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Freightliner’s green machines

Having covered first-generation BR diesels last month, TIM SHACKLETON moves forward in time to point camera and airbrush at Freightliner’s sizeable fleet of EMD Class 66s.

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Weathering BR green diesels

TIM SHACKLETON discusses the whys and wherefores of how first-generation diesels got themselves into such a state - and how to replicate this in miniature.

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Every model railway needs track. We offer our top tips for laying track so that you can build a smooth running layout which will work reliably on every use.

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Hornby's first 100 years

In this centenary year, Hornby has planned an exciting range of releases to celebrate the rich history of model railways that have carried the Hornby name through the years. MARK CHIVERS looks back at some of the highlights from its first 100 years.

VIDEO: An interview with Simon Kohler

To mark Hornby's 100th anniversary we interview Simon Kohler to get his take on the 2020 range including the inspiration behind this year's models, his favourite items and more.

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PCA weathering

Having looked at Presflos and Cemflos, TIM SHACKLETON turns to Blue Circle’s present-day fleet of PCAs, now operated by Freightliner in partnership with Lafarge.

VIDEO: The Hornby 2020 Range | Full review

Hornby celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Join Hornby Magazine's Mike Wild and Richard Watson as they take a detailed look at what the manufacturer as to offer in its 2020 catalogue in this full video preview.

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Motive Power Survey

BR Western Region’s motive power roster was extensive, incorporating former Great Western Railway prototypes as well as new BR builds and prototypes. We present a full survey of all the current and forthcoming WR locomotives for ‘OO’ together with listings for ‘N’ and ‘O’ gauge.

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Colourful advertising liveries are commonplace on today’s privatised network, but this wasn’t always so. TIM SHACKLETON builds a high-quality kit for one of the most distinctive and unusual vehicles that ran on our steam-era railways – the Palethorpe’s six-wheel van.

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Recreating the Western Region in miniature calls for signature items. MIKE WILD offers 20 top tips to help you get the appearance of a 1948-1968 period layout right.