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What Next? BR Standards

TREVOR JONES and BEN CHURCH

In the concluding part of the series looking at gaps in the range of ready-to-run main line steam locomotives in ‘OO’ gauge, TREVOR JONES and BEN CHURCH examine the BR Standards.

TREVOR JONES and BEN CHURCH
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Creating a Waterfall

DAN EVASON

For a very different feature on a layout, DAN EVASON shows how to create a stunning waterfall scene in this detailed step by step modelling guide.

DAN EVASON

NEW SERIES 8: Digital Sound Introduction | Part One

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Launching today at 8pm today - March 8 2024 - is our brand-new video series offering an introduction to the world of Digital Sound for model railways. In this new four part series, we will explore what digital sound has to offer and how to install and use decoders from Hornby, ZIMO and ESU.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

WIN! A pair of Hornby RailRoad Royal Class 67s diesels, worth £194

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win a pair of Hornby RailRoad ‘OO’ gauge Class 67s, worth £194. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on April 25 2024.

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The Spirit of Shap in 'OO' gauge

GRAHAM NICHOLAS

This legendary West Coast Main Line outpost is the subject of GRAHAM NICHOLAS’ stunning ‘OO’ gauge layout. He explains how he recreated it – including its famous banking locomotives.

GRAHAM NICHOLAS

VIDEO: Accurascale Class 66 production samples

MARK CHIVERS and JONATHAN NEWTON

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.

MARK CHIVERS and JONATHAN NEWTON

Railway Touring Company reveals 2024 line-up

MIKE WILD

The Railway Touring Company has revealed its line-up of railtours for 2024, together with details of a new subscriber benefit for Hornby Magazine and Key Model World readers. 

MIKE WILD

‘E1’ exclusive for Brighton Circle

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains has revealed that it is planning an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of sole surviving London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) ‘E1’ 0-6-0T 110 in Marsh lined black for The Brighton Circle.

BEN CHURCH

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Latest model railway videos

VIDEO: Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Three | Ground cover

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Exclusive to Key Model World Premium Subscribers, the third-part of our new series following construction of our new 'TT:120' scale layout Twelvemill Bridge is a detailed look at ground cover. Join the team to find out how they transform the bare landscape.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Building a TT:120 Model Railway Part Two | Landscaping

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

Part Two of our new Building a 'TT:120' Model Railway is out now. In this episode we focus on ballasting the track and building the landscape to prepare the layout for its scenic ground cover in Part Three. Watch it today for FREE when you sign up for a free Member account.

MIKE WILD and JONATHAN NEWTON

NEW SERIES: Building a TT:120 Model Railway | PART ONE

MIKE WILD

Part one of our brand-new modelling series is available now! In this new series we tackle construction of a 'TT:120' scale model railway using the latest products for this new scale in the British modelling market, starting with construction of the baseboards, platforms and laying the track.

MIKE WILD
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FIRST REVIEW: Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge Class 73

MIKE WILD

For the second month in a row, Heljan has delivered a brand-new ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive, and this striking model of the Southern Region Class 73 electro-diesel could be its best yet. MIKE WILD explains why with video of a sample running on Britain's Biggest Model Railway.

MIKE WILD
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Rapido’s Lion

MIKE WILD

In our first look at Rapido’s all-new model of Liverpool and Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion, MIKE WILD discovers what it has to offer.

MIKE WILD

Making Tracks: The Grand Challenge

MIKE WILD

Pete Waterman and the Railnuts are making final preparations to put all three Making Tracks layouts together for the first time at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show. We visited the Making Tracks Workshop to catch up with the latest progress with Pete and the team with exclusive video.

MIKE WILD

VIDEO: Cavalex Models Class 56 and wagon projects update

MIKE WILD

Cavalex Models visited the Key Model World Workshop to showcase the latest version of the sound file for its all-new 'OO' gauge Class 56 together with decorated samples of its PHA and JHA bogie wagons. Join us for exclusive video and sign up to read our full feature.

MIKE WILD
Sonic Models GCR 'A5' 4-6-2T with ZIMO sound from Digitrains. Feature Premium

Upgrading Sonic Models GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T

MIKE WILD

Sonic Models’ GCR ‘A5’ 4-6-2T has been designed for simple sound installation, but with simple upgrades it can be enhanced further. MIKE WILD shows how.

MIKE WILD

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Latest model railway reviews

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The Peak Diesels

BEN CHURCH

This most recent publication from Crecy offers a comprehensive look at the ever popular ‘Peak’ diesel locomotives of Classes 44, 45 and 46.

BEN CHURCH
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London Rail Atlas

BEN CHURCH

London is Britain‘s pre-eminent railway hub and recent developments such as the Elizabeth Line have altered the map. Crecy’s latest edition of the London Railway Atlas details many of the changes in London’s railways since their inception.

BEN CHURCH
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Trains4U Jackal 2 Military Vehicles

BEN CHURCH

Trains4U of Peterborough’s range of 3D-printed military vehicles includes this 1:76 scale Jackal 2.

BEN CHURCH
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Model Detailing

BEN CHUCRH

New from Key Publishing is this informative bookazine aimed at railway modellers wishing to detail their layouts and create realistic scenes.

BEN CHUCRH
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BR Diesel Depots

BEN CHURCH

Key Publishing has added to its expanding list of modelling titles with this guide to developing classic and contemporary diesel depots in model form.

BEN CHURCH
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Eighties Rail Scene

BEN CHURCH

Amberley Publishing’s extensive range of titles is bolstered with this look into the past of Britain’s railways in the 1980s. This superb collection of archive photographs provides a window into the near past in the twilight of British Railway’s Corporate Blue era before sectorisation and later privatisation.

BEN CHURCH
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Class 57s in detail

BEN CHURCH

A recent addition from Key Publishing is this colourful look at the Class 57 Co-Co diesels, examining the life and work of the entire class of 33 throughout their service.

BEN CHURCH
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Bluetooth TXS for Hornby ‘9F’

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s recently retooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0 (HM185) gains a new outing finished as 92002 in BR black with early crests – and the addition of the manufacturer’s new Bluetooth Triplex Sound (TXS).

MARK CHIVERS

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