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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

WIN! A Hornby ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard '2MT', worth £230.

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win one of Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘2MT’ 2-6-0s, worth £230. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on February 25 2024.

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WORKBENCH: Tyne Dock steam finale

TIM SHACKLETON

The Tyne Dock-Consett iron ore circuit has always fascinated modellers. TIM SHACKLETON blends consistency and variety within a nine-wagon rake of KR Models iron-ore hoppers.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Hornby Magazine – Top 200 Models

MARK CHIVERS

With hundreds of models reviewed over the past 200 issues, MARK CHIVERS reveals the very best 200, and the team's personal highlights since 2007.

MARK CHIVERS
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Allerby - recreating the 1980s in 'O' gauge

Steve Thompson

The latest exhibition layout from STEVE THOMPSON and family models a freight scene in ‘O’ gauge, demonstrating the tremendous presence this scale offers and you can see it at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024.

Steve Thompson

SERIES 7, EP4: Making Tracks - The Grand Challenge

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

In the fourth and final part of our Making Tracks 3 video series, we delve into the story of the Grand Challenge at the Great Electric Train Show when Pete Waterman and the Railnuts created a record breaking 152ft long 'OO' gauge model railway.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Revolution Trains raises £3,840 for charity

BEN CHURCH

Revolution Trains has donated £3,840 to the Railway Children charity, during a special ceremony at Avanti West Coast’s Crewe railway station.

BEN CHURCH

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Nifty 50s: Install Locoman Sounds in Hornby's Class 50

MIKE WILD

Locoman Sounds has introduced a new sound profile for the Class 50 ‘Hoovers’. MIKE WILD installs a pair of Doehler & Haass chips into the Hornby GBRf pairing of 50049 and 50007 with some nifty adjustments to the lighting functions.

MIKE WILD
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Hawkswood Junction - Nottinghamshire in the 1980s in 'OO'

STEVE BRAMMER

Nottinghamshire during the 1980s is the setting for railwayman STEVE BRAMMER’S ‘OO’ gauge home-based layout, capturing the scene of the times delightfully.

STEVE BRAMMER
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Hornby’s ‘TT:120’ Gresley ‘A4’ and rolling stock

MIKE WILD

In our first review of Hornby’s new ‘TT:120’ collection, MIKE WILD inspects the Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2, BR Mk 1 coaches and Pullman carriages which are available now for this new scale.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: Dapol and Rails of Sheffield launch 'OO' GW Inspection Saloon

MIKE WILD

Dapol and Rails of Sheffield have unveiled plans for a newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GW) designed Diagram Q13 Inspection Saloon for the Dapol Black Label range. Watch the launch video here.

MIKE WILD
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Bakewell - the Peak District in 'OO' gauge

ROB BROOKS

The Midland Railway's stunning route through the Peak District is the subject of ROB BROOKS’ ‘OO’ gauge layout, which keeps this much missed railway alive in model form.

ROB BROOKS

Ellis Clark Trains shows running 'Black Five' sample

JONATHAN NEWTON

Ellis Clark Trains has received new decorated and running samples of its LMS 'Black Five' 4-6-0 for 'O' gauge. Jonathan Newton joined Ellis Clark to find out more and capture the sample in action.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Little Loco Company Class 15 for 'O' gauge

MIKE WILD

The Little Loco Company launched its 'O' gauge Class 15 in January 2017 and now it is set for a new lease of life with EFE Rail. MIKE WILD gives this impressive model of the BTH Type 1 the once over.

MIKE WILD
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How to install Hornby Triplex sound in the Class 56

MIKE WILD

A new breed of Bluetooth sound chip is here with the arrival of Hornby’s Triplex Sound decoders. MIKE WILD installs the 8-pin variant in a Hornby Class 56 and explains the set up process step by step.

MIKE WILD

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Motion brackets and wheel retainers

MARK CHIVERS

Peter’s Spares of Middlesbrough has added a new selection of hard-to-source ‘OO’ gauge model railway spares to its extensive collection, suitable for older Hornby and Lima models.

MARK CHIVERS
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Heljan delivers Newton Chambers Car Carriers for ‘OO’

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge double-deck car carriers have arrived. MARK CHIVERS inspects these latest additions to the range.

MARK CHIVERS
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Revolution Trains' 'OO' gauge FNA-D wagons

MARK CHIVERS

Modelling modern nuclear flask traffic has become more achievable recently with a steady stream of new releases. MARK CHIVERS takes a look at Revolution Trains’ latest ‘OO’ gauge FNA-D flask carrier.

MARK CHIVERS
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London Transport Sentinel 0-6-0DH

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Sentinel 0-6-0DH has gained London Transport green for its most recent release.

MARK CHIVERS
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National Collection Class 08 from Hornby for 'OO' gauge

MARK CHIVERS

A recent arrival from Hornby is this latest version of the company’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter finished as the National Railway Museum’s 13079 in as-preserved BR plain black with early crests.

MARK CHIVERS
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Heljan ‘OO’ gauge Class 25 re-run

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 25 Bo-Bo diesel is back, incorporating several amendments to the original model’s specification.

MARK CHIVERS
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Head Magnifier

MARK CHIVERS

Golden Valley Hobbies’ range of modelling tools has expanded with the addition of  Amtech’s useful products including this head magnifier with LED light.

MARK CHIVERS
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Telescopic Led Pick-Up Tool

MARK CHIVERS

Amtech’s telescopic magnetic tool can extend up to 800mm and is ideal for reaching behind bookcases, under desks and model railway layouts.

MARK CHIVERS

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