Launched on 9th March 2007 (April 2007 edition) by Ian Allan Publishing, Hornby Magazine was acquired by Key Publishing in February 2012. The trademark 'Hornby' is licensed to Key Publishing for the production of Hornby Magazine and associated publications.
Edited by Mike Wild, the magazine set out with a new approach and was aimed squarely at newcomers and returnees to the hobby, as well as those who were established in the hobby.
Its mix of inspirational and shows-you-how features, coupled to the best model railway photography and latest product reviews soon caught on as modellers everywhere discovered its fresh, new approach, talking in a language that everyone understood and not assuming everyone reading it was full of technical knowledge.
The magazine is firmly established in the railway modelling market and is a close second in sales terms to Railway Modeller, with the gap continuing to close.
Sales average between 35,000 and 43,000 depending upon time of year, and for the first time an ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) sales figure will be announced shortly, so that advertisers and readers can make direct comparisons with other model railway magazines.
There will always be at least 90 pages of editorial in Hornby Magazine, making it the best value read of all the model railway titles. It is regularly promoted at retail outlets and can be found at W H Smiths, Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons, Mills and many other good news outlets, including independant newsagents. Where it isn’t stocked, it can be ordered. Just ask!
Additionally, over 5,500 readers take advantage of our subscription service. We also have an App, available from the App Store and digital editions available through Zinio.
In just over five years Hornby Magazine has gone from selling 15,000 copies to over 40,000 and is still growing, making it the model railway publishing success of the century!
You can also meet the team at selected shows around the country, including our very own show at Hartlepool in July, with another show due to be announced for October 2013.
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