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Welcome to our collection of model railway layout features. Here you will find beautifully detailed model railways in 'OO' gauge, 'N' gauge, 'O' gauge, 'OO9' narrow gauge and more offering a huge variety of build designs and inspirational techniques. Plus our growing collection covers a broad spectrum of different periods in railway history as well as all four corners of the British railway network while many feature exclusive KeyModelWorld only video tours. Indulge and enjoy!

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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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.

An LGB Orenstein and Koppel 0-4-0T ambles into the station loop on the Rainbow Line as the 2-6-0T passes on the main line Feature Premium

The Rainbow line

Discover the amazing Rainbow Line garden railway created by David Price with help from his granddaughter Chloe. See the full gallery and more information here.

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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.

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Railmen of Kent

The Great Model Railway Challenge has taken railway modelling to television screens around the country on Channel 5. FRED GARNER from the 2019 winning team, Railmen of Kent, reveals the layouts they created and what it was like to be involved.

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Fenny Stratford

Now rather a backwater, in the 1950s, this pretty station was so much busier, like many others. PETER ELLIS describes how he and David Court recreated part of the ‘Varsity Line’ in ‘OO’ gauge for exhibition display. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Ashbury Wharf

Lying almost forgotten for years, this vintage ‘OO9’ gauge layout was resurrected by its home club Astolat Model Railway Circle and is now returning to life for a brand-new audience. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Gravesdown South

The transition from hydraulics to diesel-electrics is the subject of BRIAN TAMPLIN’S ‘OO’ gauge layout, which depicts the spectacle of the Western Region in the 1970s to grand effect in a modular format.

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Twelve Trees Junction: the trains

Hornby Magazine’s busy Southern Region junction layout hasn’t been out on show for almost two years, but there have been plenty of new additions to its roster. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the locomotives and rolling stock which allow Twelve Trees Junction to reflect the final decade of steam on the Southern. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Neely

Scunthorpe Modern Image Group acquired this ‘N’ gauge electrified East Anglian layout from Terry Metcalfe – and fettled it up into a superb exhibition layout, as RICHARD BOOTHBY explains. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Best layouts of all time

More than 470 layouts have graced the pages of Hornby Magazine since our first issue in March 2007. For this special feature we went back into the archives to pick an outstanding crop of 10.

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Theobald’s Yard

Orpington and District Model Railway Society chose a multi-gauge scenario for its busy 7mm scale industrial layout. MARTIN COOMBS and the operating team reveal how and why it was built - and what is next for its future. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Middleton-in-Teesdale

This ‘OO’ gauge layout depicts a rural branch line in Yorkshire in the years before the Second World War. Built by the De Havilland MRS, MIKE WORSLEY explains its genesis and construction. Photography, Trevor Jones.