Model Rail Feburary 2021

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“To all kindred spirits for whom the crash of buffers and the snatch of three-link couplings is music to the ears”. As far as dedications go, this has to be one of my favourites. It appears at the beginning of Essery, Rowland and Steel’s seminal text, British Goods Wagons (David & Charles, 1970) and perfectly sums up the attraction of freight trains, regardless of era. There might not be as much shunting today, compared to the days of steam, but the clank of buffers as a freight train stops and starts is still music to my ears. Freight rolling stock rarely catches the headlines, as manufacturers are inevitably drawn towards the glamour of locomotives. But my primary interest has always lain with freight trains. After all, I grew up beside the…

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opening the box

The Big Picture At the time of writing, the UK had just gone into its third lockdown. While this is devastating for many people, during the first lockdown the modelling industry reported a large increase in sales as many of us embarked on new layouts. We’re sure nobody wants to be in this situation, but it does present us with plenty of opportunities for modelling. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, and that’s demonstrated in this month’s Big Picture ‘Lynsford’ which proves that a great layout doesn’t necessarily have to be a room-filler. Look out for ‘Lynsford’ in a future issue of Model Rail.…

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hornby 2021 range revealed

Rounding off a strange and eventful year, Hornby’s annual presentation to the model press was delivered live online, with the Model Rail team attending from the comfort of our own homes. Nevertheless, there were a number of surprises, including a range of generic four and six-wheel steam-era coaches, a cute little Ruston & Hornsby ‘88DS’ 4wDM shunter, a ‘high-spec’ BR ‘9F’ and a newly tooled rendition of the LNER ‘P2’ 2-8-2, including a streamlined version and the new-build No. 2007 Prince of Wales. After nearly a decade, Hornby’s BR ‘Clan’ 4-6-2 gets a long-awaited new production run and the LNER ‘A1/3’ ‘Pacifics’ have been tweaked to improve their performance and appearance. There are some interesting contemporary liveries being applied to existing locomotive and coaching stock tooling, such as the Avanti Pendolino,…

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in brief: steam highlights

◆ R3870: Peckett ‘B2’ 0-6-0T, No. 1203/1910 The Earl, NCB blue ◆ R3871: Peckett ‘B2’ 0-6-0T, No. 1264/1913 Henry, Port of Bristol Authority green ◆ R30005: ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T, No. 3 Bodiam, K&ESR blue ◆ R30006: ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T, No. 32646, BR black with British Railways lettering ◆ R30008: ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T, No. 32640, BR black early emblem ◆ R3850: ‘61XX’ ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T, No. 6147, BR black late emblem ◆ R3851: ‘51XX’ ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T, No. 5189, BR lined green early emblem ◆ R3981: BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0, No. 78054, BR lined black late emblem ◆ R3982: BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-0, No. 78006, BR lined green late emblem ◆ R3866: ‘Battle of Britain’ 4-6-2, No. 34051 Winston Churchill, BR lined green late emblem ◆ R3861: ‘Merchant Navy’ 4-6-2, No. 35017 Belgian Marine, BR lined green early emblem ◆ R3999: ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2, No. 6205 Princess…

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in brief: diesel & electric highlights

◆ R30030: Class 87, 87006 City of Glasgow, BR ‘large logo’ dark grey ◆ R30031: Class 87, 87009 City of Birmingham, BR Intercity ◆ R3899: Class 08, 08715, BR ochre ◆ R30073: Class 56, 56047, BR blue ◆ R30082: Class 56, 56086, BR ‘large logo’ blue ◆ R30027: Class 60, 60028, Cappagh blue ◆ R30025: Class 60, 60095, GBRf blue ◆ R30026: Class 60, 60026, GBRf blue ◆ R30089: Class 67, 67014, Transport for Wales ◆ R30019: Class 66, 66850 David Maidment OBE, Colas Rail ◆ R30020: Class 66, 66713 Forest City, GBRf blue ◆ R30021: Class 66, 66721 Harry Beck, GBRf ‘Metronet’ blue ◆ R30022: Class 66, 66709 Sorrento, GBRf ‘MSC’ blue ◆ R30023: Class 66 Co-Co, 66773 Pride of GB Railfreight, GBRf blue ◆ R30074: Class 66 Co-Co, 66113 Delivering for our Key Workers, DB Schenker red ◆ R30024: Class 66 Co-Co, 66623…