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Beckwick - third-rail electrics by the seaside

BECKENHAM & WEST WICKHAM MODEL RAILWAY CLUB chose British Railways’ Southern Region for their ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout, which evokes the feel of the transition years – with added third-rail.

Get set for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show

The 2022 Great Electric Train Show is going ahead on the weekend of October 8/9 2022 with a stella cast of inspirational model railways, trade stands, demonstrations and more.

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HORNBY'S ALL-NEW CLASS 91 for 'OO'

The Crewe-built Class 91 Bo-Bo AC electrics have been a daily part of the East Coast Main Line scene since 1988, and they are still in front line service today. Hornby has gone back to the drawing board to create a brand-new model for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD finds out more.

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The East Coast Class 91s

Although a staple of the East Coast Main Line for the last three decades the Class electrics are now coming to the end of their illustrious careers, during which time each has covered more than seven million miles, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES reports.

KMRC reveals Rapido exclusive

Kernow Model Rail Centre has commissioned an exclusive ‘N’ gauge model of Rapido Trains UK’s all-new Metropolitan Vickers Class 28 Co-Bo as D5702 in BR green with small yellow warning panels.

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Heljan’s heavy weight ‘Grid’ Class 56 for 'O' gauge

The 3,300hp Class 56s brought new power to Britain’s freight traffic and a distinctive engine note with their turbo charged Ruston Paxman engine. MIKE WILD inspects Heljan’s eagerly awaited first ready-to-run model of the Type 5 for ‘O’ gauge.

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Colourful Class 90s lead Bachmann Summer 2022 announcements

Bachmann has revealed its latest Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish, Scenecraft and Narrow Gauge products for summer 2022 in its latest British Railway Announcements. Watch the launch video from Bachmann here.

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Hornby revises its Gresley ‘A3’

The Gresley ‘A1’/‘A3’ 4-6-2s are a longstanding part of the Hornby range, but this year they have been upgraded with newly tooled components and firebox flicker. MIKE WILD checks out the first two arrivals.

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Killer ‘20s’ renumbered, weathered and sound fitted

The Direct Rail Services-operated Class 20/3s offer an attractive and different locomotive for the modern railway scene. For his latest rolling stock project MIKE WILD decided to renumber, weather and sound fit a pair of the recent Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge models.

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Old Oak Bridge - the 1980-1990s in 'OO' gauge

The 1990s atmosphere around Old Oak Common Depot was the inspiration for GARY PAYNE'S ‘OO' gauge home-based layout -a scene that has changed beyond all recognition today.

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Modelu miners

New to the Modelu range of 3D-printed finescale figures is this collection of coal miners.

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Peco’s SMALL ENGLAND for 'OO9' gauge

Peco’s hugely anticipated Small England ‘OO9’ gauge locomotive arrives -but does this little engine live up to big expectations? RICHARD WATSON takes a closer look at this exciting new narrow gauge model.

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Rapido’s SECR Open Wagons for 'OO'

Rapido Trains UK has rapidly followed up its debut wagon releases with newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge South Eastern & Chatham Railway five and seven-plank open wagons. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

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Edwardian Steam

CONSIDERED by many to be the golden age of steam, the Edwardian era witnessed much change on the railways, especially in terms of the motive power as new more powerful locomotives were developed.

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SHUNTERS - The Hornby Class 08 diesel

The Hornby Class 08 diesel shunter is a must-have for any layout set after 1952. MIKE WILD inspects two new arrivals offering eye-catching modern liveries on this popular part of the Hornby ‘OO’ gauge range.

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