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Heljan’s GWR ‘1366’ 0-6-0PT

MIKE WILD

Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘1366’ dock tank is an attractive shunting engine which made its debut in 2016. MIKE WILD inspects this outside cylinder pannier tank.

MIKE WILD

New owners for Mevagissey Model Railway

JONATHAN NEWTON

Mevagissey Model Railway is under new ownership, following the retirement of Paul Catchpole after 18 years running the venture. Lee Price has acquired the Cornwall based business ahead of the 2023 holiday season.

JONATHAN NEWTON
Accurascale TPE Mk 5 carriages for OO gauge Review Premium

Accurascale’s TPE Mk 5s debut

MIKE WILD

TransPennine Express has one of the most distinctive liveries on the railway and it is also one of only a handful of train operators to make use of diesel-hauled push-pull trains. MIKE WILD inspects Accurascale’s Nova 3 Mk 5 coaches for ‘OO’.

MIKE WILD
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The Mk 5 carriage story

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Although locomotive-hauled coaches are largely a thing of the past, there has been one fleet of new-builds in recent years - the Mk 5s operated by Caledonian Sleeper and TransPennine Express. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks into the background of these interesting vehicles.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Accurascale’s Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5s

MIKE WILD

The striking Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5 carriages whisk passengers from London to destinations in Scotland overnight and now you can add them to your collection in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD gets the full story on Accurascale’s first ready-to-run passenger carriages and demonstrates their operation on our test track.

MIKE WILD

Statfold model railway exhibition 2023 preview

MIKE WILD

The Statfold Model Railway Exhibition is set to return to the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum on the weekend of April 1/2 2023, following the success of the debut event in 2022.

MIKE WILD
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IXO London Transport RT for O gauge

JONATHAN NEWTON

For ‘O’ gauge modellers looking for suitable road vehicles, the IXO Models 1:43 scale range includes this classic London Transport AEC Regent III RT double-decker bus.

JONATHAN NEWTON

ECT ‘Black Five’ decorated samples surface

JONATHAN NEWTON

Development of Ellis Clark Trains’ ‘O’ gauge Stanier ‘Black Five’ has taken a leap forward, with decorated samples arriving in the UK for examination and final revisions before production commences.

JONATHAN NEWTON

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VIDEO: Key Model World TV Show November 2022

Join Mike, Mark and Richard for the return of the Key Model World TV Show as they venture to Pete Waterman's amazing Leamington Spa 'O' gauge layout, bring you up to date with the latest news, review Hornby's new '9F' 2-10-0 for 'OO', take West Coast Cement east and bring you a new product announcement too! Don't miss it.

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Planet Industrials’ Kerr, Stuart

MIKE WILD

Planet Industrials is a new name in the world of ready-to-run model railways and its debut model is the Kerr, Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T for ‘OO’ gauge. Mike Wild finds out what is in store.

MIKE WILD

New Diesel Brake Tenders launch!

MIKE WILD

A new batch of three different ‘OO’ gauge Diesel Brake Tender models are now available from Key Publishing. Mike Wild introduces these new releases.

MIKE WILD
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Accurascale launches new ‘OO’ gauge Class 50

A ‘OO’ gauge Class 50 diesel is Accurascale’s next ready-to-run locomotive project. Join us for the exclusive video announcement of Accurascale's latest brand-new 'OO' locomotive.

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Heljan's centre headcode Class 37 for 'O' gauge

MIKE WILD

In this review we take a closer look at Heljan's ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge centre headcode Class 37 which first hit the shelves in 2017.

MIKE WILD
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LEGOMAN ‘ Electra ’ - Class 91 sound

The new Hornby Class 91 has all the looks of the real locomotives and a powerful chassis too, but how do you add sound? MIKE WILD takes one apart to show how simple it is and completes a matching Mk 4 DVT at the same time.

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VIDEO: Accurascale reveals new 'OO' gauge rolling stock!

RICHARD WATSON and MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale is revealing a brand-new 'OO' gauge model today. Join us today at 12pm for the premiere of the video launch here on KeyModelWorld to find out the full story.

RICHARD WATSON and MARK CHIVERS
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STAFF PROJECTS: New Junction’s ECML INSPIRATION

RICHARD WATSON

With the layout's top deck installed and ready for the main line track to be laid, Hadley Wood and Potters Bar become the unsuspecting focus for RICHARD WATSON's 'OO' gauge layout New Junction.

RICHARD WATSON

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Heljan revitalises the Class 14

MIKE WILD

The Swindon-built Class 14 0-6-0DHs have been refreshed for a new lease of life with Heljan. MIKE WILD inspects one of the new batch.

MIKE WILD
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Hornby's Avanti Class 390 Pride liveried coaches

MARK CHIVERS

Following the recent release of Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ four-car train pack (Cat No. R30081) as 390119 in the distinctive Pride colour scheme (HM186), the matching centre cars are also now available.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby's Drax Renewable Pioneers hoppers for 'OO' gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby has released new versions of the IIA-D 102tonne Drax biomass hopper wagons which were introduced in 2013-2014.

MARK CHIVERS
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Dapol delivers its Class 59 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

The American-built Electro-Motive Division Class 59 heavy-freight locomotives started a revolution in rail freight haulage. Dapol is looking to achieve the same with its all-new ‘OO’ gauge model. MIKE WILD finds out if it has succeeded.

MIKE WILD
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Scale Model Scenery manholes and drain covers

JONATHAN NEWTON

New from Scale Model Scenery is this pack of 4mm scale laser-cut and engraved manhole and drain covers.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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West Hill introduces ‘TT:120’ accessory range

MARK CHIVERS

New from West Hill Wagon Works are these all-new ‘TT:120’ scale 3D printed model railway accessories from the company’s range of lineside detailing.

MARK CHIVERS
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Corgi Trackside Dennis F12 Pump Escape

JONATHAN NEWTON

Corgi’s popular 1:76 scale Dennis F12 Pump Escape fire engine returns in the manufacturer's trackside range, now finished in City of Coventry yellow.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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West Hill Wagon Works 3D printed garden railway

MARK CHIVERS

West Hill Wagon Works has added a novel 4mm scale garden railway to its range of 3D printed model railway accessories and detailing.

MARK CHIVERS

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