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.

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Revolution hops to it with the HOA

Bulk aggregates freight wagons are essential additions to a modern day layout. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the new Revolution Trains ‘OO’ gauge HOA.

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Modelling Operation Smash Hit

40 years ago, a spectacular test was conducted to prove the safety of moving nuclear flasks by rail. ALAN TAYLOR explains how he recreated the locomotive and coaches used in 4mm scale to mark the anniversary.

FIRST LOOK: Limited edition CrossCountry HST decoration samples

The first decorated samples of Key Publishing's exclusive Hornby 'OO' gauge limited edition HST power car pack featuring CrossCountry's 43184 Laira Diesel Depot and 43366 HST40 has arrived. Check out the latest progress on this new product here.

Accurascale reveals exclusive 21ton hopper packs.

Accurascale has added two new exclusive packs of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge 21ton hopper wagons, appearing in ICI industrial and BR engineering ZDV colour schemes.

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Ebsworth Street

This bustling modern-era ‘OO’ gauge layout incorporates an exceptional level of bespoke circuitry, providing full colour light signalling, train detection and more, as GREG MARSHALL reveals.Photography, Trevor Jones

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Caprotti ‘Black Five’ debut

For the first time modellers can add a ready-to-run Caprotti ‘Black Five’ to their collection with the arrival of the all-new Hornby model. BEN CHURCH finds out how good it is.

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‘King’ for Another Day

Everyday Swindon steam in the 1960s wasn’t as glossy and highly polished as the locomotives seen on heritage railways and enthusiast specials might suggest. TIM SHACKLETON fettles a ‘King’ into typical last-days condition.

Colour for Accurascale 21ton hoppers

Accurascale has revealed decorated samples of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge 21ton hopper wagons.

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Ground Effects

Railways often used redundant van or coach bodies for storage or messrooms. DAN EVASON shows how to create a typical scene in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Chatswell

This BR sectorisation layout was built for JUSTIN LONGLEY-NEWING and his father to enjoy. Justin explains how it was developed to recapture the colourful days of the late 1980s.