'O' gauge - or 7mm scale - model railways are amongst the largest available in the British market which run on 32mm gauge track. Ready-to-run locomotives, carriages and wagons are produced by Dapol, Heljan and Lionheart Trains in the main while there are also high end hand built brass models available from the likes of 55H, Masterpiece Models and Lee Marsh Models. 'O' gauge has a large supporting cast of specialist kit and accessory makers while a range of track components is available off-the-shelf from Peco with both flatbottom and bullhead rail profiles. Check out our full collection of 'O' gauge modelling news, layout features, modelling guides and reviews here.
By their very nature, junctions are fascinating, especially where multiple route permutations are possible. PAUL LUNN selects a few real-life examples and shows how you can replicate them in model form.Artwork and photography by Paul A. Lunn, unless stated otherwisePAUL LUNN
The 1983-introduced heavy freight Class 58 is the perfect follow-up to Heljan’s popular Class 56 for ‘O’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a detailed look at Mainline blue 58021 while we catch up with Heljan's Ben Jones to see a sample in action on Britain's Biggest Model Railway.MIKE WILD
Voting for the 2023 Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards is now open on Key Model World! MARK CHIVERS reveals this year’s categories and nominees - vote for your favourite products, manufacturers, YouTuber and retailers here. Voting closes at 11.59pm on September 25 2023.MARK CHIVERS
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 NewtonSIMON GEORGE