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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.

Railway Station Quiz

Take part in Hornby Magazine's railway station quiz to test your knowledge of the full-size railway. There are ten questions inside on this page and we'll tell you your score. Share it online through social media and challenge your friends!

Hatton's launch precision baseboard range

Hatton's has revealed a new range of Precision Baseboards offering a modular system for assembly of model railway layouts using a new flat-pack system. The boards will be available with MDF and plywood tops and they are available to pre-order now for despatch from October 26 2020.

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Hornby Magazine | November 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM161, November 2020. This issue marks the launch of the 2020 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards and you can vote for your favourite models, manufacturers and retailers right here on KeyModelWorld. 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 HM161

September has been another busy month in the world of model railways with a combination of new arrivals for review, layout photography, video production for KeyModelWorld and the Hornby Magazine Show on Youtube, plus construction of our latest modelling projects. 

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Newpool-on-Trent

This multi-station, multilevel layout is ‘locked up’ in the former Police Station adjoining GRAHAM TAYLOR’S home. Discover how this enticing and busy ‘OO’ gauge steam era layout was built. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Before BR blue

The change to BR’s new corporate blue colour scheme didn’t happen overnight, and there were many variations. TIM SHACKLETON wanders into the minefield of blue liveries in the pre-TOPS era. 

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Creating a wagon depot

For a slightly different take on a railway depot scene, MARK CHIVERS builds Railway Laser Lines’ recently introduced 4mm scale laser-cut Wagon Repair Depot.

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Industrial canal 

Canals moved goods and raw materials in large quantities across the UK even after the railways were built. ANTHONY REEVES shows how to create a canal side scene next to the industry it once served.

Building your Low relief Grain Silo

Hornby Magazine and Scalescenes present a brand new 4mm scale kit for ‘OO’ gauge layouts which models a low relief grain silo. JOHN WIFFEN explains how to build this brick and concrete structure using the free kit print included with this issue.

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The Rainbow line

What better way to keep mind and body occupied during lockdown than building a new model railway? DAVID PRICE explains how he created his ‘G’ scale garden railway, with help from his granddaughter Chloe. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Bachmann releases 2-HAP EMU

Southern Region electric modellers will soon be able to expand their BR era unit fleet with the arrival of Bachmann’s all-new model of the Class 414 2-HAP two-car units. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival for third-rail electric layouts in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Reality Check: The prototype HST

The High Speed Train has proved to be one of the icons of British railway history since its inception almost half a century ago. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES finds out how the concept was developed and looks back at the first of the type.

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Cavalex BBA bogie steel wagon

Cavalex Models has delivered its second ‘OO’ gauge wagon project with the arrival of the BBA 75tonne bogie steel wagons. More than 500 of these 50ft long bogie steel-carrying wagons were built between 1973 and 1981.

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Graham Farish MK 2Fs

BACHMANN’S enticing new ‘N’ gauge BR Mk 2f carriages touched down in the Hornby Magazine office during September.

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Irish Keg L iners, Spoil Carriers and Weedkillers

NEW from Irish Railway Models (IRM) are these standard 42ft bogie flat wagons in Guinness Keg Liner, Spoil Carrier and Weedspray train guises for ‘OO’.

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Building LNER ‘Quad-Arts’

The LNER articulated ‘Quad-Art’ coaches stood out from the crowd – and the arrival of a new 3D printed resin kit from Isinglass Models was too tempting to resist. MIKE WILD knuckles down to build a four-coach set for ‘OO’ gauge with a handful of modifications along the way.

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Gresley's 'Quad-Art' coaches

Articulated coaches are often provided for the modern railway as a way of saving weight, improving capacity or for cost effectiveness, but the idea is not new and first appeared in the UK almost a century ago. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at the famous ‘Quad-Arts’, which were amongst the most successful articulated vehicles ever to have operated in this country.

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Kinwardine Wharf

Evoking the appeal of narrow gauge railways in an industrial setting, CHARLES INSLEY’S superb ‘OO9’ gauge layout captures the essence of a quintessentially West Midlands scene. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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Staff Projects: Quarry Creation

The scenery on Topley Dale’s diversionary route is off the starting blocks as Mike Wild builds an American outline plastic kit as the basis of a new quarry scene.

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Barnetby to Wrawby

Barnetby in North Lincolnshire was known for its spectacular array of semaphore signals. STEPHEN RICHARDS explains how this ‘N’ gauge replica was built as a permanent exhibit at Immingham Museum.

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Prototype HST arrives for ‘N’

In 1972 the prototype High Speed Train (HST) arrived following construction at Crewe and Derby works. Now Dapol has released its sought-after all-new ‘N’ gauge model of this historic doyen of high speed rail travel in the UK.

VIDEO: Bachmann Class 40 with factory sound

Bachmann's latest Class 40 with factory sound has joined the fleet for Topley Dale. We showcase the ESU sound decoder created for the model in this video feature.

'Hush Hush' painted samples

HORNBY has taken delivery of preproduction decorated samples of its LNER ‘W1’ 4-6-4 for ‘OO’ gauge, profiling the locomotive in its different liveries.

Class 91 first EP sample debuts

Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 91 Bo-Bo electric has progressed to the Engineering Prototype (EP) stage of the production process. This first running sample is currently undergoing evaluation.

Mk 1 Buffet decorated samples

Hornby has received decorated samples of its new ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (RB/ RB(R)) cars for evaluation (HM157). 

‘Coronation Scot’ coach EPs surface

Hornby has received first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its new ‘OO’ gauge LMS ‘Coronation Scot’ coaches (HM155) for assessment by the company’s development team.

Cavalex shows JGA design renders

The latest 3D CAD drawing renders for Cavalex Models 'OO' gauge JGA bogie aggregates hoppers have been revealed by the manufacturer. Prices and a release date are to be confirmed.

KR Models 'Fell' first sample

KR Models has received the first engineering sample of its 'OO' gauge model of the unique 'Fell' 2-D-2 diesel-electric. See the first images here.

All-new MGR hopper for 'OO'

Cavalex Models is producing a brand new 'OO' gauge model of the HAA merry-go-round hopper wagon for 'OO' gauge in a collaboration with Trains4U and KMS Railtech. The freshly tooled wagon is planned for release in the third quarter of 2021 and will cover the HAA and HFA variants.

Heljan announce Class 02 for 'O' and 'OO'!

The Yorkshire Engine Co Class 02 0-4-0 diesel shunter has been announced as Heljan's next ready-to-run locomotive for 'O' gauge - and it will be produced in 'OO' gauge as well. Release is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021 with prices for DCC ready versions planned at £339.00.