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Model Rail February 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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(COLIN WHITFIELD/RAIL PHOTOPRINTS) I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but it was the death of railwayman Dick Hardy back in February 2018 that prompted me to finally read his autobiography Steam in the Blood . I’m not sure why it hadn’t occurred to me to do so before, but seeing so many reminders of his long and illustrious railway career – particularly as he was a former M&GN man for a time – meant that I wanted to know more about him.It’s heartily recommended, and for several reasons. You get an insight into post-war Doncaster works (Hardy was a premium apprentice and was befriended by Edward Thompson) and what life was like in busy Eastern and Southern Region sheds and depots. But it’s not just a read for steam buffs.…

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life’s better with model rail

Here’s why: Starting as a supplement in RAIL magazine, Model Rail went ‘standalone’ in 1997. Every issue, we bring you easy-to-follow modelling projects that you can complete without breaking the bank, inspirational photographs of the best model railways and thorough, unbiased reviews so you can make the most informed choices when spending your money. Don’t forget our own range of models – see p 14 and 110 . ■…

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from the archives mr162 nov 2011

There are two layouts this month based on real places: Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre’s ‘Ruddington’ and Ramsbottom MRC’s take on its namesake station. Dave Lowery builds a Wenford Bridge scene, and there’s more architectural awesomeness from Clive Hardwick. Star review: Graham Farish Peppercorn ‘A1’ 4-6-2 Masterclass: Painting miniature figures ■…

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Richard Foster My aim for 2019 is to actually get one of my layouts to a stage where I can start to add scenery. George Dent I’d like to get into the design and printing of my own decals – something I’ve only dabbled in before. Chris Leigh My 2019 resolution? To actually COMPLETE the projects that I’ve planned. But then I say that every year…! Chris Gadsby It’s a similar story from me – to finish all my ongoing projects in order to make space for more! 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…

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the big picture

Welcome to a very special issue of Model Rail. We wanted to prove that modelling in a small space doesn’t have to limit your creativity, so we gave five members of the MR team a Tim Horn 3ft by 1ft baseboard each E www.timhorn.co.uk/baseboards) to fill with whatever they wanted. The only rule: the track had to be 113mm from the leading edge, so that they could be linked together.From GWR sheds to Underground stations, the results prove that the only limit to layout building is your own imagination! Turn to p35 to see the results.This is Chris Nevard’s diorama, given a sprinkling of snow Ecream of tartar). ■…

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hornby returns to its roots

Three steam locomotives; one industrial diesel; four ranges of coaches and two new wagons – that’s how Hornby’s Marketing & Development Manager Simon Kohler has marked his return.(MALCOLM RANIERI)Hornby’s 2019 range kick-starts the return to a wider range of products and accessories, complemented by a return to its spiritual Margate home.Mr Kohler told Model Rail: “When I returned to Hornby much had changed. There was a new building and new systems but a model railway range that didn’t seem to have any particular direction.“Like an oil tanker, these things cannot change [direction] straight away, and it will take a year or two to work through some of the decisions made by the previous teams. In many respects, there was little I could do with the 2018 range, but for…