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Modern Railways plans GBRF gala at the Nene Valley Railway

Join us for a a special gala weekend based around Peterborough and the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024. This brand-new one-off event for 2024 is being organised by Modern Railways with support from sister publication Hornby Magazine. Find our more and book your advance tickets here.

Waterman sets model railway World Record

Pete Waterman OBE set a new Guinness World Record for the World's largest portable model railway with Making Tracks: The Final Frontier at Model World LIVE on April 27 2024.

BR 21ton HTO/HTV hoppers next for Accurascale

Accurascale has revealed BR 21ton HTO/HTV hoppers as its next ‘OO’ gauge wagon project, bolstering the company’s ‘Powering Britain’ range.

Exclusive CrossCountry HST artwork revealed

The artwork for Key Publishing's exclusive limited edition Hornby CrossCountry HST twin pack has been revealed featuring 43184 Laira Diesel Depot and 43366 HST40. Check out the latest news on this new limited edition here.

Making Tracks house kits available now

New to the Key Model World Shop are exclusive laser-cut modern detached house kits, as seen on Making Tracks: The Final Frontier at Model World LIVE.

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Cabbing a Class 60 with DC Rail

DC Rail is a popular freight operator with lineside and model enthusiasts. JAMES ABBOTT from Modern Railways magazine takes a run through the Chilterns in the cab of a Class 60 to discover how these heavy aggregate trains are operated.

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Installing Locoman’s BR ‘5MT’ sound

The powerful sounds of the BR ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 are now available from Locoman Sounds on the ESU decoder family. MIKE WILD upgrades an older Bachmann 8-pin model to show how it can be done.

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Hornby ZBA returns for OO gauge

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge ZBA ‘Rudd’ departmental wagon has made a welcome return to the range.

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Installing Locoman’s BR ‘5MT’ sound

The powerful sounds of the BR ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 are now available from Locoman Sounds on the ESU decoder family. MIKE WILD upgrades an older Bachmann 8-pin model to show how it can be done.

Hornby all-new OO gauge Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 Review Premium

Hornby’s all-new Stanier ‘Black Five’

The Stanier ‘Black Five’ was one of the biggest locomotive classes of the steam era and Hornby has turned fresh attention to this must-have mixed traffic 4-6-0. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this new arrival.

VIDEO: Accurascale Ruston 88DS sound recording

We met with Accurascale at the Colne Valley Railway to find out more about the sound recording process for its new 'O' gauge Ruston 88DS. Watch the video for FREE here and sign up or sign in to see more images from the day.

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Fairwood Junction

One of the star attractions at the 2024 Great Electric Train Show is STEVE JONES’ brilliant contemporary recreation of this important Great Western Main Line junction in ‘OO’ which showcases the huge variety of the modern railway.

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Hope Street - the pre-grouping era in 7mm scale

A pre-Grouping goods station is the setting for JOHN BUCK’S evocative ‘O’ gauge layout, which brings to life a long-gone but once commonplace scene.Photography, Jonathan Newton

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Quarry Hunslet Digital Sound

Fitting DCC sound in Bachmann’s tiny ‘OO9’ gauge model is difficult – but as John Gay explains, is possible, bringing it to life beautifully.

Bachmann Narrow Gauge Baguley-Drewry 4wDM for OO9 gauge. Review Premium

Bachmann Baguley-Drewry 70HP diesel

Bachmann’s long-awaited ‘OO9’ gauge Baguley-Drewry diesel locomotives are here five years after they were first announced, but have they been worth the wait? BEN CHURCH takes a closer look.

SERIES 8: Digital Sound - installing ESU LokSound chips

The fourth part of our new Digital Sound video series is here focusing on ESU LokSound decoders. In this part we had sound to a Bachmann 'OO9' Mainline Hunslet, a Dapol Class 68 and a Bachmann BR '5MT' 4-6-0. Discover how we completed the installations here.

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Hornby ZBA returns for OO gauge

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge ZBA ‘Rudd’ departmental wagon has made a welcome return to the range.

Rusty Rails railway engine blocks for OO gauge

Adding to the repertoire of 4mm scale 3D-printed accessories available from Rusty Rails is this underfloor engine suitable for Class 150, 153, 156 and 158 Diesel Multiple Units.

Hornby all-new OO gauge Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 Review Premium

Hornby’s all-new Stanier ‘Black Five’

The Stanier ‘Black Five’ was one of the biggest locomotive classes of the steam era and Hornby has turned fresh attention to this must-have mixed traffic 4-6-0. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this new arrival.

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Banana Van Bonanza

Southern Railway banana vans are the latest additions to Accurascale’s rapidly expanding ‘OO’ gauge range. BEN CHURCH casts a glance at these ap-peel-ing new arrivals.

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RailRoad Class 101 returns

Hornby’s enduring Class 101 DMU is back, offering an important train for BR era modellers. BEN CHURCH sees if it stands up to present-day scrutiny.

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Flying Scotsman: the amazing story of the world’s most famous locomotive

Eight years on from its last publication in print, Andrew Roden has re-released and remastered his bestselling volume Flying Scotsman in e-book form on Kindle and Apple iBooks, incorporating new information and insights and the locomotive’s career following its triumphant return to service in 2016.

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3D-Printed Cable Trunking

Expanding on its impressive roster of line-side detailing items comes a comprehensive suite of 4mm scale cable trunking from West Hill Wagon Works.

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MGR Coal Trains

Amberley Publishing’s roster of railway books is bolstered by the addition of MGR Coal Trains, a retrospective photographic reminder of these important coal trains.

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