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.

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Accurascale PFA container packs

New from Accurascale are these ‘OO’ gauge 20ft British Gypsum containers.

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Date stones and house names

Small details can make all the difference and these new laser-cut date stones and house names from Scale Model Scenery are a case in point.

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Dapol’s ’O’ gauge ‘Turbots’

Modern image ‘O’ gauge is being served with the arrival of Dapol’s eagerly awaited 7mm scale ‘Turbot’ bogie spoil wagons.

VIDEO: Dapol 'Turbot' wagons for 'O'

Dapol's all-new model of the 'Turbot' spoil and ballast wagon arrived for 'O' gauge during August. In the latest issue we take a closer look at these enticing new modern image additions while this video showcases the wagons in action on our test track.

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Bachmann delivers HKA for 'OO' and 'N'

NEW to the Branchline ‘OO’ and Graham Farish gauge ranges are all-new models of the HKA high capacity hopper wagons which were originally built for National Power as JMAs which were originally built in 1995.

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Modeltech ProTrack Rail Aligner

A new name to the hobby, Modeltech, has launched with a useful pack of baseboard rail aligners.For review we received a pack of standard ‘HO’/‘OO’ gauge ProTrack rail aligners, while alternative packs are also offered for ‘OO’ bullhead, ‘N’, ‘O’, ‘OO9’ and ‘O-16.5’.

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Hobby Trax 12v power board

Hobby Trax has added a handy 12volt switchable power distribution board (Cat No. 11445024) to its range of modelling electronics and components.

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OO Works LSWR ‘0330’ 0-6-0ST

The London South Western Railway ‘Saddleback’ shunting engine is the subject of OO Works’ latest hand-built short run ‘OO’ gauge locomotive. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at what it has to offer.

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Stanier ’Princess’ upgrades

New to the Hornby collection in its 100th anniversary year is the latest generation model of Stanier’s first ‘Pacific’ design – the ‘Princess Royal’. MIKE WILD breaks out his tools to give 46207 a digital makeover with the addition of sound, ‘stay alive,’ working lamps and a smoke generator too.

VIDEO: Hornby 'Princess' with digital sound

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we show how to install digital sound, 'stay alive', working lamps and a smoke generator into Hornby's new 2020 version of the Stanier 'Princess Royal' in 'OO' gauge as part of our Hornby Centenary special issue. Watch the finished model in action here.

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Railmen of Kent

The Great Model Railway Challenge has taken railway modelling to television screens around the country on Channel 5. FRED GARNER from the 2019 winning team, Railmen of Kent, reveals the layouts they created and what it was like to be involved.

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Dublo in the '60s

The Modernisation Plan of the 1950s created huge interest, with many clamouring to model the latest trains. Hornby Dublo was quick off the mark and often produced models even before the prototypes had taken to the rails, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

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The Clayton Type 1s

In its rush to dispense with steam locomotives, British Railways ordered many new diesels straight from the drawing board. One of the shortest-lived was the Clayton Class 17 – now the subject of a new model from Heljan. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the history of this handsome, but unreliable class in this feature from HM24 in 2009.

Kernow receives 'Road Van' sample

Kernow Model Rail Centre has received the first engineering sample for its 'OO' gauge London South Western Railway (LSWR) 10ton 'Road Van'. The 'Road Vans' were introduced in 1884 by the LSWR and were late classed as SR Diagram 1541.

Murphy Models Class 121 coming soon

Murphy Models has released images of the decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge model of the Irish Railways Class 121 Bo-Bo diesel. The all-new ready-to-run locomotive is expected to arrive with retailers during August.

Railway Laser Lines range expands

Railway Laser Lines has recently added two new kits and three packs of safety fencing to its laser-cut range of railway buildings and accessories.

Heljan shows latest Class 37/4s for 'O'

Heljan has released images of its latest batch of Class 37/4 decorated samples for 'O' gauge while Revolution Trains has also shown the livery sample for its DRS limited edition produced by the Danish manufacturer.

Heljan Class 17 revealed for 'O'

Heljan has revealed the first factory decorated sample of its new 'O' gauge Class 17 Bo-Bo Type 1 diesel. Production versions are expected to arrive in the shops before the end of 2020.

Revolution Class A Tanks progress

Revolution Trains has revealed progress on its forthcoming ‘N’ gauge Class A tank wagons, as the project reaches the CAD stage of the production process. Built in the late 1950s, Class A tankers featured a longer barrel than their Class B counterparts and were designed for carrying lighter fuels.

'A2/2' and 'A2/3' livery artwork revealed

Hornby has released livery artwork for its new 2020 range models of the LNER 'A2/2' and 'A2/3' 4-6-2 for 'OO' gauge.

Hornby receives 'Hush Hush' sample

Hornby has received the first engineering samples of its LNER 'W1' 4-6-4 for 'OO' gauge together with releasing side profile artwork of the locomotive in its different liveries.

Revolution IWA samples for 'OO'

Revolution Trains (RT) has received Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge IWA bogie wagons for evaluation. Samples of the manufacturer’s ‘N’ gauge IWAs are also expected soon.

Factory decorated AL6s

Heljan has received factory decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge model of the Class 86/0 in BR blue liveries. See them here.

‘N’ Pendolino rerun

Revolution Trains (RT) is seeking expressions of interest for another production run of its ‘N’ gauge Class 390 Pendolino Electric Multiple Unit (EMU). Manufactured by Rapido Trains of Canada, it is now more than two years since RT’s ‘N’ gauge Pendolinos first appeared in a raft of Virgin Trains liveried identities.

HYA/IIA hoppers next for ‘OO’ from Accurascale

Accurascale has unveiled plans for its next ‘OO’ gauge model - the HYA/IIA bogie hopper wagon. Release is planned for the second quarter of 2021 in GBRf, Fastline and Touax livery packs available.

Dapol reveals Stroudley carriage samples

A new collection of ‘O’ gauge four-wheel Stroudley carriages are set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2020 by Dapol. The new line up will be manufacturered in the UK at Dapol’s factory in Chirk and were originally announced at the Dapol Collectors Club open day in 2018.

VIDEO: Grindley Brook

Hillingdon Railway Modeller's fabulous 7mm finescale layout is the subject of this video feature. Plus you can log in to KeyModelWorld to read the original feature from HM148.

Rails shares Autocar decoration sample

Rails of Sheffield has received the first decorated sample of its new 'OO' gauge model of the North Eastern Railway petrol-electric Autocar for inspection.

VIDEO: The Hornby Magazine Show | August 2020

Available now is our monthly feature video from the Hornby Magazine team - the Hornby Magazine Show. This month this 50 minutes programme focuses on a full tour of our 'OO' gauge Southern Region layout Twelve Trees Junction, a visit to the Statfold Barn Railway and more.

Hatton's shows Genesis coach progress

Hatton's has released its approved CAD drawings for its range of four and six-wheel carriages for 'OO' gauge. Release is planned in the first quarter of 2021.