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Heljan finalises new Class 33/2 liveries

Heljan has finalised the livery artwork for its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Class 33/2 Bo-Bo diesels, including the new ‘as-built’ examples of the 'Hastings Gauge' Type 3s.

Heljan ‘OO’ developments

Heljan has updated progress on some of its in-development ‘OO’ gauge model projects with Engineering Prototype (EP) samples currently under evaluation.

Kernow Camborne open weekend

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) is hosting a special Open Event at its Camborne store as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.

Rapido Bedford OB EPs

Rapido Trains UK’s all-new 1:76 scale Bedford OB coach has reached the first Engineering Prototype stage.

SECR six-wheel brake van EPs break cover

Rapido Trains UK has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge South Eastern and Chatham Railway six-wheel brake vans for assessment.

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UPDATED: Bachmann Autumn Announcements 2022

Bachmann Europe Plc has revealed its latest selection of products for Autumn 2022 release, including three newly-tooled projects - two 'OO' and one 'N'. Watch the launch video right here on Key Model World and read our full coverage first before it reaches the printers! 

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Sonic Models reveals all-new 'Large Prairie' for 'N' gauge


The Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T has been selected as Sonic Models’ latest ‘N’ gauge ready-to-run model project. Read the full story here and watch our exclusive launch video.


A closer look At Accurascale's GWR 'Manors'


Accurascale has released a project update video for its up-and-coming Great Western Railway 'Manor' Class project for 'OO' gauge.


Revolution Trains summer update

RevolutionTrains has updated progress on its in-development ‘N’ and ‘OO’ gauge projects, following a busy first half of the year.

Bachmann launches all-new 'OO' Class 37

Bachmann has launched an all-new 'OO' gauge model of the English Electric Class 37 diesel.

UPDATED: All-new Alcan PCAs for ‘OO’

Revolution Trains is to produce a newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge model of the distinctive alumina PC020A PCA tank wagons.

‘OO’ O&K PHA/JYA hoppers 

Cavalex Models and Ultimate Model Railways have confirmed they are working together on a newly-tooled Orenstein and Koppel PHA/JYA bogie aggregate box wagon for ‘OO’.

Exclusive Class 47s for KMRC

Kernow Model Rail Centre has revealed details of two new exclusive ‘OO’ gauge Bachmann Class 47 diesels.

UPDATED: ‘Peak’ production progresses

Heljan has confirmed that its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 45 1Co-Co1 diesel project has entered production, with models expected to arrive during the autumn.

Rails' ROG exclusive

Rails of Sheffield has commissioned an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge Class 47 diesel from Bachmann, finished as 47812 in Rail Operations Group's eye-catching blue livery.

Accurascale Siphons surface

Further decorated samples of Accurascale’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge GWR/BR Siphon G vans have arrived for assessment by the company’s development team.

FIRST LOOK: Lionheart ‘O’ gauge ‘3MT’ 2-6-2T

Lionheart Trains has received the first shots from the tooling of its all-new ‘O’ gauge BR Standard ‘3MT’ 2-6-2T for review.

Hornby ‘Flirts’ at CAD stage

Hornby has released early CAD images of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Class 755/3 three-car (R3963/A) and Class 755/4 four-car (R3964/A) ‘Flirt’ bi-mode multiple units.

Liveried Lionheart L&B locomotives

Decorated samples of Lionheart Trains’ all-new 7mm scale Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts have arrived for inspection by the development team.

TMC ‘G5’ deco samples surface

Decorated samples of The Model Centre’s (TMC) specially-commissioned ‘OO’ gauge London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘G5’ 0-4-4T have arrived for detailed inspection.

SLW Highland 24s progress

Sutton’s Locomotive Works (SLW) has received Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Scottish Class 24/1 Bo-Bo diesels.

Accurascale adds Enparts exclusive

Accurascale has added an exclusive model of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Siphon G van to the first production run finished in departmental olive green for Enparts traffic.

New liveries for GT3

KR Models has added a further selection of fictional colour schemes for its ‘OO’ gauge model of English Electric gas turbine prototype GT3.

Milton Keynes MRS exhibition returns

Milton Keynes Model Railway Society's (MKMRS) popular model railway exhibition returns on Saturday July 16 at an all-new venue - the Ridgeway Centre in Wolverton Mill.

Dapol HEA deco samples

Dapol has received decorated samples of its forthcoming newly-tooled ‘O’ gauge HEA and HBA coal hoppers for review by the company’s development team

Heljan Update - Summer 2022

Heljan has updated its existing release schedule for 2022/2023 with a status report for each of its outstanding projects - including all-new models and re-issues of previously tooled models with new identities.

Trains on Film

Hornby has cancelled plans for its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Trains on Film train packs.

Great Electric Train Show line up grows

The layout list for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show is growing with announcement of five more of the 30 strong line up for the October 8/9 event in Milton Keynes.

Heljan adds more 86s

Heljan has confirmed details of  a new batch of its popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 86 electrics.