Model Rail June 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 the iron roads spread across the country in the 1800s, it wasn’t long before the railway station became a vital social and economic hub for local communities. Unsurprisingly, stations have also been a firm favourite with modellers over the years. Unless we’re modelling an industrial or purely goods scene, most of us will include some form of station on our layouts. It can provide a natural focal point, as well as injecting plenty of operational interest, as trains come and go, stopping, terminating or whizzing through non-stop. I greatly enjoyed reading Chris Leigh’s feature this month on the ubiquity of parcels traffic during the railway’s heyday (page 36). It conjured up a world far removed from the modern railway. Although I’m a wee bit younger than Chris, I can also…

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model rail essential information

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opening the box

The Big Picture We are always impressed by the high quality of layouts we see in photographs you send us, and we want to feature far more of them than we have space for in the magazine! That’s where our special publication Great British Model Railways comes in. Every year we feature layouts that we didn’t have space to display in the magazine, and we are already working on this year’s edition, including this stunning ‘N’ gauge layout, ‘Murrell Park’. Keep an eye out for more news regarding this year’s edition in the coming weeks.…

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model rail/heljan class 48 update

Just before we closed for press, we received a tooling sample of our forthcoming exclusive Class 48, produced in association with Heljan. The Class 48s were similar to the Brush Class 47, but featured a more powerful Sulzer engine, which resulted in a slightly different array of rooftop details. The five-strong class, D1702-6, was eventually converted to standard ‘47’ specification, after their unreliable engines were replaced. There are some tweaks to be made to the tooling, most notably around the exhaust outlets, but things are looking very promising indeed. Livery samples should follow soon and we’ll bring you the latest updates in due course. HELJAN CLASS 25 – THE SECOND COMING Hot on the heels of the initial raft of Class 25/3s, Heljan has announced that a second batch of models is being…

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in brief

ON YOUR BIKE Osborn’s Models has just released a set of three pre-painted ‘OO’ gauge cyclists. Clad in bright sportswear and riding racing bikes, there’s a mix of seated and standing stances. Price: £16.00 Web: GUNPOWDER IS GO In the 2021 edition of Britain’s Model Trains, we mistakenly listed Rapido Trains UK’s ‘OO’ gauge GWR Gunpowder Van as being deferred. In fact, the project is very much alive, and modellers can now order a number of different versions. For more info, see NEW SIGNALS FROM ROUTEMEX To complement its existing range of 7mm scale signals, Routemex is now manufacturing a range of ‘O’ gauge Colour Light Shunting Signals. The Ground Signal and Shunt Limit units have the option of plinth or post mounting and the Associated Position Light is supplied with a bracket for main…

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hattons genesis coach preview

Just a few days before this issue closed for press, we received a large box crammed full of Hattons Genesis four and six-wheel coaches. These are advanced, finished samples, which the Hattons team have been assessing prior to production, which is due to begin imminently. However, they show a great deal of promise, with some interesting pre-Grouping, Big Four and BR livery options. Hattons announced its range of Genesis coaching stock back in 2019, so steam-era enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the models should be arriving in a few months’ time. The aim was to create a generic, yet comprehensive selection of coaches ‘informed by prototypes’, rather than being based on actual vehicles – a sensible move, as the later 1800s and early 1900s were a slightly chaotic time…