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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.

Railtour 33/1s for KMRC

MARK CHIVERS

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has commissioned two new exclusive ‘OO’ gauge Class 33/1 locomotives from Heljan, finished as 33104 and 33106 in BR blue.

MARK CHIVERS

Model Rail Scotland 2023 exhibition preview

MARK CHIVERS

Scotland’s premier model railway exhibition returns to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow on February 24 to 26. MARK CHIVERS previews this annual three-day exhibition.

MARK CHIVERS
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UPDATED: Bachmann reveals Spring 2023 British Railway Announcements

MARK CHIVERS

Bachmann has revealed its Spring 2023 British Railway Announcements with a raft of new model releases across its ‘OO’, ‘N’, ‘OO9’ and ‘O’ gauge ranges.

MARK CHIVERS

‘N’ gauge China Clay Dries for KMRC

Kernow Model Rail Centre has added a further two exclusive ’N’ gauge commissions to its range, with the announcement of new Graham Farish Scenecraft China Clay Dries and accompanying chimney.

Accurascale’s ‘Deltic’ birthday announcement

Accurascale is celebrating its fifth birthday with the announcement of a second production run of the popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 55 ‘Deltics’.

Truro Signalbox in ‘N’ for Kernow

JONATHAN NEWTON

Kerrnow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has commissioned an exclusive ‘N’ gauge model of Truro signalbox from Bachmann’s Scenecraft range.

JONATHAN NEWTON

Accurascale plans more Coil A wagons

JONATHAN NEWTON

Accurascale has announced the return of the BR Diagram 1/412 Coil A tarpaulin covered steel wagons in ‘OO’ gauge, featuring improvements and new identities.

JONATHAN NEWTON

New kits from LCUT Creative

JONATHAN NEWTON

LCUT Creative has added a selection of new 2mm and TT:120 scale models to its expanding range of laser-cut kits.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Revolution delivers ‘OO’ Ecofret container wagons

MARK CHIVERS

Intermodal traffic forms an important part of the present-day rail scene and Revolution Trains' all-new FWA Ecofrets are set to fill another gap for ‘OO’. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale 21ton re-run

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale has announced a new production run of its ‘OO’ gauge 21-ton mineral wagons which are set to incorporate tooling revisions and a new variant.

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby 2023 - ten things you need to know

MIKE WILD

Hornby has revealed its full 2023 catalogue with new products across locomotives, carriages, wagons, control systems and more. Join us to discover our top ten announcements from the new range and follow the link at the bottom to read our full collection of news features.

MIKE WILD
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Streamlined LNER ‘B17/5’ heads Hornby 2023 steam plans

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s 2023 releases are set to include newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) streamlined ‘B17/5’ 4-6-0s, a collection of all-new LNER ‘A1’/‘A3’ Flying Scotsman 4-6-2s in the Hornby Dublo range and a new Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR) addition, in the form of 0-4-2 No. 58 Tiger.

MARK CHIVERS
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Dublo die-cast ‘Deltic’ heads Hornby 2023 diesel plans

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby is to bolster its diesel and electric range with an all-new ‘OO’ gauge model of English Electric DP1 Deltic for the Hornby Dublo range, resplendent in its eye-catching blue and cream colour scheme.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby launches Bluetooth Digital Control

MARK CHIVERS

Since launching its Zero 1 Digital Control System in the late 1970s, Hornby has innovated with technology and this year the company is set to launch its all-new HM7000 Bluetooth Digital Control System.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby unveils all-new ‘OO’ Bogie Bolsters and TTA tanks

MARK CHIVERS

2023 looks set to be a good year for freight wagons with a series of all-new ‘OO’ gauge vehicles planned by Hornby including GWR bogie bolster ‘Macaw B’, BR bogie bolster ‘C’, LMS/BR ‘Salmon’ bogie bolsters and TTA tank wagons.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby 2023 Skaledale buildings

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Skaledale range of resin buildings receives a boost with a collection of new buildings including a bridge, lineside structures and more.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby 2023 RailRoad and RailRoad PLUS models

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s RailRoad and RailRoad Plus range gains 15 new ‘OO’ gauge locomotives and multiple units this year including eye-catching Network Rail liveried multiple units, new diesels and more.

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby magnetic couplings join accessory line

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby's recently introduced magnetic couplings are being made available as separate accessory packs in 2023.

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby 'TT:120' gains Triplex sound fitted locomotives

The Hornby 'TT:120' collection is set to expand in 2023 with the addition of a series of digital sound fitted locomotives using Hornby's newly revealed Triplex sound Bluetooth chips.

Rapido’s Highland Railway ‘Jones Goods’ progresses

JONATHAN NEWTON

Rapido Trains UK has taken delivery of the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its

JONATHAN NEWTON

More ‘OO’ GWR wagons from Rapido

JONATHAN NEWTON

Rapido Trains UK is to produce successor GWR designs to its Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Iron Mink’ vans and four-plank open wagons which are due to arrive in shops during January. The models include new Diagram O11 and Diagram O15 five-plank opens and the Diagram V14 and Diagram V16 ‘Mink A’ wagons.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Dapol plans second run for its new ‘OO’ Class 59

MIKE WILD

Dapol has revealed a second production run for its all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 59 with a choice of five new locomotives.

MIKE WILD

Bachmann exclusives for Rails

MARK CHIVERS

Rails of Sheffield has bolstered its range of ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge wagons with a selection of new Bachmann wagons, exclusive to the retailer.

MARK CHIVERS

Bachmann reveals new Mainline Hunslet versions for 'OO9'

MIKE WILD

Bachmann has revealed its first tender version of the 'OO9' Mainline Hunslet as a special Christmas announcement. Watch the launch video here and read the full story.

MIKE WILD

Derails' Exclusive ‘OO’ GWR B-Set

MARK CHIVERS

Coleford based retailer Derails has commissioned an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) B-Set from Rapido Trains UK.

MARK CHIVERS

ADM adds Traverser

MARK CHIVERS

ADM Turntables has added a new ‘OO’ gauge traverser transfer table to its portfolio of model railway products.

MARK CHIVERS

OO Works Irish GSR/CIE 101 0-6-0

OO Works’ next project is the Great Southern Railway (GSR)/CIE Class 101 (J15) 0-6-0 in ‘OO’ gauge.

Accurascale Class 89 EP surfaces

MARK CHIVERS

Accurascale has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its new ’OO’ gauge Class 89 Co-Co electric for assessment.

MARK CHIVERS

Dapol adds ‘OO’ ARC JHAs

MARK CHIVERS

Dapol is developing all-new ‘OO’ gauge models of the Powell and Duffryn designed JHA bogie hopper wagons, originally built for ARC aggregates use.

MARK CHIVERS

KR Models reveals the Class 40 is next!

MIKE WILD

KR Models revealed at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition that it has selected the ever-popular English Electric Class 40 1Co-Co1 diesel-electric as its next ready-to-run project. We bring you the full story.

MIKE WILD