Model Rail

Model Rail February 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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It doesn’t seem so very long ago that the writers and modellers published in magazines were celebrities in the model railway field. Nowadays, you can just visit YouTube to see all manner of modelling tutorials from modellers all over the world. But for most of us, the great modellers were the names you saw every month in Railway Modeller or Model Railway Constructor et al . Of course, each generation has its own modeller heroes. I’ve been extremely privileged to meet a few of mine. When the late, great Dave Shakespeare asked me if I’d like to have a go at driving ‘Tetleys Mills’, I nearly had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming! Despite the all-consuming internet, this hobby still has some famous names, the likes of Ian Futers or…

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Richard Foster Model Rail’s editor is trying to model the MCGN, GWR, North Wales narrow gauge and the LCB. George Dent George continues to be inspired by modellers and artists on a daily basis, but his modelling ‘hero’ is his dad. Chris Leigh Chris has accumulated a lot of modelling heroes over 60 years and continues to spot new ones quite frequently. Chris Gadsby Chris doesn’t really have a modelling hero, but he continues to be envious of the skills of Chris Leigh and Chris Nevard! 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 3rofessional model-maker Dave works on top secret projects for train…

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model rail essential information

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rocket launch to celebrate centenary

It has been 100 years since Frank Hornby launched his model railway company in 1920. So this year, as well as the usual range of new models, Hornby’s Marketing and Development Manager Simon Kohler has revealed a selection of limited edition releases to celebrate the company’s centenary. The star of the show was the newly tooled Stephenson’s Rocket, which will be released as a train pack as part of the celebrations in a 1963 Tri-ang Railways box with three coaches, and in the main range with coaches containing slightly less detail. The other standout announcement was a return to the roots of the company as a limited range of ‘O’ gauge tinplate locomotives will be produced in LNWR, MR, CR and GN liveries. These are limited to just 100 of each…

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hornby centenary collection

HORNBY TINPLATE LOCOMOTIVES A range of four ‘2’ gauge tinplate locomotives in specific period packaging. Representing the 1920s, these are limited to 100 units of each. What’s planned? ◆ R3814: 2710 L1:R 1o. 1, L1:R black ◆ R3815: 2710 0R 1o. 1, 0idland Railway crimson ◆ R3816: 2710 CR 1o. 1, Caledonian Railway blue ◆ R3817: 2710 G1 1o. 1, Great 1orthern green Price? £524.99 When’s it due? From January 2020 HORNBY LNER SIR NIGEL GRESLEY TRAIN SET Representing the 1930s and limited to 1,000 units, this train set will include a Sir Nigel Gresley ‘A4’ and two L1ER teak coaches, an oval of track, controller and transformer. What’s planned? ◆ R12520: L1ER Sir Nigel Gresley train set in Hornby-Dublo box. Price? £249.99 When’s it due? June 2020 HORNBY LMS 6231 DUCHESS OF ATHOLL The Duchess of Atholl will have a die-cast locomotive body…

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hornby 2020 main range

The Thompson Class A2/2 and ‘A2/3’ is one of three new steam locomotives in the 2020 range. In the ‘A2/2’ variation, Cock o’ the North and Thane of Fife will be available while there will be four ‘A2/3’ variants in BR and LNER liveries. The BR Standard 2MT is due towards the end of the year, as is the LNER Class W1. The all-new BR Class 370 APT as both a five-car and seven-car pack is being released, with additional coaches available to make up a full train, as well as a non-driving motor vehicle, and Hornby will release four versions of the Class 91. In this year’s coach range, Hornby has focused on filling current gaps to allow modellers to create full, realistic trains. Mk 1 restaurant cars in BR and…