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Class 57s

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

While remanufacture of existing locomotives is common practice in other countries it is quite rare in the UK. The Class 57, however, is an exception, having been rebuilt from the Class 47 two decades ago. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a look at this successful conversion and its subsequent service history.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Peco ‘TT:120’ seven-plank open wagons

BEN CHURCH

Peco’s latest releases for ‘TT:120’ scale include these all-new seven-plank open wagons in eight different liveries covering Cadbury’s, Huntley and Palmers, Colman’s and British Railways colour schemes, together with one for each of the ‘Big Four’ railways.

BEN CHURCH
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‘OO9’ Gloucester bogie coach arrives

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s eagerly-awaited newly-tooled ‘OO9’ Ashover Light Railway Gloucester bogie coach arrived in the Hornby Magazine office during December.

BEN CHURCH

New Overbridge and Mill for Metcalfe 

BEN CHURCH

Metcalfe have unveiled images of their forthcoming Grimy Old Mill and Overbridge kits for OO and N gauge.

BEN CHURCH
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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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MAKING A SCENE: Submerged Spitfire scene

DAN EVASON

DAN EVASON was inspired by a story to create this stunning scene in 4mm scale - which, with adaptation, could be set in any era from the dawn of flight to the present day.

DAN EVASON

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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

VIDEO: Sonic Models reveals 'OO' gauge VIX Ferry Van

MIKE WILD

Sonic Models has produced an all-new model of the BR VIX Ferry Van for 'OO' gauge. We reveal the new model in our exclusive launch video and you can read the full story here.

MIKE WILD
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Hornby’s releases Dublo 'A4' 4-6-2 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

The Hornby Dublo brand is firmly back with the latest arrival modelling the streamlined Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley.

MIKE WILD
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Scarlington - the North of England in 'N' gauge

KEITH SMITH

The distinctive atmosphere of North East England in the 1970s and 80s is the setting for the North of England Line Group’s ‘N’ gauge layout. KEITH SMITH explains how it was built and how it runs.

KEITH SMITH

VIDEO: GCR cab ride with 37714 

MIKE WILD

With the arrival of the new Accurascale Class 37, we take you into the cab of GCR based 37714 to experience the journey from Leicester-Loughborough in the cab on Britain’s only preserved double track main line.

MIKE WILD
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VIDEO: Accurascale delivers its all-new Class 37

MIKE WILD

The English Electric Class 37 is without doubt the most successful BR Type 3 diesel. Accurascale has released its highly anticipated new model for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD runs the rule over this exciting new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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Dapol upscales the ‘08’

MIKE WILD

The rise in popularity for ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run is set for steep increase with the arrival of Dapol’s Class 08 diesel shunter. MIKE WILD reviews this new arrival and assesses it abilities on the track.

MIKE WILD
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UPDATED: Bachmann Summer British Railway Announcements 2023

MARK CHIVERS

The Bachmann summer 2023 British Railway Announcements are here, with more than 170 new models planned across the company's ranges. MARK CHIVERS looks at what's on offer in the coming months

MARK CHIVERS

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Hornby’s ‘P2’ Collection Expands

MIKE WILD

Two new versions of the Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 have arrived from Hornby. MIKE WILD checks over 2002 Earl Marischal and 2003 Lord President for ‘OO’ gauge.

MIKE WILD
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FIRST REVIEW: Rapido’s GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT for ‘OO’ gauge

MIKE WILD

Short-lived but impressively powerful, the GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT is the latest release for ‘OO’ gauge from Rapido Trains UK. MIKE WILD runs the rule over this compact tank engine.

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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