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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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Pigs and Farmer

MARK CHIVERS

Adding to the range of farm-based figures and accessories offered by Osborn’s Models is this set of four pigs and a farmer in ‘OO’ gauge.

MARK CHIVERS
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The Peak Diesels

BEN CHURCH

This most recent publication from Crecy offers a comprehensive look at the ever popular ‘Peak’ diesel locomotives of Classes 44, 45 and 46.

BEN CHURCH
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London Rail Atlas

BEN CHURCH

London is Britain‘s pre-eminent railway hub and recent developments such as the Elizabeth Line have altered the map. Crecy’s latest edition of the London Railway Atlas details many of the changes in London’s railways since their inception.

BEN CHURCH
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Trains4U Jackal 2 Military Vehicles

BEN CHURCH

Trains4U of Peterborough’s range of 3D-printed military vehicles includes this 1:76 scale Jackal 2.

BEN CHURCH
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Model Detailing

BEN CHUCRH

New from Key Publishing is this informative bookazine aimed at railway modellers wishing to detail their layouts and create realistic scenes.

BEN CHUCRH
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BR Diesel Depots

BEN CHURCH

Key Publishing has added to its expanding list of modelling titles with this guide to developing classic and contemporary diesel depots in model form.

BEN CHURCH
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Bluetooth TXS for Hornby ‘9F’

MARK CHIVERS

Hornby’s recently retooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0 (HM185) gains a new outing finished as 92002 in BR black with early crests – and the addition of the manufacturer’s new Bluetooth Triplex Sound (TXS).

MARK CHIVERS
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‘BIG FOUR’ COLLECTION: GWR ‘Castle’ 4074 Caldicot Castle

BEN CHURCH

To celebrate the centenary of the 1923 Grouping, Hornby is producing four limited edition models, the first of which arrived in late November. The Great Western’s representative in this collection is ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 4074 Caldicot Castle.

BEN CHURCH
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Peco ‘TT:120’ seven-plank open wagons

BEN CHURCH

Peco’s latest releases for ‘TT:120’ scale include these all-new seven-plank open wagons in eight different liveries covering Cadbury’s, Huntley and Palmers, Colman’s and British Railways colour schemes, together with one for each of the ‘Big Four’ railways.

BEN CHURCH
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‘OO9’ Gloucester bogie coach arrives

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s eagerly-awaited newly-tooled ‘OO9’ Ashover Light Railway Gloucester bogie coach arrived in the Hornby Magazine office during December.

BEN CHURCH
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Terrific TTA Tankers

BEN CHURCH

The ubiquitous TTA ‘monobloc’ tank wagon has been a common sight for ‘OO’ gauge modellers for a long time. Half a century since first appearing in the Hornby range in 1973, the manufacturer has retooled this classic BR wagon for its 2023 range and the first examples are now available.

BEN CHURCH
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The Great Gathering Returns

BEN CHURCH

2013 witnessed the reuniting of all six surviving Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2s including two based in North America. A decade ago, Hornby released limited edition models to commemorate the reunion and now they are being re-released – this time in limited edition Hornby Dublo form – to mark ten years since that landmark and unlikely-to-be-repeated event.

BEN CHURCH
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HRA Bogie Hopper Wagons

BEN CHURCH

Bachmann’s recently announced HRA bogie aggregate hopper wagons have arrived, with newly-tooled models in ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge debuting together.

BEN CHURCH
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Hornby ‘Big Four‘ Collection: LNER ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s ‘Big Four’ Collection commemorates 100 years of these famous railways, with Gresley ‘A1’ 4478 Hermit flying the flag for the London North Eastern Railway (LNER).

BEN CHURCH
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Outstanding ‘OO’ OAA opens from Rapido Trains

BEN CHURCH

Rapido Trains UK’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR OAA open wagons touched down in the Hornby Magazine office in early December.

BEN CHURCH
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Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 returns

MARK CHIVERS

Heljan’s popular ‘OO’ gauge Class 57 Co-Co diesel returns in a selection of new identities and colour schemes. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS
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RailRoad Royal Class 67 67005 from Hornby

BEN CHURCH

DB Cargo’s Class 67 67005 Queen’s Messenger has the distinction of being one of two locomotives designated to pull the Royal Train. Hornby has recreated this prestigious locomotive in its most recent guise as part of its 2023 range.

BEN CHURCH
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Hornby Class 66 – The Green Progressor

BEN CHURCH

Hornby’s latest version of its former Lima Class 66 is GB Railfreight’s unique green 66796 The Green Progressor. The locomotive was painted in its livery and named to reflect its use on High Speed 2 construction trains.

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Graham Farish's all-new Class 158

MARK CHIVERS

These stylish DMUs are the subject of an all-new ‘N’ gauge model. MARK CHIVERS assesses its execution and running qualities.

MARK CHIVERS
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Titfield Thunderbolt Deluxe train pack

BEN CHURCH

70 years since the film first debuted, Rapido Trains UK’s eagerly-awaited Titfield Thunderbolt train packs representing the iconic 1953 Ealing comedy have arrived.

BEN CHURCH
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The Hornby BR '2MT' 2-6-0 for 'OO' gauge

MIKE WILD

Hornby’s all-new model of the BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 has been a long time coming for ‘OO’ gauge, but it has now arrived with retailers. Mike Wild takes a closer look at BR lined black 78047.

MIKE WILD
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Point Motor Wiring Board

BEN CHURCH

Now available from Model Rail Electrics, this ready to use point motor board allows for both easy wiring for point control and additional functionality without soldering.

BEN CHURCH
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Station Porter with Churns

BEN CHURCH

With the growing popularity of ‘TT:120’, 3D printing is providing a comprehensive range of figures and details for the scale.

BEN CHURCH
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Vinyl Safety Lines

BEN CHURCH

West Hill Wagon Works has added two packs of 4mm scale pre-cut vinyl safety lines to its range of modelling accessories.

BEN CHURCH
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Realistic Adhesive Roadways

BEN CHURCH

Modelling roads can be an involved process, but a new self-adhesive roadway system from Hobby Trax promises a simple and effective solution.

BEN CHURCH
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Lionheart Trains’ Lynton & Barnstaple 7mm scale debut

MIKE WILD

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts and carriages have been recreated in 7mm narrow gauge by Lionheart Trains. MIKE WILD inspects the first British outline ready-to-run ‘O-16.5’ gauge models.

MIKE WILD
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Bachmann Network Rail Autoballasters for OO gauge

MARK CHIVERS

Bachmann’s well-regarded ‘OO’ gauge JJA Mk 2 Autoballaster hopper wagons have gained a new colour scheme for their most recent appearance as an exclusive edition for Bachmann Collectors Club members. MARK CHIVERS takes a closer look.

MARK CHIVERS
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Accurascale 21ton re-runs for OO gauge

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has added to its series of 21ton wagons with a new batch of its popular ‘OO' gauge MDO (Cat No. ACC1087-1089) and MDV (ACC1096-1098) open wagons, plus the new addition of the air-braked MDW (ACC1111/1112) versions.

BEN CHURCH
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Rapido Wisbech & Upwell Bogie Tramcars

BEN CHURCH

Modellers of the Wisbech & Upwell Tramway will be pleased that Rapido Trains’ ‘OO’ gauge models of these characterful vehicles are with retailers now, the first time they have ever been modelled in ready-to-run form.

BEN CHURCH
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Accurascale's Pilot Scheme Class 37/0s Arrive

BEN CHURCH

Accurascale has expanded its new ‘OO’ Class 37 range with a collection of new original condition scheme examples to complete the first wave of releases on the English Electric Type 3.

BEN CHURCH