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In the second part of our series on construction of Natford TMD, MIKE WILD explains how Key Publishing’s exclusive laser-cut four-road sheds were built and painted to create a centrepiece for the scene.

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Kernow delivers ‘O’ gauge LSWR van


We inspect Kernow Model Rail Centre's 'O' gauge ready-to-run model of the LSWR Diagram 1410 box van. Read the full review here.

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Dapol’s anchor-mounted tanker arrives for ‘O’ gauge

First announced in November 2020, Dapol’s all-new ‘O’ gauge 14ton anchor-mounted tank wagon is now available. We check out this addition to the manufacturers growing collection of steam era goods wagons.

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Revolution Trains 'N' gauge JNA-T box wagons


Reflecting the present-day rail scene, Revolution Trains has delivered a kaleidoscope of colour with its latest ‘N’ gauge project, the MMA-A/JNA-T bogie box wagons. MARK CHIVERS inspects these newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge arrivals.

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Twin Track Sound vent van in ‘OO’ gauge


Digital sound is an enthralling part of the model railway scene and Hornby has sought to bring even more value to ‘OO’ gauge with the introduction of its Twin Track Sound fitted Western Region style ventilated van.

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Billingham – the 1950s in the North East


BILL STEPHENSON describes the Middlesbrough MRC’s ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout depicting Billingham station and its approaches from 1955 to 1963. Photography, Mike Wild.


Hornby reveals exclusive Collector Club 'P2'


Hornby has revealed an exclusive Collector Club model of LNER ‘P2’ 2-8-2 2005 Thane of Fife for ‘OO’ gauge.


King and Country figures


Osborn’s Models has released a series of new 'OO’ gauge figures, including a topical figure of King Charles III, ahead of the monarch’s Coronation in May.


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Latest model railway videos

VIDEO: Model Rail Scotland 2022

EXCLUSIVE FIRST ACCESS FOR SUBSCRIBERS: The end of February saw the return of Model Rail Scotland at the SEC in Glasgow. Hornby Magazine’s Mark Chivers and Richard Watson bring you the highlights of the show in this one hour long special video including layouts, manufacturer interviews and more. Don’t miss it!

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Humphrey Road Sidings 'OO' gauge shunting layout

What if nationalisation had never happened? That's what NORMAN AND MEG RAVEN set out to explore in their 1950s Southern Railway goods scene in ‘OO’ gauge with a distinctly chilly feel. Read the full feature with an exclusive KeyModelWorld online video tour.

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All-new 'OO' Brush Type 2 for Accurascale

Accurascale has revealed an all-new Brush Class 31 A1A-A1A diesel for ‘OO’ gauge. Join us for this special feature including exclusive images and TWO video features.

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Rails reveals ‘D1’ 4-4-0 for ‘OO’

Rails of Sheffield is working with Dapol to produce an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of the SECR ‘D1’ 4-4-0. Discover the full story on this newly announced locomotive with Hornby Magazine’s exclusive launch video.

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REVIEWED: Heljan's refurbished Class 31 for 'O'

The Brush built Class 31s are popular and long-lived locomotives which have carried a huge number of colour schemes. MIKE WILD inspects the all-new model of the A1A-A1A design in refurbished form for 7mm scale from Heljan.

VIDEO: Waterman's Making Tracks II - the first visit

FIRST LOOK: Pete Waterman and the Railnuts groups are back and building a brand new 64ft long stretch of the West Coast Main Line to exhibit at Chester Cathedral this summer. MIKE WILD and RICHARD WATSON go behind the scenes at Pete's workshop to discover the first steps of the project.

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Howbrooke - the modern railway in 'OO'

Given a challenge to create a present day layout for his club, RICHARD SMITH and friends built this appealing snapshot of the sights and colours of the modern day railway in ‘OO’ gauge. Read the full story here with exclusive KeyModelWorld only video.

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Rails’ Caley ‘812’ is here!

Pure Scottish based ready-to-run locomotives are rare, but Rails of Sheffield has bucked the trend with this magnificent ‘OO’ gauge commission from Bachmann. MIKE WILD discovers what this longstanding 0-6-0 has to offer together with video of the model in action.

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VIDEO: All-new BR '9F' from Hornby

In the 50th anniversary of Hornby Railways, an all-new version of the powerful BR '9F' 2-10-0 freight locomotives has been created. MIKE WILD finds out what is in store with extra online only images and video.

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VIDEO: Dapol ‘Manor’ Class debut

The Great Western Railway ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is the latest all-new ‘OO’ gauge locomotive to arrive from Dapol. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at the first of two all-new ‘Manors’ to arrive.

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Scale Model Scenery Goathland gates

Scale Model Scenery has added packs of 2mm and 4mm scale laser-cut crossing or yard gates to its range.

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New Sankey signs for O’, ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge

Sankey Scenics has bolstered its extensive range of model railway signage with a new pack of contemporary trackside signage, as well as an updated pack of its earlier assorted trackside signs.

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Oxford Diecast 4x4 Austin Champ

Oxford Diecast has added another all-new 1:76 scale model to its range with the arrival of this delightful Austin Champ in army green.

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All-new Bachmann CLASS 37/4

Bachmann’s autumn announcements came with the surprise of a brand-new Class 37 for ‘OO’ gauge. First on the review desk is Class 37/4 37401 in InterCity Mainline livery – MIKE WILD inspects this enticing new arrival.

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NEW from Hunt Couplings are these sets of‘OO’ gauge pivoting Dellner style Elite magnetic couplings for Bachmann’s Class 220/221Voyager DEMUs and Hornby’s Class 800 InterCity ExpressTrain (IET), together with a set ofVoyager intervehicle magnetic connectors.

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FOLLOWING THE RECENT launch of Peco’s new TT:120 scale track system (HM182), the first components of the range are now available from retailers.

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