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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.

Rapido ‘OO’ GWR ‘44XX’ specification confirmed

Rapido Trains UK has confirmed the specification for its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘44XX’ 2-6-2T.

Hornby ‘Turbomotive’ edges closer

Final decorated samples of Hornby’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Royal ‘Turbomotive’ 4-6-2 have arrived for approval by the development team.

Hornby receives ‘Flirt’ running sample

Hornby has taken delivery of a running sample of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 755 ‘Flirt’ Bi-mode Multiple Unit (BMU).

Lowmac next for Rapido Trains UK

Rapido Trains UK has revealed that it is developing an all-new ‘OO’ gauge LNER/LMS 25ton ‘Lowmac’ low machinery wagon.

Rapido confirms ‘S160’ and Manning Wardle ‘L’

Rapido Trains UK has confirmed that it is developing all-new ‘OO’ gauge  models of the USATC ‘S160’ 2-8-0 and Manning Wardle ‘L’ Class 0-6-0ST.

NEW STOCK: Airbrush and weathering paint bundles available now

New in at the Key Model World Shop are Lifecolor paint bundles and an airbrushing starter bundle offering all the equipment you need in one purchase including a Sparmax MAX-4 airbrush, ARISM compressor, Spray Booth and Cleaning Pot.

‘TT:120’ Mk 2F decorated samples

Hornby has received decorated samples of its new ‘TT:120’ BR Mk 2F air-conditioned coaches for inspection by the company’s development team.

Colour for Hornby ‘TT:120’ HST

Decorated samples of Hornby’s newly-tooled ‘TT:120’ scale Class 43 InterCity High Speed Train power cars and BR Mk 3 trailers have been received for inspection.

Bachmann Eastfield ‘20s’ unveiled

Bachmann has unveiled plans to release a pair of its recently retooled 'OO’ gauge Class 20 Bo-Bo diesels as Eastfield based 20048 and 20100 in BR blue with disc headcodes.

Hornby's ‘OO’ Salmon ‘EP’ lands

Hornby’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge LMS-designed 50ton bogie bolster wagons has progressed to the Engineering Prototype (EP) stage of the development process.

Stanier 'Black Five' EP

Hornby has received the latest Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming all-new ‘OO’ gauge Stanier ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 for assessment by the company’s project development team.

‘TT:120’ Class 50 running sample arrives

A running sample of Hornby’s newly-tooled ‘TT:120’ scale Class 50 Co-Co diesel has been received by the company’s design team. This latest arrival will enable the development team to assess the running characteristics of the model.

IN STOCK NOW: Humbrol weathering powder packs

Humbrol’s weathering powder packs are an ideal way to start out in weathering. Containing six shades, the Aging and Weathering packs can be used to enhance already weathered models as well as starting a new project. Available now on the Key Model World Shop.

IN STOCK NOW: DCC ready Class 40 limited edition

The DCC ready version of Key Publishing's exclusive limited edition model of preserved Class 40 40145 East Lancashire Railway are now in stock and ready for immediate despatch. Read more here.

Hornby Rail Charter Services HST bundle available now!

The Key Model World Shop range has expanded with the addition of an exclusive bundle featuring Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Rail Charter Services HST and five trailer coaches as well as Key Publishing’s HSTs Around Britain, 1990 to the Present Day book.

OUT NOW: Steel sheet piling kits for ‘OO’ gauge

The latest Key Publishing exclusive kit models modern Larssen steel sheet piling used in construction and featured on Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks 3 layout.

Dapol ‘Prairie’ re-run

Dapol has confirmed a second batch of its popular ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2Ts, with decorated samples arriving for inspection by the company’s development team.

‘O’ gauge Ruston 48DS for Heljan

Heljan is to produce an all-new ‘O’ gauge model of the Ruston and Hornsby 48DS industrial shunter.

North Cornwall commissions for Kernow

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has commissioned two new ‘OO’ gauge North Cornwall Railway buildings from Bachmann’s Scenecraft range.

Rapido reveals ‘S160’ for ‘OO’

Rapido Trains UK has indicated that it is to produce an all-new ‘OO’ gauge United States Army Transportation Corps (USATC) ‘S160’ 2-8-0 steam locomotive.

KMRC Camborne Open Day

Kernow Model Rail Centre is to hold its annual Camborne branch open day on Friday September 22 2023.

Dapol upgrades ‘N’ gauge ‘Grid’

Dapol has confirmed that it is to upgrade its ‘N' gauge Class 56 Co-Co diesel with new body tooling.

General Steam Navigation wagons

General Steam Navigation Restoration Society and the Medway Queen Preservation Society have jointly commissioned a further selection ‘OO’ gauge seven-plank open wagons.

Heljan reveals 'O' Class 153 railcar

Heljan has revealed that it is developing an all-new ‘O’ gauge Class 153 single-coach railcar, with the project already at the Engineering Prototype (EP) stage of the process.

New Accurascale exclusive Class 66 revealed

Accurascale has revealed the latest all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 66 diesel to be added to its initial batch of releases.

Revolution reveals IHA steel carrier in ‘N’ and ‘OO’

Revolution Trains is to produce all-new IHA steel carrier wagons in ‘N’ and ‘OO’ gauge modelling the French built wagons ready-to-run for the first time.

Latest Genesis deco samples arrive

Decorated samples of Hattons Originals’ next batch of ‘OO’ gauge Genesis four and six wheel coaches have arrived with the development team for assessment.

WIN! A digital sound-fitted Accurascale ‘OO’ gauge Class 37/0 Co-Co diesel, worth £259.99

Hornby Magazine is offering the chance to win one of Accurascale’s new sound-fitted ‘OO’ gauge BR Class 37/0 Co-Co diesels, worth £260. The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT on September 25 2023.

Bachmann British Model Railway Announcements Winter 2022 News Premium

UPDATED: Bachmann reveals autumn 2023 British Railway Announcements

Bachmann has revealed its Autumn 2023 British Railway Announcements with a raft of newly-tooled models across its 'OO', 'N' and 'OO9' ranges, including new tooling and fresh identities for existing models. 

Ellis Clark K-Type Pullman Car EP breaks cover

Ellis Clark Trains (ECT) has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its forthcoming ‘O’ gauge all-steel K-Type Pullman cars.