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The Dawlish Sea Wall

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Few railway locations are as recognisable as the famous sea wall at Dawlish in Devon, where for a hundred years trains have done battle with the elements, sometimes in spectacular style. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains why this railway was built and what the future may hold for it.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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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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Digital Sound: A tale of two ‘Panniers’

PAUL CHETTER

GWR ‘Pannier’ tanks are perennial favourites and Bachmann has added the ‘64XX’ version to its existing range. PAUL CHETTER investigates the internal changes made to this newer design in order to fit sound and ‘stay alive’ capability to this and the earlier ‘57XX’ series locomotives.

PAUL CHETTER
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Heljan’s GWR parcels railcar

MIKE WILD

Heljan has continued its GWR railcar project with an all-new model of the parcels version. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the unique W34W in BR lined carmine livery.

MIKE WILD
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GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PTs

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES

Pannier tanks were synonymous with the Great Western Railway and their last evolution broke with many cherished traditions. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES charts the history of the distinctive and powerful ‘15XX’ class.

EVAN GREEN-HUGHES
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FIRST REVIEW: Rapido’s GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT for ‘OO’ gauge

MIKE WILD

Short-lived but impressively powerful, the GWR ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT is the latest release for ‘OO’ gauge from Rapido Trains UK. MIKE WILD runs the rule over this compact tank engine.

MIKE WILD
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Ranelagh Bridge - London Paddington's stabling point

MALCOLM BENTLEY

The once familiar sight of Western Region hydraulics at Ranelagh Bridge yard has been preserved in model form by MALCOLM BENTLEY'S stunning ‘OO’ gauge layout. We discover how and why it was built as well as its clever operational tricks.

MALCOLM BENTLEY

‘O’ gauge GWR ‘4575’ 2-6-2T next for Lionheart

JONATHAN NEWTON

Lionheart Trains is planning an all-new ‘O’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) ‘4575’ 2-6-2T as its next locomotive project.

JONATHAN NEWTON

GWR Steam Railmotor progresses

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s eagerly awaited ‘OO’ gauge Great Western Railway (GWR) steam railmotor is about to enter production, following amendments to decorated samples received for evaluation in September.

Dapol unveils 'O' gauge van trio

Dapol has revealed plans for three new additions to its rapidly expanding ‘O’ gauge wagon range with a GWR ‘Mogo’ van, SR 12ton vent van and GWR ‘Toad’ brake van.