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WELCOME TO THE LATEST ISSUE

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.

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Ashbury Wharf

Lying almost forgotten for years, this vintage ‘OO9’ gauge layout was resurrected by its home club Astolat Model Railway Circle and is now returning to life for a brand-new audience. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Scratch building for beginners

Learning the skills to use card and plasticard to build your own structures means you can build unique items to enhance your layout. PAUL CHAPMAN shows how to build a simple brick built sub-station using wallet friendly materials.

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Gravesdown SOUTH

The transition from hydraulics to diesel-electrics is the subject of BRIAN TAMPLIN’S ‘OO’ gauge layout, which depicts the spectacle of the Western Region in the 1970s to grand effect in a modular format.

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REVAMPED CLASS 37/0 FOR ’O’ GAUGE

Heljan has been making the most of its back catalogue during 2020 with re-releases of its ‘Hymek’ and ‘Deltic’ which have now been followed by the original split headcode Class 37s. MIKE WILD inspects one of the five new versions arriving this summer.

VIDEO: Heljan revamped Class 37/0

Heljan has revamped its 2008 released 'O' gauge Class 37/0 for a new lease of life. Watch two of the releases in action on our 'O' gauge test track in this video feature.

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Split box Class 37/0s - the early years

One of the most successful diesel locomotives ever to run in Britain is the English Electric Class 37, a design that has now given 60 years of front-line service to our railways. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the inception and early years of this popular machine.

VIDEO: HST takeover on Topley Dale

To mark the arrival of Hornby's new First and Last HST pack for 'OO' gauge, we staged a HST takeover on our test track Topley Dale to showcase the trains through the years.

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‘FIRST AND LAST’ HST power cars

MIDST a flurry of ‘OO’ gauge Class 43 High Speed Train (HST) power car releases, Hornby has issued this special commemorative pack containing the first and last-built examples.

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Hornby issues more KFA container flats

Modellers of current intermodal traffic receive a boost with the release of this pair of ‘OO’ gauge KFA container flats from Hornby.

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More containers from C=Rail

C=Rail Intermodal has expanded its range of 4mm scale containers to include 40ft x 8ft 6in deep-sea boxes in the liveries of NYK Line and Ocean Network Express (ONE).

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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.

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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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.