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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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Neely

Scunthorpe Modern Image Group acquired this ‘N’ gauge electrified East Anglian layout from Terry Metcalfe – and fettled it up into a superb exhibition layout, as RICHARD BOOTHBY explains. Photography, Mike Wild.

VIDEO: Bachmann's Class 117 DMUs

Bachmann's new 'OO' gauge models of the Class 117s arrived in June. In this video we showcase these highly detailed new units in action on our test track with analogue control.

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VIDEO: Bachmann Class 117 sound installation

Following the arrival of Bachmann's new Class 117 DMUs we were keen to test the models abilities with a sound decoder installed. This video guide with MIKE WILD explains how it is done using a ZIMO MX645P22 decoder.

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UPGRADED SULZER ‘24’

The SLW Class 24 was highly regarded when it first arrived in 2016 (HM111), but now it has been given a makeover to enhance its details and make its sound file more user friendly. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the latest additions to the portfolio.

VIDEO: SLW Class 24s on Topley Dale

Sutton's Locomotive Works 'OO' gauge Class 24s staged a takeover on Hornby Magazine's Topley Dale in June. Join us now as we showcase 97201 and D5021 in action on era specific trains.

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VIDEO: SLW Class 24s in detail

In this exclusive KeyModelWorld video, MIKE WILD demonstrates the full suite of sounds on Sutton's Locomotive Works stunning 'OO' gauge Class 24s. Join us now for extra images and video which you can only watch here.

VIDEO: Hornby's new 'OO' gauge '61XX'

Hornby's new GWR '61XX' 2-6-2T arrived with retailers in June. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at our sample of 6145 in BR black for this latest video feature.

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UNDERGROUND SOUND

The London Transport Stock was hugely popular when it was released in 2015 and now DC kits and legomanoifffo have produced a new ESU sound decoder twin pack to bring these units to life. MIKE WILD explores its potential and shows how he went about upgrading a four-car set with additional functions.

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WCML Locomotive Haulage

This latest book from Key Publishing looks in some depth at locomotive hauled trains on the West Coast Main Line (WCML).

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Modelling BR Parcels and Mail Trains

New from Key Publishing is this latest volume in the Modeller’s Guide series, detailing how to model British Rail parcels and mail trains.

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Bahamas Locomotive Society Vintage Steam Calendar

The Bahamas Locomotive Society has released its annual Vintage Steam Calendar in support of the continued operation of Stanier ‘Jubilee’ 45596 Bahamas and the group’s other heritage locomotives and rolling stock.

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Welshpool and Llanfair Christmas card 2021

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is helping to celebrate Christmas with a railway theme and the release of a brand new Christmas card for 2021 featuring the work of railway artist Jonathan Clay and one of its famous locomotives.

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STEAM 2022 Calendar

As attention turns to a new year, this colourful 2022 calendar from STEAM - the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon should keep you on track with a Great Western Railway theme.

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Return of the ‘Clan’

Hornby’s BR ‘Clan’ 4-6-2 has been out of production for almost 10 years, but now it is back. MIKE WILD reviews one of two new arrivals for this autumn.

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RAILS GAS TURBINE PIONEER

The British gas turbine locomotives have proved popular subjects in recent years. MIKE WILD inspects Rails of Sheffield’s latest exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of Swiss built 18000 – Britain’s first gas turbine railway locomotive.

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Coil A steel wagons

Accurascale’s new 21ft 6in wagon chassis has been put to good use with the arrival of the first ready-to-run model of the Coil A steel wagons. MIKE WILD reviews this new release and explains what they are.

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