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The October 2020 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM160) is here celebrating 100 years of Hornby. You can read the full issue in page-turning PDF format or as individual features re-edited to suit the digital world. Indulge in the latest layout features and exclusive online videos, browse new releases in the News and Reviews, discover the secrets of railway modelling through our step by step guides and much more.

VOTE NOW! Hornby's best locomotive of all time

Thousands of models have been made by the Hornby brand over the past 100 years ranging from simplest of toys to the most detailed scale models we could imagine. Hornby Magazine opens the vote for you to pick Hornby’s best model of all time. Voting closes October 20 2020.

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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.

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: 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'.

WIN! A Hornby Centenary Year Sir Nigel Gresley train set! Worth £250

To celebrate Hornby’s 100th anniversary and our Hornby Centenary special issue Hornby Hobbies and Hornby Magazine are offering a special competition prize – one of its Centenary Year Sir Nigel Gresley train sets worth £250. Plus we have 15 runner up prizes consisting of five centenary pens and ten Hornby 2020 pin badges. Closing date for entries is October 25 2020 at 5pm GMT

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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.

Railmen of Kent join the Great Electric Train Show

Hornby Magazine’s Great Electric Train Show in Manchester is shaping up with the latest additions to the layout line up including Great Model Railway Challenge 2019 winners the Railmen of Kent.

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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.

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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.