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TMC adds exclusive Fragonset Class 31/4

BEN CHURCH

TMC has commissioned an exclusive version of the recently announced all-new ‘OO’ gauge Bachmann Class 31 modelling 31452 Minotaur, in Fragonset livery.

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale reveals Andrew Barclay decorated samples

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has unveiled decorated samples of its forthcoming ’OO' gauge Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST for assessment by the development team.

BEN CHURCH
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The short and winding road

DAN EVASON

A veritable spider’s web of country lanes links villages and farms in the countryside. DAN EVASON shows how to model one in 4mm scale.

DAN EVASON
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Hornby's Ruston 88DS 4wDM shunter lands

MARK CHIVERS

This delightful-looking ‘OO’ gauge model is now available. MARK CHIVERS finds out whether its performance matches its appearance.

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale unveil ‘Warwell’ production samples

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has unveiled final production samples of their forthcoming ‘Warwell’ bogie well wagons for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
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LESS IS MORE

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON takes a scaled-down approach to giving ‘N’ gauge models a life-like finish.

TIM SHACKLETON

PROJECT UPDATE: Making Tracks for Model World LIVE

MIKE WILD

Making Tracks: The Final Frontier is progressing towards its debut at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 when this giant 208ft long layout will be presented with its new extensions for the first time. Watch the latest video update here.

MIKE WILD
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REALITY CHECK: Southern Railway CC1 ‘Booster’

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

To power goods trains on its electric network, the Southern Railway built one of the most innovative and unusual locomotive designs ever to appear on our railways. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks into the history of the Class 70, otherwise known as the ‘Booster’.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

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Latest model railway videos

Hornby Class 31 with Triplex Sound for OO gauge. Feature Premium

TXS 8-pin Installation Hornby Class 31 Upgrades

MIKE WILD

The Hornby Class 31 is a simple locomotive to add Triplex Sound into and in this guide we move on to upgrade the speaker. MIKE WILD explains how.

MIKE WILD

SERIES 7, EP3: Making Tracks 3 - On Show

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Part 3 of our Making Tracks 3 video series is here. Join us as we follow the installation process at Chester Cathedral and it operation across the summer. Watch the trailer for FREE and sign up for a Premium subscriber account to gain full access to the 50 minutes feature video.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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VIDEO: TXS 21-pin Installation Hornby HST Power Cars

MIKE WILD

The latest generation Hornby Class 43 High Speed Train power cars set out to make sound installation simple. MIKE WILD adds a pair of TXS 21-pin chips to EMT liveried 43049 and 43060 and demonstrates the finished models on video.

MIKE WILD
Graham Farish Class 158 DMU. Review Premium

Graham Farish's all-new Class 158

MARK CHIVERS

These stylish DMUs are the subject of an all-new ‘N’ gauge model. MARK CHIVERS assesses its execution and running qualities.

MARK CHIVERS
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Titfield Thunderbolt Deluxe train pack

BEN CHURCH

70 years since the film first debuted, Rapido Trains UK’s eagerly-awaited Titfield Thunderbolt train packs representing the iconic 1953 Ealing comedy have arrived.

BEN CHURCH
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The Hornby BR '2MT' 2-6-0 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s all-new model of the BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 has been a long time coming for ‘OO’ gauge, but it has now arrived with retailers. Mike Wild takes a closer look at BR lined black 78047.

MIKE WILD

SERIES 7, EPISODE 2: Making Tracks 3 - Construction

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In part two of our new video series we focus on construction of the layout at the Making Tracks Workshop as Pete and the team take on the challenges of building a scale model of a real station in the present day. Sign up for a FREE member account today to watch Part Two exclusively on Key Model World.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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Gonerby - a freight depot in the diesel era

KEVIN CRANE

The atmosphere of a 1980s freight terminal and depot was what KEVIN CRANE wanted to recapture, done to brilliant effect in ‘OO’ gauge. Read the full feature and watch our exclusive layout tour video here.

KEVIN CRANE

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Latest model railway reviews

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Carriage Siding Platform Kit

BEN CHURCH

New from West Hill Wagon Works is this ‘OO' gauge carriage siding platform kit.

BEN CHURCH
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Teesside Steelmaster Exclusive

MARK CHIVERS

With an expanding collection of exclusive limited edition models available to members of the Bachmann Collectors Club, MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at the club’s striking Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge Class 37/5.

MARK CHIVERS
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Eighties Rail Scene

BEN CHURCH

Amberley Publishing’s extensive range of titles is bolstered with this look into the past of Britain’s railways in the 1980s. This superb collection of archive photographs provides a window into the near past in the twilight of British Railway’s Corporate Blue era before sectorisation and later privatisation.

BEN CHURCH
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Class 57s in detail

BEN CHURCH

A recent addition from Key Publishing is this colourful look at the Class 57 Co-Co diesels, examining the life and work of the entire class of 33 throughout their service.

BEN CHURCH
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Pigs and Farmer

MARK CHIVERS

Adding to the range of farm-based figures and accessories offered by Osborn’s Models is this set of four pigs and a farmer in ‘OO’ gauge.

MARK CHIVERS
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The Peak Diesels

BEN CHURCH

This most recent publication from Crecy offers a comprehensive look at the ever popular ‘Peak’ diesel locomotives of Classes 44, 45 and 46.

BEN CHURCH
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London Rail Atlas

BEN CHURCH

London is Britain‘s pre-eminent railway hub and recent developments such as the Elizabeth Line have altered the map. Crecy’s latest edition of the London Railway Atlas details many of the changes in London’s railways since their inception.

BEN CHURCH
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Trains4U Jackal 2 Military Vehicles

BEN CHURCH

Trains4U of Peterborough’s range of 3D-printed military vehicles includes this 1:76 scale Jackal 2.

BEN CHURCH

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