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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.

Rails of Sheffield launch Class 89 project for 'OO' gauge

Sheffield based retailer Rails of Sheffield has teamed up with Accurascale to announce a ready-to-run model of the unique Class 89 AC electric locomotive for 'OO' gauge. 

Hatton's Originals 'A4' arrives

The eagerly awaited Hattons Originals LNER Class A4 4-6-2 has arrived with us at Hornby Magazine, with a full roster specification sheet we're looking forward to putting this locomotive to the test and bringing you the full review in the next issue of Hornby Magazine.

Accurascale shows JSA in colour

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its 'OO' gauge JSA steel coil wagons. The brand new wagons are expected to arrive in September 2020 in twin packs priced at £59.95 each.

Dapol recalls motorised water towers

Dapol is recalling the motorised version of its new 'OO' gauge water tower following the discovery of a substandard component.

VIDEO: A request from Accurascale

Accurascale is asking for suggestions as to what it should make next for 'O' gauge. Join Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild in the garden with a rake of Accurascale's first 7mm scale wagons - the HUO coal hopper in this new video.

Rails limited edition Class 37/6

Rails of Sheffield has announced an exclusive 'OO' gauge Class 37/6 limited edition in partnership with Accurascale.

Accurascale reveal tippler samples

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its 'OO' gauge PTA/JTA/JUA bogie tippler wagons. These highly detailed models are expected to be released in September 2020 with a choice of outer and inner five vehicle packs. 

Heljan centre headcode Class 40

The latest improved pre-production sample of Heljan's 'O' gauge centre headcode Class 40 has arrived for inspection before final adjustments and entering the tooling stage.

Bachmann Summer announcements

Bachmann has announced seven new building releases for 'N' gauge in its second British Railway Announcements of 2020 together with an updated list of new arrivals for the next three months.

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Building a Routemex signal in 'O'

A new range of two, three and four-aspect colour light signal kits has been introduced by Routemex for 'O' gauge. MIKE WILD explores how they are built.

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VIDEO: Ambleton Vale

In this video we visit Ray Taylor and Anna Bass' characterful 'N' gauge exhibition layout Ambleton Vale. Join us as we tour the branch line and its brilliant detail.

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VIDEO: Heaton Lodge Junction

Simon George's outstanding 200ft long 'O' gauge model of Heaton Lodge Junction features in the June 2020 issue of Hornby Magazine (HM156). Join us for a tour of this epic model railway as we meet the owner and showcase its latest development.

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Welcome to HM156

HELLO AND WELCOME to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine. As we completed HM155 we were expecting to continue with our plans for the Hornby Centenary special issue, but with the impact of coronavirus on the availability of magazines we have decided to postpone the celebratory issue until our October issue.

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HEATON LODGE JUNCTION

Billed as Britain’s Biggest Model Railway, this epic ‘O’ gauge layout of a famous junction is nearing completion. Builder SIMON GEORGE explains the creation of this 1980s scene. Photography, Mike Wild.

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One step beyond

To continue our celebration of Hornby’s 100th anniversary, TIM SHACKLETON looks to push detail further using quality aftermarket components and simple, easy-to-learn skills. Here he shows what you can do with a Hornby ‘8F’ and ‘Patriot’ to improve these under-rated Hornby ‘OO’ gauge locomotives.

ScotRail sliding door Mk 3s

The first of Hornby’s new range of modernised sliding door Mk 3 carriages began arriving at the end of April and during May the ScotRail versions are due to be delivered too.

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Support NHS heroes with HORNBY LIVERY COMPETITION

Hornby is hosting a NHS Livery Competition in support of NHS heroes.

‘W1’ Liveries Confirmed

HORNBY has completed the CAD drawing work for its models of the unique Gresley ‘W1’ 4-6-4 for ‘OO’ gauge as well as confirming the livery specifications for each version.

Latest CADs show Class 91 progress

Development of the all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 91 from Hornby is continuing with current work focused on finalising the design and build process for the AC electric’s pantograph.

Hornby shows Avanti Pendolino

Hornby has received a decorated sample of its ‘OO’ gauge Avanti West Coast liveried Class 390 Pendolino unit 390001 for evaluation.

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Spring meadows

Spring meadows small sections of meadow are a great way to cover bare baseboards. For this demonstration, a small corner of meadow is created. ANTHONY REEVES explains how.

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60 years of the Class 33s

Ranging far beyond their Southern Region home, the Class 33s were highly versatile machines and 2020 marks six decades since their introduction. MARK CHIVERS looks at their varied duties and shows how to model them in ‘OO’ gauge.

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LMS ‘8F’ 2-8-0

One of the most numerous and effective classes of locomotive ever built was Stanier’s heavy freight ‘8F’ 2-8-0 – which varied careers at home and abroad, EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

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Brush painting basics

You don’t have to possess expensive equipment to get a quality paint finish. MIKE WILD shows how simple brush painting and finishing techniques can be used to paint and detail freight stock in all scales.

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Ambleton Vale

The transition years of the 1960s have been captured delightfully in ‘N’ gauge by RAY TAYLOR and ANNA BASS, who reveal the inspiration for their joint creation. Photography, Mike Wild.

Dapol announces ‘O’ gauge Conflat & Container wagons

DAPOL has confirmed details of its new ‘O’ gauge readyto- run model of the Great Western Railway (GWR) H7 Conflat wagon.

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Northern Rail Rover

The final years of steam were a fascinating time recorded and lamented by many. Books and photographs on the subject have been copious, but Allan Heyes’ Northern Rail Rover is undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric and interesting records of the final years of steam in the North of England.

Heljan shows ‘O’ Mk 2 CAD drawings

Heljan has released the first CAD images of the new ‘O’ gauge Mk 2 coaching stock.

LSWR ‘330’ Class 0-6-0ST next for OO Works

OO Works is to produce a ‘OO’ gauge London & South Western Railway (LSWR) ‘330’ Class 0-6-0ST.

Dapol ‘O’ 16ton mineral wagons set for return

Dapol has announced a new production run of its popular ‘O’ gauge BR 16ton mineral wagon.