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April 2019

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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Richard Foster Norwich’s promotion push coincides with the famous ‘59 Cup run. Cue a 4mm ‘4MT’ with suitable graffiti! George Dent George also has eyes on his team’s push for a title. Will Liverpool and Norwich City meet in the league next season? Chris Leigh Chris’ sporting achievement extends to a 440yd dash Eshows how long ago it was!). He didn’t finish last. Chris Gadsby Chris also commentates on ice hockey matches... that start late on Sunday evenings. Perfect for Monday mornings! Chris Nevard Our ace snapper is building a name for himself on the folk music circuit. Is there no end to his talents? Peter Marriott Peter is our jet-setting scenic guru. Knows what products are available…

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model rail model of the year 2019

We joined forces with Pat Hammond’s online magazine MREmag to launch ‘Model of the Year’ in 2007 (MR99). The concept was simple – “to celebrate excellence and innovation in British outline model railways”. Readers were presented with a shortlist of ready-to-run models in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ produced during 2006, and asked to vote for their favourite. It’s a formula that worked well, with manufacturers vying for the top slot and displaying their certificates – proof of your support – with pride.There’s now a plethora of model railway awards from our competitors that all follow pretty much this format.So, Model of the Year is changing. Rather than wheel it out once a year, Model of the Year will be on display all year.For each new item of ready-to-run tooling…

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model rail essential information

Q: Looking for an 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: Go to www.modelrailoffers.co.uk or call 01209 613984. Q: Want to order one of our bookazines? A: Go 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.…

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the big picture

Think that there’s something familiar about the layout on the cover? If you think it’s Chris Nevard’s ‘Combwich’, you’d be half-right. Chris now juggles professional model-making with his photography and writing for Model Rail , so if there’s anything you want him to build, just ask. This even extends to building layouts inspired by his own creations. This layout, built for a client, is clearly based on Chris’ own ‘Combwich’ but with a few additional extras!If you want to commission Chris, drop him a line at info@nevard.co.uk or call 07799 761915.…

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point motors… with a twist

Peco has developed a new point motor system that looks set to banish alignment issues or the need to cut holes in your baseboard with a jigsaw. The new system is called TwistLock and is based around an intriguingly shaped new solenoid (PL-1000).A template allows you to drill three holes from above the baseboard: a 6mm hole for the tie-bar pin and two 1.5mm holes for the mounting pins. All you do then is screw in the mounting pins on the underside of the baseboard, slide the tie-bar pin through the hole in the point and lock it in place… with a twist.The PL-1000 also comes pre-wired so you don’t even need to break out the soldering iron. It also has two little ‘feet’ which enable a microswitch (PL-1005)…

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rolling stock releases

HORNBY ‘SKIP’ Hornby has produced its Class 67 Bo-Bo in Colas Rail livery as 67027 Charlotte, one of a pair of ‘Skips’ used by Colas on Network Rail monitoring trains. Product code: R3659 Price: £159.99 Availability: Hornby stockists or www.hornby.com RED ‘STREAMLINERS’ Hot on the heels of its blue LMS streamliner (MR258) come two red ones from Hornby. Received in the Model Rail office are No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton (R3677) and No. 6244 King George VI (R3639). Price: £189.99 Availability: Hornby stockists or www.hornby.com GWR ‘153’ Hornby’s superb Class 153 returns as 153368 but carrying GWR’s dark green livery, with Exeter St Davids and Looe destination screens. Product code: R3662 Price: £109.99 Availability: Kernow Model Rail Centre Tel: 01209 714099…