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Staff Projects: Reviving Topley Dale

MIKE WILD

It’s approaching two years since Topley Dale was dismantled and put into storage, but now the layout is being rebuilt in a much bigger, extended form. MIKE WILD explains the first steps and the vision for the future.

MIKE WILD

Cavalex Class 60 EP surfaces

MARK CHIVERS

Cavalex Models has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Class 60 diesel.

MARK CHIVERS
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Rusty Rails Forklift

BEN CHURCH

This handy 4mm scale forklift truck from Rusty Rails is a recent addition to the company’s line-up of 3D-printed modelling items.

BEN CHURCH
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‘TT:120’ Tracksettas

BEN CHURCH

Tracksetta templates are one of the most useful tools for modellers using flexible track, and these handy tools are now available for modellers in ‘TT:120’ scale.

BEN CHURCH
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Carriage Siding Platform Kit

BEN CHURCH

New from West Hill Wagon Works is this ‘OO' gauge carriage siding platform kit.

BEN CHURCH

IN STOCK NOW: Hornby TT:120 scale TTA tankers

MIKE WILD

Hornby's new collection of TT:120 scale 45ton TTA tankers are in stock now at the Key Model World Shop. Check out the first three liveries here.

MIKE WILD

Rapido GWR Dia. N19 and Dia. O18 for ‘OO’

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK has announced plans for a series of newly-tooled Great Western Railway (GWR) Diagram (Dia.) N19 and O18 wagons for ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH

Revolution Trains and Trains4U launch Class 66 twin pack

BEN CHURCH

Revolution Trains and Peterborough based retailer Trains 4U are producing an exclusive twin pack of Class 66 locomotive

BEN CHURCH

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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge product progress

MIKE WILD

In the second of our new series of manufacturer interviews, MIKE WILD meets Heljan UK Agent BEN JONES to catch up on the latest progress with its new ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run models.

MIKE WILD
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Rails of Sheffield SECR ‘D1’ 4-4-0 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

Rails of Sheffield’s latest partnership with Dapol has delivered a first ever ready-to-run model of the SECR ‘D1’ 4-4-0 for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD finds out more about this attractive new Southern Region locomotive.

MIKE WILD
Dapol B4 0-4-0T for O gauge. Review Premium

Dapol LSWR ’B4’ 0-4-0T for 'O' gauge

MIKE WILD

Southern Railway 7mm scale modellers are in for a treat with the arrival of the Adams ‘B4’ 0-4-0T from Dapol, but does it tick the right boxes? MIKE WILD finds out as we demonstrate the model in action.

MIKE WILD
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Lockwood Street - a 2mm finescale terminus

PAUL DERRICK

The former Hull and Barnsley Railway terminus at Cannon Street in Hull was the inspiration for the Hull Miniature Railway Society to build this enthralling 2mm finescale railway. PAUL DERRICK explains all.

PAUL DERRICK
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Cockshute - a 1970s Traction Maintenance Depot

ALLAN FREER

After several false starts, the Sutton’s Locomotive Works Class 24 became all the inspiration ALLAN FREER needed to rekindle his ambition to build a model railway. Cockshute depot near Stoke-on-Trent is the result.Photography, Jonathan Newton

ALLAN FREER
Sonic Models LNER J50 0-6-0T for N gauge. Review Premium

Sonic Models J50

MIKE WILD

The bulky lines of the LNER ‘J50’ 0-6-0T have been recreated in ‘N’ gauge by Sonic Models. MIKE WILD assesses how this new locomotive stacks up.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: A day in the life of Flying Scotsman | Part Four

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

We go behind the scenes in the final part of our Flying Scotsman series to discover what it takes to maintain and operate the world's most famous steam locomotive during its visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in May 2023.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

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Dapol TTA tanker for 7mm scale

MIKE WILD

New for ‘O’ gauge from Dapol is the longstanding 45ton TTA four-wheel tanker. MIKE WILD checks out this new arrival for the scale.

MIKE WILD
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4mm Scale Wood Chipper

MARK CHIVERS

Rusty Rails’ growing range of 3D-printed detailing accessories includes this delightful 4mm scale wood chipper.

MARK CHIVERS
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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
Heljan O gauge Class 55 Deltic. Review Premium

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 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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