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SERIES 7, EP3: Making Tracks 3 - On Show

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Part 3 of our Making Tracks 3 video series is here. Join us as we follow the installation process at Chester Cathedral and it operation across the summer. Watch the trailer for FREE and sign up for a Premium subscriber account to gain full access to the 50 minutes feature video.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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Hornby Magazine February 2024

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VIDEO: TXS 21-pin Installation Hornby HST Power Cars

MIKE WILD

The latest generation Hornby Class 43 High Speed Train power cars set out to make sound installation simple. MIKE WILD adds a pair of TXS 21-pin chips to EMT liveried 43049 and 43060 and demonstrates the finished models on video.

MIKE WILD

REVEALED: Exclusive limited edition DCR Class 60

MIKE WILD

The Key Publishing Collection available through the Key Model World Shop has expanded with a limited edition of Class 60 60029 Ben Nevis in DCR grey produced by Cavalex Models for ‘OO’ gauge.

MIKE WILD
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Installing Hornby Triplex sound in ‘TT:120’ scale

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s new collection of ‘TT:120’ scale locomotives makes use of the smallest and most compact DCC interface - Next18. MIKE WILD explains what it is and how it works.

MIKE WILD
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Using the HM|DCC APP to upload a sound profile

MARK CHIVERS

For new and experienced DCC users, the HM|DCC app makes setting up a model easier than ever. MARK CHIVERS shows how in a simple step-by-step guide.

MARK CHIVERS
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TXS Power Supplies -  Power Options

MARK CHIVERS

There are three primary options to power HM7000 Bluetooth-controlled trains. MARK CHIVERS looks at the possibilities.

MARK CHIVERS
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What is Hornby's HM7000?

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby launched a new way to control model railways in 2023. MARK CHIVERS explains how the HM7000 system works - and why you should consider it.

MARK CHIVERS

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Latest model railway videos

Key Publishing launch large logo Class 40 limited edition

MIKE WILD

Join Mike Wild and Mark Chivers for the launch of our latest limited edition model featuring the pre-production sample in our video Premiere.

MIKE WILD
Hattons Originals Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Review Premium

Hattons Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST for OO gauge

MIKE WILD

 Hattons took delivery of its first batch of Andrew Barclay 0-4-0STs in April 2018 and now a new batch is in development. MIKE WILD inspects a trio from the first release.

MIKE WILD
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Hatton’s delightful ‘P’ 0-6-0T for OO gauge

MIKE WILD

With the announcement of a new batch of SECR ‘P’ 0-6-0Ts from Hattons for ‘OO’ gauge, MIKE WILD goes into detail with our original review of the first batch.

MIKE WILD

KEY MODEL WORLD TV SHOW - APRIL 2023

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Join the Hornby Magazine team from the Statfold Model Railway Exhibition as Mike and Mark present the latest edition of the Key Model World TV Show. In this edition we feature Ian Woodward's Wardwood layout, tour the Statfold Model Railway Exhibition and take a first look at the Hornby Triplex Sound and Bluetooth control system. Sign up for a Freemium account to watch the full video here together with exclusive images.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON
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Oxford Rail ‘N7’ 0-6-2T debuts

MIKE WILD

The Great Eastern Railway’s ‘N7’ 0-6-2Ts were powerful and capable suburban tank engines and now for the first time we can own one in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD inspects this Oxford Rail product.

MIKE WILD
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Heljan Class 58 digital sound installation guide

MIKE WILD

The range of speakers available to sound installers is far greater than ever before. MIKE WILD investigates the use of Smart Phone speakers in a Heljan Class 58 using a LokSound decoder.

MIKE WILD
Hornby Mk 3 Maglight installation guide. Feature Premium

Installing Hornby’s Mk 3 Maglights

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s latest generation Mk 3 carriages have been designed with the manufacturer’s new magnetic switched lighting strips in mind. MIKE WILD adds a full set to a Blue Pullman HST set in ‘OO’ gauge.

MIKE WILD
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Coverdale - pre-grouping steam in 'O' gauge

JOHN BUCK

A fascinating never-built railway is the subject of Keighley Model Railway Club’s pre-grouping ‘O’ gauge layout. JOHN BUCK explains how history was altered to bring this route to life.Photography, Jonathan Newton

JOHN BUCK

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Latest model railway reviews

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Hornby’s Class 08 shunts into TT:120

MIKE WILD

The humble Class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter is now available for ‘TT:120’ scale from Hornby. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this compact new arrival for the scale.

MIKE WILD
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Accurascale ‘Manor’ Debut

MIKE WILD

The GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is the first ready-to-run steam locomotive to be produced by Accurascale. MIKE WILD inspects a DCC ready and DCC sound fitted version to find out what is in store.

MIKE WILD
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Modelu Head Signals

MARK CHIVERS

New from Modelu are these 3D-printed ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Southern Railway (SR) Head Signals.

MARK CHIVERS
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
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Kernow Engine House 

MARK CHIVERS

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s range of exclusive West Country themed models includes these specially commissioned ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge Scenecraft Cornish Engine Houses.

MARK CHIVERS
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Bachmann’s upgraded Whistler

MARK CHIVERS

The latest iteration of Bachmann’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 40 has arrived, sporting tooling and circuitry upgrades. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at this new and improved release.

MARK CHIVERS
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
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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