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Exclusive Class 59s in ’N’ for KMRC

Kernow Model Rail Centre has commissioned two all-new ‘N’ gauge Class 59 diesels from Revolution Trains.

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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Choosing a location

MIKE WILD

Designing your layout requires more than simply building the baseboards and adding track. Hornby Magazine starts at the beginning and explains how to find the perfect location to build your dream railway in your own home.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE: Building model railway baseboards

MIKE WILD

A baseboard provides a solid foundation onto which a reliable and enjoyable model railway can be built. Hornby Magazine explains its simple method for home-made solid top boards in simple steps.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE: Model railway scales and gauges

MIKE WILD

There were once only two primary choices for the ready-to-run layout builder, today we have five to choose from with the recent announcement of ‘O-16.5’ narrow gauge models. HORNBY MAGAZINE looks into the options offering advice and guidance for the budding modeller.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER'S GUIDE Model railway layout designs

MIKE WILD

There are many different styles of model railway you can build ranging from circuits to terminus and through stations with different levels of operation. Hornby Magazine explores the main options.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Ballasting your model railway

MIKE WILD

Careful ballasting of your track will add realism to any model railway in any scale. We explains the basics step by step.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Connecting power to the track

MIKE WILD

Making your first connection from the controller to your track is the most important. Hornby Magazine explains the basics and how you can connect wires to your track neatly.

MIKE WILD
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Top track laying tips

MIKE WILD

If you want to start running trains, we need to talk about track. We present essential tips for reliable and smooth-running track.

MIKE WILD

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Cavalex TEA bogie tanks for 'OO' gauge

Cavalex Models’ range of ‘OO’ gauge freight wagons continues to expand with the arrival of its latest completed project, the 102tonne TEA bogie tank wagon. But is this new model MARK CHIVERS’ cuppa?

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LOCOMAN CLASS 37 SOUND DEMONSTRATION

The English Electric Class 37 is one of the most popular diesel locomotives and this distinctive class is Locoman Sounds’ first digital audio project for a diesel. With one eye on spending, MIKE WILD installs a D&H decoder into an older generation 8-pin Bachmann model.

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Sonic Models reveals all-new 'Large Prairie' for 'N' gauge

RICHARD WATSON

The Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T has been selected as Sonic Models’ latest ‘N’ gauge ready-to-run model project. Read the full story here and watch our exclusive launch video.

RICHARD WATSON

A closer look At Accurascale's GWR 'Manors'

RICHARD WATSON

Accurascale has released a project update video for its up-and-coming Great Western Railway 'Manor' Class project for 'OO' gauge.

RICHARD WATSON
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Are we getting a fair deal?

If you believe some of the comments online, railway modelling is too expensive and with poor quality models. TREVOR JONES looks at the REAL picture, based on his purchases in 2021.

Bachmann launches all-new 'OO' Class 37

Bachmann has launched an all-new 'OO' gauge model of the English Electric Class 37 diesel.

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PETE WATERMAN'S MAKING TRACKS II

This summer Pete Waterman and the Railnuts group are returning to Chester Cathedral to display a brand-new West Coast Main Line themed 'OO’ gauge layout for ten weeks. MIKE WILD reveals the full story behind Making Tracks II.

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RAILS NER PETROL-ELECTRIC AUTOCAR

The pioneer of internal combustion passenger railway vehicles is the subject for Rails of Sheffield’s latest exclusive product. MIKE WILD inspects this enticing and fascinating new ‘OO’ gauge model.

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Latest model railway reviews

Bachmann Mk 2 DBSO for OO gauge Review Premium

Bachmann modern era DBSOs

The Driving Brake Second Open (DBSO) coaches are a sought-after part of the Bachmann Mk 2F collection. MIKE WILD checks out one of the latest versions which models these push-pull coaches in their final form. Read our full review online first here.

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Accurascale launches PCA cement wagons for 'OO' gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale released its first batch of PCA cement wagons in July 2019 for ‘OO’. We take a closer look in our original review from Hornby Magazine as a second batch arrives.

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Flangeway models 'OO' gauge ‘Salmon’ wagon SA002 Review Freemium

Flangeway ‘Salmon’ wagon for 'OO' gauge

After a protracted development which resulted in a dimensionally inaccurate model appearing, Flangeway’s revised ‘OO’ gauge 50ton ‘Salmon’ bogie rail wagon is here. MARK CHIVERS inspects this latest catch.

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Hornby's Welsh Class 67

Hornby has delivered a new variant of its popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 67 diesel. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at this latest release.

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New Trainsporter Model Railway storage solutions

TRAINSPORTER has added two new heavy-duty plastic stackable carry cases to its growing range of storage solutions.

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Peco expands bullhead range

PECO has expanded its Streamline code 75 ‘OO’ gauge bullhead track range with the release of a selection of new Unifrog track components, including a single slip and a long crossing.

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Graham Farish Class 769 BiMU

Bachmann’s newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge Class 769 four-car Bi-mode Multiple Unit (BiMU) is here. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at this latest release from the Graham Farish range.

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Cavalex TEA bogie tanks for 'OO' gauge

Cavalex Models’ range of ‘OO’ gauge freight wagons continues to expand with the arrival of its latest completed project, the 102tonne TEA bogie tank wagon. But is this new model MARK CHIVERS’ cuppa?

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