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November 2019

Model Rail magazine is the UK's biggest-selling magazine dedicated to railway modelling. Every issue is packed with the country’s finest home and club layouts, stunning photography, unbiased and in-depth product reviews, expert tips, layout plans and step-by-step articles that really show you how. In our unique ‘Workbench’ section, we tackle a wide range of modeling skills and projects. Our expert writers and model-makers will help you to get the most from your hobby and build the layout of your dreams. Model Rail is published 13 times a year, every four weeks.

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We’re constantly bombarded by incentives and offers to join this broadband supplier, to switch our electricity or gas to such-and-such, to take out an account at ‘Bank X’. All promise great deals for new customers. But what about existing customers? It’s the same with magazine subscriptions and we at Model Rail have been just as guilty for offering gifts and deals just for newcomers. I’ve been conscious for ages that we need to do something to recognise the loyalty of long-standing subscribers. So say hello to the Model Rail Rewards Club. This club is open to all Model Rail subscribers. On top of getting your magazine delivered to your door before it goes on sale and a 10% discount off our entire range of exclusive models, you’ll receive exclusive content, a first look…

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Richard Foster (very time Peter submits something about larches (p110), I always think of Monty Python’s guide to trees – No. 1, the larch. George Dent After a few months of working at the kitchen table, I now have a modelling studio in the heart of Newcastle. Chris Leigh I’ve started the floor plan for my exhibition and am starting to wish everybody only built rectangular layouts! Chris Gadsby My new kitten is causing havoc around the house – anything valuable has been taken off the window sills! Chris Nevard Our ace snapper is building a name for himself on the folk music circuit. Is there no end to his talents? Peter Marriott Peter is our jet-setting scenic guru. .nows what products are available and how to get the very best from them. Dave Lowery Professional model-maker Dave works on top secret projects…

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model rail essential information

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the big picture

Remember ‘Haymarket Cross’, the vast ‘OO’ gauge Eastern Region steam shed layout that’s been an exhibition favourite for many years? Well, the layout on this month’s cover is ‘Haymarket’s’ creator Ian Harper’s successor layout. This time Ian has gone for ‘O’ gauge, and ‘Falcon Road’ depicts how the railway burrows under the streets of most cities, hiding in tunnels and deep cuttings lined with retaining walls. As you’d expect from a member of Scarborough C District Railway Modellers, it has a distinctly North Eastern feel!…

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new feature-packed ‘d’

An invitation to a press presentation from former BR, NSE, Virgin and Bachmann press officer Dennis Lovett always sets the pulse racing, and a summons to the National Railway Museum on October 15 was not to be missed. Here, Locomotion Models, Rails of Sheffield and Dapol announced the launch of the South Eastern & Chatham Railway’s ‘D’ 4-4-0 in ‘OO’ gauge. Designed under the direction of Harry Wainwright, 51 ‘Ds’ were built between 1901 and 1907. They were used on front-line expresses until displaced by larger locomotives such as the ‘King Arthur’ 4-6-0s. The last to be withdrawn in 1956, No. 31737 was restored to original SECR livery and is now on prominent display at the National Railway Museum. The model features some innovative features. As well as NEM coupler pockets, a…

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range features over a century of coaches

Hattons is to produce a range of four and six-wheeled ‘OO’ gauge coaches to suit layouts of the Victorian era right the way up to the 1950s. They are not based on any specific design but will incorporate features typical of coaches of the period. Six body styles are planned: five-compartment, four-compartment and brake for the four-wheel chassis, and a five-compartment, four-compartment with lavatory and brake for the six-wheel chassis. They will be offered as Firsts, Seconds, Thirds, Brake Thirds, Composites and Tri-Composites in GWR chocolate/ cream, GNR lined teak, LNWR ‘plum/spilt milk’, Midland crimson, SECR Crimson Lake, SR olive green and LNER pre-war brown liveries. The six-wheel Brake will also be offered in BR crimson and red as mess and tool vans. Despite being ‘generic’ vehicles, they boast an impressive spec…