Layout features


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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St Judes - a Southern branch in OO gauge

Starting from a small Southern Region layout, CHRIS BONE explains how he developed and expanded his project to recreate the atmosphere of Devon and Cornwall’s railways in the 1950s and 1960s in ‘OO’ and ‘OO9’ gauges.

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Porth Eithin - a Cornish branch line in OO gauge

A move to a new location promoted PETER MIDWINTER to begin construction of this Cornish theme ‘OO’ gauge branch line terminus. Here he reveals where the idea came from and how this BR Western Region layout developed.

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Dydley - a compact 'N' gauge club layout

‘N’ gauge is a great way to increase the amount of operation available in a limited space, but it doesn’t have to be confined to home layouts in this way. The City of Canterbury Model Railway Society choose ‘N’ as the medium for Dydley – a 4ft x 2ft 6in continuous run layout. ANDY HOPPER explains.

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Halland - Northern England in the steam era

The North of England near the Scottish border is the setting for JOHN GAY’s steam era ‘OO’ gauge layout which captures the isolation and beauty of this region to a tee.

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Kilve - a Western Region branch line in 'OO'

A station that was could have been built in Somerset is the setting for Darren Berry’s ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout.

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Newvaddon Parkway - modelling Cornwall in the present day

Based on a fictional new town in West Cornwall, father and son team NIGEL and DARREN GLASSON set out to show what a busy parkway station in the area could look like in ‘N’ gauge. Photography, Trevor Jones

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Common Oak Lane - a OO gauge micro layout

TIM LOWE set out to build a minimum space, minimum budget ‘OO’ gauge shunting layout – which has only acquired a name under new ownership.

A Class 52 Western arrives at Witham and passes a GWR Large Prairie 2-6-2T. Feature Premium

Witham - a Western Region junction station in 'OO' gauge

Recalling happy childhood memories of holidays in the West Country, Martin Reynolds selected a fictional location in Somerset to relive summer Saturday traffic – and more.Photography, Mike Wild

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Canute Road Quay - a 'OO' gauge dock scene

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.

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Harford Street to Mile End Gate

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.

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Crossley Scrap - a 1990s shunting yard

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.

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Chinley - the Midland Mainline in 'OO' gauge

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.

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Kingsbury - modelling the GWR in 'O' gauge

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.

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Cadhay Sidings

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.

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Hooper’s Aggregates

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.