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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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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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Speedlink freight operations

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The 1960s are usually best remembered for Beeching’s railway closures but this period also saw a number of innovations, not least the rapid Speedlink freights with their distinctive long-wheelbase wagons, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES remembers.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Dapol Class 59 edges closer

BEN CHURCH

Dapol has unveiled new production samples for its upcoming Class 59 for ‘N’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
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Crianlarich - Scotland in 'N' gauge

KEITH BATHGATE

This well-known West Highland Line junction was Renfrewshire Model Railway Club’s exhibition mainstay for many years. KEITH BATHGATE explains its fortuitous start and plans for a successor.

KEITH BATHGATE
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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

VIDEO: Making Tracks: The Final Frontier - Project Update

JONATHAN NEWTON

Pete Waterman and the Railnuts are working through construction of new extensions to the Making Tracks layout to create Making Tracks: The Final Frontier for Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham. The new extensions will take the layout to 208ft x 14ft and feature over 240ft of scenery. Watch the latest update video here.

JONATHAN NEWTON

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NEW SERIES: 1960s Weathering, Part One | Goods Wagons

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.

Welcome to a brand-new series from Key Model World covering weathering techniques for 1960s era goods wagons, passenger rolling stock and locomotives. In Part One - FREE on Key Model World - we show you how to weather mineral, bolster and tank wagons in this detailed step by step video as we start our journey into the world of weathering.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON.
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Catherwood - Building Vale station: Part 2

GLENN JONES

In part two of our visit ‘down under’, GLENN JONES explains how he built the scenery of the layout’s extension in memory of fellow modellers, and how this atmospheric tribute to the Southern Region is finally complete.

GLENN JONES
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Accurascale Scottish 'Car Headlight' Class 37/0s

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale’s latest batch of all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 37 Co-Co diesels (HM192) have arrived, with the latest releases modelling the early Scottish ‘car headlamp’ style Class 37/0 variants.

MARK CHIVERS
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Flying Scotsman gains sound in ‘TT:120’

MIKE WILD

The famous Gresley ‘A3’ 4-6-2 is now available in ‘TT:120’ scale with Hornby’s new Triplex Sound installed from the factory. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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BUILDING A LEGEND: The Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2

Mike Wild.

Modern design methods and a brand-new facility are helping to shape construction of Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive in Darlington. MIKE WILD meets with A1 Steam Trust Chairman STEVE DAVIES MBE to find out how the mammoth project to build a brand-new ‘P2’ 2-8-2 is progressing in words, pictures and video.

Mike Wild.

Hornby Rail Charter Services HST bundle available now!

Mike Wild.

The Key Model World Shop range has expanded with the addition of an exclusive bundle featuring Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Rail Charter Services HST and five trailer coaches as well as Key Publishing’s HSTs Around Britain, 1990 to the Present Day book.

Mike Wild.
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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s NBL prototype 10800

MIKE WILD

Prototype diesels have been a popular subject choice in ‘OO’ gauge over the past decade, but it was hard to imagine the short-lived Ivatt designed Bo-Bo being produced. Heljan’s all-new model is here and MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

MIKE WILD
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St John’s - a GWR branch line terminus in 'OO'

PAUL WARDEN

PAUL WARDEN opted to 'Go Great Western’ with his first ever layout, recalling summer Saturdays in Glorious Devon in the 1930s and 1960s in ‘OO’ gauge - and you can see it at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. Read the full feature and watch our exclusive layout tour video here.

PAUL WARDEN

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Modern palisade fencing

MARK CHIVERS

Ratio’s ‘N’ gauge range of plastic models and accessories is bolstered with the addition of two new packs of modern palisade fencing for the scale.

MARK CHIVERS
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West Hill Wagon Works 3D modern lockers

MARK CHIVERS

Small details can really enhance a cameo scene or diorama and these 4mm scale 3D-printed modern lockers from West Hill Wagon Works are a case in point.

MARK CHIVERS
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Heljan updates its O gauge Deltic

MIKE WILD

The legendary English Electric ‘Deltics’ are back for ‘O’ gauge with Heljan, featuring new tooling and an upgraded chassis. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at 55002 in BR two-tone green.

MIKE WILD
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3D-printed Class 37 engine

MARK CHIVERS

Recently added to the West Hill Wagon Works range of 3D-printed diesel depot accessories is this superbly detailed ‘OO’ gauge Class 37 power unit.

MARK CHIVERS
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Realism Redefined exclusive PCA cement tank

MIKE WILD

Realism Redefined has commissioned an exclusive ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge model of the PCA depressed centre tankers. MIKE WILD runs the rule over a cement grey version.

MIKE WILD
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Rapido delivers LMS five-plank open

MARK CHIVERS

Rapido Trains UK’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge LMS 12ton five-plank open wagon touched down in the Hornby Magazine office in September.

MARK CHIVERS
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Rapido SR eight-plank opens

MARK CHIVERS

RAPIDO TRAINS UK (RTUK) has been busy developing an impressive array of rolling stock including these recently-released ‘OO’ gauge Southern Railway (SR) eight-plank open wagons.

MARK CHIVERS
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Locomotion’s Chaldrons Coal Hopper Wagons

MARK CHIVERS

RECENTLY added to Locomotion Models’ exclusive range modelling items  from the National Collection are these diminutive ‘OO’ gauge Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) chaldron coal hopper waggons, commissioned from Accurascale.

MARK CHIVERS

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