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RailRoad Plus ‘Deltic’ with sound

BEN CHURCH

New to Hornby’s RailRoad Plus range is this ‘OO’ gauge Class 55 ‘Deltic’, factory-fitted with Hornby’s innovative HM7000 Bluetooth and Digital Command Control (DCC) Triplex Sound (TXS) system. 

BEN CHURCH

Upgrading Newton Grove

JONATHAN NEWTON

With some structures having been damaged in the long journey from ‘Oz’, JONATHAN NEWTON reveals how he is building a new engine shed and road bridge for his ‘O’ gauge layout.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Norman Colliery

GEOFF BRAIN

After a chance kit purchase converted him to the merits of ‘O’ gauge, GEOFF BRAIN built this superb exhibition layout focused on a colliery, keeping the memories of this now disappeared industry alive. See it at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.

GEOFF BRAIN
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Upgrade for RailRoad Class 110

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s venerable ‘OO’ gauge Class 110 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) makes a welcome return to the RailRoad Plus range with enhanced decoration and improvements to the mechanical specification.

MARK CHIVERS

Rapido ‘Jones Goods’ gains colour

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains has revealed decorated samples of its forthcoming Highland Railway ‘Jones Goods 4-6-0 for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH

Rapido plans Fireless Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 for ‘OO’

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK has announced that it is to produce a selection of newly-tooled Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 fireless locomotives in ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains LB&SCR ‘E1’ EP surfaces

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK has revealed first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) ‘E1’ 0-6-0 for ‘OO’ gauge

BEN CHURCH

Rapido reveals Caledonian Railway vans for ‘OO’

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK has announced that they will be producing the Caledonian Railway Diagram 67 (Dia.67) van for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH

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Hornby Tyne Dock BR 9F 2-10-0 Review Premium

Tyne Dock ‘9F’ for ‘OO’ gauge

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s latest batch of ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0s includes one of the famed batch of Tyne Dock allocated locomotives. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
Hornby TT:120 scale Gresley A4 4468 Mallard with TXS sound Review Premium

Mallard arrives with sound for ‘TT:120’

MIKE WILD

The most famous Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with factory fitted sound following the arrival of world speed record holder 4468 Mallard in LNER garter blue with valances.

MIKE WILD
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Halifax and the Calder Valley in the LMS era

PHILIP WADDINGTON

PHILIP WADDINGTON drew inspiration from West Yorkshire to recreate a pre-Grouping slice of nostalgia in ‘OO’ gauge, focused on the famous Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

PHILIP WADDINGTON
Heljan Class 45 ZIMO sound installation guide for OO gauge. Feature Premium

Earth moving sound for the Heljan ‘Peak’

MIKE WILD

First released a year ago, Heljan’s new ‘OO’ Class 45 can be upgraded to feature a powerful Earth Mover speaker with digital sound. MIKE WILD explains how.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Four | Detailing

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the fourth and final part of our brand-new Building a TT:120 Model Railway we focus on adding detail to the layout including figures, fencing, bushes, track weathering and more. Part four is available exclusively to Key Model World Subscribers. Watch the trailer below and sign up to watch the full series.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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New Dalby - Research Division

ANDREW PORTER

Network Rail’s Leicestershire-based test track inspired ANDREW PORTER to capture the spirit of innovation in his fabulous ‘N’ gauge layout. Watch our video trailer below and sign up or sign in to watch the full layout tour video.

ANDREW PORTER

VIDEO: Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Three | Ground cover

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Exclusive to Key Model World Premium Subscribers, the third-part of our new series following construction of our new 'TT:120' scale layout Twelvemill Bridge is a detailed look at ground cover. Join the team to find out how they transform the bare landscape.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Two | Landscaping

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Part Two of our new Building a 'TT:120' Model Railway is out now. In this episode we focus on ballasting the track and building the landscape to prepare the layout for its scenic ground cover in Part Three. Watch it today for FREE when you sign up for a free Member account.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

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Model Detailing

BEN CHUCRH

New from Key Publishing is this informative bookazine aimed at railway modellers wishing to detail their layouts and create realistic scenes.

BEN CHUCRH
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BR Diesel Depots

BEN CHURCH

Key Publishing has added to its expanding list of modelling titles with this guide to developing classic and contemporary diesel depots in model form.

BEN CHURCH
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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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Bluetooth TXS for Hornby ‘9F’

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s recently retooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0 (HM185) gains a new outing finished as 92002 in BR black with early crests – and the addition of the manufacturer’s new Bluetooth Triplex Sound (TXS).

MARK CHIVERS
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‘BIG FOUR’ COLLECTION: GWR ‘Castle’ 4074 Caldicot Castle

BEN CHURCH

To celebrate the centenary of the 1923 Grouping, Hornby is producing four limited edition models, the first of which arrived in late November. The Great Western’s representative in this collection is ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 4074 Caldicot Castle.

BEN CHURCH
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Peco ‘TT:120’ seven-plank open wagons

BEN CHURCH

Peco’s latest releases for ‘TT:120’ scale include these all-new seven-plank open wagons in eight different liveries covering Cadbury’s, Huntley and Palmers, Colman’s and British Railways colour schemes, together with one for each of the ‘Big Four’ railways.

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‘OO9’ Gloucester bogie coach arrives

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s eagerly-awaited newly-tooled ‘OO9’ Ashover Light Railway Gloucester bogie coach arrived in the Hornby Magazine office during December.

BEN CHURCH

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