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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.

Hornby acquires Oxford Diecast

Hornby plc has acquired the remaining 51% share capital of LCD Enterprises it did not already own for £1.3 million.

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Five new Class 47s head Bachmann's autumn line-up

Five all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 47 Co-Co diesels have been added to Bachmann's release schedule for this autumn.

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Bachmann unveils all-new ‘OO’ Class 47

Bachmann has unveiled an all-new ‘OO’ gauge Brush Type 4 (BR Class 47) Co-Co diesel for its Branchline range. Read the full story here and watch Bachmann's launch video.

Dapol 'Manor' sound

Dapol has produced a video showcasing a pre-production sample of its forthcoming 'OO' gauge GWR 'Manor' 4-6-0 fitted with digital sound.

‘J50’ 0-6-0T ‘N’ext for Sonic

Sonic Models has revealed details of its next ‘N’ gauge locomotive – the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘J50’ 0-6-0T.

Accurascale Mk 5s gain colour

Accurascale has unveiled the first decorated samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Mk 5 carriages.

‘O’ gauge bracket signal EPs

Dapol has received the first working Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming servo-operated ‘O’ gauge bracket and junction signals for evaluation.

Heljan receives 86/4 deco sample

Heljan has received the first decorated sample of its newly-tooled ‘OO' gauge Class 86/4 electrics for evaluation, with the arrival of 86416 in Rail Express Systems (RES) livery.

Heljan Class 47 for ‘O’ in production

Decorated samples of Heljan’s all-new ‘O’ gauge Brush Type 4 (Class 47) diesel have been received by the manufacturer, prior to production getting underway.

PI Kerr, Stuart ‘Victory’ decorated samples arrive

Planet Industrials (PI) has taken delivery of decorated samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Kerr, Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T for assessment.

KMRC Steam Railmotor EPs

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has received the first Engineering Prototype samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) steam railmotor for evaluation.

Hornby Magazine takes over Making Tracks!


On Monday July 26, the Hornby Magazine and Key Model World team is taking over Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks Layout at Chester Cathedral.

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Rails launch GWR V6 Iron Mink for ‘OO’

Rails of Sheffield has expanded its range of ‘OO’ gauge 3D-printed ready-to-run wagons with a GWR V6 Iron Mink wagon.

Hornby sets Summertime Challenge

Hornby has launched an exciting competition to create a summer-themed layout and win £1000 of Hornby prizes.

Colour for Revolution Trains’ MMA/JNA wagons in 'N'

Decorated samples of Revolution Trains' newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge MMA/JNA wagons have arrived for evaluation.

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Making Tracks Moves Into Position


On July 16, the Making Tracks exhibition at Chester Cathedral will open to the public. The model railway built by Pete Waterman and his team has taken centre stage in the Cathedral nave. RICHARD WATSON was on hand to capture the process for Hornby Magazine and Keymodelworld subscribers.


Dapol resumes ‘N’ gauge Class 59 project

Dapol has resumed work on its previously-paused ‘N’ gauge Class 59 project.

First and last MGRs for Locomotion 

Locomotion Models has commissioned a pair of Cavalex Models’ all-new ‘OO’ gauge Merry-Go-Round (MGR) hoppers to represent the first and last examples built, now part of the National Collection.

DRS receives ‘O’ gauge 37

Revolution Trains (RT) and Heljan have presented Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS)/Direct Rail Services (DRS) with display models of their ‘O’ gauge Class 37 37405 in DRS livery.

Accurascale's ‘OO’ Coil A edges closer

Accurascale has received production samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Coil A wagons, ahead of delivery later this Summer.

'Mullets' aplenty

Revolution Trains has revealed its next wagon project for ‘OO’ and ‘N’ – BR’s distinctive Borail wagons.

Colour for Oxford’s 'OO' GE Vans

Oxford Rail has received decorated samples of its newly tooled ‘OO’ gauge Great Eastern 10ton box vans for scrutiny before production starts.

Peco's ‘Small England’ develops

Peco’s forthcoming ‘OO9’ ‘Small England’ class 0-4-0TT has progressed to the CAD/CAM stage of the development process.

‘Clans’ destined for release soon

Decorated samples of Hornby's eagerly-awaited ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘Clan’ 4-6-2s have arrived for assessment.

Hornby shares Mk4 progress

Hornby’s development team has received running samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 4 carriages for evaluation.

Heljan Summer 2021 update

Heljan has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming ‘O’ gauge BR Mk 1 Covered Carriage Truck (CCT) for assessment by the development team. This and a host of other updates on current model projects have been shared by the company.

Dapol ‘O’ gauge 66 - First look

Dapol has received the first mouldings from the tooling of its all-new 7mm scale Class 66 Co-Co diesel for evaluation, ahead of a full Engineering Prototype (EP) sample later this summer.

Dapol receives decorated ‘Manor’ samples

Decorated samples of Dapol’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 have been received by the company’s development team for evaluation.

Revolution Mk 5 EPs roll in

Revolution Trains has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its newly-tooled ‘N' gauge Mk 5 and Mk 5a carriages for scrutiny.

New ‘Grid’ for ‘OO’ from Cavalex

Cavalex Models has unveiled plans to produce an all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 56 Co-Co diesel.