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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.

Squires acquires Green Scene

Squires Model and Craft Tools has acquired scenic materials manufacturer and supplier Green Scene from owner John Lloyd, who has decided to retire after 34 years developing the business.

Revolution’s Class 59 breaks cover

Revolution Trains’ (RT) ‘N' gauge projects continue to make good progress with first shots of the all-new Class 59 bodyshells arriving in early October, together with first engineering prototype samples of the newly-tooled BR Borail and YQA ‘Parr’ wagons and decorated samples of the company's new Mk 5 Caledonian Sleeper cars.

‘Grids’ and hoppers progress

Cavalex Models has updated progress on its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge locomotive and wagon projects through a series of 3D-printed, Engineering Prototype (EP) and decorated samples.

Hornby: A Model World

A new ten-part television documentary series looking behind-the-scenes at Hornby Hobbies has launched on the Yesterday channel.

Die-cast debut for Hornby ‘A1’/’A3’

Hornby has received running samples of its upgraded ‘OO’ gauge LNER ‘A1’/’A3’ 4-6-2s with all-new die-cast running plate for evaluation by the development team.

New batch of Dapol Class 58s

Dapol has announced plans for a new batch of its popular 'N' gauge BR Class 58 Co-Co diesels.

Wickham Trolley EP for 'O' arrives

Ellis Clark Trains (ECT) has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) of its forthcoming 'O' gauge Wickham Trolley for evaluation.

New deco samples for Rails' NER Autocar

Rails of Sheffield has received revised decorated samples of its forthcoming newly-tooled 'OO' gauge North Eastern Railway (NER) Electric Autocars for assessment.

Rapido 'Conflat P' for 'N'

Rapido Trains UK is to produce the 'Conflat P' container wagon as its next 'N' gauge wagon project.


Heljan has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) of its forthcoming newly-tooled 'O' gauge BR Class 73 Electro-Diesel (ED) for evaluation by the development team.

Revolution goes Cartic crazy

Revolution Trains unveiled its next 'OO' gauge wagon project at the Great Electric Train Show on October 2 - Cartic-4 car carriers.


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Accurascale Mk 5 decorated samples

Accurascale has received decorated samples for its TransPennine liveried Mk 5 carriages in 'OO' gauge. Delivery is expected in 2022. View the models here and see them on the Hornby Magazine stand at the Great Electric Train Show this weekend.

Latest Hornby samples

Decorated samples of Hornby's forthcoming 'OO' gauge releases are on display this weekend (October 2/3) at the Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes.

KR Models reveals 4-DD EMU for ‘OO’

KR Models revealed it is developing a ‘OO’ gauge model of the experimental BR Southern Region 4-DD double-deck Electric Multiple Units (EMU) at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show on October 2.

KR Models selects Palbrick B for ‘OO’

KR Models has launched its next ‘OO’ gauge wagon project – BR’s 16ton Palbrick B wagon.

Key Publishing commissions Accurascale 'Manor'

Key Publishing has commissioned an exclusive limited edition model of preserved Great Western Railway ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 7802 Bradley Manor from Accurascale, with delivery expected in early 2022.

Great Electric Train Show open now!

The 2021 Great Electric Train Show is on now at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes opening on Saturday October 2-Sunday October 3. Tickets are available to purchase on the day priced at £15 for adults and £9 for children.

Rails reveals second gas turbine for 'OO'

Rails of Sheffield has commissioned Heljan to produce a 'OO' gauge model of unique gas turbine prototype 18100 as a follow up to its newly arrived model of Brown Boveri gas turbine 18000.

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Accurascale announces ‘OO’ Chaldron wagon project

Accurascale has unveiled ambitious plans to produce a series of Chaldron wooden framed coal wagons, as its next ‘OO’ gauge project. Subscribers can also watch our extended cut version of the announcement video here.

Wire free point control

DCC Concepts has launched a new wire free accessory control device for model railways called ESP.

Lionheart launches 7mm scale L&B range

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway (L&B) Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts and matching carriages are being made to 7mm scale by Dapol’s Lionheart Trains brand.

W&M Railbus amongst Heljan 'OO' models set to return

Heljan has announced a new selection of 'OO' gauge re-introductions including some long-absent models.

Bachmann raises £60,000 for NHS Charities

Bachmann Europe has donated £60,000 to NHS Charities Together, during a special ceremony at the GB Railfreight/EMD Roberts Road Rail Maintenance Depot in Doncaster.

Revolution Trains selects all-steel K-type Pullmans for ‘N’

Revolution Trains is to produce all-steel K-type Pullman coaches for ‘N’ gauge.

New batch of LMS '3F' 0-6-0Ts progress

Dapol has received decorated samples of its next batch of ‘O’ gauge LMS ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0Ts for assessment.

Cavalex adds DCR Rail Freight ‘Grid’

Cavalex Models has added a DCR Rail Freight liveried ‘Grid’ to the release schedule for its all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 56.

Revolution goes Underground

Revolution Trains has revealed plans for the first-ever ‘N' gauge London Underground tube train, in the form of classic 1938 deep tube stock.

‘O’ gauge LSWR ‘B4' takes shape

Dapol has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly-tooled ‘O’ gauge London and South Western Railway (LSWR) ‘B4’ 0-4-0T for evaluation.

Dapol unveils O&K hoppers for ‘N’

Dapol has unveiled plans for a set of newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge Orenstein and Koppel (O&K) JHA 102tonne hopper wagons to accompany its recently restarted Class 59 Co-Co diesel project (HM171).