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.

Guildford exclusive for KMRC

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has revealed its latest exclusive ‘O’ gauge wagon commission from Dapol, a 1902 RCH seven-plank open wagon finished in Thomas Mitchell and Sons of Guildford livery (Cat No. K7072).

Kernow commissions Combe Junction Signalbox

Kernow Model Rail Centre (KMRC) has commissioned an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of the Great Western Railway's (GWR) Combe Junction signalbox (Cat No. 44-187Z) from Bachmann Scenecraft

Accurascale Class 89 for OO gauge News Premium

Accurascale and Rails of Sheffield Class 89 goes ahead

Accurascale and Rails of Sheffield have confirmed that the proposed 'OO’ gauge Class 89 is going to be produced for release in 2023.

Colour for 'O' gauge Wickhams

Ellis Clark Trains (ECT) has received decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘O’ gauge Wickham trolleys and trailers.

New Bachmann Collectors Club exclusives


Bachmann Europe has revealed a new version of its ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 2f Driving Brake Standard Open (DBSO) together with Class 37/5 in ‘N’ gauge exclusively for its Bachmann Collectors Club (BCC) members.


‘Heavyweight’ 37 materializes

Accurascale has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Class 37/7 diesel for evaluation.

Waterman prepares for Making Tracks 2

A brand-new ‘OO’ gauge layout is under construction by Pete Waterman and the Railnuts group for a two-month-long exhibition at Chester Cathedral this summer. Doors open on July 23...

Retail plans for Britain’s Biggest Model Railway

Simon George, owner of Britain’s Biggest Model Railway (BBMR) – the sensational 200ft x 50ft Heaton Lodge Junction ‘O’ gauge exhibition layout – has confirmed that the organisation is to become a specialist Heljan retailer, offering a bespoke finishing service for customers.

Rapido Trains UK unveils new 'N' gauge SECR wagons

Rapido Trains UK is introducing a new collection of ‘N’ gauge South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) wagons.

All-new 'OO' SR eight-plank opens for Rapido Trains UK

A series of Southern Railway eight-plank open wagons will be Rapido Trains UK’s next 'OO' gauge project.

Accurascale 'OO' 37s enter production

Accurascale has confirmed that the first batch of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Class 37 diesels are now in production, following approval and testing of decorated samples.

Gaugemaster introduces ‘TT’ range

Gaugemaster is developing a ‘TT’ 1:120 scale range of scenics and accessories, following on from recent announcements by Peco and Heljan in the scale.

Heljan enters ‘TT’ market

Heljan has revealed plans for an all-new British 1:120 scale ‘TT’ range with the launch of a newly-tooled Class 31/1 A1A-A1A diesel locomotive.

LNER to repaint entire Intercity 225 fleet

A new colour scheme is being applied to the LNER Class 91 and Mk 4 fleet. Read the full story and watch video of the launch here.

More Mk 2b deco samples surface

Accurascale has received further decorated samples of its all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 2b carriages for scrutiny by the company's project development team.

Peco launches ‘TT’ range

Peco has launched a new 'TT:120' range of track and model railway accessories - a new scale pitched midway between ‘OO’ and ‘N’.

Accurascale BR Mk 1 suburbans for 'OO' gauge. News Premium

Accurascale reveals all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 suburbans

The BR 57ft Mk 1 suburban carriages have been selected as Accurascale’s next passenger rolling stock project for ‘OO’ gauge. Hornby Magazine has the full story including exclusive video with the first running samples.

Rapido's Bedford OB in tooling

Rapido Trains UK has opened the order book for its forthcoming 1:76 scale Bedford OB coach, which has now entered the tooling stage.

Hornby develops new magnetic couplings

Hornby has developed a new magnetic style of coupling for its ‘OO’ gauge rolling stock, as an alternative to the traditional NEM style small tension lock examples.

Hornby ‘9F’ gains colour

Hornby has received the first decorated samples of its all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 for evaluation.

Flangeway revises ‘Salmon’ wagon

Footplate Models has taken delivery of the revised Flangeway ‘OO’ gauge ‘Salmon’ engineers’ bogie rail wagon, following retooling of the model to the correct 60ft scale length.

First EP: Rapido ‘OO’ OAA

Development of Rapido Trains UK’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR OAA wagon has progressed to the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample stage.

Revolutionary Class 93 develops

Development of Revolution Trains’ forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge model of the Stadler tri-mode Class 93 Bo-Bo is progressing well, with the manufacturer revealing the latest CAD drawings for the project.

First EPs: 'Loriot Y' and 'Toad'

First Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of Rapido Trains UK’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Loriot Y’ machinery truck and AA20 ‘Toad’ brake van have arrived for scrutiny by the company’s development team.

Hornby’s Platinum Jubilee HST

Hornby has unveiled surprise plans to produce a special souvenir edition of its ‘OO’ gauge InterCity 125 High Speed Train (HST), in celebration of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

Rapido’s ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT breaks cover

Rapido Trains UK has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Western Region ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT for assessment.

Clayton Class 18 CADS complete

Development of Revolution Trains’ new ‘OO’ gauge model of the Clayton Class 18 CBD-90 Bo-Bo hybrid industrial shunter continues apace with CAD work now complete.

Dapol ‘Manor’ production samples surface

Production samples of Dapol’s newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 have been received for evaluation.

All-new 1:76 scale Leyland National

Rapido Trains UK has revealed plans to produce an all-new 1:76 scale (‘OO’) Leyland National single decker bus, as the prototype design celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Dapol Deco Toplights

Dapol has received decorated bodyshell samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) Toplight Mainline City carriages (HM178) for inspection by the company’s development team.