Western Region

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Pen-y-Bryn - the Western Region in steam

The South Wales collieries inspired PHILIP COGGAN to revisit his memories of working in them and create this compact scene in ‘OO’ gauge.Photography, Philip Coggan

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82G - Bristol Templecombe Road Shed

82G is one of the most spectacular steam shed layouts you will ever see - and it is coming to Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 at the NEC in Birmingham. JOHN EDWARDS explains the story behind this huge 'O' gauge shed.

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GWR Steam Railmotor

Railways have always faced the problem of how to work their most lightly used routes cheaply. One solution that found much favour in Victorian times was the steam railmotor, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES explains.

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Kernow GWR Steam Railmotor

A decade after its announcement, BEN CHURCH reviews this distinctive GWR train and asks whether the wait has been worthwhile.

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The Dawlish Sea Wall

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.

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

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.

Rapido downsizes GWR ‘Iron Mink'

Rapido Trains UK has revealed that it is to produce all-new Great Western V6 ‘Iron Mink’ vans for ‘N’ gauge.

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Halfpenny Green

Based on a planned railway never built, Cradley Heath Model Railway Club rewrote history and created an unusual Midlands-based GWR terminus in ‘OO’ gauge, as GEORGE SHERIDAN explains. Read the full feature and watch our full video tour here.

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Installing ESU sound in the Heljan GWR AEC railcar

The revival of Grosvenor Square for the Spalding Model Railway Exhibition on November 4/5 prompted MIKE WILD to go back to the ‘60s by installing digital sound in Heljan’s new ‘OO’ gauge GWR AEC parcels railcar. Here’s how he did it complete with a video sound demonstration.

Rapido Trains reveals ‘44XX’ engineering samples

Rapido Trains reveals ‘44XX’ engineering samples. View the latest images here.