Graeme Marriott and Colin Postlethwaite used a rescued club layout to recapture the spirit of British Rail in Northern England during the 1970s, and the story shows how triumph can be saved from near disaster.
Dapol’s ‘N’ gauge ‘A4’ and ‘A3’ impress, but does Hornby’s ‘4F’ still cut the mustard? Find out in our packed reviews section.
Taking a break from vehicles, Phil Parker assembles a Townstreet signalbox and shows how careful painting can make a good model spectacular.
Bachmann shows steam is still king in the model railway world, but Dapol is also fulfilling our diesel wish list! Mike Wild casts his views on this months impressive announcements.
The big engine sheds of the East Coast Main Line inspired Ian Harper, whose ‘OO’ gauge pastiche of King’s Cross’ and Edinburgh Haymarket is eerily convincing.
BACK TO BASICS
Mike Wild demystifies the key aspects of making a model railway work in the next stage of this series for beginners.
Readers’ views on missing models, the right way for valve gear and more.
RECREATING STANIER’S ‘CRAB’
With no ready-to-run model in ‘OO’ scale of Stanier’s first design, Tim Easter set about modifying existing components to create a highly convincing hybrid model of Stanier’s ‘Mogul’.
Despite some shortcomings the Midland Railway’s ‘4F’ 0-6-0s were a popular and long-lived design which had a wide sphere of operation, as Evan Green-Hughes explains.
PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT PHOTOSHOP
You don’t have to be a computer whizz to take great photographs of models.
Derek Gelsthorpe drew on local history for his latest layout, based on Derbyshire’s often overlooked mineral railways.
For over a century Britain’s railways’ own works supplied everything they needed, and as Evan Green-Hughes relates, their variety and scope were immense.
Hornby Magazine’s guide to forthcoming exhibitions and events.
Bachmann and Dapol stun with new model announcements, plus the rest of the month’s news in this issues bumper 16 page section!
THE HEAVY FREIGHT TEST
With a wide range of heavy freight steam locomotives available in ‘OO’, how do the models’ performances match up with the real thing? Trevor Jones puts the latest - and some older - releases to the test.
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