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Decorated Accurascale Mk 1 suburbans break cover


Accurascale has taken delivery of the first decorated samples of its all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 non-corridor suburban carriages.


Lion and Thunderbolt gain colour


Decorated samples of Rapido Trains UK's all-new ‘OO’ gauge models of Liverpool and Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion and Thunderbolt have arrived for assessment.


West Coast relay room expands exclusive laser-cut collection


PJM Models’ laser-cut ‘OO’ scale kit for a West Coast Main Line relay room is the latest product to join the Key Publishing Exclusives collection.

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Static Grass Tufts

Making your own static grass tufts can be a rewarding detailing exercise and offers something different to mass produced items? We show you how simple it is to make and use grass tufts.

Accurascale ‘OO’ Banana vans ripen


Accurascale has received decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge Southern Railway (SR) banana vans for assessment by the project’s development team.

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BR Liveries: Sectorisation to Privatisation


In the 1980s British Railways was coming under considerable pressure from the country’s politicians to stem its losses. One of the most radical changes made was the splitting of the railways into sectors and the abandonment of regional boundaries. The changes lead to an explosion of new liveries, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

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Hornby Magazine July 2023

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM193, July 2023. Highlights of this issue include our first review of Hornby's new 'TT:120' products, the launch of our latest laser-cut kit, three stunning layouts and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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How to install DCC Concepts Powerbase on gradients


Gradients have always posed a problem to model railway builders. MIKE WILD tackles the subject using DCC Concepts Powerbase equipment to install two gradients on our much modified ‘N’ gauge office test track, with impressive results.


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Latest model railway videos

Bachmann Winter announcements 2021

Bachmann is announcing new products in its Winter announcements 2021 video, watch the video premiere here.

VIDEO: Heljan autumn product update

EXCLUSIVE SUBSCRIBER VIDEO: Join Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine workshop for an exclusive KeyModelWorld interview with Heljan's Ben Jones as he shows the latest samples from the manufacturer for OO and O gauge. Sign in or sign up now to watch the full in-depth video now.

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PowerHaul Class 70 digital sound upgrades

The Freightliner and Colas Rail Freight operated Class 70 diesel locomotives are amongst the most advanced on the British network. MIKE WILD shows how a ZIMO decoder can be installed into the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge model along with DCC Concepts and Rail Exclusive products for a full suite of sound.

VIDEO: The 2021 Great Electric Train Show

The Great Electric Train Show returned to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on October 2/3. In this video the Hornby Magazine team brings you the highlights from the show, the 2021 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Award winners, new releases and new announcements in the news.

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Bachmann renews its ‘V2’ for 'OO' gauge

The Gresley ‘V2’ has been a longstanding part of the Bachmann range, but it was in need of fresh attention and that is exactly what has happened. MIKE WILD inspects the all-new LNER 2-6-2 for ‘OO’.

VIDEO: Bachmann 'V2' sound demonstration

MIKE WILD and RICHARD WATSON inspect the all-new sound features on the Bachmann 'V2' 2-6-2 for ‘OO’.

VIDEO: Accurascale ​​​​​product launch

And now for something completely different! Join Accurascale for their latest 'OO' gauge announcement. Don't forget you can see the first engineering samples this weekend at the Great Electric Train Show.

VIDEO: IRM delivers Met-Vic A Class

Join Mike Wild and Richard Watson in the workshop as they take a detailed look at this new addition for the Irish scene which sets the benchmark for what to expect from Accurascale’s first British outline diesels.

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Latest model railway reviews

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Graham Farish Class 769 BiMU

Bachmann’s newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge Class 769 four-car Bi-mode Multiple Unit (BiMU) is here. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at this latest release from the Graham Farish range.

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Cavalex TEA bogie tanks for 'OO' gauge

Cavalex Models’ range of ‘OO’ gauge freight wagons continues to expand with the arrival of its latest completed project, the 102tonne TEA bogie tank wagon. But is this new model MARK CHIVERS’ cuppa?

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Supreme Primo Trees

PRIMO MODELS’ range of handmade trees, bushes and scenic materials continues to expand with an extensive selection of products now available for most scale uses.

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Overnight sleeping trains are a fascinating part of the railway network and Hornby has introduced new coaches to allow the final pre-Mk 5 era Scottish trains to be reproduced in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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The pioneer of internal combustion passenger railway vehicles is the subject for Rails of Sheffield’s latest exclusive product. MIKE WILD inspects this enticing and fascinating new ‘OO’ gauge model.

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Join Mark Chivers as he takes us through this month's Hornby Magazine Book club with his top suggestions to pick up and flick through.

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New HUOs for ‘OO’

ACCURASCALE’S debut coal wagon is back with a new batch of four different triple packs as well as a single BR bauxite version exclusive to the manufacturer’s website.

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The sell out of Accurascale’s ‘O’ gauge HUO 24.5ton coal hoppers has prompted the manufacturer to offer a new batch of eight different numbered vehicles including the only HUO to carry BR bauxite livery.

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