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JANUARY BRINGS one of the most anticipated model railway catalogue releases of the year, as it marks the reveal of Hornby’s new range for 2021. The announcement has become something of a ritual for the Hornby Magazine team as we work round the clock excitedly to prepare our content for this issue in the run up to Christmas, working in secrecy to ensure the information is kept firmly under wraps until the official announcement.
As British Railways started replacing steam, a new breed of prototype locomotives started to appear on passenger and freight workings in the 1950s and 1960s. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of train formations utilising the new breed from this experimental period in BR’s history.
The Class 20 has been a long-standing part of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge range, but only now has the missing piece of the ‘Chopper’ jigsaw been completed – the Class 20/3. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at this revised Class 20 which models the rebuilds completed fo r DRS in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Throughout railway history there have been many instances of obsolete equipment being repurposed for a second life, with few being as successful as the rebuilding of a small fleet of almost 40-year-old locomotives to become the Class 20/3s, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.
Much has been written about British Railways’ post-war traction policy and in particular its decision to continue constructing what many regarded as obsolete and outdated steam engines. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks again at the dilemma BR faced and reviews whether, with hindsight, it came to the right decision.
The first Hornby Magazine Show of 2021 is here and its a special edition to reveal and discuss the all-new catalogue from 'OO' gauge model manufacturer Hornby. Join Mike and Richard in the Hornby Workshop for this in-depth video guide to Hornby's new products for the year ahead.