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Banana Van Bonanza

Southern Railway banana vans are the latest additions to Accurascale’s rapidly expanding ‘OO’ gauge range. BEN CHURCH casts a glance at these ap-peel-ing new arrivals.

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Flying Scotsman: the amazing story of the world’s most famous locomotive

Eight years on from its last publication in print, Andrew Roden has re-released and remastered his bestselling volume Flying Scotsman in e-book form on Kindle and Apple iBooks, incorporating new information and insights and the locomotive’s career following its triumphant return to service in 2016.

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Buying secondhand model railway locomotives

Whether you’re looking to save money or acquire an out of production model, BEN CHURCH argues the used market can be a source of bargains – if you know what to look for.

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3D-Printed Cable Trunking

Expanding on its impressive roster of line-side detailing items comes a comprehensive suite of 4mm scale cable trunking from West Hill Wagon Works.

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MGR Coal Trains

Amberley Publishing’s roster of railway books is bolstered by the addition of MGR Coal Trains, a retrospective photographic reminder of these important coal trains.

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Dapol ‘N’ gauge Class 59

The first of a pair of ‘59s’ is reviewed by MARK CHIVERS – but how does it compare to its new rival?

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RailRoad Class 101 returns

Hornby’s enduring Class 101 DMU is back, offering an important train for BR era modellers. BEN CHURCH sees if it stands up to present-day scrutiny.

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Railways Remembered: North East England

First in a new series called ‘Railways Remembered’, this new publication from Crecy is a well-produced and high-quality look back at the railways in North East England from the 1950s to 1970s. The book covers steam, diesel and electric traction on main lines and the region’s many industrial railways.

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VIDEO: Accurascale Class 66 production samples

Join us in the Hornby Magazine workshop as we get a visit from Accurascale's Steve Purves and a collection of eight new production samples for the soon to arrive first batch of Class 66s from the manufacturer. In this video we discuss the final changes to the Class 66 model pre-empting our full review in HM202 - on sale from March 7 2024.

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Dalziel North

The atmosphere around a Scottish freight terminal in the early 2000s inspired RODDY NEWBIGGING and friends to create this detailed pastiche of the early privatised railway in North Lanarkshire.Photography, Jonathan Newton

VIDEO: Railway Icons HSDT prototype decorated sample

The decorated sample of the Railway Icons collection model of HSDT prototype power car 41001 has been revealed through the collaboration between Rails of Sheffield, Locomotion Models and Bachmann Europe together with a factory sound option of the model.

Upgrading Newton Grove

With some structures having been damaged in the long journey from ‘Oz’, JONATHAN NEWTON reveals how he is building a new engine shed and road bridge for his ‘O’ gauge layout.

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Hornby's Ruston 88DS 4wDM shunter lands

This delightful-looking ‘OO’ gauge model is now available. MARK CHIVERS finds out whether its performance matches its appearance.

PROJECT UPDATE: Making Tracks for Model World LIVE

Making Tracks: The Final Frontier is progressing towards its debut at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 when this giant 208ft long layout will be presented with its new extensions for the first time. Watch the latest video update here.

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EFE Rail’s Southern Electric ‘Boosters’

The 1940s Southern Railway ‘Booster’ electric locomotives are the subject of an all-new tooling from EFE Rail for ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD inspects this new arrival.

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Redbridge Wharf

Winchester Railway Modellers took on the challenge to build Redbridge Wharf - a layout based on the expansive sleeper works at Redbridge, Southampton, nestled alongside a busy main line railway. RICH SULZMANN tells the story.

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GWR five-plank opens roll in

EXPANSION of Rapido Trains UK’s ‘OO’ gauge range continues with the arrival of its newly-tooled versatile five-plank open wagon. 

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Railways Remembered: North East England

First in a new series called ‘Railways Remembered’, this new publication from Crecy is a well-produced and high-quality look back at the railways in North East England from the 1950s to 1970s. The book covers steam, diesel and electric traction on main lines and the region’s many industrial railways.

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Dapol ‘N’ gauge Class 59

The first of a pair of ‘59s’ is reviewed by MARK CHIVERS – but how does it compare to its new rival?

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Class 68s in Profile

Another recent addition from Key Publishing is this in-depth look at Direct Rail Services’ (DRS) Class 68s. The company ordered an initial 15 in 2012 to complete the replacement of its elderly Class 20s, but the Stadler-built locomotives have proved far more versatile.

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RailRoad Class 101 returns

Hornby’s enduring Class 101 DMU is back, offering an important train for BR era modellers. BEN CHURCH sees if it stands up to present-day scrutiny.

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3D Printed Rabbits

Hop to it with this pack of 3D-printed 4mm scale rabbits from West Hill Wagon Works, providing plenty of choice when it comes to incorporating these fluffy animals into a scene.

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Ruston 88DS goes green

More livery variations of Hornby’s petite ‘OO’ gauge Ruston & Hornsby 88DS shunters (HM201) are now available, with the British Railways green example arriving for review.

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West Hill ‘Deltic’ Power Plant

British Rail’s legendary Class 55 ‘Deltic’ diesel locomotives gained their distinctive nickname from their twin Napier ‘Deltic’ engines which West Hill Wagon Works has recreated in detail for ‘OO’ gauge.

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