Model Rail March 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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As I write this in early February, amid the snow and freezing weather, I can’t help but wish that spring would hurry up and appear. In between snowfalls, I’d started to notice the flowering snowdrops and the green shoots of bulbs emerging in the garden. Those early signals of the approaching spring always bring a sense of hope. That’s a word that has been on everyone’s lips over the past year and, while certain aspects of the hobby and craft industry have been booming during the pandemic, there are other areas that have definitely suffered. Exhibitions are an obvious casualty, but model railway clubs have also faced huge challenges. With members unable to meet in person and club rooms shut (but rents and utility bills still to pay), committee members have had…

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model rail essential information

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the results

OVERALL MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR 2020 Winner Hornby – 33.5% 2. Bachmann – 16.6% 3. Revolution Trains – 13.6% Others: 36.3% ‘OO’ GAUGE Steam Locomotive of the Year Winner Hornby Rocket – 37.8% 2nd: Hornby LMS ‘Princess Royal’ – 17.1% 3rd: Rails of Sheffield/Dapol ‘Terrier’ – 15.7% Others – 29.4% Diesel & Electric Locomotive of the Year Winner Hattons Class 66 – 27.5% 2nd: Dapol GWR parcels railcar – 17.0% 3rd: Heljan Class 33/0 (later version) – 14.2% Others: 41.3% Rolling Stock of the Year Winner Bachmann Branchline 45t crane – 37.9% 2nd: Accurascale PFA container flat – 12.4% 3rd: Hornby sliding door Mk 3 – 9.6% Others: 40.1% Multiple Units of the Year Winner Bachmann Branchline Class 117 – 31.2% 2nd: Bachmann Branchline ‘2-HAP’ – 25.1% 3rd: Bachmann Branchline Class 158 – 23.7% Others: 20% ’OO’ gauge Manufacturer of the Year Winner Hornby – 36.2% 2nd: Accurascale – 19.3% 3rd: Bachmann – 17.5% Others: 27% ‘O’ GAUGE Locomotive of the Year Winner…

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model rail’s ‘16xx’ pannier tanks are here!

After a 33-day trip from China which called first at Cairo, then at Zeebrugge, Gdansk and back to Zeebrugge again before reaching Felixstowe, Model Rail’s latest exclusive ‘OO’ gauge locomotive, the GWR Hawksworth ‘16XX’ 0-6-0PT, is now in stock and ready for delivery to customers. Indeed, by the time you read this, it is likely that all customers who pre-ordered will have received their models. Based on research and a scan of No. 1638 at the Kent & East Sussex Railway, the model was designed and manufactured by Canadian company, Rapido Trains Inc. at one of its three Chinese factories. The ‘16XX’ was designed by F.W. Hawksworth to replace elderly pannier tanks which were light enough to work the most minor of branch lines throughout the system, being based at locations from…

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class 20/0 headlines bachmann quarterly announcements

Bachmann Europe began February by revealing the models which will become available within the next three months, as has become customary for the Barwell company. This quarter, the headline news was the announcement of a fully retooled Class 20/0, with both disc and box headcode variants covered. Three livery options will be offered, covering the length of their British Rail careers, with green, blue and Railfreight schemes available. Having recently released its first Class 20/3 models, it was a logical step for Bachmann to revisit the original version of the venerable Type 1 Bo-Bo, as the existing model dates back to 2004. While it was a superb model for its time, this new version will offer a greater degree of detail fidelity and technical specification, including a PluX22 DCC interface, directional…

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bachmann europe 2021 q1 announcement list in full

STEAM LOCOMOTIVES ♦ 31-116A: BR Standard ‘4MT’ BR2 tender, No. 75029, BR lined green late emblem, £209.95 ♦ 31-117: BR Standard ‘4MT’ BR2 tender, No. 75014, BR lined black late emblem, £209.95 ♦ 31-191: LMS ‘Jubilee’, No. 45604, BR experimental green, £199.95 ♦ 31-785: GWR ‘Modified Hall’, No. 6990 Witherslack Hall, BR lined green early emblem, £184.95 ♦ 31-786: GWR ‘Modified Hall’, No. 6998 Burton Agnes Hall, BR lined green late emblem, £184.95 ♦ 35-025A: GWR ‘94XX’, No. 9405, GWR green (weathered), £144.95 DIESEL AND ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES ♦ 35-351: Class 20/0, D8015, BR green late emblem, £179.95 (£279.95 sound-fitted) ♦ 35-355: Class 20/0, 20057, BR blue, £179.95 (£279.95 sound fitted) ♦ 35-357: Class 20/0, 20227, BR Railfreight with red stripe, £179.95 (£279.95 sound-fitted) ♦ 35-125SF: Class 20/3, 20306, DRS blue, £279.95 ♦ 35-125SF: Class 20/3, 20311 Harry Needle Railway Company, £279.95 ♦ 35-125SF:…