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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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.

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Bron Hebog

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

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Llanbourne Junction - North Wales in the 1980s

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.

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Murton Hall - a North East colliery in OO gauge

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.

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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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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

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.

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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.

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South Yorkshire is the setting for CHRIS MATTHEWS’ compact 'OO' gauge exhibition layout, depicting a set of British Steel exchange sidings in the 1970s. Read the full feature here with extra unseen images!

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Harford Street - early East London in 'OO'

This outstanding urban scene has been through several rebuilds as CHARLIE AND JIM CONNOR aspire to create their definitive model of East London in the early BR steam era. Join us as we journey back in time to the London suburbs shortly after the Second World War.

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Orleton Road - Western region in the 1940s

Recreating a famous layout by Peter Denny in ’OO’ gauge looked like an easy project for DAN EVASON. However, fitting it into a garage presented some intriguing challenges, as Dan explains.

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Greenford Broadway - a London Underground Micro layout

TONY DEAN’s longstanding love of London suburban services set the stage for his fascinating compact micro layout in ‘OO’ gauge.

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Roxby Town - Modern multi-level ‘N’ gauge layout

This action packed multi-level ‘N’ gauge layout is one of 30 booked to take part in the 2022 Great Electric Train Show this October. GEOFF BUTTLER explains its story and how it operates.