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Heljan delivers Class 86/0

The Class 86 has been a stalwart of the West Coast Main Line from its introduction in 1965, with numerous sub classes and modifications through the years. MIKE WILD inspects this brandnew version of the AC electric which models the class in original condition.

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Legacy Models has added a selection of new 4mm scale track components to its range of accessories.

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SMS Sash Windows

New to the Scale Model Scenery range of model railway kits and accessories are these 4mm scale sash windows. Ideal for adding that finishing touch to kit or scratch-built buildings and other projects.

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Platform Coping

Scale Model Scenery has developed two new 4mm scale packs of platform coping suitable for steam-era layouts.

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BR Mixed Freight Kit

If you are looking to add authentic loads to empty ‘OO’ gauge wagons, then this new pack of detailing parts for the early BR mixed freight era from Geoscenics should fit the bill.

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Lineside Fencing

Geoscenics’ range of kits and accessories is bolstered with this pack of 4mm scale lineside fencing.

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Fordhampton Industrial Chimney

New to the Gaugemaster Fordhampton construction kit range is this Industrial chimney suitable for ‘OO’ gauge use.

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Revolution's DRS Class 37/4

Revolution Trains is best known for its home-grown products in ‘N’ and ‘OO’ gauge, but it is testing the waters in ‘O’ gauge with the commissioning of this limited edition Class 37/4 from Heljan.

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Southern Electrics Scrapbook Vol. II

This second book in the Southern Electric Scrapbook series from Strathwood is presented in landscape format. It features another fascinating collection of archive images of the Region’s varied slam-door Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) and locomotive hauled trains on third-rail territory – and in some cases, beyond.

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Steam’s Lament – Bulleid’s Light Pacifics

New from Strathwood Publishing is this collection of evocative black and white images of Bulleid’s ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘West Country’ 4-6-2s through the British Railways era.

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Steaming through the Chilterns and thereabouts

THIS latest book from Goose Publishing features a new selection of photographs captured through the lens of the late H.C. Casserley.

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The GCR – what really happened

THIS recent release from Pen and Sword sets out to address what really happened throughout the Great Central Railway’s (GCR) existence, through its LNER days and into British Railways (BR) custodianship.

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Diesels in East Yorkshire: Four decades of change

The rail network around East Yorkshire has witnessed much change over the years, including improved passenger services and frequencies, as well as changing freight traffic patterns.

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Railways of the South East – Sussex and its surrounds

New from Key Books, this latest picture volume casts the spotlight on the railway network in and around Sussex, with brief forays into Kent and Surrey too.

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The Brush Class 31

One of the most recognisable and longest-lived of the Modernisation Plan diesel locomotives is the Brush Type 2, which later became much better known as the Class 31. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES examines this design, which despite its longevity has not been without its problems.

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‘Peak’ practice

The Bachmann Class 45 is a simple locomotive for a sound installation project, as MIKE WILD shows in this guide using a ZIMO sound decoder.

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This famous Scottish location has been modelled before closures and rationalisation took place by the East Kilbride Model Railway Club. BILL CAMPBELL describes how this attractive ‘N’ gauge layout was built, and how it operates.

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Dining by Rail

Dining on the rails was once an essential part of long-distance travel, but now this facility is limited to very few routes alongside special or tourist trains. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES investigates how changing times have led to the demise of the restaurant car.

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Staff Projects: A Stone's throw away...

Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout expansion is off to a flying start. RICHARD WATSON shows us how he tackled the first of the manmade structures on the layout.

Revolution's colourful 'OO' Ecofrets

Revolution Trains has taken delivery of decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge FWA Ecofret container flat wagons for evaluation.

Streamlined ‘W1' gains photographic grey

Hornby has received a decorated sample of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge LNER streamlined ‘W1’ 4-6-4 in fictitious photographic grey.

New Hornby ‘9F’ takes shape

Development of Hornby's all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 continues apace with the first stereo 3D-printed sample appearing for evaluation during late March.

New Tooling for Hornby's Midland Pullman HST

Hornby is developing new tooling for its forthcoming 'OO' gauge model of  Locomotive Services Limited’s Midland Pullman liveried High Speed Train (HST).

Hornby receives APT deco sample

Hornby has received decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO' gauge model of British Rail's Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train (APT) for evaluation by the development team.

Heljan reveals ‘O’ gauge Class 56 artwork

Heljan’s new ‘O’ gauge Class 56 diesel is progressing well with the company sharing artwork for its forthcoming Type 5 at the end of March.

New LSWR four-wheel coaches for ‘O’

Mannin Models, known for its range of 7mm scale Isle of Man narrow gauge kits, has launched its first standard ‘O’ gauge models with a series of London and South Western Railway (LSWR) four-wheeled coaches.

Rails Connect Point Motors

Rails of Sheffield is adding a pair of all-new point motors to its growing collection of Rails Connect branded accessories.

Heljan completes ‘O’ gauge Class 26 artwork

Heljan has completed artwork for its forthcoming new ‘O’ gauge Class 26/1 Bo-Bo diesels.

World’s smallest DCC decoder just got smaller

DCC Concepts has updated its Zen Blue+ Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder range with what is believed to be the smallest DCC decoder – ever!

Heljan ‘O’ gauge ED CADS revealed

Heljan has revealed progress on its forthcoming Class 73/1 Electro-Diesel (ED) with release of the latest CAD drawings for this new ‘O’ gauge project.