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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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Canute Road Quay - a 'OO' gauge dock scene

GRAHAM MUSPRATT

Southampton Docks provides the setting for this compact quayside shunting layout set in the Southern Railway era between 1946 to 1949. Builder GRAHAM MUSPRATT explains all.

GRAHAM MUSPRATT
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Harford Street to Mile End Gate

JIM CONNER

Just because we start a layout with a design in mind, doesn’t mean it has to stay the same forever. JIM CONNER reveals the history of his second version of this East London-based layout and details the ‘route’ from Harford Street to Mile End Gate.

JIM CONNER
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Crossley Scrap - a 1990s shunting yard

Josh Lovell and Barrie Jones

A real scrapyard in West Yorkshire inspired Josh Lovell and Barrie Jones to recreate it in this compact but feature-packed ‘OO’ gauge micro layout.

Josh Lovell and Barrie Jones
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Chinley - the Midland Mainline in 'OO' gauge

Harry Fielding

The Midland Main Line in the 1950s inspired HARRY FIELDING to recreate this famous location in ‘OO’ gauge. Read the full story here and watch our exclusive video tour.

Harry Fielding
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Kingsbury - modelling the GWR in 'O' gauge

Eddie Michel

With a long history of ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout Barnhill Model Railway Club decided to look to a large scale for its latest project. EDDIE MICHEL reveals the story of this fascinating ‘O’ gauge exhibition layout set in Bristol around the time of nationalisation.

Eddie Michel
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Cadhay Sidings

CHRIS GOUGH

The sleepy Southern Railway branch lines of South Devon are the subject of CHRIS GOUGH’s ‘P4’ scale layout, with high-fidelity track and prototypical operation.

CHRIS GOUGH
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Hooper’s Aggregates

ANDREW KEAST

Redruth Model Railway Club’s latest ‘OO’ gauge layout is a present-day quarry scene set on the Devon/Cornwall border, offering a nod to the famous operations at Meldon Quarry, as ANDREW KEAST reveals.

ANDREW KEAST
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Bron Hebog

DAVID WALLER

Narrow gauge railways aren’t all short-distance affairs with tiny locomotives. DAVID WALLER explains how this delightful Welsh Highland Railway layout was created in ‘OO9’ - complete with its mighty Garrats

DAVID WALLER
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Llanbourne Junction - North Wales in the 1980s

PETER MANTLE

The North Wales Coast line in the 1980s is the setting for PETER MANTLE’S ‘OO’ gauge layout, which was started in the UK but finished ‘Down Under’ where it is now based.

PETER MANTLE
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Murton Hall - a North East colliery in OO gauge

MIKE WILD

Evoking the spirit of colliery and light railways in the North East, this home-based layout is the creation of DEAN ERRINGTON, as he explains.

MIKE WILD
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Old Oak Common in 'OO' gauge

The early diesel era of this famous Western Region maintenance depot has been recreated in ‘OO’ gauge by MALCOLM BENTLEY, oozing atmosphere galore.

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BARROW HILL JUNCTION

The varied and intensive freight traffic around this Midlands junction inspired MICHAEL RHODES to recreate it in ‘OO’ gauge for his stunning home-based layout.

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Loughborough Midland in 'OO'

Originally started by the late Dave Tooley as a diorama, this impressive ‘OO’ gauge layout has recently been refurbished and is now back on the circuit, as ADRIAN LAMBOURNE of the Ivanhoe Model Railway Society explains.

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The Spirit of Swindon

Neil Mason.

EXTRA IMAGES! The very end of Western Region steam and the transition to diesel-hydraulics is the setting for this expansive ‘N’ gauge exhibition layout which shows how Swindon was more than 50 years ago, as NEIL MASON explains.

Neil Mason.
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Collingwood - A 'OO' gauge Southern region model railway

The privatisation era on the West Coastway route is the setting for SIMON PALEY to showcase the variety of trains and liveries over the last decade in 'OO' scale on his model railway.