Layout Features

LAYOUT FEATURES

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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GORPETON BLYMEE

The Great Western Railway just before nationalisation is the setting for this atmospheric terminus layout in ‘OO’ gauge. GORDON EDGAR describes how he and Peter Wilson created it. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Cherry Orchard

It is almost 30 years since RON BAILES embarked on the creation of this impressive 7mm scale layout which combines standard and narrow gauge operation. He explains how it has tripled in length from the original design to deliver an impressive 36ft long exhibition model of an East Anglian brick works.

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St Cuthbert’s

A sleepy termimus in the Scottish Borders just before the Beeching cuts is the setting for Thistle Modelmakers’ ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout, which was designed for members of all abilities. STEVE BENJAMIN explains its creation. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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Immingham Depot

The operations in and around the busy port of Immingham are the focus for this impressive ‘OO’ gauge layout at the Immingham Museum and Heritage Centre. STEPHEN RICHARDS reveals the story behind its creation. Photography, Mike Wild.

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SHENSTON ROAD

Career railwayman GREG BROOKES set out to recreate the Midlands around Birmingham in the final years of the 1960s when BR green and maroon were giving way to corporate blue. Shenston Road is the result of an 18-year journey in 4mm scale modelling which continues to this day. Photography, Mike Wild.

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PORTSEA

Working in 3mm:1ft scale, PAUL HOPKINS and JOHN WAKEMAN explain how they created this evocative pastiche of Portsmouth’s railways using readily available products wherever possible. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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BRADWELL POINT

Nuclear flask traffic is one of the railway’s more unusual loads. MARCUS LAMBERT created a stunning terminal in ‘OO’ to showcase the operation in the eras just before and after privatisation. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Wimborne

A once busy Southern Region junction has been recreated in ‘OO’ finescale by Wimborne Railway Society, set in its twilight years of the 1950s, as GORDON EDGAR describes. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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ILKESTON TOWN

Nottingham Model Railway Society set out to model a prototypical scene from the LMS era in ‘OO’ gauge. DAVEY JONES explains the story behind Ilkeston Town. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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FURNACE 5

The South Wales steel industry inspired KYLE HUMPHRIES, who created this fascinating and compact layout in ‘OO’ gauge. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Yorkshire Dales Model Railway

The Keighley and Worth Valley and North Yorkshire Moors railways were part of the inspiration for LEWIS BUCKNELL’S superb ‘OO’ gauge loft layout. We visited this brilliant 32ft long model to discover how it all goes together to create an 80ft running line. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Seven Mill Depot

With just three weeks available the Hornby Magazine team set out to build its first ‘O’ gauge exhibition layout to form part of a multi-scale display at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition in November 2019. MIKE WILD reveals how it was done and explains the story of this compact depot layout.

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Cornwallis Yard

Cornwallis Yard models a fictional Great Western Railway setting in the Plymouth area between 1935 and 1936. DAVID AND ALISON BARKER reveal the story of this superbly modelled ‘EM’ gauge layout which was originally started by Bob Haskins. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Smallwood

This multi-level digitally operated ‘OO’ gauge layout is the latest to be completed by the Redditch Model Railway Club.GUY CRADDOCK takes us back to the 1970s – the era of British Rail blue, rattling DMUs and steam heated Mk 1s. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Churminster and Stowe Magna, Southern Railway

The Southern Railway in the final decade before nationalisation is the setting for TONY TEAGUE’S huge 32ft long ‘OO’ gauge layout. In this introduction he reveals the first completed sections of his lifetime project. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Brinklow

The former station on the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line caught the imagination of the Milton Keynes Model Railway Society’s ‘N’ gauge group. BOB TAYLOR explains the creation of this superb ‘N’ gauge exhibition layout. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Chilcompton Tunnel

A gorgeous recreation of the Somerset & Dorset Railway in 'OO' gauge was Steve Jones' aim, and this beautiful exhibition layout recaptures the days of the S&D before its premature closure. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Norwood Road

An unidentified operating incident has given SIMON PALEY licence to offer a wonderful variety of trains on this ‘OO’ gauge South London layout. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Burdale Quarry

Inspired by a visit to Yorkshire, this compact Scale Seven layout depicts a typical industrial scene of the 1970s, as its creator TONY KELL describes. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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GRINDLEY BROOK

Fast running and a continuous circuit were essential criteria when it came to developing this ‘O’ gauge layout, which was one of the star attractions at the 2019 Great Electric Train Show.

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Bournemouth West

The former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway southern terminus was selected by ROGER SUNDERLAND, DAVE BAYMAN and friends to create this stunning ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Roger reveals its story and explains how it works. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Mossdale

The spectacular scenery of the Settle & Carlisle line around Garsdale gave COLIN FISHER all the inspiration he needed to develop this impressive ‘OO’ gauge loft layout which models the route in the days of corporate blue. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Barmouth Junction Part 2

In the second part of our feature on Barmouth Junction, GEOFF TAYLOR takes us behind the scenes to explain how this complex railway system operates using digital control and computers.

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Barmouth Junction

Barmouth Junction was a beautiful station in West Wales. In the first of a two part feature GEOFF TAYLOR explains how he created this impressive railway system in ‘OO’gauge which models three other Cambrian Coast locations in one layout. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Over Peover

The golden age of the LNER provided the inspiration for John Ryan’s glorious ‘O’ gauge masterpiece, which has been more than two decades in the making. Hornby Magazine’s MARK CHIVERS reveals all. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Vale of Oxbury

Taking inspiration from real locations in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds CARL WOODWARDS developed this stunning ‘N’ gauge layout which models the Western Region in transition in the early 1960s. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Rannoch

Inspired by the lonely West Highland Line outpost, MARK DARRAGH set out to build this pretty but isolated station in ‘OO’ gauge. Photography, Nigel Burkin.

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Tonbridge West Yard

This inspirational ‘OO’ Southern electric layout was a popular exhibit of the 1990s and early 2000s show circuit. After a lengthy absence from the public eye, PAUL WADE reveals the story behind this fabulous layout, and of its recent and warmly welcomed revival. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Bath Green Park at home

Taunton Model Railway Group is best known for its spectacular model of Bath Green Park which will be attending Hornby Magazine’s Great Electric Train Show. However, as DAVID BUTCHER explains, at its home base at Bishops Lydeard it forms part of a complete railway system... Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Melton Mowbray (North)

Steve Weston remembers the long gone LNWR/GNR joint station, and some years after building a beautiful 2mm scale diorama, he and John Spence turned still life into a moving recreation of the past.