Steam locomotives

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Bakewell - the Peak District in 'OO' gauge

ROB BROOKS

The Midland Railway's stunning route through the Peak District is the subject of ROB BROOKS’ ‘OO’ gauge layout, which keeps this much missed railway alive in model form.

ROB BROOKS

WIN! Hornby Magazine’s £1000 model giveaway!

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win a bumper selection of Hornby ‘OO’ gauge steam locomotives worth more than £1000. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on July 25 2023.

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The Great Eastern Jazz Trains

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Intensive suburban passenger workings are a feature of many great stations, but perhaps one of the most efficient in steam days were the ‘Jazz Trains’ of the Great Eastern Railway’s London Liverpool Street terminus. These intensive steam workings established a frequency of service that many thought impossible to achieve, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Seend - a lost Wiltshire station in 'OO'

STEVE JONES

Modelling real locations is difficult but rewarding. STEVE JONES decided to rekindle a long closed station in Wiltshire in ‘OO’ and set in the 1960s.

STEVE JONES
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The Billinton LBSCR ‘E4’ 0-6-2T

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Throughout the history of the railway many locomotive classes have made an invaluable contribution to providing services, yet have remained largely out of the limelight. One such design was the Brighton built ‘E4’ 0-6-2T, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES relates.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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Bachmann’s Billinton ‘E4’ 0-6-2T for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

The Billinton ‘E4’ 0-6-2Ts were introduced in the Victorian era yet their outward appearance is much more modern at first glance. MIKE WILD takes a closer look this Bachmann’s ‘OO’ ready-to-run model.

MIKE WILD

Lion and Thunderbolt gain colour

MARK CHIVERS

Decorated samples of Rapido Trains UK's all-new ‘OO’ gauge models of Liverpool and Manchester Railway 0-4-2 Lion and Thunderbolt have arrived for assessment.

MARK CHIVERS
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Bachmann’s ‘64XX’ for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

Is it just another ‘Pannier’ or something totally different? MIKE WILD runs the rule over Bachmann’s ‘OO’ gauge model of the GWR ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT.

MIKE WILD
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Weathering a GWR '64XX' 0-6-0PT

TIM SHACKLETON

TIM SHACKLETON gives the Bachmann 'OO' gauge ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT a convincing oily rag finish that recaptures childhood memories.

TIM SHACKLETON
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The GWR ‘64XX’0-6-0PTs

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

The Great Western stood alone amongst the railways of the British Isles in its widespread use of ‘Pannier’ tank locomotives. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES takes a close look at the ‘64XXs’, and finds out what made this small class different from the rest.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES