Model Rail

Model Rail January 2020

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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I love wayside stations and have a fantasy list of layout subjects ranging from Baltimore in Ireland to the Isle of Wight and the Golden Valley line in Herefordshire. But it’s the inner city terminus that I find the most exciting. There’s that sense of anticipation on arrival that, within minutes, you’re going to be outside in the hustle and bustle of a city. There’s also the sense of adventure as you gaze up at the departure board and think of all the exciting, faraway places that could be reached, simply by jumping aboard a train. It’s easy to see why a station such as Liverpool Lime Street made such an impression on a young John Holden. It’s always a pleasure and a privilege to visit John and to see this…

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Richard Foster I’d love to see ‘Lime Street’ set in 1968 with grubby ‘Black Fives’ on blueLgrey coaches mixing with AC electrics. George Dent It’d have to be ‘Lime Street’ in the 1980s for me: lots of blue diesels and electrics, including shabby ‘Deltics’! Chris Leigh I’ve only been to Lime Street once. I was on the last through train to Birkenhead Woodside in steam days, though. Chris Gadsby I would say modern day but then you would lose all the character of the scene which makes ‘Lime Street’ so good! Chris Nevard 2ur 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. Knows what products are available and how to get the very best from them. Dave Lowery Professional model-maker Dave works on…

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‘009’ vor exclusives!

Model Rail is pleased to announce its first venture into ‘OO9’: the Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2Ts. These models will be the first Model Rail Exclusives to be produced directly with a Chinese factory. We are to produce the three 2-6-2Ts built for Vale of Rheidol by the GWR at Swindon in 1923. We plan to cater for key detail differences between the trio and are hoping to be able include an oil-fired variant to cover the late 1970s until the line was privatised in 1988/89. It is planned that the model will include NEM coupler pockets, wire handrails, a compact Next18 decoder interface and a mechanism designed to offer smooth and reliable running over uneven and dirty track. The model is also set to be designed to negotiate 305mm radius curves. Design work…

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revolution trains goes nuclear

Revolution Trains is to produce two new ‘N’ gauge wagons with a nuclear theme. Top of the bill goes to the two KUA four-bogie 150t nuclear flask wagons, MODA 95770 and MODA 95771. These giant vehicles were built by Bombardier/Prorail of Wakefield in 1998 for transporting Royal Navy nuclear waste to Sellafield for disposal. These vehicles are not crowd-funded. Prices have yet to be confirmed but are likely to be around £75. Revolution has also joined forces with Accurascale once more to offer the four-wheel PFA wagon in ‘N’. The PFAs, which Accurascale is producing in ‘OO’, were built in 1986 for containerised coal traffic but are now used by DRS as runner wagons, or for carrying low-level nuclear waste. Revolution’s model is set to have a die-cast deck to maximise weight and…

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accurascale to offer the ‘definitive’ ‘37’

Accurascale is to produce what it claims to be the “definitive model of the English Electric Class 37” in 4mm:1ft scale. Not only will it offer the original D6700-D6818 with split headcode boxes (later Class 37/0) but also, for the first time ready-to-run in 4mm, the Class 37/6. This sub-class of 12 was created from Class 37/5s for Eurostar but most subsequently passed to DRS, where they were fitted with Wipac light clusters and extra headlamps. This is the configuration that Accurascale is to model. Accurascale promises to include lots of detail differences for both the ‘37/0’ and ‘37/6’, as well as bestowing its models with an impressive spec list. It is also being designed to allow easy conversion from ‘OO’ to ‘EM’ and ‘P4’. 00 Accurascale GAUGE Class 37/0 Co-Co What’s planned? ◆ 37001, BR…