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First and last Class 60s for Accurascale

Accurascale has revealed decorated samples for two of its Accurascale Exclusive all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 60s – 60001 Steadfast and 60100 Midland Railway – Butterley.

Class 08 08632 joins the GBRf Gala Weekend locomotive line-up

The pool of locomotives attending the GB Railfreight Gala Weekend at the Nene Valley Railway (NVR) on 7-8 September 2024 has been bolstered with the addition of Peterborough Yard based Class 08 No 08632.

Hornby Magazine layouts prepare for GBRf Gala Weekend

A trio of Hornby Magazine layouts is being prepared for exhibition at the GBRf Gala Weekend which takes place at the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024.

Rapido reveals new RCH wagons for Peckett 1631 Marcia

Rapido Trains UK has announced that it is set to produce four exclusive 'OO' gauge wagons to help fund its newly-acquired Peckett 0-4-0T 1631 Marcia.

Rails displays ‘OO’ Class 18 liveries

Rails of Sheffield has revealed decorated samples of the forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Class 18/CBD90 bi-mode shunting locomotive being produced by Revolution Trains.

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Hornby Magazine August 2024

August 2024 issue of Hornby Magazine in page-turning format discovers how the Network SouthEast era has been modelled in a garden shed

DCC Concepts adds Cobalt Ultra

DCC Concepts has added a new variant of its popular Cobalt point motor: the Cobalt Ultra. This new version includes game-changing features including basic route setting and more.

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Building Norton Bridge signalbox

The imposing Norton Bridge signalbox is just one of the exclusive PJM-Key Publishing laser-cut kits for ‘OO’ scale available from the Key Model World Shop. MIKE WILD offers top tips for its construction and shows how to paint it and install the interior kit.

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Hornby 4-VEP for OO gauge. Review Premium

Revised Hornby 4-VEP arrives

With a preserved example recently raising the profile of these important EMUs, BEN CHURCH assesses Hornby’s latest version of the 4-VEP in ‘OO’.

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Accurascale’s Class 66 Revival

The Class 66 is a locomotive virtually no modern layout can be without. Accurascale has taken on and re-worked the Hattons Originals product for ‘OO’ gauge – MIKE WILD takes an exclusive look at the first production samples.

SERIES 8: Digital Sound - installing Hornby TXS chips

In part two of our Digital Sound video series we start our trilogy of sound installation features by working with the new Hornby Bluetooth Triplex Sound chips. In this video we show how to add an 8-pin chip to a Hornby Class 60, a 21-pin chip to the LMS 'Turbomotive' and a Next18 chip to a TT:120 scale 'A4' 4-6-2 taking you through every step of the journey. Watch today with a FREE member account exclusively on Key Model World.

Kernow Model Rail Centre GWR Steam Railmotor. Review Premium

Kernow GWR Steam Railmotor

A decade after its announcement, BEN CHURCH reviews this distinctive GWR train and asks whether the wait has been worthwhile.

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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Latest model railway reviews

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Hornby ZBA returns for OO gauge

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge ZBA ‘Rudd’ departmental wagon has made a welcome return to the range.

Rusty Rails railway engine blocks for OO gauge

Adding to the repertoire of 4mm scale 3D-printed accessories available from Rusty Rails is this underfloor engine suitable for Class 150, 153, 156 and 158 Diesel Multiple Units.

Hornby all-new OO gauge Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 Review Premium

Hornby’s all-new Stanier ‘Black Five’

The Stanier ‘Black Five’ was one of the biggest locomotive classes of the steam era and Hornby has turned fresh attention to this must-have mixed traffic 4-6-0. MIKE WILD pays close attention to this new arrival.

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Bachmann Collectors Club 08818

A GBRf ‘gronk’ is amongst the latest Bachmann exclusives. MARK CHIVERS checks whether its pulling power matches its looks.

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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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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 around York: Four decades of change

York has always been a nexus for the railways, and the imposing station built by the North Eastern Railway was at the time of its construction the largest in the world.

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West Hill Wagon Works oil tank

New from West Hill Wagon Works is this 4mm scale oil storage tank which provides an easy to use set piece for any diesel locomotive era depot.

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