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Deco 'Coil A' springs into view

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its newly-tooled 'OO' gauge BR 'Coil A' steel carriers for assessment by the company's development team.

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Thompson's ‘A2/2s’ and ‘A2/3s’

Although the ‘Pacifics’ of the LNER are generally considered to be some of the best-looking locomotives ever built, there was one batch of locomotives that defied this rule. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES and ANDREW RODEN look into the history of the ‘A2/2s’ and ‘A2/3s’ which, while they looked ungainly, were an intelligent response to wartime pressures.

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EFE Rail 'Shark' ballast plough

EFE Rail's all-new ‘N’ gauge BR 20ton ‘Shark’ ballast plough brake van arrived with retailers in early February. In this review we take a detailed look at a 'Dutch' grey and yellow liveried version.

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Graham Farish LMS ‘Parrot’ flat

New for ‘N’ gauge from the Graham Farish stable is the utilitarian ‘Parrot’ bogie flat wagon. These vehicles were built between 1917-1919 and were originally designed for War Department use, but later moved across to serve the LMS and BR.

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Heljan upscales Class 17 for 'O'

It may have been one of the least successful 1960s era diesel locomotives, but the Clayton Type 1s continue to be exceptionally popular in model form. MIKE WILD reviews Heljan’s all-new and eagerly awaited Class 17 for ‘O’ gauge.

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Hatton's Gresley coaches debut

2021 looks set to be the year of the carriage for ‘O’ gauge with new collections due to cover LNER and BR designs from three different manufacturers. Hattons Model Railways has set the ball rolling with its trio of Gresley 61ft 6in corridor coaches. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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BIG CAT SOUND

Digitrains has launched a new Class 68 Activedrive digital sound project for ZIMO decoders. Developed by John Gay, it offers an impressive audio suite from coupling and buffering up sounds to compressor, warning horns and notable engine transitions.

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TRS Trains water-based smoke generators

TRS Trains is a new name in modelling and is offering a custom digital controlled smoke generator and sound installation as part of its range of services. Interestingly, this isn’t using conventional smoke generators such as the oil-filled Seuthe type – the TRS Trains products make steam with bottled water.

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DMG Electech DCC Decoder

DMG Electech has introduced a new range of digital accessories including 8-pin and 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoders.

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HELJAN'S GWR RAILCAR

The Great Western Railway was amongst the first in the world to introduce self-contained diesel railcars for passenger services. Now the classic ‘Razor Edge’is available for ‘O’ gauge with the arrival of this brand-new model from Heljan – MIKE WILD investigates.

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BR wagon tarpaulins

New from Geoscenics are these wagon tarpaulin sheets suitable for ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge. Our review samples included 7mm and 4mm scale BR wagon tarpaulins intended for use on standard wooden-bodied open and longer ‘Tube’ wagons.

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MILITARY MATERIALS

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Diesel headcodes

Pacific Models has added this new pack of 4mm scale two and four-character headcodes suitable for BR diesel locomotives and DMUs.

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SMS lobster pot

Scale Model Scenery (SMS) has bolstered its range of laser-cut kits and detailing accessories with this new 4mm scale pack of lobster pots/creels.

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Sandstone Wall Coping

New from Scale Model Scenery is this 4mm scale pack of sandstone wall coping. Ideal for adding that finishing touch to a wall (up to 4mm thick).

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Dockside developments

New to the Gaugemaster Structures range are these ‘OO’ gauge dockside warehouse and dockside crane kits.

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LNER ‘A1’/‘A3’ACFI conversion kit

For those wishing to add variety to their fleet of London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘A1’/‘A3’ 4-6-2s, this ACFI water feed heater conversion kit may fit the bill.

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‘7F’ SOUND

Bachmann’s Fowler ‘7F’ 2-8-0 can be brought to life with digital sound using space in the tender to install a 21-pin decoder, speaker and stay alive pack. MIKE WILD shows you how using components from YouChoos.

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Hornby Magazine April 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of Hornby Magazine - HM166, April 2021 - which celebrates the famous Somerset and Dorset Railway to mark 55 years since its closure by British Railways. Highlights of this issue include in-depth reviews of the new Hornby 'A2/2' for 'OO' gauge alongside the new 'O' gauge Class 17 and AEC railcar from Heljan, featured layouts, step by step guides and more. Read the full magazine in PDF format here and check out our latest video content in the Video Features section.

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The GWR railcars

The Great Western Railway is more often remembered for its fleet of copper-capped chimney steam locomotives rather than for technological innovation - but in fact the company was amongst the first to introduce viable diesel traction, in the form of a series of self-propelled railcars, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Vossloh’s Class 68

Although the Class 68 has been with us for only three years, it has already amassed a considerable following. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a closer look at this handsome and groundbreaking locomotive, which is set to be an industry standard for many years to come.

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S&D '7F' 2-8-0s

Throughout the history of the railways there have been many small classes of locomotive designed for specific tasks but, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes, few have gained the popularity of the former Somerset and Dorset '7F' 2-8-0s.

New Hornby BR ‘9F’ for ‘OO’ takes shape

Hornby has updated progress on its all new ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0, sharing development drawings of the forthcoming heavy freight steam locomotive.

VIDEO: Hatton's Gresley carriages for 'O' gauge

In the latest issue of Hornby Magazine we review Hatton's new Gresley 61ft 6in corridor stock for 'O' gauge. In this video feature we join Mike Wild in the workshop to see the sample coaches running on our test track.

Hornby Mk 4 developments

Hornby has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 4 Driving Van Trailer (DVT) for evaluation as well as its first sample of the Mk 4 buffet.

Maunsell brake progresses

Hornby’s newly tooled ‘OO’ gauge Maunsell Gangwayed Bogie Luggage (GBL) Vans have moved a step closer with production samples arriving with the development team for approval.

New Skips for Display

Display Models has added a new 4mm scale pack of assorted skips to its growing collection of model building kits and detailing accessories.

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A Transport Journey in Colour

Picture books such as this latest volume from Pen and Sword provide excellent research material for modellers aiming to recreate an authentic scene in miniature for a layout or diorama.

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Southern Electrics in Colour 1955-1972

As the title suggests, this latest offering from Strathwood Publishing features a wealth of Southern Electric traction from locomotives to multiple units – lots of them.

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South Wales Railways around the Millennium

This picture volume from Amberley Books focuses on the rail network in South Wales, from the early/ mid-1990s into the early 2000s.