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Locoman Sounds for the Hornby BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0

MIKE WILD

The recently released Hornby BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 is an attractive locomotive, but challenging for sound installation. MIKE WILD explains how he fitted a powerful speaker into the tender with an ESU chip from Locoman Sounds.

MIKE WILD
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Speedlink Freight

BEN CHURCH

From Crecy Publishing comes this comprehensive guide to the ill-fated Speedlink wagon service, employed by British Railways from 1977 to 1991.

BEN CHURCH
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Scottish Evolution

BEN CHURCH

In this 57th volume of Britain’s Railway Series, Ian Lothian turns his attention to the railways of central Scotland showing how they, the landscape, motive power and usage have changed over the last 40 years.

BEN CHURCH
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Welsh Inspiration

BEN CHURCH

North Wales, the Snowdonia National Park and its surrounding landscape offer picturesque views of coasts, mountains, valleys and hills. Combined with the traditional slate industry that dominated the area, the region’s railways traverse very harsh environments whether on the North Wales Coast line or through the mountains.

BEN CHURCH
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BR Wagons Vol. 5

BEN CHURCH

This latest volume in the series from Crecy about the acquired wagons of British Railways covers open goods wagons and continues from its predecessors and other books by David Larkin, providing a wealth of knowledge and insight.

BEN CHURCH

Heljan receives LNER ‘U1’ running sample

BEN CHURCH

Heljan has received a running sample of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge LNER  Beyer-Garratt ‘U1’ 2-8-0+0-8-2 for evaluation.

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Colourful Class 31s

BEN CHURCH

New from Key Publishing comes this illustrated guide for one of the most unappreciated British diesel designs. The Class 31s were built by Brush Traction from 1957 to 1962 and were born out of the modernisation plan of 1955, which called for the wholesale replacement of steam with diesel and electric traction on a like-for-like basis.

BEN CHURCH
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1980s Motive Power

Andrew Walker/Vaughan Hellam

At the dawn of the 1980s the East Coast Main Line (ECML) was still the domain of the legendary Class 55 ‘Deltics’. Change was imminent though, as the 1980s saw the culling of several classic British diesel designs.

Andrew Walker/Vaughan Hellam

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Dalziel North

RODDY NEWBIGGING

The atmosphere around a Scottish freight terminal in the early 2000s inspired RODDY NEWBIGGING and friends to create this detailed pastiche of the early privatised railway in North Lanarkshire.Photography, Jonathan Newton

RODDY NEWBIGGING

VIDEO: Railway Icons HSDT prototype decorated sample

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

The decorated sample of the Railway Icons collection model of HSDT prototype power car 41001 has been revealed through the collaboration between Rails of Sheffield, Locomotion Models and Bachmann Europe together with a factory sound option of the model.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Upgrading Newton Grove

JONATHAN NEWTON

With some structures having been damaged in the long journey from ‘Oz’, JONATHAN NEWTON reveals how he is building a new engine shed and road bridge for his ‘O’ gauge layout.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Hornby's Ruston 88DS 4wDM shunter lands

MARK CHIVERS

This delightful-looking ‘OO’ gauge model is now available. MARK CHIVERS finds out whether its performance matches its appearance.

MARK CHIVERS

PROJECT UPDATE: Making Tracks for Model World LIVE

MIKE WILD

Making Tracks: The Final Frontier is progressing towards its debut at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 when this giant 208ft long layout will be presented with its new extensions for the first time. Watch the latest video update here.

MIKE WILD
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EFE Rail’s Southern Electric ‘Boosters’

MIKE WILD

The 1940s Southern Railway ‘Booster’ electric locomotives are the subject of an all-new tooling from EFE Rail for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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Redbridge Wharf

RICH SULZMANN

Winchester Railway Modellers took on the challenge to build Redbridge Wharf - a layout based on the expansive sleeper works at Redbridge, Southampton, nestled alongside a busy main line railway. RICH SULZMANN tells the story.

RICH SULZMANN
Bachmann Spring 2024 British Railway Announcements News Freemium

Bachmann Spring 2024 British Railway Announcements

MIKE WILD

Bachmann Europe has revealed its Spring 2024 British Railway Announcements, including full details of the new Class 30 and 31 for 'OO' gauge and much more. Join us to watch the video from Bachmann and read the full story here.

MIKE WILD

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Latest model railway reviews

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Scottish Evolution

BEN CHURCH

In this 57th volume of Britain’s Railway Series, Ian Lothian turns his attention to the railways of central Scotland showing how they, the landscape, motive power and usage have changed over the last 40 years.

BEN CHURCH
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Welsh Inspiration

BEN CHURCH

North Wales, the Snowdonia National Park and its surrounding landscape offer picturesque views of coasts, mountains, valleys and hills. Combined with the traditional slate industry that dominated the area, the region’s railways traverse very harsh environments whether on the North Wales Coast line or through the mountains.

BEN CHURCH
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BR Wagons Vol. 5

BEN CHURCH

This latest volume in the series from Crecy about the acquired wagons of British Railways covers open goods wagons and continues from its predecessors and other books by David Larkin, providing a wealth of knowledge and insight.

BEN CHURCH
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Speedlink Freight

BEN CHURCH

From Crecy Publishing comes this comprehensive guide to the ill-fated Speedlink wagon service, employed by British Railways from 1977 to 1991.

BEN CHURCH
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1980s Motive Power

Andrew Walker/Vaughan Hellam

At the dawn of the 1980s the East Coast Main Line (ECML) was still the domain of the legendary Class 55 ‘Deltics’. Change was imminent though, as the 1980s saw the culling of several classic British diesel designs.

Andrew Walker/Vaughan Hellam
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Colourful Class 31s

BEN CHURCH

New from Key Publishing comes this illustrated guide for one of the most unappreciated British diesel designs. The Class 31s were built by Brush Traction from 1957 to 1962 and were born out of the modernisation plan of 1955, which called for the wholesale replacement of steam with diesel and electric traction on a like-for-like basis.

BEN CHURCH
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Rannoch Station

BEN CHURCH

Modellers of the picturesque West Highland line will be pleased to see two new kits from Peco, bolstering its range of laser-cut wood kits (HM195) and providing new options for modellers of this scenic route.

BEN CHURCH
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Mini Roller

BEN CHURCH

From Mini Roller comes this useful painting aid for your stock of modelling essentials.

BEN CHURCH

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