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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 and look out for the NEW tag in the menu when new stories have been added.

'Hush Hush' painted samples

HORNBY has taken delivery of preproduction decorated samples of its LNER ‘W1’ 4-6-4 for ‘OO’ gauge, profiling the locomotive in its different liveries.

Class 91 first EP sample debuts

Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 91 Bo-Bo electric has progressed to the Engineering Prototype (EP) stage of the production process. This first running sample is currently undergoing evaluation.

Mk 1 Buffet decorated samples

Hornby has received decorated samples of its new ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 Buffet Restaurant (RB/ RB(R)) cars for evaluation (HM157). 

‘Coronation Scot’ coach EPs surface

Hornby has received first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its new ‘OO’ gauge LMS ‘Coronation Scot’ coaches (HM155) for assessment by the company’s development team.

Cavalex shows JGA design renders

The latest 3D CAD drawing renders for Cavalex Models 'OO' gauge JGA bogie aggregates hoppers have been revealed by the manufacturer. Prices and a release date are to be confirmed.

KR Models 'Fell' first sample

KR Models has received the first engineering sample of its 'OO' gauge model of the unique 'Fell' 2-D-2 diesel-electric. See the first images here.

All-new MGR hopper for 'OO'

Cavalex Models is producing a brand new 'OO' gauge model of the HAA merry-go-round hopper wagon for 'OO' gauge in a collaboration with Trains4U and KMS Railtech. The freshly tooled wagon is planned for release in the third quarter of 2021 and will cover the HAA and HFA variants.

Heljan announce Class 02 for 'O' and 'OO'!

The Yorkshire Engine Co Class 02 0-4-0 diesel shunter has been announced as Heljan's next ready-to-run locomotive for 'O' gauge - and it will be produced in 'OO' gauge as well. Release is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021 with prices for DCC ready versions planned at £339.00.

FIRST LOOK: Accurascale KUAs in colour

Accurascale has received decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge ready-to-run model of the KUA nuclear flask wagons and kindly loaned them to Hornby Magazine for us to give you a closer look. Join Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine workshop for our latest video to find out more about these impressively detailed wagons.

Hatton's showcases Genesis coach artwork

Hatton's have shown its four remaining livery renders for is Genesis 'OO' gauge 4 and 6 wheel coaches. The new batch of artwork covers LB&SCR mahogany, SECR carmine, GNR lined teak and GWR chocolate and cream.

Revolution shows Ecofrets

Revolution Trains has released images of decorated Ecofret container wagons for 'OO' and 'N' gauge. The order booked for these all-new wagons is due to close within the next few weeks allowing the models to move towards production.

VIDEO: Dapol 'O' gauge Stroudley coaches in detail

Dapol's latest video goes into detail showcasing its first engineering samples of the Stroudley 'O' gauge carriages. Join Neil from Dapol here to find out more.

'D' decorated samples debut

The collaboration between Locomotion Models, Dapol and Rails of Sheffield have revealed decorated samples of the Wainwright 'D' 4-4-0 for 'OO' gauge. Delivery is now expected in 2021 following final revisions to the livery application.

Accurascale updates Class 37 project

Accurascale has updated the expected delivery timescale for its new range of 'OO' gauge Class 37s which are now scheduled to be available in the second quarter of 2021. 

Trains4U KFA in colour

Cavalex Models has received updated decorated samples for its exclusive model of the KFA/PFB 'Warflat' wagons for Trains4U. The new 'OO' gauge wagon are only available from Train4U with prices set at £35 each.

Thank you NHS CLASS 800!

Hornby’s special limited edition of just two models arrived in August. Hornby Magazine takes an exclusive look at the NHS Class 800 power car in its unique colour scheme.

Railmen of Kent join the Great Electric Train Show

Hornby Magazine’s Great Electric Train Show in Manchester is shaping up with the latest additions to the layout line up including Great Model Railway Challenge 2019 winners the Railmen of Kent.

Kernow receives 'Road Van' sample

Kernow Model Rail Centre has received the first engineering sample for its 'OO' gauge London South Western Railway (LSWR) 10ton 'Road Van'. The 'Road Vans' were introduced in 1884 by the LSWR and were late classed as SR Diagram 1541.

Murphy Models Class 121 coming soon

Murphy Models has released images of the decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge model of the Irish Railways Class 121 Bo-Bo diesel. The all-new ready-to-run locomotive is expected to arrive with retailers during August.

Railway Laser Lines range expands

Railway Laser Lines has recently added two new kits and three packs of safety fencing to its laser-cut range of railway buildings and accessories.

Heljan shows latest Class 37/4s for 'O'

Heljan has released images of its latest batch of Class 37/4 decorated samples for 'O' gauge while Revolution Trains has also shown the livery sample for its DRS limited edition produced by the Danish manufacturer.

Heljan Class 17 revealed for 'O'

Heljan has revealed the first factory decorated sample of its new 'O' gauge Class 17 Bo-Bo Type 1 diesel. Production versions are expected to arrive in the shops before the end of 2020.

Revolution Class A Tanks progress

Revolution Trains has revealed progress on its forthcoming ‘N’ gauge Class A tank wagons, as the project reaches the CAD stage of the production process. Built in the late 1950s, Class A tankers featured a longer barrel than their Class B counterparts and were designed for carrying lighter fuels.

'A2/2' and 'A2/3' livery artwork revealed

Hornby has released livery artwork for its new 2020 range models of the LNER 'A2/2' and 'A2/3' 4-6-2 for 'OO' gauge.

Hornby receives 'Hush Hush' sample

Hornby has received the first engineering samples of its LNER 'W1' 4-6-4 for 'OO' gauge together with releasing side profile artwork of the locomotive in its different liveries.

Revolution IWA samples for 'OO'

Revolution Trains (RT) has received Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge IWA bogie wagons for evaluation. Samples of the manufacturer’s ‘N’ gauge IWAs are also expected soon.

Factory decorated AL6s

Heljan has received factory decorated samples of its new 'OO' gauge model of the Class 86/0 in BR blue liveries. See them here.

‘N’ Pendolino rerun

Revolution Trains (RT) is seeking expressions of interest for another production run of its ‘N’ gauge Class 390 Pendolino Electric Multiple Unit (EMU). Manufactured by Rapido Trains of Canada, it is now more than two years since RT’s ‘N’ gauge Pendolinos first appeared in a raft of Virgin Trains liveried identities.

HYA/IIA hoppers next for ‘OO’ from Accurascale

Accurascale has unveiled plans for its next ‘OO’ gauge model - the HYA/IIA bogie hopper wagon. Release is planned for the second quarter of 2021 in GBRf, Fastline and Touax livery packs available.

Dapol reveals Stroudley carriage samples

A new collection of ‘O’ gauge four-wheel Stroudley carriages are set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2020 by Dapol. The new line up will be manufacturered in the UK at Dapol’s factory in Chirk and were originally announced at the Dapol Collectors Club open day in 2018.