard catalogue release of its ‘OO’ gauge model of Stephenson’s Rocket 0-2-2 touched down during July.

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CCT gains RTC colours

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Covered Carriage Truck (CCT) gains a new identity for its latest release as British Rail Research and Development Division’s RDB975667 in Railway Technical Centre (RTC) red and blue.

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BR shunter’s truck

Hornby’s popular ‘OO’ gauge GWR shunter’s truck returns to the range in BR guise with Taunton lettering as DW94962 in BR dark grey. It represents a Diagram M4 four-wheel vehicle.

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BR Macaw flies in

Hornby’s long-lived 25ton Bogie Bolster A makes a welcome return as ‘Macaw’ 107402 in BR grey. It has also been released in GWR grey.

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White Rose Modelworks pre-built baseboards

WHITE ROSE Modelworks (WRM) is well known amongst baseboard manufacturers, and its products continue to evolve too.

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FFESTINIOG RAILWAY ‘BUG BOX’ COACHES

New from Peco are these delightful ‘OO9’ four-wheel Ffestiniog Railway Bug Box coaches.

VIDEO: Peco 'Bug Box' carriages for 'OO9'

Peco has released the first of its new collection of 'OO9' narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway 'Bug Box' carriages. Watch them in action on our 'OO9' terminus layout, Wardle Bay, here in our latest video.

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Hobby Trax pre-wired LEDs

Hobby Trax has introduced a new line of pre-wired surface mount LEDs in cool white (Cat No. 1144-5440) and warm white (1144-543) colours.

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Pacific Models EMU stencil numbers

New from Pacific Models is this sheet of Southern Region stencil numbers for Electric Multiple Units.

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’Q6’ SOUND

Eight-coupled freight engines were hard working locomotives and Locoman Sounds has set out to recreate that effect with its Doehler & Haass sound file for the Raven ‘Q6’ 0-8-0. MIKE WILD shows how it can be installed in the Hornby model with extra features.

VIDEO: Locoman Sound's 'Q6' D&H sound

In the September 2020 issue of Hornby Magazine, HM159, we show how to install Locoman Sounds Doehler & Haass 8-pin sound chip into the Hornby 'Q6' 0-8-0 and add lights and firebox flicker. Watch the video of the finished model here.

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Twelve Trees Junction: THE TRAINS

Hornby Magazine’s busy Southern Region junction layout hasn’t been out on show for almost two years, but there have been plenty of new additions to its roster. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the locomotives and rolling stock which allow Twelve Trees Junction to reflect the final decade of steam on the Southern. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Hard rock from the Mendips

Some of the longest and heaviest trains on the UK network originate in the Mendip Hills of North Somerset, and provide materials for many of the country’s biggest construction projects. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at this traffic, which has grown tremendously over the years.

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Staff Projects: Polarity switching

In the final part of his three-part garden railway series, MIKE WILD explains how he overcame a complex return loop situation while discovering even greater flexibility could be introduced with a new piece of trackwork and Digital Command Control electronics.

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Staff Projects: Professional paint job

Hornby Magazine’s Associate Editor RICHARD WATSON took the opportunity to have his ModelU 3D printed figures professionally painted by Claudia Everett.

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British Railways Southern Region

Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ racing third-rail Electric Multiple Units might be many people’s vision of the Southern Railway, but as GRAHAM MUSPRATT explains, from bucolic branch lines to archaic tank engines, there was much more to this famous company.

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Southern motive power survey

BR Southern Region’s territory was far-reaching and its motive power and rolling stock were diverse from steam, diesel, electric and electro-diesel locomotives to Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) and Electric Multiple Units (EMU). We round up all the current and forthcoming ready-to-run Southern Region motive power across ‘OO’, ‘N’ and ‘O’.

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Southern Region Formations

With an eclectic mix of steam, diesel and electric traction, BR’s Southern Region offers an exciting proposition for post-nationalisation modellers. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of modellable formations from the period using ready-to-run stock.

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Southern modelling tips

What are the signatures of the Southern Region, and how can you model them? MIKE WILD offers his top 20 tips for recreating the smallest BR region in miniature.

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ENGINE HEAD SIGNALS

A notable feature of continued use of Engine Head Signals on locomotives. MARK CHIVERS outlines how these distinctive white discs worked and offers a selection of examples.

Bachmann Autumn announcements

Bachmann has announced new products across its Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish and Scenecraft ranges in both 'N' and 'OO' gauges. Followed by the launching of its new brand EFE Rail in its Autumn announcement 2020.

Exclusive Hornby Collector Club ‘Terrier’

Hornby has revealed LBSCR ‘Terrier’ 32635 Brighton Works in Stroudley ‘improved engine green’ as the next exclusive Hornby Collector Club model for ‘OO’ gauge. The model is only available to Hornby Collector Club members and is a follow up to soon to be released Club model of Bluebell Railway Wainwright ‘H’ 0-4-4T 263.

Dapol reveals decorated HST-P

Dapol has released new images and video footage of its 'N' gauge pre-production HST-P (HST prototype) set covering power and trailer cars.

ModelTech ProTrack Rail Aligner

ModelTech has launched its model railway product - a new rail alignment sleeper web designed for portable baseboard joints in 'OO' gauge.

Cavalex updates TEA

Cavalex Models has received an updated engineering sample of its new 'OO' gauge model of the TEA 102tonne tanker wagons.

Ellis Clark shares Presflo livery renders

Ellis Clark Trains has revealed livery renders for its new range of 'O' gauge Presflo cement wagons which are due for release in the first quarter of 2021.

Dapol shows 'Turbot' production samples

Dapol's all-new 'O' gauge 'Turbot' wagons together with a new batch of its 'OO' gauge version are due to arrive with retailers this summer and new images have been released by the manufacturer.

Accurascale offers new HUOs

Accurascale has produced a new production run of its popular first 'OO' gauge ready-to-run model - the BR 24.5ton HUO coal hopper. The new batch models wagons in the pre-TOPS era and four triple packs are available.

FIRST LOOK: Heljan Class 56 for 'O'

FIRST LOOK: Heljan has released the first images of its hand-painted engineering sample of the highly anticipated 'O' gauge Class 56 Type 5 heavy freight diesel-electric.