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Model Rail

October 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Monthly
£2.49
£24.99
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
welcome

www.instagram.com/modelrailmag www.facebook.com/modelrail www.twitter.com/modelrailuk While perusing the new Heljan ‘O’ gauge Class 31 (see page 96), my mind wandered off to happy childhood memories of the hourly Liverpool to Sheffield/Hull expresses thrashing past the edge of my school’s football field. The ‘31s’ became something of a personal favourite, with a good chunk of the ‘31/4’ sub-class underlined in my 1989 Abe. The ‘31s’ were seen on plenty of freight duties around Warrington too, so a ‘Goyle’ in original Railfreight grey also conjures up a feeling of nostalgia. As my thoughts meandered, I began to wonder where on earth the nickname ‘Goyle’ came from, having never really given it much thought. A quick Google search revealed that it was short for ‘Gargoyle’, which seems a little unfair. I’d call them ‘distinctive’, rather than ugly! What did get…

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1 min
model rail essential information

Q: Looking foran old feature but can’t remember which issue it was in? A: Check out the online index, kindly provided by UK Model Shops, at www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/ModelRail Q: Want to order one of our exclusive models? A: G o to www.modelrailoffers.co.uk or call 01209 705459. Q: Want to order one of our bookazines? A: G o to www.greatmagazines.co.uk or call 01858 438884. Q: Have a problem or query about our digital magazines? A: Visit www.greatmagazines.co.uk/faq Q: Subscription issue not arrived? A: Call our Subscriptions Department on 01858 438884.…

12 min
bachmann workshop update

In lieu of the usual annual press event at Bachmann’s Barnwell HQ, Model Rail recently enjoyed an interesting video chat with communications manager Richard Proudman. Richard filled us in on current developments and outlined various challenges that the manufacturer has faced over the past 18 months. The first of the eagerly anticipated, all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 20/0s are due in the UK this autumn, having been held up slightly owing to a shortage of the correct type of LEDs for the headcode panels. Progress on the special ‘OO’ Class 40, D213 Andania, has also been revealed, with the tooling modified to portray the English Electric Type 4 in preserved condition, complete with high-intensity headlights. Diesel-era fans will also be excited to see livery samples of the VEA vans, featuring original freight…

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1 min
modeller’s bookshelf

From their earliest days, Class 20s worked exten-sivelythroughout Scotland. The Central Belt’s collieries and heavy industry kept pairs of ‘20s’ busy, while single examples could also be seen pottering about in more remote areas. Indeed, this book will help anyone contemplating a micro layout set north of the border, as it presents a wide range of Type 1 workings across the BR and privatisation eras. Image quality is variable, but most are useful, nonetheless. Book: Class 20 Locomotives in Scotland, by Colin J. Howat (Amberley) Price: £15.99 Web: www.amberley-books. John Law takes us on a photographic journey around the main railway routes of the Capital, taking in former Great Northern and Great Eastern lines, plus those emanating from Euston, St Pancras, Marylebone, Paddington and the former Southern Region. The Underground lines also feature, with…

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2 min
on the workbench

LIFECOLOR ENGINES PAINT SET ANY GAUGE This latest pack of ‘Perfect Metal’ acrylic paints from LifeColor provides half a dozen essential metallic colours for finishing engines and other mechanical components. From Cast Iron to Weathered Steel and Darkened Copper to Cast Iron, these paints have plenty of potential for railway modellers. With no odour, they’re easy to apply by brush or can be sprayed through an airbrush after thinning with LifeColor’s own thinners or water. Each colour is also available separately. Price: £17.99 (or £2.95 per 22ml jar) Availability: The Airbrush Company Tel: 01903 767800 Web: www.airbrushes.com MAGNETIC CLAMPS ANY GAUGE These super-powerful precision corner clamps from Hobby Trax feature neodymium rare earth magnets and are available in 30mm, 40mm and 50mm sizes. Designed with an integral base to help alignment and clamping on a flat surface, they’re a…

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4 min
exhibition diary – october-november 2021

(ALL SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON COVID-19) October 2 SUTTON COLDFIELD, BIRMINGHAM. Sutton Coldfield Railway Society, Special Model Railway Exhibition, Trinity Centre, Church Hill, Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield B72 1TF. Time: 1000-1630. Admission: Adults £4, Concessions £4. Web: www.scrs.club October 3 IPSWICH, SUFFOLK. Stowmarket Railway Club Toy and Train Fair, School St, Needham Market, Ipswich IP6 8BB. Time: 1030-1600. Admission: £3 Adults, Accompanied Children admitted free. Web: www. stowrailclub.org.uk/Toyfair.htm October 9 CRADLEY HEATH, W. MIDLANDS. Ormiston Forge Academy, Wrights Lane, Cradley Heath, W. Midlands B65 6QU. Time: 1000-1630. Admission: Adult £5, Child £2.50, Family £11. Email: chmrc@hotmail.co.uk October 9-10 DUNDEE. DUNDEE MRC MRE CANCELLED ALDERSHOT. Farnham and District MRC 46th Annual Exhibition. Alder-wood Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, GU12 4AS. Times: Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1000-1630. Admission: Adults £6, Children £2, Family £15. Web: www.farnhammrc.org.uk October 16-17 UCKFIELD, EAST SUSSEX. Uckfield Model Railway Club…