Model Railways - The Latest News

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.

Heljan adds ‘O’ gauge Class 58

Visitors to Warley were the first to see a surprise addition to Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge range of British outline diesel locomotives; the Class 58. This all-new model has been produced in response to strong demand from ‘O’ gauge modellers.

Heljan launches 2023 catalogue

Visitors to the Warley National Model Railway exhibition were the first to see Heljan’s 2023 catalogue featuring new locomotives and rolling stock for ‘OO’, 'OO9' and ‘O’ gauges, as well as the return of many existing models.

Heljan unveils ‘O’ gauge PCAs

Heljan and Realism Redefined – the retail arm of Britain’s Biggest Model Railway – have joined forces to create a ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge model of the PCA depressed centre bulk powder four-wheel tanker.

‘Small Prairie’ and B-Set coaches in ‘OO’

A new range of Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Small Prairie’ 2-6-2Ts is to be produced by Rapido Trains to compliment its newly announced ‘B-Set’ coaches for ‘OO’ gauge.

NER Y7 in ‘OO’ Gauge from Rapido Trains UK

Rapido Trains UK has added the diminutive North Eastern Railway (NER) Wordsell ‘Y7’ 0-4-0T to its release schedule.

All-new OAA air-braked open in ‘N’ from Rapido

Rapido Trains UK is to produce an ‘N’ gauge version of the 45ton Open AB open wagon, better known as the OAA.

Rapido and TRS go full steam ahead!


Rapido Trains UK has revealed that it has teamed up with TRS Trains to offer ready-to-run smoke-fitted models for its UK and North American markets.


Rapido UK announces LNER Dynamometer Car in ’N’

Rapido Trains UK is to produce its very first ‘N’ gauge ready-to-run carriage - the LNER Dynamometer Car.

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Rapido UK announces all-new LMS open wagon for 'OO'

Rapido Trains UK are adding the LMS Diagram 1666 open wagon to its growing range of ‘OO’ gauge steam era wagons.

Rapido Mk 1 Leyland Nationals revealed


Rapido Trains UK has revealed details of the first batch of its eagerly-awaited 1:76 scale Leyland National single decker bus, with a wide selection of liveries planned.


Revolution's Warley Update

Revolution Trains has revealed development on several new model projects at this year’s Warley National Model Railway Exhibition.

Heljan confirms ‘OO’ Class 86/2 plans

Heljan has confirmed that it is adding ‘OO’ gauge Class 86/2 Bo-Bo electrics to its roster in 2023, to join the recent AL6 and Class 86/4 versions of its new tooling for the AC electrics.

New Diesel Brake Tenders launch!


A new batch of three different ‘OO’ gauge Diesel Brake Tender models are now available from Key Publishing. Mike Wild introduces these new releases.


Newton Chambers Car Transporter in ‘OO’ gauge from Heljan

Heljan’s range of ‘OO’ gauge rolling stock is set to expand in 2023 with the release of six coach packs featuring the stylish double-deck car transporters built by Newton Chambers for the Eastern Region of BR in 1960/1961.

Accurascale ‘Manors’ enter production


Accurascale’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0s are in production including Key Publishing’s exclusive limited edition of 7802 Bradley Manor. See the latest images here.

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Accurascale launches new ‘OO’ gauge Class 50

A ‘OO’ gauge Class 50 diesel is Accurascale’s next ready-to-run locomotive project. Join us for the exclusive video announcement of Accurascale's latest brand-new 'OO' locomotive.

Coronation Coach CAD revealed

Development of Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘Coronation’ coaches has progressed to the CAD stage of the process, with the company sharing rendered images of the new models.

PREVIEW: Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2022

Get set for the return of the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition this weekend and join us for our preview of the biggest model railway show in the country.

SWR Class 159 for Kernow

A Class 159 DMU in South Western Railway (SWR) colours is Kernow Model Rail Centre’s latest commission.

Golden Ochre ‘31’ in ‘N’ for KMRC

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) is commissioning an ‘N’ gauge Class 31 from Graham Farish, finished as D5579 in BR golden ochre.

GWR Steam Railmotor progresses

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s eagerly awaited ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) steam railmotor is about to enter production, following amendments to decorated samples received for evaluation in September.

KMRC adds Royal Scotsman 37 to Scottish roster

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has added another exclusive Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge Class 37/4 diesel to its range, finished as 37401 in Royal Scotsman livery.

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VIDEO: Accurascale reveals new 'OO' gauge rolling stock!


Accurascale is revealing a brand-new 'OO' gauge model today. Join us today at 12pm for the premiere of the video launch here on KeyModelWorld to find out the full story.


Exclusive Class 59s in ’N’ for KMRC

Kernow Model Rail Centre has commissioned two all-new ‘N’ gauge Class 59 diesels from Revolution Trains.

Nuclear Vision

Revolution Trains has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ FNA-D nuclear flask wagons.

New 'OO' Class 57s from Heljan

Heljan has announced a new batch of Class 57 diesels for ‘OO’ gauge, due for release in 2023.

Dynamometer Recall

Rapido Trains UK is conducting a precautionary product recall of its ‘OO’ Gauge LNER dynamometer cars.

Decoration for Rapido’s ‘N’ gauge Met-Vick Co-Bo

Decorated samples of Rapido Trains UK’s all-new ‘N’ gauge Metropolitan-Vickers Type 2 Co-Bo diesel (BR Class 28) and associated Conflat P container wagons have arrived for evaluation by the company’s development team.

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UPDATED: Bachmann reveals Winter 2022 British Railway Announcements


Bachmann has unveiled its Winter 2022 British Railway Announcements with three newly tooled models and a raft of new identities and liveries on existing models set to appear in the coming months. Read our full report and watch the video here.


Dapol ‘OO’ Hawthorn Leslie EPs

Dapol has received Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its newly tooled ‘OO’ Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST.