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Last Years of the Class 50s

Strathwood Publishing's latest large format landscape book provides an ideal showcase for the final chapter of British Rail’s Class 50s in regular service, looking at the last 15 years or so of main line operations between 1980 and 1994.

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Oake

DARREN BERRY explains how this ‘OO’ gauge Western Region layout set in Somerset not only developed from an initial two-person team, but helped to encourage new modellers too. Photography, Trevor Jones.

VIDEO: Heljan GWR railcar for 'O'

Heljan's latest arrival for 'O' gauge is the GWR AEC railcar with 'Razor Edge' body styling. Join Mike Wild in the Hornby Magazine workshop as he demonstrates this new release and its functionality.

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The GWR railcars

The Great Western Railway is more often remembered for its fleet of copper-capped chimney steam locomotives rather than for technological innovation - but in fact the company was amongst the first to introduce viable diesel traction, in the form of a series of self-propelled railcars, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

HM166 Heljan GWR AEC railcar Review Premium

HELJAN'S GWR RAILCAR

The Great Western Railway was amongst the first in the world to introduce self-contained diesel railcars for passenger services. Now the classic ‘Razor Edge’is available for ‘O’ gauge with the arrival of this brand-new model from Heljan – MIKE WILD investigates.

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Dapol's 'O' gauge GWR '57XX'

Dapol’s growing collection of ‘O’ gauge motive power was joined by this stunning model of the GWR ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT in 2018. MIKE WILD takes a first and detailed look at this attractive product.

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GWR '57XX' 'Pannier'

The ‘Pannier’ tank, and in particular the ‘57XX’ class, is a design which synonymous with the Great Western Railway, but although hundreds of them were constructed, they were never included in Churchward’s masterplan, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

Dapol shows 'Prairie' progress

Dapol has revealed decorated samples of its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Large Prairie' 2-6-2Ts covering the '5101' and '61XX' classes.

Dapol shows 'OO' gauge 'Manor'

Dapol has revealed the first engineering sample for its all-new 'OO' gauge model of the GWR 'Manor' 4-6-0 together with confirmation of the identities for its first production run.

HM165 Bachmann Class 45 Review Premium

Sealed beam ‘Peaks’ are back!

The overhauled Class 45 ‘Peaks’ have been a missing component from the modern era ‘OO’ gauge catalogues, but Bachmann is setting that right with the arrival of its Regional Exclusive versions of the Class 45/0 with ‘sealed beam’ headlights. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at this new arrival from Bachmann which has been much requested.