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Accurascale adds ICI Soda Ash 16ton mineral wagons

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has revealed details of its latest website exclusive - ICI Soda Ash 16ton steel mineral wagons for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
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Mini Drill Set

BEN CHURCH

New from Amtech is this extensive mini drill set, now available from Golden Valley Hobbies.

BEN CHURCH
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HobbyTrax Oil Dropper

BEN CHURCH

HobbyTrax has added to its catalogue of locomotive maintenance tools with this useful oil dropper, which dispenses a small amount of oil at the end of a very fine needle, with no squeezing required.

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale reveals decorated 16ton mineral wagon samples

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new 16ton steel mineral wagons for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
Bachmann refurbished Class 411 4-CEP for OO gauge. Review Premium

Bachmann delivers refurbished 4-CEP EMU

MARK CHIVERS

It’s back to the 1980s with Bachmann’s latest release. MARK CHIVERS assesses the differences in its new Southern Region EMU in words, pictures and video.

MARK CHIVERS
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Making a Scene: Locomotive Rescue!

DAV EVASON

What do you do with a model beyond repair? DAN EVASON creates a scene of salvation in ‘OO’ scale using in the latest Making a Scene modelling guide.

DAV EVASON
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Cleaning Up Dirtying Down

TIM SHACKLETON

Are you unhappy with factory weathering or unsure what to do about unwanted paint and pigments? If you want to change the appearance of your models, TIM SHACKLETON has the solution.

TIM SHACKLETON
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REALITY CHECK: The BR Standard '2MT' 2-6-0s

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The old saying of ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ is often used in railway circles and this saying was never more true than in the design of the ‘2MT’ 2-6-0s which, despite being a BR Standard design, were near identical copies of an earlier type, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

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Topley Dale Model Railway - A Grand Farewell

RICHARD WATSON

Topley Dale has been the Hornby Magazine layout and the test track for all new releases for over ten years, but the time has come to move on to bigger and better things. Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson for this final video from the layout where they chat about the railway's journey and go over some of the highlights. 

RICHARD WATSON
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KR Models Consett Hoppers for 'OO' gauge

The intensively used Consett iron ore hoppers are KR Models’ first piece of rolling stock and its second ever ready-to-run model to be released. MIKE WILD checks out a full rake.

VIDEO: Building the Great Central Railway - Episode three

In Episode 3 of building the Great Central Railway Mike Wild and Richard Watson continue on their journey of building a brand new model railway in 'OO' gauge. This time focusing on all things scenery from track weathering to expanding foam and the fine details. Watch Episode 3 here to see how we tackle the scenics.

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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Perennial Appeal - living with a garden railway

With Spring officially here, TREVOR JONES takes stock of his outdoor Great Wakering, Flackwell Heath and Whitefield ‘OO’ gauge garden railway, paying particular attention to the recently improved harbour scene.

VIDEO: Building the Great Central Railway - Episode two

In Episode 2 of building the Great Central Railway Mike Wild and Richard Watson continue development of our brand new model railway layout. This time the team are focusing on all things track, from laying Peco's bullhead flexible track to wiring and baseboard joints. Watch Episode 2 here to see how we get trains running.

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Dawlish Warren - Devon in 'N' gauge

With just a hint of sea wall, red sandstone cliffs and a four-track section of main line, CHRIS MORRIS explains how he set out to model one of Devon’s most popular holiday locations in ‘N’ gauge.

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Accurascale’s 'OO' gauge ‘Deltic' debut

The legendary Class 55 ‘Deltic’ is Accurascale’s first ready-to-run powered model for ‘OO’ gauge – and what a model it is. MIKE WILD brings you the full story on what could be the definitive ‘Deltic’.

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Latest model railway reviews

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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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Hornby’s bow-end suburban stock debuts

MIKE WILD

Hornby has been providing top quality passenger rolling stock for over a decade now. We inspect Hornby's bow-end suburban coaches for 'OO' gauge. 

MIKE WILD
Hornby Triplex Bluetooth Sound introduction. Review Premium

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
Kernow Model Rail Centre LSWR box van. Review Premium

Kernow delivers ‘O’ gauge LSWR van

RICHARD HALL

We inspect Kernow Model Rail Centre's 'O' gauge ready-to-run model of the LSWR Diagram 1410 box van. Read the full review here.

RICHARD HALL
Dapol anchor mounted tanker for O gauge. Review Premium

Dapol’s anchor-mounted tanker arrives for ‘O’ gauge

First announced in November 2020, Dapol’s all-new ‘O’ gauge 14ton anchor-mounted tank wagon is now available. We check out this addition to the manufacturers growing collection of steam era goods wagons.

Revolution Trains JNA-T for N gauge. Review Premium

Revolution Trains 'N' gauge JNA-T box wagons

MARK CHVIERS

Reflecting the present-day rail scene, Revolution Trains has delivered a kaleidoscope of colour with its latest ‘N’ gauge project, the MMA-A/JNA-T bogie box wagons. MARK CHIVERS inspects these newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge arrivals.

MARK CHVIERS
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Twin Track Sound vent van in ‘OO’ gauge

MIKE WILD

Digital sound is an enthralling part of the model railway scene and Hornby has sought to bring even more value to ‘OO’ gauge with the introduction of its Twin Track Sound fitted Western Region style ventilated van.

MIKE WILD
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Hornby’s ‘J36’ 0-6-0 for OO gauge

MIKE WILD

The first batch of Hornby’s highly anticipated LNER ‘J36’ 0-6-0s arrived at the end of December. MIKE WILD gives BR liveried 65311 a once over.

MIKE WILD

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