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Hornby Plans ‘HUSH HUSH’ for 2020

The Gresley ‘W1’ 4-6-4 is one of the highlights of Hornby impressive plans for its centenary year. Mark Chivers reveals all.

2020 goods wagons

With no new wagon tooling this year, highlights include reliveries to more than 60 individual wagons including a series of wagon packs.

Hornby celebrates its first 100 years

The centenary year for Hornby marks the launch of a special collection of unique products in 2020. MARK CHIVERS rounds up these not-to-be-missed collectors pieces.

Hornby goes full tilt with APT

SPEED IS THE FOCUS for Hornby’s diesel and electric plans in 2020 with all-new ‘OO’ gauge models of British Rail’s Advanced Passenger Train and BR Class 91 Bo-Bo electric locomotives planned.

Hornby goes Steampunk

With the recent popularity of TV programmes such as the Great Model Railway Challenge encouraging new ideas into the hobby, Hornby is venturing into the science fiction world of Steampunk.

LMS 'Coronation Scot' coaches

MORE THAN 80 NEW carriages have been added to Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge roster for 2020 including a set of all-new London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) ‘Coronation Scot’ stock, a new BR Mk 1 catering vehicle, APT coaches and a tranche of re-liveries on existing tooling including BR Mk 1s, Mk 2D/2Fs and Mk 3s.

Ellis Clark shows ‘Black Five’ CAD drawings

Ellis Clark Trains has received the first CAD drawings for its new ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0.

Train-Tech launches new products for 2020

Model railway technology specialist Train-Tech launched a new range of products for 2020 at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition.

Hatton’s adds new liveries for Class 66

Five new livery variations have been added to Hatton’s extensive range of brand-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 66 models

Ecofret upscaled for 'OO' gauge

The Ecofret container flat wagon sets are being produced for ‘OO’ gauge by Revolution Trains.

Fell Diesel project

THE unique pioneer ‘Fell’ 2-D-2 diesel locomotive has been selected as the new ready-to-run project by KR Models.

Six-wheel full brakes for ‘OO’

Following customer demand, Hatton’s has added a six-wheel full brake to its Project Genesis four and six-wheel carriage range for ‘OO’ gauge.

LSWR ground frame hut returns

Kernow Model Rail Centre has commissioned a new run of its exclusive Bachmann Scenecraft London South Western Railway (LSWR) ground frame huts.

Hatton's shares GPC crane artwork

The livery artwork for Hatton’s exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of the Plasser 12ton General Purpose Crane has been revealed.

Dapol reveals ready-to-run Class 66 for ‘O’ gauge

The Class 66 has been announced as a new ready-to-run project by Dapol for release in ‘O’ gauge with the first samples of the in-development model expected in the second quarter of 2020.

All-New Class 37/0 and 37/6 revealed for 'OO' by Accurascale

THE popular and long-lived English Electric Class 37 Co-Co diesel-electric has been announced as the next ‘OO’ gauge locomotive project by Accurascale.

Rails of Sheffield develops brown boveri gas turbine with Heljan

THE 70th ANNIVERSARY of construction of the Swiss-built Brown Boveri gas turbine 18000 is being marked with announcement of the first ever ready-to-run model of the pioneering locomotive for ‘OO’ gauge by Rails of Sheffield.

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Heljan reveals new ‘O’ gauge models at WARLEY

UPDATE The Collett ‘2251’ 0-6-0 is the latest...

Warley pictorial

The Warley National Model Railway Exhibition witnessed an impressive array of new model samples from Accurascale, Bachmann, Cavalex, Dapol, Heljan, Hornby, Locomotion and more.

Hatton’s ‘Hoovers’ on the horizon

Hatton’s has received decorated production samples of its exclusive Heljan ‘O’ gauge Class 50 diesel locomotives.

Heljan 'O' gauge Class 33 in colour

A selection of decorated samples for Heljan’s new ‘O’ gauge Class 33/0 have been revealed modelling locomotives with and without high intensity headlights.

Accurascale develops JSA steel Coil carrier

Accurascale has unveiled plans to produce the JSA steel coil carrier as its next ‘OO’ gauge project.

Hatton’s develops four and six wheel carriages

Hattons Model Railways is working on a series of four and six-wheel carriages for ‘OO’ gauge. The first batch is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021 with prices starting at £30 per coach.

Heljan's decorated 'O' gauge Class 03

The first full decorated sample of the BR Class 03 0-6-0 diesel shunter for ‘O’ gauge has been received by Heljan for inspection.

Accurascale shows ‘Deltic’ first shot

The first engineering sample of Accurascale’s first ready-to-run ‘OO’ gauge locomotive - the Class 55 ‘Deltic’ - has been received for inspection. The sample is the first prototype of the model and is subject to revisions.

Heljan centre headcode 'O' gauge Class 40

At the first Modern Image O Gauge (MIOG) show Heljan revealed that it is working on a centre headcode version of the popular Class 40 1-Co-Co-1 for ‘O’ gauge.

1:1 collection 'Black five' due November

The first of Hornby’s new 1:1 Collection limited edition models is due to arrive in November modelling Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 45379.

Modern Pullman train pack

Hornby is set to release its new Belmond British Pullman train pack in November featuring DB Cargo Class 67 67021 together with Pullman Parlour First’s Lucille and Zena and Kitchen First Ione (Cat No. R3750).

Hornby shows new LSWR & LMS Brake vans in colour

Hornby has received decorated samples of its new ‘OO’ gauge models of the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) 20/24ton and London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) 20ton brake vans. Railway (LMS) 20ton brake vans.

Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards | THE RESULTS

The winners of the second annual Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards were revealed at a special evening event attended by exhibitors, retailers and manufacturers at the Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes on October 12. With more than double the number of votes over the 2018 awards, MARK CHIVERS rounds up the 12 winners selected by Hornby Magazine readers.