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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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EFE Rail’s Southern Electric ‘Boosters’

MIKE WILD

The 1940s Southern Railway ‘Booster’ electric locomotives are the subject of an all-new tooling from EFE Rail for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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Redbridge Wharf

RICH SULZMANN

Winchester Railway Modellers took on the challenge to build Redbridge Wharf - a layout based on the expansive sleeper works at Redbridge, Southampton, nestled alongside a busy main line railway. RICH SULZMANN tells the story.

RICH SULZMANN
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What Next? LNER

TREVOR JONES

Continuing his survey of the ‘Big Four’ railways, Trevor Jones picks out some ‘missing links’ of the LNER and constituents that could be modelled in ‘OO’ gauge.

TREVOR JONES
Bachmann Spring 2024 British Railway Announcements News Freemium

Bachmann Spring 2024 British Railway Announcements

MIKE WILD

Bachmann Europe has revealed its Spring 2024 British Railway Announcements, including full details of the new Class 30 and 31 for 'OO' gauge and much more. Join us to watch the video from Bachmann and read the full story here.

MIKE WILD
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Great Gathering anniversary collection – Part two

BEN CHURCH

Last issue (HM200) we looked at the first half of the new Hornby Dublo Great Gathering tenth anniversary collection, and now the three remaining Gresley ‘A4s’ - 60007 (Cat No. R30266), 60008 (R30265) and 60009 (R30263) in BR condition are here.

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale acquires Hattons Originals tooling

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has confirmed that it has acquired the Hattons Originals tooling for the ‘OO’ gauge ‘Warwell’ military flat wagon, South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SECR) ‘P’ Class 0-6-0T and the Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST. 

BEN CHURCH

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Latest model railway videos

Revolution Trains SR Inspection Saloon Caroline for OO gauge. Review Premium

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
Bachmann Collector Club Blue Linda for OO9 gauge. Review Premium

Bachmann Collectors’ Ffestiniog 2-4-0STT Linda

MIKE WILD

The latest Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition offers the first chance to own one of the Ffestiniog Mainline Hunslets in 2-4-0STT format. MIKE WILD reviews this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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Byway MPD - a steam era depot with sound

JOHN GAY

This compact ‘OO’ gauge depot layout is set on the Midland Region in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Builder JOHN GAY reveals how it was built and its high-tech operation in words, pictures and video.

JOHN GAY
Heljan O gauge Class 58 review. Review Premium

Heljan’s Class 58 for ‘O’ gauge

MIKE WILD

The 1983-introduced heavy freight Class 58 is the perfect follow-up to Heljan’s popular Class 56 for ‘O’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at Mainline blue 58021 while we catch up with Heljan's Ben Jones to see a sample in action on Britain's Biggest Model Railway.

MIKE WILD
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Heaton Lodge Junction - The Grand Plan

SIMON GEORGE

One of the biggest model railways in the UK is set to expand further with conversion of its storage yard into a facility recreating the likes of Tinsley and Healey Mills yards. Owner SIMON GEORGE talks to MIKE WILD about the latest evolution of this ‘O’ gauge behemoth.Photography, Mike Wild and Jonathan Newton

SIMON GEORGE

VIDEO: Introducing the Heljan Class 73

Mike Wild.

The latest all-new ‘O’ gauge model to arrive from Heljan is the Class 73 electro-diesel. MIKE WILD meets Heljan’s BEN JONES at Britain’s Biggest Model Railway to discover what this new release has to offer.

Mike Wild.

Accurascale reveals all-new BR 16ton steel mineral wagons for 'OO'

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale has revealed its latest all-new ‘OO’ gauge wagon project – the ubiquitous BR 16ton steel mineral open wagon.

MARK CHIVERS

VIDEO: 1960s Weathering Part Three | Carriages

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

In the third instalment of our latest video series, we move on to weather a set of Bachmann BR Mk 1s in carmine and cream livery with an authentic 1960s finish.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

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Latest model railway reviews

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
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Point Motor Wiring Board

BEN CHURCH

Now available from Model Rail Electrics, this ready to use point motor board allows for both easy wiring for point control and additional functionality without soldering.

BEN CHURCH
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Station Porter with Churns

BEN CHURCH

With the growing popularity of ‘TT:120’, 3D printing is providing a comprehensive range of figures and details for the scale.

BEN CHURCH
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Vinyl Safety Lines

BEN CHURCH

West Hill Wagon Works has added two packs of 4mm scale pre-cut vinyl safety lines to its range of modelling accessories.

BEN CHURCH
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Realistic Adhesive Roadways

BEN CHURCH

Modelling roads can be an involved process, but a new self-adhesive roadway system from Hobby Trax promises a simple and effective solution.

BEN CHURCH
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Lionheart Trains’ Lynton & Barnstaple 7mm scale debut

MIKE WILD

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts and carriages have been recreated in 7mm narrow gauge by Lionheart Trains. MIKE WILD inspects the first British outline ready-to-run ‘O-16.5’ gauge models.

MIKE WILD

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