Scottish Region

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Overnight sleeping trains are a fascinating part of the railway network and Hornby has introduced new coaches to allow the final pre-Mk 5 era Scottish trains to be reproduced in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD takes a closer look.

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South Road Junction - Scottish Borders in 'OO'

The Scottish Borders is the setting for BOB BRUCE’s ‘OO’ gauge layout, capturing the last years of steam in this beautiful part of the world.

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The Railway through the Central Highlands

THE Central Highlands are the focus for this new picture book from Amberley Publishing, primarily focusing on the stretch of railway between Perth and Inverness.

FIRST LOOK: All-new Bachmann Class 25s

Bachmann has received first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its newly-tooled 'OO' gauge BR Class 25/1 and 25/2 Bo-Bo diesels for assessment by the development team.

Highland Railway 'Jones Goods' 4-6-0 next for Rapido

Rapido Trains UK has revealed that its next ready-to-run steam locomotive will be the Highland Railway 'Big Goods' - or 'Jones Goods' - 4-6-0 for 'OO' gauge. Discover the full story here.

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Wick End - 1980s Scotland in 'O'

A life-long passion for Scottish region operation in the 1980s and an exhibition invite for a ‘small’ layout gave DAVE and CHRIS WARNER all the incentive they need to develop this compact ‘O’ gauge terminus.

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The Caledonian ‘812’

Functional and workmanlike goods engines were very much a feature of the late Victorian railway scene, but few matched the beauty and level of performance of the Caledonian Railway’s ‘812’ 0-6-0s, a real maid of all work, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Railways of Central Scotland: 2016-2020

This recent picture volume from Key Books focuses on the changing rail scene in Central Scotland during a recent five-year period.

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A teenage trip to Scotland’s most southerly station inspired ALISDAIR MACDONALD to build this fascinating replica of Whithorn in ‘OO’ gauge. Here Alisdair reveals the story behind the layout and how it was built. Photography, Mike Wild.

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BR’s first Sulzer Type 2

British Railways’ Class 24 diesel was, as intended, a very able all-round locomotive, but design flaws and changing traffic patterns meant a relatively short life with the last of them being withdrawn more than 40 years ago, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.