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What Next? LMS

TREVOR JONES

The largest of the ‘Big Four’ companies, many models have been made of LMS designs in ‘OO’. But TREVOR JONES argues there are still significant gaps which could be filled.

TREVOR JONES
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Outstanding ‘OO’ OAA opens from Rapido Trains

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR OAA open wagons touched down in the Hornby Magazine office in early December.

BEN CHURCH
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Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 returns

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 Co-Co diesel returns in a selection of new identities and colour schemes. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS

WIN! A Hornby ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard '2MT', worth £230.

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win one of Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘2MT’ 2-6-0s, worth £230. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on February 25 2024.

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WORKBENCH: Tyne Dock steam finale

TIM SHACKLETON

The Tyne Dock-Consett iron ore circuit has always fascinated modellers. TIM SHACKLETON blends consistency and variety within a nine-wagon rake of KR Models iron-ore hoppers.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Hornby Magazine – Top 200 Models

MARK CHIVERS

With hundreds of models reviewed over the past 200 issues, MARK CHIVERS reveals the very best 200, and the team's personal highlights since 2007.

MARK CHIVERS
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Allerby - recreating the 1980s in 'O' gauge

Steve Thompson

The latest exhibition layout from STEVE THOMPSON and family models a freight scene in ‘O’ gauge, demonstrating the tremendous presence this scale offers and you can see it at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.

Steve Thompson

SERIES 7, EP4: Making Tracks - The Grand Challenge

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the fourth and final part of our Making Tracks 3 video series, we delve into the story of the Grand Challenge at the Great Electric Train Show when Pete Waterman and the Railnuts created a record breaking 152ft long 'OO' gauge model railway.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

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Coverdale - pre-grouping steam in 'O' gauge

JOHN BUCK

A fascinating never-built railway is the subject of Keighley Model Railway Club’s pre-grouping ‘O’ gauge layout. JOHN BUCK explains how history was altered to bring this route to life.Photography, Jonathan Newton

JOHN BUCK
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Tiger expands Hornby pioneer collection

MIKE IWLD

Hornby has released its follow up to the 2022 model of 0-4-2 Lion in the form of classmate Tiger. MIKE WILD inspects the latest early railway locomotive to arrive for ‘OO’ gauge.

MIKE IWLD
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Sonic Models GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T debuts for OO gauge

MIKE WILD

A new name in ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run has delivered its first ready-to-run locomotive – the Great Central Railway ‘A5’ 4-6-2T. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this enticing new addition for Eastern Region modellers.

MIKE WILD
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FIRST LOOK: Hornby launches Bluetooth HM DCC and Triplex Sound

MIKE WILD

The world of digital is about to be turned on its head with the arrival of Hornby’s new HM DCC Bluetooth control system. MIKE WILD gets to grips with this new way to control your trains and assesses its value.

MIKE WILD
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Misselthwaite - the Yorkshire Dales in OO gauge

LEWIS BUCKNELL

To make the most of an inaccessible space in his new home, LEWIS BUCKNELL built a ‘OO’ gauge layout set in the BR steam era in Yorkshire - to evocative effect. Read our full feature here with exclusive Key Model World only video.

LEWIS BUCKNELL

VIDEO: Building a Diesel Depot - PART FOUR

MIKE WILD

Part four of our diesel depot video series is here as we take the layout another step forward with the installation of DCC Concepts ground signals, Layout 4U yard lights and full interior lighting in the main depot buildings to bring the scene to life. Join us for part four today.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: Building a Diesel depot - PART THREE

MIKE WILD

Part 3 of our Building a Diesel Depot video series is here. In this part we continue by adding the backscenes, building up the ground cover, adding the finer details and introducing the first collection of rolling stock to adorn Natford TMD for its debut at Model Rail Scotland.

MIKE WILD
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VIDEO: Making Tracks 3 - March Update

CHRIS CLENTON

Peter Waterman's Making Tracks 3 ambitious project continues to make progress in preparation for its six week display starting at Chester Cathedral this summer. CHRIS CLENTON brings the story up to date with the latest update and exclusive video from the Making Tracks 3 workshop.

CHRIS CLENTON

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Latest model railway reviews

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Streamline small radius curved turnouts

MARK CHIVERS

Peco has added a pair of new ‘OO’ gauge small radius curved turnouts to its code 100 Streamline range of track components.

MARK CHIVERS
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End of platform steps

MARK CHIVERS

West Hill Wagon Works has released a pair of 4mm scale Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) end of platform steps to complement its new collection of contemporary platforms and platform furniture.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby’s Class 08 shunts into TT:120

MIKE WILD

The humble Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter is now available for ‘TT:120’ scale from Hornby. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this compact new arrival for the scale.

MIKE WILD
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Accurascale ‘Manor’ Debut

MIKE WILD

The GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is the first ready-to-run steam locomotive to be produced by Accurascale. MIKE WILD inspects a DCC ready and DCC sound fitted version to find out what is in store.

MIKE WILD
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Modelu Head Signals

MARK CHIVERS

New from Modelu are these 3D-printed ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Southern Railway (SR) Head Signals.

MARK CHIVERS
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Revolution’s SR Inspection Saloon

MIKE WILD

The unique lines of the Southern Region General Manager’s Inspection Saloon have been recreated in ‘OO’ gauge by Revolution Trains. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this highly-detailed coach.

MIKE WILD
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Kernow Engine House 

MARK CHIVERS

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s range of exclusive West Country themed models includes these specially commissioned ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge Scenecraft Cornish Engine Houses.

MARK CHIVERS
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Bachmann’s upgraded Whistler

MARK CHIVERS

The latest iteration of Bachmann’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 40 has arrived, sporting tooling and circuitry upgrades. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at this new and improved release.

MARK CHIVERS

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