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.

FIRST LOOK: Accurascale KUAs in colour

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge ready-to-run model of the KUA nuclear flask wagons and kindly loaned them to Hornby Magazine for us to give you a closer look. Join Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine workshop for our latest video to find out more about these impressively detailed wagons.

Hatton's showcases Genesis coach artwork

Hatton's have shown its four remaining livery renders for is Genesis 'OO' gauge 4 and 6 wheel coaches. The new batch of artwork covers LB&SCR mahogany, SECR carmine, GNR lined teak and GWR chocolate and cream.

Revolution shows Ecofrets

Revolution Trains has released images of decorated Ecofret container wagons for 'OO' and 'N' gauge. The order booked for these all-new wagons is due to close within the next few weeks allowing the models to move towards production.

VIDEO: The Hornby Magazine Show | September 2020

Join Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild, Mark Chivers and Richard Watson as they bring us a Hornby Centenary Special. Richard visits Hornby's Margate offices, Mike brings you up to date with the latest news and we profile Railmen of Kent's superb Great Model Railway Challenge layouts from 2019. Watch it here!

VIDEO: Dapol 'O' gauge Stroudley coaches in detail

Dapol's latest video goes into detail showcasing its first engineering samples of the Stroudley 'O' gauge carriages. Join Neil from Dapol here to find out more.

'D' decorated samples debut

The collaboration between Locomotion Models, Dapol and Rails of Sheffield have revealed decorated samples of the Wainwright 'D' 4-4-0 for 'OO' gauge. Delivery is now expected in 2021 following final revisions to the livery application.

VIDEO: EFE Rail Class 17 for 'N'

The Class 17 is proving to be a popular addition to the new EFE Rail brand from Bachmann. We put one of the new Type 1 Bo-Bo diesels through its paces on Barrenthorpe for this video feature.

VIDEO: Hornby's Captain Tom Moore Class 66

Hornby's limited edition model of GBRf Class 66 66731 Captain Tom Moore - A True British Inspiration has arrived (Cat No. R30069). The model has been produced by Hornby to raise funds for the NHS and all 3,500 have been sold. In total it raised £140,000 for the NHS through sales on Hornby's own website.

VIDEO: Centenary 'Smokey Joe'

Amongst Hornby's 2020 centenary items is its plucky Caledonian Railway 0-4-0ST which is best known for its appearance in the Hornby catalogue as 'Smokey Joe'.

Accurascale updates Class 37 project

Accurascale has updated the expected delivery timescale for its new range of 'OO' gauge Class 37s which are now scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2021. 

Trains4U KFA in colour

Cavalex Models has received updated decorated samples for its exclusive model of the KFA/PFB 'Warflat' wagons for Trains4U. The new 'OO' gauge wagon are only available from Train4U with prices set at £35 each.

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Hornby Magazine | October 2020

Welcome to Hornby Magazine October 2020 celebrating 100 years of Hornby. This special issue features 172 pages of modelling content including an exclusive competition to win one of Hornby's celebratory limited edition Sir Nigel Gresley train sets plus runner up prizes of Hornby 2020 memorabilia. Inside we have a series of special features to celebrate this momentous occasion in Hornby's history and much more besides. 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 HM160

This issue is a celebration of all things Hornby to mark its 100th anniversary year - something that we will only be able to do once in our lifetime.

Thank you NHS CLASS 800!

Hornby’s special limited edition of just two models arrived in August. Hornby Magazine takes an exclusive look at the NHS Class 800 power car in its unique colour scheme.

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The Gresley Beat

The East Coast Main Line around King’s Cross is the scene for this famous ‘OO’ gauge layout, which will form part of the future AIMREC venture in Ashford. Its creator, CLIFF PARSONS, tells the story of how it was built and developed. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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TOP 100 LOCOMOTIVES

Thousands of models have been made by the Hornby brand over the past 100 years ranging from the simplest of toys to the most detailed scale models we could imagine. Hornby Magazine editor MIKE WILD presents the magazine’s top 100 Hornby locomotives and opens the vote for you to pick Hornby’s best model of all time.

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Resurrecting the dinosaur

In the year that marks Hornby’s centenary, TIM SHACKLETON unlocks the potential of some classic models from the last half-century.

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Hornby models that were never made

In today’s world it is hard to think of new products being prepared but never released, but during the mid-1970s and early-1980s Hornby had a run of prototypes which didn’t make it to the shops. MIKE WILD looks back to the past through Pat Hammond’s recent Centenary year Hornby Book of Trains to reveal some tantalising models which never made it to the shops.

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BINNS ROAD EAST

Rather than aiming for realism, PETER BRACKENBURY sought to recreate the train set he never had in his childhood by restoring authentic Hornby-Dublo three-rail products. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Growing up with Hornby

To celebrate Hornby's Centenary TIM SHACKLETON looks back at the profound influence the Hornby brand has had at key of his 60-year modelling career.

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Reality Check: LNER ‘N2’ 0-6-2T

Perhaps the most popular model of the early Hornby Dublo period was the LNER’s ‘N2’ 0-6-2T, which launched the Dublo range alongside the Gresley ‘A4’ in 1938. Many variations, some more realistic than others, followed. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of this often modelled but unappreciated class.

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’N’ gauge CLASS 17 breaks cover!

The chance of an ‘N’ gauge Class 17 seemed to have passed, but through Bachmann’s new brand EFE Rail and Kernow Model Rail Centre, this once ill-fated model has been revived and brought to completion. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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‘J94’ from EFE Rail

EFE Rail is off to a flying start with new ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge products arriving in the same month as their announcement. A highlight for ‘OO’ is the revival of the ‘J94’ 0-6-0ST with an upgraded motor and DCC interface. MIKE WILD investigates.

VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' 0-6-0ST

EFE Rail has relaunched the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST for 'OO' gauge as part of the new Bachmann brand. Watch our video of the first release in action here with DCC sound installed.

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VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' sound installation

EFE Rail's first 'OO' gauge locomotive is the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST. In this online exclusive video we show how to install digital sound into the compact tank engine using a ZIMO chip and Rail Exclusive speaker.

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Hornby’s die-cast ‘Duchess’

Hornby has revisited one of its most soughtafter Hornby Dublo locomotives with a modern twist to create a new version of the Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 with a diecast body. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this enticing limited edition.

VIDEO: Hornby Dublo Duchess of Atholl

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM160) we take a detail look at Hornby's new Hornby Dublo inspired model of Stanier 'Duchess' 6231 Duchess of Atholl. Watch this new release in action on our test track here.

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Isle of Wight ‘Terrier’

Hornby's popular 2019 model of the Stroudley ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0Ts is back for a new outing and this second batch features a trio of Isle of Wight locomotives with extended bunkers.

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Midland Railway fencing

New to the Scale Model Scenery range of 4mm scale model railway accessories are these packs of Midland Railway fencing.

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More ’OO’ HOP24 hoppers from Accurascale

Following the sell-out success of its ‘OO’ gauge BR 24.5ton HOP24/ HUO hopper wagons, Accurascale has added another run of the popular coal carriers to its range.