OO gauge

'OO' gauge is the main model railway scale in the UK running 4mm:1ft scale models on 16.5mm gauge ('OO') track. It is the first choice for British model railway scenes and out of all the main scales and gauges is the best supported with ready-to-run locomotives and rolling stock as well as an extensive range of accessories, figures, vehicles and control equipment. Makers of ready-to-run 'OO' gauge models including Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol, Heljan, Accurascale, Cavalex Models, Oxford Rail, Revolution Trains, Realtrack Models, Sutton's Locomotive Works, OO Works and more. Read our full collection of 'OO' gauge related news, features and reviews here.

Making Tracks attempts official World Record

MIKE WILD

For the first time in UK model railways an official World Record attempt recognised by Guinness Word Records is being made by Pete Waterman and the Railnuts at Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham.

MIKE WILD
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Accurascale Mk 2b coaches roll in

MARK CHIVERS

Can Accurascale maintain its record with these important new coaches? MARK CHIVERS checks out these latest BR Mk 2s in ‘OO’.

MARK CHIVERS

Exclusive Rapido RCH wagon for Kernow

BEN CHURCH

Kernow Model Rail Centre has commissioned Rapido Trains UK to produce an exclusive version of the ‘OO’ gauge RCH 1907 private owner wagon in the livery of Moger & Co. Ltd.

BEN CHURCH

Heljan Class 28 Co-Bo for Rails

BEN CHURCH

Rails of Sheffield is producing a new exclusive run of the Heljan Metropolitan-Vickers Class 28 Co-Bo diesels in ‘OO’ gauge.

BEN CHURCH
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Class 104 conversion – Part 2

TIM SHACKLETON

Having already rebuilt the underframes as part of his Class 104 conversion, TIM SHACKLETON turns his attention to the bodywork. 3D-printed components come to his aid, as he explains.

TIM SHACKLETON
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Pen-y-Bryn - the Western Region in steam

PHILIP COGGAN

The South Wales collieries inspired PHILIP COGGAN to revisit his memories of working in them and create this compact scene in ‘OO’ gauge.Photography, Philip Coggan

PHILIP COGGAN
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Modelling a West Coast Railtour

RICHARD HALL

Railtours are a superb way of bringing variety to a layout. In the first of two step-by-step guides, RICHARD HALL shows how to recreate the railtour carriages  – which can be very different.

RICHARD HALL

Final preparations for Statfold Model Railway Exhibition 2024

MARK CHIVERS

Final preparations are under way for the annual Statfold Model Railway Exhibition which is due to take place on April 13/14 2024 at Statfold Country Park near Tamworth with the addition of a surprise exhibit from Key Model World/Hornby Magazine.

MARK CHIVERS
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Painting a GNR Signalbox

MIKE WILD

One of 2024’s additions to the PJM Models collection of laser-cut kits available from the Key Model World Shop is this Great Northern Railway signalbox. MIKE WILD explains how he painted the structure.

MIKE WILD
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Woodland on a Budget

DAN EVASON

Model trees are readily available, but DAN EVASON reckons you can make them yourself for pennies – as he demonstrates in this latest ‘OO’ gauge scene.

DAN EVASON