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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.

Hornby receives ‘Coronation Scot’ 3D samples

Development of Hornby’s 2020 collection of LMS ‘Coronation Scot’ carriages for ‘OO’ gauge saw the arrival of a set of 3D printed stereolithography samples. These are produced to inspect DTS CAD drawing work in a 3D format before progressing to the tooling stage.


HORNBY took delivery of the first engineering sample of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 in late February for evaluation.

Welcome to Key Model World

Homby Magazine has launched a brand-new website to combine its print and digital content in one space. We introduce and its features.

KR Models show first 'Fell' CAD

KR Models has released the first CAD drawing of their new 'OO' gauge project, the 'Fell' diesel.

Hornby finalises 'A2/3' CAD drawings

CAD DRAWING WORK FOR Hornby’s new ‘OO’ model of the LNER ‘A2/3’ 4-6-2 has been completed with images of the drawings for 500 Edward Thompson being released at the end of February.

Latest Class 91 colour renders

Hornby has released 3D colour renders of its all-new Class 91 Bo-Bo AC electric as a follow-up to the InterCity liveried version shown in HM153.

Hornby releases updated accessory decoder

A new version of Hornby’s R8247 Digital Command Control Accessory Decoder is being released in March. This new version supports programmable pulse duration, has a built in Capacitor Discharge Unit (CDU), three address modes and can support up to 2,044 addresses.

Bachmann reveals first 2020 product announcements

THE FIRST of Bachmann’s product announcements for 2020 took place on February 4/5 with the manufacturer revealing a collection of new ‘OO’ gauge models for release through February-April.

Dapol adds GWR ‘Manor’ to its ‘OO’ roster

THE popular Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 is set to expand Dapol’s ‘OO’ gauge steam roster. The ‘Manor’ is set to build on the development of the manufacturer’s GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0.

TMC commission exclusive Heljan ‘Peaks’

The first five production Class 45 ‘Peak’ diesels are the subject of TMC’s latest exclusive model commission in partnership with Heljan.

Heljan shows 'OO' Class 45 first shots

The first engineering samples of the Heljan Class 45 1-Co-Co-1 for ‘OO’ gauge were on show at Model Rail Scotland in late February.

New Woodland Scenics for 2020

Bachmann unveiled a selection of new products from the Woodland Scenics range at its showcase event in Hinckley during February.

Gas Turbine breaks cover

Rails of Sheffield has received the first engineering sample of the body for its new ‘OO’ gauge model of the Brown-Boveri gas turbine prototype 18000.

Expo Narrow Gauge 2020

Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Railway Society has announced that due to planned redevelopment at White Oaks Leisure Centre in Swanley, its annual Expo Narrow Gauge exhibition in October will not take place this year.

Scottish 37's unveiled at Model Rail Scotland

ACCURASCALE announced plans to produce a new Scottish variant of its ‘OO’ gauge Class 37/0 at Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow on February 21.

Hatton’s shares GPC crane CAD drawings

Hatton’s Model Railways has shared the latest CAD file for its ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of the 12ton General Purpose Crane (GPC) allowing modellers to download the full suite of 3D drawings to view.

New motorised kits from Proses in 2020

Bachmann’s Spring showcase revealed two new ‘HO’ scale laser-cut kits in the Proses range of modelling accessories which will appeal to ‘OO’ gauge modellers.

KMS Railtech launch HST and carriage projects for 'O' gauge

Scottish model railway retailer KMS Railtech has set its sights on modern image ‘O’ gauge readyto-run with the announcement of plans to develop the Class 43 HST power cars as well as Mk 2 and Mk 3 carriages for modern era modellers.

Rails shows ‘812’ first samples

The first engineering samples of Rails of Sheffield’s exclusive ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of the Caledonian Railway ‘812’ 0-6-0 were revealed at Model Rail Scotland on February 21-23.

Trio of HST train packs for Gaugemaster Collection

Gaugemaster has commissioned several new ‘N’ gauge models for the Gaugemaster Collection.

Duchess diecast sample surfaces

Hornby displayed a die-cast metal sample of its new centenary year limited-edition ‘OO’ gauge LMS ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 6231 Duchess of Atholl at the London Toyfair in January (Cat No. R3819).

Class 91 livery renders revealed

HORNBY has released 3D artwork renders of the Intercity liveried version of its all-new ‘OO’ gauge Bo-Bo electric following on from its announcement in the Hornby 2020 catalogue.

Hornby shows APT-P 3D sample

Hornby revealed a stereo 3D sample of its recently announced ‘OO’ gauge model of British Rail’s Advanced Passenger Train - Prototype (APT-P) in January.

Hornby BR Mk 1 RB/RBR takes shape

Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge BR Mk 1 Restaurant Buffet (RB/RBR) took a step closer in January with the company displaying a stereo 3D sample of the bodyshell.

Super-Sized ‘Hogwarts Express’

Hornby has added a Gauge 1 ‘Hogwarts Express’ train set (Cat No. R1268) to its range of Harry Potter merchandise.

Humbrol paints appear in dropper bottles

Humbrol’s acrylic paint range is set to appear in new dropper bottles later this year.

Corgi reveals 2020 ‘00’ and ‘0’ models

Corgi’s new 2020 catalogue range launched in January, with a selection of models suitable for ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge layouts.

LNER ‘J26’ Heads up Oxford Rail 2020 range

Oxford Rail unveiled its new 2020 catalogue range at the London Toyfair in January.

Oxford Diecast Update

Ten new 1:76 scale vehicles lead the way for Oxford Diecast’s February to May 2020 announcements.

Pioneer Class 97 for Accurascale

Network Rail pioneer Class 97 97301 is the latest ‘OO’ gauge project to be unveiled by Accurascale and the first in a range of special edition Accurascale Exclusives which will only be available through the company’s website.