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Read all the latest product reviews from the Hornby Magazine team covering 'OO', 'N' and 'O' gauge as well as a broad spectrum of model eras and product types. Plus, look out for the Video tag for feature videos included within reviews as well as the Hornby Magazine Express Video tag for our quick overview videos.

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RNAD wagons arrive from Bachmann

MIKE WILD

A new collection of Royal Naval Armaments Depot wagons has been created by Bachmann for its narrow gauge collection. MIKE WILD inspects two of the new arrivals for ‘OO9’.

MIKE WILD
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New 'OO' gauge ‘Hymeks’ from Heljan

MIKE WILD

The popular Class 35 ‘Hymek’ is back from Heljan with an upgraded chassis. MIKE WILD inspects a classic BR two-tone green version of the Western Region hydraulic.

MIKE WILD
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Rapido’s Conflat P for ‘N’ gauge

MIKE WILD

New for ‘N’ gauge is Rapido Trains’ model of the Conflat P – a wagon type synonymous with the ‘Condor’ container train of the 1960s. MIKE WILD reveals all.

MIKE WILD
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‘N’ gauge Co-Bo from Rapido Trains

MIKE WILD

Rapido Trains UK has released its first ready-to-run ‘N’ gauge powered locomotive modelling the characterful but spectacularly unreliable Co-Bo diesels. MIKE WILD casts his eye over this new arrival.

MIKE WILD
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Book Review: GWR Locomotives - the Prairies

JONATHAN NEWTON

The Great Western Railway (GWR) 2-6-2T ‘Prairies’ were some of Churchward’s earliest designs boasting two basic types: the smaller version for branch lines and the large type for outer suburban work in London and Birmingham.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Book review: Industrial Railways

JONATHAN NEWTON

Freight topics are particularly popular due to the varied nature of the payloads through the years and this latest volume from Amberley Publishing  highlights some of the heavy freight diesel locomotives  that were introduced by British Rail (and its successors) from the 1970s onwards.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Book Review: The East Coast Main Line – Peterborough to York

JONATHAN NEWTON

New from Amberley Publishing is this picture album showcasing the present-day rail scene on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) -  a route with a long and storied history.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Book Review: Heavy Freight Locomotives

JONATHAN NEWTON

Freight topics are particularly popular due to the varied nature of the payloads through the years and this latest volume from Amberley Publishing  highlights some of the heavy freight diesel locomotives  that were introduced by British Rail (and its successors) from the 1970s onwards.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Book Review: Class 50s

JONATHAN NEWTON

This recent publication from Key Books recalls British Rail’s popular Class 50 locomotives, one of the most loved and popular classes that still has a strong following to this day.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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BR First Generation DMUs

MARK CHIVERS

Hugh Longworth’s long-out-of-print reference work British Railways First Generation DMUs returns with revised text and the addition of colour photographs.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hattons wows with Metrovick’s ugly duckling

MIKE WILD

BR’s Modernisation Plan brought with it a raft of pilot scheme diesel locomotives and amongst those was the Metropolitan-Vickers Co-Bo – one of the more unusual and arresting designs of the era.

MIKE WILD
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Heljan revitalises the Class 14

MIKE WILD

The Swindon-built Class 14 0-6-0DHs have been refreshed for a new lease of life with Heljan. MIKE WILD inspects one of the new batch.

MIKE WILD
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Hornby's Avanti Class 390 Pride liveried coaches

MARK CHIVERS

Following the recent release of Hornby’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ four-car train pack (Cat No. R30081) as 390119 in the distinctive Pride colour scheme (HM186), the matching centre cars are also now available.

MARK CHIVERS
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Hornby's Drax Renewable Pioneers hoppers for 'OO' gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby has released new versions of the IIA-D 102tonne Drax biomass hopper wagons which were introduced in 2013-2014.

