Model Rail January 2021

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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Well, what a strange year that was. I know I’m not alone in being glad to see the back of 2020, and yet the past year has afforded many of us the privilege of extra hobby time. Indeed, I’ve never felt so relieved to have so many practical interests and 2020 allowed countless people to reconnect with - or discover new - creative pursuits. The power of hobbies and crafts for promoting wellbeing and connecting people is immense and I’ve certainly benefited from the mutual encouragement of modelling friends via WhatsApp and Zoom, two technologies that were completely alien to me before last March. However, not everyone has enjoyed the luxury of increased leisure time, and I know we’re all thankful to the legions of key workers who kept the country…

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model rail essential information

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opening the box

The Big Picture We have been placing some emphasis recently on building layouts for your family to enjoy, to try and encourage a younger audience into the hobby. Whether you’re building one in a short time frame or getting a circle of track for the tree, like Chris Gadsby and Chris Leigh in MR281, or looking for something more substantial, railway modelling is definitely a family hobby. Michael Sergeant’s ‘Par Road’ (right) started life as a layout for his son, but when he moved out Michael continued to build it up into the layout it is today. ‘Par Road’ will be featured in an upcoming issue of Model Rail.…

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stop press! model rail class 11 update

Just days before we closed for press, the first engineering prototype of Model Rail’s BR Class 11 arrived, courtesy of Heljan. Our ‘OO’ gauge model recreates the LMS 350hp 0-6-0DE shunter, which was the forerunner to BR’s iconic Class 08. There was a surprising number of detail differences between this pre-war design and the ‘08’ and we’ll be replicating three different marker light arrangements (or War Department spot lamps where appropriate), different nose end vent/ladder/handrail combinations, as well as other minor variations. Several LMS, BR, WD and industrial guises are planned and the models will feature working lights and are DCC-ready. We’ll be putting this EP through a rigorous testing regime before production gets the green light. Orders are not yet being taken, but look out for further announcements in Model…

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in brief

WARLEY GOES VIRTUAL Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Warley exhibition was held virtually this year. The most popular feature of the weekend was Pete Waterman’s ‘Leamington Spa’ layout, but every video from the event can be viewed on YouTube by searching for ‘Warley Model Railway Club’. COP A HOPPER Cavalex Models has opened the pre-order book for its eagerly anticipated PHA/JHA bogie stone hopper wagon. Three liveries will be offered, ranging from 1990 until the present day, at £45 (RRP) per wagon. The wagons are suitable for a range of modellers as they worked to various parts of England from their base at Bardon Hill Quarry in Leicestershire. What’s planned? ◆ Bard on Hill Quarries green and yellow ◆ Bard on Aggregates white and blue ◆ Unbranded grey…

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model of the year 2020

It’s that time of year again when we give you the opportunity to celebrate excellence and innovation in British outline model railways with our Model of the Year competition. Model of the Year covers all of the new ready-to- run tooling reviewed in the 2020 issues of Model Rail from January 2020 (MR269) to December 2020 (MR281). There are 13 categories in which you can cast your vote and you can cast one vote per category. VOTE NOW You can vote on the Model Rail website and can cast one vote per category. The poll closes on January 24 2021. View what we said and vote now at ‘OO’ GAUGE - The Shortlist ‘OO’ gauge steam locomotives ◆ Hornby LMS ‘Princess Royal’ - MR272 April 2020 ◆ Hornby ‘B12/3’ - MR273 May 2020 ◆ Hornby ‘Large Prairie’…