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The February 2021 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM164) is available now. 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.

HM163 Twin Track Sound Class 31 Feature Premium

TWIN TRACK MIND

If you are looking for the ultimate starter sound decoder which won’t cost the earth, Hornby’s Twin Track Sound diesel decoders offer superb value for money and an enthralling driving experience. MIKE WILD shows how to add a Twin Track Sound decoder to a Class 31 as well as upgrading its speaker.

HM163 Johnson 1P sound Feature Premium

MODERN SIMPLICITY

The latest locomotives from Bachmann are being designed to make upgrading to sound as simple as possible. MIKE WILD shows the process with the new Johnson ‘1P’ 0-4-4T for ‘OO’ gauge.

HM163 Stay alives Feature Premium

Using ‘stay alives’

The capacitor is a useful electronic component and the latest generation of sound decoders allow these to be connected to maintain uninterrupted sound. MIKE WILD explains how they work and which brands support their use.

HM163 D600 sound installation Feature Premium

Giving Bulldog its bark

Locomotives with 21-pin decoders sometimes require a different approach to connecting a speaker. MIKE WILD explains all with Kernow Model Rail Centre’s ‘OO’ gauge model of the D600 ‘Warship’ diesel-hydraulic.

HM163 Hornby 'Black Five' sound Feature Premium

STANIER SOUNDS

It isn’t just the latest locomotives which can benefit from digital sound. MIKE WILD delves into his stores to find one of the early modern day Hornby ‘Black Fives’ which predates the ease of tender-mounted decoder sockets.

HM163 factory sound Feature Premium

Factory sound

If installing a sound decoder is not for you, there is another option – factory fitted digital sound, as MARK CHIVERS explains.

Accurascale 'OO' D6700 for Locomotion Models

Locomotion Models has commissioned a special limited edition 'OO' gauge model of Accurascale's forthcoming BR Class 37 Co-Co diesel for its expanding National Collection in Miniature range.

Second sample for Hornby APT

Hornby has received a second updated engineering sample of its new Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train for ‘OO’ gauge following on from the first sample shown in the Great Electric Train Show Virtual Exhibition in October. 

Hornby ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages gain colour

Hornby has received complete decorated samples of its LMS ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages for ‘OO’ gauge covering the Brake Third Corridor (Cat No. R4960), Brake First Corridor (R4961), First Corridor (R4962), Kitchen Car (R4963), Restaurant First Open (R4964) and Restaurant Third Open (R4965A).

Deco samples for ‘OO’ IWA Holdall and Timber-carriers

Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge IWA bogie holdall vans and timber-carrying flat wagons. 200 were built in Germany during the 1980s, with around 40 vehicles subsequently converted to timber carriers in 2006.

First EP for Revolution ‘N’ gauge PFA

First Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Revolution Trains’ forthcoming ‘N’ gauge PFA four-wheel container flat wagons and containers have been received for evaluation.

Green light for more Pendolinos in ‘N’

Revolution Trains' proposed second production run of its popular ‘N’ gauge Pendolino Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) is going ahead.

Cavalex opens order book for 'OO' PHA/JGA stone hoppers

Cavalex Models has opened the pre-order book for its forthcoming 'OO' gauge PHA/JGA bogie stone hopper wagons.

VIDEO: Revolution Trains IPA car carriers for 'N'

Revolution Train's IPA car carriers are now available for 'N' gauge and we review these new additions in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM162, December 2020. Watch them in action on our test track here.

VIDEO: Revolution Trains KUA wagons for 'N'

Revolution Trains new 'N' gauge KUA wagons feature in the review section of the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM162. Watch them in action on our 'N' gauge test track here.

Locomotion and Rails reveal LNWR 'Improved Precedent'

Locomotion Models and Rails of Sheffield have revealed a brand new 'OO' gauge model of LNWR 'Improved Precedent' 2-4-0. The model is being made by Bachmann and is due for release in Summer 2021.

Dapol adds 14ton Anchor Mounted Tanks for 'O'

Dapol has unveiled plans for all-new 'O' gauge 14ton anchor-mounted tank wagons. The central anchor-mounted design was developed in the mid-1940s and featured all-steel supporting saddles.

Heljan 'O' Class 60 rerun

Heljan has announced that a new batch of its 'O' gauge BR Class 60 Co-Co diesels have been approved for production in a selection of BR Sectorisation and privatised era freight colour schemes.

VIDEO: Hornby RailRoad Plus Class 47

Hornby has released the first of its new RailRoad Plus models for 2020 with enhanced decoration. Join us at the Hornby Magazine test track to see GBRf liveried Class 47 47749 City of Truro running on Topley Dale on a railtour to showcase its running qualities.

VIDEO: Hornby's ONE Class 66 for 'OO'

Hornby has released a new batch of 'OO' gauge Class 66s in the latest liveries. Arriving in the Hornby Magazine office for review is the ONE magenta liveried version of the model as 66587 As One We Can. Watch it in action on our test track here at the head of a container train.

VIDEO: Hornby Magazine Show | November 2020

The latest monthly Hornby Magazine Show is here! Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson for this 1hr 20min video feature showcasing the latest progress on Topley Dale's quarry scene, new announcements from Bachmann for Winter, the latest news, new arrivals and more. Watch it here...

'Victory' 0-6-0T for 'OO' from Planet Industrials

Planet Industrials has unveiled plans for its first 'OO' gauge ready-to-run locomotive - a Kerr Stuart 'Victory' 0-6-0T.

First sample of 'O' gauge Presflo arrives

Ellis Clark Trains has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming 'O' gauge Presflo wagon.

Heljan reveals Class 104 DMU for ‘OO’

Heljan has announced that it is developing a ready-to-run 'OO' gauge model of the popular BR Class 104 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU).

Accurascale unveils new 'OO' 21ton mineral wagons

Accurascale has revealed plans for two new 'OO' gauge 21ton mineral wagons as part of an expanding 'Powering Britain' range of wagons which already includes the 24.5ton HUO hopper wagon and recently-announced HYA and IIA bogie hoppers.

VIDEO: Building Hatton's laser cut baseboards

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM162) we review Hatton's new laser cut baseboard kits. In this video Mike Wild demonstrates assembly of one of the boards in the Hornby Magazine Workshop.

Gold-plated Clan Line surfaces

Hornby has shared images of its forthcoming special Centenary year limited edition 'OO' gauge model of Bulleid rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' 35028 Clan Line in BR lined green with late crests (Cat No. R3824), bearing gleaming gold-plated metal parts.

Dapol Class 122 samples for 'O'

Dapol has released images of its brand-new production Class 122 DMUs for 'O' gauge ahead of their expected release in the fourth quarter of this year. See the samples here and watch Dapol's introductory video.

Rails' 'OO' Gas Turbine gains colour

Rails of Sheffield received the first decorated pre-production sample of its forthcoming exclusive 'OO' gauge BR gas turbine locomotive, 18000, in BR green with late crests during October for evaluation.

VIDEO: Locoman Sounds 'Britannia' sound file

Locoman Sounds has produced a brand new sound project for the Doehler & Haass sound decoder portfolio modelling the BR 'Britannia' 4-6-2. In the latest issue we show how to install the 8-pin version of the decoder into Hornby 'OO' gauge model together with working lamps and firebox flicker. Watched the finished model in action on our test track here.