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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.

UPDATED: Rapido unveils ‘S160’ roster

Rapido Trains UK has unveiled the full line-up of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge ‘S160’ 2-8-0s offering this freight locomotive for the first time for British modellers.

Hornby TT:120 Stanier Duchess 4-6-2 arrives

The first of Hornby's new TT:120 scale Stanier 'Duchess' 4-6-2s has arrived in the form of 6231 Duchess of Atholl. Check out our first images of this new arrival here.

Gaugemaster ‘09’ deco samples surface

Gaugemaster has received new decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘O’ gauge BR Class 09 diesel shunter for evaluation.

Blue Accurascale Class 31s roll in

Decorated samples of the initial batch of BR blue ‘OO’ gauge Class 31 locomotives from Accurascale have been unveiled.

Ellis Clark postpones ‘O’ gauge wagons

Ellis Clark Trains has postponed its planned ‘O’ gauge ‘Shark’, ‘Seacow’ and ‘Sealion’ engineers' wagons.

Heaton Lodge Junction extension fund

Heaton Lodge Junction owner Simon George has launched a fundraising campaign to complete the second phase of the expansive ‘O’ gauge layout. 

Hornby TT:120 Class 50s arrive!

Hornby's all-new 'TT:120' scale Class 50 Co-Co diesels have arrived with retailers and are in stock now on the Key Model World Shop.

Osborn Models Refuse Collector figures

​​​​​​​Osborns Models has released a pack of 4mm scale refuse collector figures to complement the new Oxford Diecast Biffa Dustbin lorry.

Rapido ‘Fireless’ EPs arrive

Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Rapido Trains’ forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 ‘Caledonia’ fireless locomotives have arrived for inspection.

VIDEO: Cavalex reveals decorated Class 60s

Cavalex Models has received decorated samples of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 60 diesel for evaluation. See the images and watch our latest video with Cav and Alex featuring the Class 60 samples in action.

BR 21ton HTO/HTV hoppers next for Accurascale

Accurascale has revealed BR 21ton HTO/HTV hoppers as its next ‘OO’ gauge wagon project, bolstering the company’s ‘Powering Britain’ range.

Modern Railways plans GBRF gala at the Nene Valley Railway

Join us for a a special gala weekend based around Peterborough and the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024. This brand-new one-off event for 2024 is being organised by Modern Railways with support from sister publication Hornby Magazine. Find our more and book your advance tickets here.

Exclusive CrossCountry HST artwork revealed

The artwork for Key Publishing's exclusive limited edition Hornby CrossCountry HST twin pack has been revealed featuring 43184 Laira Diesel Depot and 43366 HST40. Check out the latest news on this new limited edition here.

Vandals destroy Bo’ness and Kinneil model railway

The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway has suffered an arson and burglary attack, destroying an ‘O’ gauge model railway early on Sunday May 19. 

Making Tracks house kits available now

New to the Key Model World Shop are exclusive laser-cut modern detached house kits, as seen on Making Tracks: The Final Frontier at Model World LIVE.

Accurascale Class 31 production sample

Accurascale has received the first decorated production sample of its all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 31 A1A-A1A diesel for approval.

New ‘N’ gauge Class 143 and 144 ‘Pacers’ from Dapol

Dapol is to produce all-new ‘N’ gauge models of the Class 143 and 144 Diesel Multiple Units – more commonly known as ‘Pacers’.

Kernow Model Rail Centre announces LBSC/SR ‘Open A’

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has announced an exclusive all new model of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR) ‘Open A’ / Southern Railway (SR) Diagram 1369 and 1364 five-plank open wagons for ‘OO’ gauge.

Heljan 48DS decorated samples

Heljan has received factory decorated samples of its forthcoming Ruston and Hornsby 48DS for ‘O’ gauge.

Dapol unveils Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST production samples

Dapol has unveiled final production samples of the forthcoming Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST for ‘OO’ gauge.

Revolution PCA gets green light

Revolution Trains’ proposed PCA alumina tank wagons for ‘N’ gauge will go ahead following a successful expressions of interest campaign following the launch of ‘OO’ gauge versions reviewed in HM202.

Dapol 14T tanker production samples

Production samples of Dapol’s forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge 14T Air Ministry tank wagon have been revealed.

More Class 88 deco samples arrive

Rails of Sheffield has received further decorated samples of its all-new exclusive ‘OO’ gauge Class 88 electro-diesel locomotives commissioned from Dapol.

WIN! A Hornby ‘OO’ gauge LMS ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0, worth £230

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win one of Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0s, worth £229.99. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on June 25 2024.

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UPDATED: Newly-tooled ‘OO’ Class 25 leads Bachmann Summer range launch

Bachmann's eagerly-awaited all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 25 Bo-Bo diesels are amongst a raft of newly-tooled models revealed as part of Bachmann’s quarterly British Railway Announcements for Summer 2024.

Eric Treacy ‘Black Five’ for Railway Icons range

Locomotion Models has announced an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of Stanier ‘Black Five’ 5428 Eric Treacy (Cat No. R30387) as part of the Railway Icons brand.

Dapol launches all-new GWR 0-4-2Ts

Dapol has announced all-new models of the Great Western Railway (GWR)’s  ‘14XX’/’58XX’ 0-4-2Ts and the earlier ‘517’ 0-4-2Ts for ‘OO’ gauge.

Bachmann reveals all-new 'OO' gauge Class 25 samples

Bachmann has revealed the first samples of its new 'OO' gauge Class 25 Bo-Bo diesel, which form part of the manufacturer's new British Railway Announcements going live on May 1 2024.

Heavyweight Coal Sector Class 37 limited edition

The Key Publishing limited edition collection is expanding with a ‘OO’ gauge model of Class 37702 Taff Merthyr in Railfreight coal sector livery and equipped with its unique rectangular buffers.

Eight new exclusive JNA-Ts for the Key Model World Shop

Due to the huge popularity of the first eight DC Rail operated JNA-T wagons commissioned by Key Publishing from Revolution Trains for 'OO', a new batch of eight wagons has been added to the collection. Pre-order today from the Key Model World Shop.