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3D printed axle counters for ‘OO’ gauge

New to the Key Model World Shop are 10 packs of 3D printed axle counters produced by PJM Models. They are in stock and available now.

Lionheart adds Mk 1 BCK and FK

Lionheart Trains has added two new ‘O’ gauge BR Mk 1 carriages to its range with announcement of all-new Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) and Corridor First (FK) coaches.

VIDEO: 1960s Weathering Part Four | Diesel Locomotives

In the fourth part of our weathering series, Mike Wild and Jonathan Newton select a pair of classic diesels to give the new Heljan NBL prototype 10800 and a Bachmann Sulzer Type 2 a full weathered finish.

PREVIEW: The 2023 Great Electric Train Show

On October 14/15, the doors will open to the 2023 Great Electric Train Show at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. With so much packed into the 10th anniversary show, MIKE WILD explores the full line-up in this event preview.

Colour for Bachmann Baguley DH88

Bachmann has received decorated samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO9’ narrow gauge Baguley-Drewery 70hp DH88s for evaluation by the company’s development team.

Pocket Planet revealed

Leisure experience developer Pocket Planet has revealed details of an exciting new 30,000 square foot model attraction set to open on London’s Oxford Street from next year.

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Heaton Lodge Junction - The Grand Plan

One of the biggest model railways in the UK is set to expand further with conversion of its storage yard into a facility recreating the likes of Tinsley and Healey Mills yards. Owner SIMON GEORGE talks to MIKE WILD about the latest evolution of this ‘O’ gauge behemoth.Photography, Mike Wild and Jonathan Newton

VIDEO: Introducing the Heljan Class 73

The latest all-new ‘O’ gauge model to arrive from Heljan is the Class 73 electro-diesel. MIKE WILD meets Heljan’s BEN JONES at Britain’s Biggest Model Railway to discover what this new release has to offer.

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VIDEO: EFE Rail Class 17 for 'N'

The Class 17 is proving to be a popular addition to the new EFE Rail brand from Bachmann. We put one of the new Type 1 Bo-Bo diesels through its paces on Barrenthorpe for this video feature.

VIDEO: Hornby's Captain Tom Moore Class 66

Hornby's limited edition model of GBRf Class 66 66731 Captain Tom Moore - A True British Inspiration has arrived (Cat No. R30069). The model has been produced by Hornby to raise funds for the NHS and all 3,500 have been sold. In total it raised £140,000 for the NHS through sales on Hornby's own website.

VIDEO: Centenary 'Smokey Joe'

Amongst Hornby's 2020 centenary items is its plucky Caledonian Railway 0-4-0ST which is best known for its appearance in the Hornby catalogue as 'Smokey Joe'.

VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' 0-6-0ST

EFE Rail has relaunched the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST for 'OO' gauge as part of the new Bachmann brand. Watch our video of the first release in action here with DCC sound installed.

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VIDEO: EFE Rail 'J94' sound installation

EFE Rail's first 'OO' gauge locomotive is the Hunslet 'J94' 0-6-0ST. In this online exclusive video we show how to install digital sound into the compact tank engine using a ZIMO chip and Rail Exclusive speaker.

VIDEO: Hornby Dublo Duchess of Atholl

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM160) we take a detail look at Hornby's new Hornby Dublo inspired model of Stanier 'Duchess' 6231 Duchess of Atholl. Watch this new release in action on our test track here.

VIDEO: Dapol 'Turbot' wagons for 'O'

Dapol's all-new model of the 'Turbot' spoil and ballast wagon arrived for 'O' gauge during August. In the latest issue we take a closer look at these enticing new modern image additions while this video showcases the wagons in action on our test track.

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OO Works LSWR ‘0330’ 0-6-0ST

The London South Western Railway ‘Saddleback’ shunting engine is the subject of OO Works’ latest hand-built short run ‘OO’ gauge locomotive. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at what it has to offer.

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Latest model railway reviews

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SMS weathered slates and tiles

Scale Model Scenery’s extensive range of laser-cut kits and accessories includes these useful packs of weathered roof slates and terracotta tiles.

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Bachmann renews its Class 20

The Class 20 was one of the first main line production diesel locomotives when it entered service in 1957 and now Bachmann has gone back to the drawing board to offer a present day version of this long-standing workhorse for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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Dapol delivers its ‘Large Prairie’

The Great Western is in favour at Dapol for ‘OO’ gauge with the arrival of its hotly anticipated Collett ‘5101’ and ‘61XX’ 2-6-2Ts. Mike Wild runs the rule over these enticing locomotives. Now including model demonstration video.

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Hornby's Gresley 'W1' 4-6-4

It’s here! Hornby’s brand-new model of the unique Gresley ‘W1’ 4-6-4 in original condition arrived in December, and is already in short supply. MIKE WILD inspects one of the most eagerly anticipated models from Hornby for 'OO' gauge. Read our full review and watch our video showcasing the model in action on Topley Dale.

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Tara Mines ore wagons

Irish Railway Models has taken delivery of a perfect partner to its recently released Metro-Vick A Class diesels –a new batch of Tara Mines bogie ore wagons for ‘OO’. MIKE WILD checks them out.

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Elite buckeye magnetic couplings

WEST HILL WAGON Works continues to expand its range of magnetic Hunt Couplings which now also includes a collection of ‘dummy’ buckeye style Elite couplings.

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Laser-cut rowing boats

If you are looking to complete a lake or river scene, these 4mm scale laser cut wooden rowing boats from Scale Model Scenery will certainly look the part.

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Oxford Diecast Jaguar I Pace

A recent addition to the Oxford Diecast range is this 1:76 scale Jaguar Land Rover I Pace batteryelectric SUV.

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