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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

NEW SERIES: Building a TT:120 Model Railway | PART ONE

MIKE WILD

Part one of our brand-new modelling series is available now! In this new series we tackle construction of a 'TT:120' scale model railway using the latest products for this new scale in the British modelling market, starting with construction of the baseboards, platforms and laying the track.

MIKE WILD
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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge Class 73

MIKE WILD

For the second month in a row, Heljan has delivered a brand-new ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive, and this striking model of the Southern Region Class 73 electro-diesel could be its best yet. MIKE WILD explains why with video of a sample running on Britain's Biggest Model Railway.

MIKE WILD
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Rapido’s Lion

MIKE WILD

In our first look at Rapido’s all-new model of Liverpool and Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion, MIKE WILD discovers what it has to offer.

MIKE WILD

Making Tracks: The Grand Challenge

MIKE WILD

Pete Waterman and the Railnuts are making final preparations to put all three Making Tracks layouts together for the first time at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. We visited the Making Tracks Workshop to catch up with the latest progress with Pete and the team with exclusive video.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: Cavalex Models Class 56 and wagon projects update

MIKE WILD

Cavalex Models visited the Key Model World Workshop to showcase the latest version of the sound file for its all-new 'OO' gauge Class 56 together with decorated samples of its PHA and JHA bogie wagons. Join us for exclusive video and sign up to read our full feature.

MIKE WILD
Sonic Models GCR 'A5' 4-6-2T with ZIMO sound from Digitrains. Feature Premium

Upgrading Sonic Models GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T

MIKE WILD

Sonic Models’ GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T has been designed for simple sound installation, but with simple upgrades it can be enhanced further. MIKE WILD shows how.

MIKE WILD
White Meadow Quarry in 'N' gauge. Feature Premium

White Meadow Quarry 'N' gauge layout

RAY TAYLOR and ANNA BASS

Childhood memories from the Croydon area inspired RAY TAYLOR and ANNA BASS to build White Meadow Quarry. This busy 'N' gauge layout combines main line and industrial railways in an unusual setting. Discover its story in word, pictures and video.

RAY TAYLOR and ANNA BASS
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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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Terrific TTA Tankers

BEN CHURCH

The ubiquitous TTA ‘monobloc’ tank wagon has been a common sight for ‘OO’ gauge modellers for a long time. Half a century since first appearing in the Hornby range in 1973, the manufacturer has retooled this classic BR wagon for its 2023 range and the first examples are now available.

BEN CHURCH
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The Great Gathering Returns

BEN CHURCH

2013 witnessed the reuniting of all six surviving Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2s including two based in North America. A decade ago, Hornby released limited edition models to commemorate the reunion and now they are being re-released – this time in limited edition Hornby Dublo form – to mark ten years since that landmark and unlikely-to-be-repeated event.

BEN CHURCH
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HRA Bogie Hopper Wagons

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s recently announced HRA bogie aggregate hopper wagons have arrived, with newly-tooled models in ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge debuting together.

BEN CHURCH
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Hornby ‘Big Four‘ Collection: LNER ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s ‘Big Four’ Collection commemorates 100 years of these famous railways, with Gresley ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit flying the flag for the London North Eastern Railway (LNER).

BEN CHURCH
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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
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RailRoad Royal Class 67 67005 from Hornby

BEN CHURCH

DB Cargo’s Class 67 67005 Queen’s Messenger has the distinction of being one of two locomotives designated to pull the Royal Train. Hornby has recreated this prestigious locomotive in its most recent guise as part of its 2023 range.

BEN CHURCH
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Hornby Class 66 – The Green Progressor

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s latest version of its former Lima Class 66 is GB Railfreight’s unique green 66796 The Green Progressor. The locomotive was painted in its livery and named to reflect its use on High Speed 2 construction trains.

BEN CHURCH

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