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VIDEO: Bachmann autumn preview

EXCLUSIVE FIRST ACCESS FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Bachmann recently announced its new line up of products for the autumn including an all-new super-detailed model of the Class 47, the promised arrival of the Gresley 'V2s' and more. Bachmann's Communication Manager Richard Proudman joined Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine Workshop to showcase the latest product samples and more.

Revolution Trains selects all-steel K-type Pullmans for ‘N’

Revolution Trains is to produce all-steel K-type Pullman coaches for ‘N’ gauge.

New batch of LMS '3F' 0-6-0Ts progress

Dapol has received decorated samples of its next batch of ‘O’ gauge LMS ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0Ts for assessment.

Making Tracks last hurrah for Chester Cathedral

In this subscriber special video we bring you a video feature from the final day of Pete Waterman's Chester Cathedral layout Making Tracks. Including some of Mike Wild and Mark Chivers very own BR Blue stock.

Cavalex adds DCR Rail Freight ‘Grid’

Cavalex Models has added a DCR Rail Freight liveried ‘Grid’ to the release schedule for its all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 56.

Revolution goes Underground

Revolution Trains has revealed plans for the first-ever ‘N' gauge London Underground tube train, in the form of classic 1938 deep tube stock.

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Peaksdale

This magnificent and feature packed ‘OO’ gauge layout is the work of STEPHEN RICHARDS over the last four decades. We take a full tour of this complex loft layout.

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Back to ‘Schools’

Digital sound installations don’t have to be complex or mind boggling, as MIKE WILD shows by turning his attention to a Hornby ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 with a new sound profile from Locoman Sounds.

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IRM delivers Met-Vic A Class

Accurascale’s sister company Irish Railway Models has released its first ready-to-run powered model – the Metropolitan Vickers A Class Co -Co diesel electric. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this new addition for the Irish scene which sets the benchmark for what to expect from Accurascale’s first British outline diesels.

‘O’ gauge LSWR ‘B4' takes shape

Dapol has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly-tooled ‘O’ gauge London and South Western Railway (LSWR) ‘B4’ 0-4-0T for evaluation.

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On Great Eastern Lines - Passenger

TIM SHACKLETON looks at some of the many and varied passenger classes that worked in East Anglia in steam days, from tiny ‘Buckjumpers’ to the mighty ‘Britannias’.

Dapol unveils O&K hoppers for ‘N’

Dapol has unveiled plans for a set of newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge Orenstein and Koppel (O&K) JHA 102tonne hopper wagons to accompany its recently restarted Class 59 Co-Co diesel project (HM171).

More buildings for Display

Display has added four new 'OO' gauge low relief buildings to its basic model range of 4mm scale laser-cut kits.

VIDEO: Heljan L&B LYN debuts!

Narrow gauge modellers are being treated to a brand-new locomotive with the arrival of Heljan’s model of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway’s one and only Baldwin 2-4-2T.

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L&B LYN debuts!

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Narrow gauge modellers are being treated to a brand-new locomotive with the arrival of Heljan’s model of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway’s one and only Baldwin 2-4-2T. MIKE WILD inspects Lyn for ‘OO9’.

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Genesis coach update

Hattons has amended the release dates for its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Hattons Originals Genesis carriages.

Dapol HAAs go under cover

Dapol has updated its ‘O’ gauge BR HAA Merry-Go-Round (MGR) hopper tooling to enable canopy-fitted examples to be produced for the first time.

Faux teak finish for ‘O’ gauge Thompsons

Ellis Clark Trains (ECT) has revealed progress on its forthcoming ‘O’ gauge London North Eastern Railway (LNER) Thompson carriages in faux teak finish, with decorated samples arriving for evaluation..

Dapol BR 20ton brake van variety

Dapol is to produce a further batch of its popular ‘O’ gauge BR 20ton brake vans, including newly-tooled variants.

All-New K Type Pullmans for 'O' Gauge

Ellis Clark Trains (ECT) has unveiled plans to produce a set of all-steel K Type Pullmans as its next finescale ‘O’ gauge project.

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HOLLY BANK GROVE MPD

The gritty North East is the setting for IAN FORSYTH’S ‘OO’ gauge depot scene which started out as an ‘L’ shape design, but has since been converted to a straight layout. Ian reveals the full story behind Holly Bank Grove MPD. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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SCRATCHBUILDING LARGE STRUCTURES

ANDY GLOVER uses styrene sheet and strip to model an impressive canal side structure for his ‘N’ gauge layout with methods which can be used for 2mm or 4mm scales.

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Northern Rail ‘150’

The Class 150/2 two-car DMU is back in stock with Bachmann retailers with the arrival of two new livery variations –a GWR green set finished as 150216 and Northern liveried unit 150220 as illustrated by our sample model.

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FORWARD DATING A ‘MERCHANT’

Hornby’s original ‘Merchant Navy’ is a super model but it doesn’t cover all variations to the fleet. GRAHAM MUSPRATT adapts one of the first to enter traffic into its immediately pre-British Railways condition.

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InterCity 125s

With more than 40 years front-line service, it is no wonder British Rail’s ‘Journey Shrinker’ has proved popular with model manufacturers. MARK CHIVERS looks at the options available to modellers in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’.

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HIGH-SPEED RECORDS

For many people the pinnacle of railway achievement was Mallard’s 126mph dash down Stoke Bank in July 1938, but since then this high-speed record has been broken many times with most of the subsequent attempts being much less well known, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES found out.

Heljan reveals decorated Class 56s

Heljan has revealed factory decorated samples of its newly-tooled ‘O’ gauge Class 56 diesel.

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Dragonby

In the beginning this outstanding ‘N’ gauge exhibition layout was known as Acton Mainline, but following more than 100 show appearances it was retired. GEOFF BUTTLER is now the owner of the renamed and restocked marvel of the 1990s. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Hunslet hydraulic

FIRST REVIEW: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the N Gauge Society it has produced the first pure industrial ready-to-run locomotive for ‘N’ gauge – the Hunslet 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic. MIKE WILD inspects this enticing new release for 2mm scale.

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Ecofrets debut for ‘N’

The latest arrivals from Revolution Trains for ‘N’ gauge are these super detailed models of the FWA Ecofret twin and triple set container flats.