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Explore the amazing model railways built by talented individuals and clubs which feature in the pages of Hornby Magazine. This section covers 'OO', 'EM', 'P4', 'N', and 'O' gauge model railways and more in all eras. Plus many now feature exclusive online video content which you can only find here on Key Model World.

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HALIFAX POWELL STREET

Competition between the pre-Grouping railways for access to Lancashire and Yorkshire’s towns and cities was fierce. PETER DURANT shows how he created this fictional station in Halifax which has a strong grounding in reality in ‘OO’ scale. Photography, Peter Durant.

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MUCH WITHERING

The garden presented the perfect place for STEVE BOON to develop an ‘O’ gauge railway on which he could run his collection of Western Region hydraulics. Here he reveals the story behind the line and how it was built.

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STANLEY JUNCTION

This famous Scottish location has been modelled before closures and rationalisation took place by the East Kilbride Model Railway Club. BILL CAMPBELL describes how this attractive ‘N’ gauge layout was built, and how it operates.

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Oake

DARREN BERRY explains how this ‘OO’ gauge Western Region layout set in Somerset not only developed from an initial two-person team, but helped to encourage new modellers too. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Newton Grove 19F

A visit to a friend’s ‘O’ gauge layout was all the inspiration JONATHAN NEWTON needed to switch scales and start a new collection. Newton Grove shed is the result – a compact portrayal of the final years of steam in the North West.

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Roundtree Sidings

Summer 1985 is the setting for this super detailed ‘EM’ gauge exhibition layout built by the DEMU North East Area Group members. TREVOR SMITH reveals the detailed story behind this popular layout which features main line and Tyne and Wear Metro operations in 4mm scale.

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Somerset & Dorset Celebration

The famous Somerset & Dorset Railway is a modeller’s dream with double-headed passenger workings, locomotives and rolling stock from across the regions and stunning scenery. MIKE WILD celebrates the S&D 55 years after its closure in March 1966 by recreating the journey from Bath to Bournemouth West in model form. Photography, Trevor Jones, Chris Nevard and Mike Wild.

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Wendover

The Great Central Main Line in its LNER heyday is the subject of DAVID DANN-GIBBONS’ marvellous ‘OO’ layout, as he explains. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Hatch End

The West Coast Main Line has always been a source of interest for ANDY STEPHNEY. Hatch End is the result and it models a fascinating six-track section where London Underground units ran side by side with overhead electrics. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Whiteacres

Originally developed as a transition era layout, Stafford Railway Circle recast this Midlands-set ‘OO’ gauge model railway to the early years of privatisation, as IAN RAE describes. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Mansion House

The hustle and bustle of South London’s railways in the 1950s is recalled by STEPHEN GRANT in this superb home-based ‘OO’ layout set in the era of Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ and third-rail electric units. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Lee-on-the-Solent

This wonderful London and South Western Railway era ‘P4’ layout models a real railway on the South Coast which had a short career, as PHIL CHUDLEY explains. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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A Nod To Brent

The area around Brent, South Devon inspired Robin Sweet to create this atmospheric ‘OO’ gauge layout set in the last years of the Great Western Railway. See this superb home-based model railway in full in pictures and video. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Penmouth & Curzon Street

Unable to decide on one location, MARK WILSON set out to create an ‘OO’ gauge layout covering London, Birmingham and the South West – to grand effect. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Fence Houses

Drawing on the heavy industry of North Eastern England, IAN FORSYTH created this atmospheric colliery layout in ‘OO’ which showcases a long disappeared railway scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Old Elms Park - The Yard

Having built a stunning ‘O’ gauge roundhouse to display his locomotives, MARK POLLARD created an extension to breathe new life into this BR steam era scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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The Summit

With stunning Pennine scenery, this massive ‘O’ gauge layout rekindles the spectacular Settle and Carlisle in steam days, as BOB ALDERMAN explains. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Ashdan Junction

The West Midlands in the 1970s is the setting for BARRY PLATT’S ‘OO’ gauge digital sound layout – which recaptures the times wonderfully. Read the full story here, originally published in HM121, and watch the video too. Photography, Mike Wild.

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North Cornwall Brewery

The brewery trade is the setting for MALCOLM BRIGGS’ superbly modelled brand-new ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Discover its secrets and how this well thought-out project came together. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Lakeside

It has a thorough backstory, but GRAHAM FOULSTON uses his highly detailed ‘OO’ gauge scenic layout as a stage to display a wide range of models, from the ‘Big Four’ to the present day, home and abroad. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Whitmoor

When members of Astolat MRC wanted a new ‘N’ gauge layout, considerable thought went into providing a suitable showcase for their stock – and ultimately third-rail, as JIM KEMP explains. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Coniston Lake

Taking a beautiful location and giving it a railway, MIKE POWELL set this Lake District scene in the 1960s, with steam firmly in charge. Photography, Mike Wild.

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OAK ROAD

Sweeping curves and scale length HSTs are amongst the highlights of MIKE BUICK’S inspirational ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Here he tells the full story of its creation and explains how it is supporting the Meningitis Now charity. Photography, Richard Watson.

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Parkstone Goods

After hearing about a long-forgotten industrial railway in Poole, COLIN LOCKYER set about recreating some of it in ‘OO’ – with a 1970s twist. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Newpool-on-Trent

This multi-station, multilevel layout is ‘locked up’ in the former Police Station adjoining GRAHAM TAYLOR’S home. Discover how this enticing and busy ‘OO’ gauge steam era layout was built. Photography, Mike Wild.

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The Rainbow line

What better way to keep mind and body occupied during lockdown than building a new model railway? DAVID PRICE explains how he created his ‘G’ scale garden railway, with help from his granddaughter Chloe. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Kinwardine Wharf

Evoking the appeal of narrow gauge railways in an industrial setting, CHARLES INSLEY’S superb ‘OO9’ gauge layout captures the essence of a quintessentially West Midlands scene. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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Barnetby to Wrawby

Barnetby in North Lincolnshire was known for its spectacular array of semaphore signals. STEPHEN RICHARDS explains how this ‘N’ gauge replica was built as a permanent exhibit at Immingham Museum.

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The Gresley Beat

The East Coast Main Line around King’s Cross is the scene for this famous ‘OO’ gauge layout, which will form part of the future AIMREC venture in Ashford. Its creator, CLIFF PARSONS, tells the story of how it was built and developed. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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BINNS ROAD EAST

Rather than aiming for realism, PETER BRACKENBURY sought to recreate the train set he never had in his childhood by restoring authentic Hornby-Dublo three-rail products. Photography, Mike Wild.