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October 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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My old physics teacher used to say this about America: if you can’t do it good, do it big. That saying can be applied to many things on the other side of the Atlantic… but not the Union Pacific’s famous ‘Big Boy’. These 4-8-8-4s were both good and big. The ‘Big Boy’ is one of the world’s most iconic steam locomotives. It may not be the largest locomotive in the world, nor the most powerful, but its gargantuan boiler, two sets of cylinders and massive 25,000 gallon tender make it instantly recognizable. We wouldn’t normally feature US traction in Model Rail but we can definitely make an exception in this case! Why is it hard for us Brits to admit that the Americans can build anything better than us? We’re quick to recall…

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Richard Foster Richard’s perfect US trip would be exploring Conyers, Georgia, behind the wheel of a 1969 Dodge Charger. George Dent George can’t decide where in the US to visit first: San Francisco, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Nashville or Austin? Chris Leigh Chris has ‘done’ New York twice and loved it. Now he wants to stand on a corner in :inslow, Arizona, like The Eagles. Chris Gadsby Chris would like to visit Niagara – because it’s only a short hop over the border to see the Toronto Maple Leafs! 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. .nows what products are available and how to get the very best from them. Dave Lowery Professional model-maker Dave works on top secret projects…

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model rail essential information

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the big picture

Model Rail , Kernow Model Rail Centre and Heljan have joined forces to bring you a ready-to-run ‘OO’ gauge Class 97/6, better known as the ‘P:M’. Five Ruston & Hornsby 0-6-0DEs were ordered by the :estern Region for use in replacing 60ft track panels with continuously welded rail. They were designed so that they could be hauled from depots to work sites in permanent way trains where the traction motor would be re-engaged to enable them to shunt wagons. The ‘P:Ms’ were never part of the capital stock list and were only ever allocated to Departmental duties. E:S withdrew the final two, 97651 and 97654, in 1998. Our tooling will only cover P:M651-654 (97651-97654), which were delivered in 1959. The pioneer, P:M650 (97650), built in 1953, had smaller wheels and other differences. The tooling…

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finescale ‘o’ gauge collaboration

Ellis Clark Trains has joined forced with Darstaed to produce two new finescale ‘O’ gauge models. Star billing goes to the LMS ‘Black Five’ and this will be joined by Eastern Region Thompson coaches. There were multiple differences between batches of ‘Black Fives’ and so the Ellis Clark/Darstaed model will focus on 227 locomotives delivered by Armstrong Whitworth between August 1936 and December 1937. These locomotives, Nos. 5225-5451, were built with boilers with sloping firebox throatplates. The model is to boast an impressive spec list: die-cast construction, compensated chassis, working removable headlamps and firebox glow. Sound-fitted options are also planned, along with synchronised smoke. The Thompson coach range covers seven types of 63ft vehicles, depicting the later, rounded window style. The range is complemented by a 63ft Full Brake, with the original square…

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heljan class 31s and ccts

Heljan is to produce the refurbished Class 31 in ‘O’ gauge and has added two new variants to its Mk 1 coach range. The refurbished ‘31’ follows the success of the original condition locomotive, released in 2013 which is considered to be one of Heljan’s best ‘O’ gauge diesels. The model will cover Class 31/1s and ETH-fitted Class 31/4s which lost their bodyside waist strip and bufferbeam cowlings, among other tweaks, during a 1980s overhaul programme. Heljan will also produce the Mk 1 Covered Carriage Truck. Final details and prices for this four-wheel van have yet to be confirmed but it is expected to appear in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s liveries. Heljan has also tooled two new bogie types in order to expand its existing Mk 1 coach range to cover the…