Model Railways - The Latest News

Keep up to date with the latest model railway news as it happens with the Hornby Magazine team. We cover all major scales and gauges, manufacturers, product types and more. Check back regularly to see the latest stories and use the menu above to search the news for your preference of scale.

Rapido launches BR fish van

Rapido Trains UK has announced that it is developing an all new ‘OO’ gauge  BR Diagram 1/801 fish van.

Shamrock Trains ‘O’ gauge bridges

Shamrock Trains has unveiled a new range of lineside products, aimed at ‘O’ gauge modellers and headlined by a series of all-metal bridges.

Exclusive Rapido RCH wagon for Kernow

Kernow Model Rail Centre has commissioned Rapido Trains UK to produce an exclusive version of the ‘OO’ gauge RCH 1907 private owner wagon in the livery of Moger & Co. Ltd.

Harburn Hobbies is Bachmann’s Retailer of the Year

Edinburgh-based Harburn Hobbies is Bachmann’s Retailer of the Year 2023. The award was presented by the company’s Regional Account Manager Ron Jones and Bachmann’s head of sales Pauline Hinkley.

New Class 45 decorated samples revealed

Decorated samples of the second production run of the Class 45 in ‘OO’ have been revealed by Heljan.

Heljan Class 28 Co-Bo for Rails

Rails of Sheffield is producing a new exclusive run of the Heljan Metropolitan-Vickers Class 28 Co-Bo diesels in ‘OO’ gauge.

IRM plans CIE fuel oil tank wagon

Irish Railway Models (IRM) is producing a newly-tooled version of the Corás Iompair Éireann (CIE) fuel oil tank wagon for ‘OO’ gauge.

Bachmann launches new Narrow Gauge range

Bachmann has revealed details of a new narrow gauge range - NG7.

'TT:120' KFA CAD breaks cover

Hornby's ‘TT:120’ wagon range is set to expand with several new wagons planned for the future, including a selection of all-new KFA container flat wagons.

'TT:120' Class 37 progresses

Hornby’s forthcoming ‘TT:120’ Class 37 Co-Co diesel has progressed to the design stage of the development process.

LNER ‘J50’ heads Hornby's 2024 ‘TT:120’ plans

Big plans for Hornby’s smaller scale are on the cards, including an all-new 'TT:120' LNER 'J50' 0-6-0T, as the company unveils its 2024 range.

LNER Coronation coach running samples

Hornby has received Engineering Prototype (EP) running samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) articulated Coronation coaches for evaluation by the company’s development team.

Bachmann reveals new ‘Palvan’ for ‘OO’

Bachmann has revealed it is developing a selection of newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR 12ton ‘Palvan’ pallet vans.

New ‘N’ gauge anchor-mounted tanks for Graham Farish

Bachmann has unveiled a series of all-new ‘N’ gauge anchor-mounted tank wagons for its Graham Farish range.

Rails of Sheffield acquires Hattons brand

Rails of Sheffield has revealed that it has acquired the rights to the Hattons brand following the closure of Hattons Model Railways earlier this year.

blueRailways announces new DC wireless controller

blueRailways has unveiled its new Model 603 DC wireless controller/receiver, which joins the already existing family of analogue wireless controllers.

Rapido reveals new batch of 1907 RCH open wagons

Rapido Trains UK has announced a second batch of RCH 1907 open wagons for ‘OO’, now with a new body tooling that can cover four different wagon types.

Railway Touring Company reveals 2024 line-up

The Railway Touring Company has revealed its line-up of railtours for 2024, together with details of a new subscriber benefit for Hornby Magazine and Key Model World readers. 

‘E1’ exclusive for Brighton Circle

Rapido Trains has revealed that it is planning an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of sole surviving London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) ‘E1’ 0-6-0T 110 in Marsh lined black for The Brighton Circle.

NEW ARRIVAL: First Hornby 'TT:120' scale Class 43 HST arrives

Hornby's TT:120 scale collection is expanded with the arrival of the Class 43 HST power cars and Mk 3 carriages in InterCity Swallow livery - all are in stock now on the Key Model World Shop to add to your layout.

Rapido/Rails SECR 7 plank open wagons

Rapido has unveiled production samples of the new exclusive range of South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SECR) and Southern Railway (SR) themed seven-plank open wagons for Rails of Sheffield in ‘OO’ gauge.

Dapol reveals decorated JHAs

Dapol has unveiled samples of its forthcoming Powell Duffryn Standard (PDS) JHA bogie hopper wagons in ‘OO’ gauge.

New ‘T’ gauge additions has revealed decorated samples of a series of forthcoming and recently released ‘T’ gauge models. These diminutive models run on 3mm gauge track with a scale of 1:450.       

Realtrack Models Class 142 deco samples surface

Samples of Realtrack Models’ forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Class 142 ‘Pacer’ DMU have been received for evaluation. Liveries include BR Provincial and BR chocolate and cream examples.

Surprise ‘TT:120’ Class 08

Hornby has added a surprise ‘TT:120’ scale Class 08 diesel shunter release to its 2024 schedule.

Heljan receives LNER ‘U1’ running sample

Heljan has received a running sample of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge LNER  Beyer-Garratt ‘U1’ 2-8-0+0-8-2 for evaluation.

Hornby TT:120 ‘Duchess’ gains colour

Hornby has received decorated samples of its all-new ‘TT:120’ LMS ‘Princess Coronation' 4-6-2.

Dapol Class 87 nears production

Dapol has unveiled first engineering samples of its new ‘N’ gauge Class 87 Bo-Bo electric.

VIDEO: Railway Icons HSDT prototype decorated sample

The decorated sample of the Railway Icons collection model of HSDT prototype power car 41001 has been revealed through the collaboration between Rails of Sheffield, Locomotion Models and Bachmann Europe together with a factory sound option of the model.

Exclusive CrossCountry HST train pack joins Key Publishing Exclusives collection

Key Publishing has teamed up with Hornby to offer a limited edition train pack featuring CrossCountry HST power cars 43184 and 43366 in ‘OO’ to celebrate the end of long-distance HST operation, exclusively available from the Key Model World Shop.