MARK CHIVERS
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Dapol delivers its Class 59 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

The American-built Electro-Motive Division Class 59 heavy-freight locomotives started a revolution in rail freight haulage. Dapol is looking to achieve the same with its all-new ‘OO’ gauge model. MIKE WILD finds out if it has succeeded.

MIKE WILD
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Scale Model Scenery manholes and drain covers

JONATHAN NEWTON

New from Scale Model Scenery is this pack of 4mm scale laser-cut and engraved manhole and drain covers.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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West Hill introduces ‘TT:120’ accessory range

MARK CHIVERS

New from West Hill Wagon Works are these all-new ‘TT:120’ scale 3D printed model railway accessories from the company’s range of lineside detailing.

MARK CHIVERS
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Corgi Trackside Dennis F12 Pump Escape

JONATHAN NEWTON

Corgi’s popular 1:76 scale Dennis F12 Pump Escape fire engine returns in the manufacturer's trackside range, now finished in City of Coventry yellow.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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West Hill Wagon Works 3D printed garden railway

MARK CHIVERS

West Hill Wagon Works has added a novel 4mm scale garden railway to its range of 3D printed model railway accessories and detailing.

MARK CHIVERS
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Revolution Trains IPA car carriers for OO gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Newly-arrived from Revolution Trains are these eye-catching ‘OO’ gauge IPA car carriers which are available in quad and twin set formats. Mark Chivers takes a detailed look at a covered quad set.

MARK CHIVERS
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Accurascale’s HBA, HDA and HMA hoppers

MIKE WILD

Accurascale’s collection of HAA family coal hoppers has expanded with the arrival of the HBA, HDA and HMA variants. MIKE WILD finds out what makes them stand out from the crowd.

MIKE WILD
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Ellis Clark Trains ‘Teak’ Thompsons touch down!

MARK CHIVERS

Ellis Clark Trains has taken delivery of its exclusive faux teak ‘O’ gauge Thompson main line carriages from Darstaed. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look at these new arrivals.

MARK CHIVERS
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Scammell low loaders

JONATHAN NEWTON

Corgi has added two new versions of its 1:76 scale Scammell low loader to the Trackside range of die-cast vehicles.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Hornby releases Mk 3 Maglights lighting strips

MARK CHIVERS

With the recent arrival of Hornby’s newly-tooled BR Mk 3 High Speed Train (HST) trailer cars (HM187), it has also released a new version of its Maglight lighting unit specifically for these vehicles.

MARK CHIVERS
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Peco’s ‘N’ gauge next generation seven-plank opens

MARK CHIVERS

New from Peco are these freshly-tooled ‘N’ gauge seven-plank open wagons.

MARK CHIVERS
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Steam Around Leeds in the 1960s

JONATHAN NEWTON

Leeds was a real hotspot for steam in the 1960s with its leading shed 55A Holbeck home to the last of the Stanier ’Jubilee' 4-6-0s. Yorkshire was one of the crucibles of the railway and steam lasted almost until the very end of BR service there.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Exploring Britain’s Disused Railways

JONATHAN NEWTON

The Victorian ’railway mania’ resulted in the UK being covered near and far with main lines, secondary lines and branch lines. With the introduction of motorways and families being able to afford their own motor car, many of these railways were closed, lifted and lost forever.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Electrics for the Railway Modeller

JONATHAN NEWTON

In this fast-paced world, little stays the same for long, it seems. This certainly applies to the seemingly complex topic of model railway electrics, which is often the very aspect of the hobby that is the most daunting and off-putting for both experienced modellers and those new to the craft.

JONATHAN NEWTON
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Exploring Exeter’s Railways

MARK CHIVERS

New from Silver Link Books is this impressive work showcasing the rail network in and around Exeter in Devon.

MARK CHIVERS
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Rail Freight The Midlands

MARK CHIVERS

This latest release from Key Books focuses on railfreight in the Midlands from the 1980s to the present day.

MARK CHIVERS