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BLOG: Next generation

Its hard to ignore the impending arrival of Hitachi’s new Class 800 Intercity Express Project (IEP) units on the main line railway. Their introduction has had a high profile from start to finish and their actual introduction to service on

Posted in Blogs, Mike Wild

BLOG: On board the dynamometer car

As you may have gathered, I’m naturally inquisitive when it comes to the hobby and love the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the prototype railway, whether it’s inside a signalbox, locomotive depot or, most recently, the interior of

Posted in Blogs, Mark Chivers

BLOG: From the archive

One of the great pleasures of editing Hornby Magazine is my role as photographer. Loading up the car with lights, stands, tripods, cameras and often a sheet of foamboard or two is always the start of a great day out and a

Posted in Blogs, Mike Wild

BLOG: Best laid plans…

Occasionally, modelling projects don’t always go according to plan… Take my recent experience while changing a diesel locomotive bodyshell, as an example. What should have been a simple task resulted in three locomotives being stripped down for repair! Following a recent

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BLOG: Multi-sound decoder

Digital Sound continues to grow with high end decoders gaining new and better features and new comers to the market too. Hornby’s Twin Track Sound system has been very well received at the budget end of the scale and this year

Posted in Blogs, Mike Wild

BLOG: Scottish Inspiration

Despite the best efforts of mother nature (Storm Doris) to hinder my journey to Glasgow, this time last week I was  inside the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre staffing the Hornby Magazine stand at Model Rail Scotland. If you stopped

Posted in Blogs, Mark Chivers

BLOG: Show season

Exhibitions are a big part of the model railway scene. During 2017 we will be attending five major events across the country spread from Birmingham to Glasgow – and not forgetting the Great Electric Train Show which is sponsored by Hornby

Posted in Blogs, Mike Wild

BLOG: Details, details, details…

With the remnants of my diesel depot shunting plank languishing somewhere in the garage following a recent house move, my attention has turned to detailing some of the ‘OO’ locomotive fleet for my modelling fix. I find it incredibly therapeutic

Posted in Blogs, Mark Chivers

Blog: The goods loop

It was great to sit back and relax a little after the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, but no sooner had I sat down I found myself itching to get back into layout building – again! Fortunately, there is a

Posted in Blogs, Mike Wild

Blog: New Year, New Models

Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog of 2017… For me this is an exciting time of the year especially as some of the model railway manufacturers have returned to the tradition of unveiling their plans for the

Posted in Blogs, Mark Chivers


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