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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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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. Even fans of…

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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 guru. Knows 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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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. 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 2019 I…

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‘co-co’ cavalcade

Hornby is to take on Hatton’s all-new Class 66 (MR250) with a budget alternative. It will resurrect its ex-Lima Class 66 in liveries being offered by Hatton’s but with a starting price of just £74.99. The first two models in the ‘Co-Co Cavalcade’ are due in stock in May 2019, with the bulk following in June. Here’s what’s available: ◆ R3777: 66005, EWS maroon/gold ◆ R3778: 66097, DB Traffic red ◆ R3779: 66783 The Flying Dustman, GBRf Biffa red ◆ R3784: 66705 Golden Jubilee, GBRf livery, with Union Flag ◆ R3785: 66731 interhubGB, GBRf/Europorte livery ◆ R3786: 66413, Freightliner orange with black stripes ◆ R3787: 66847, Colas Rail orange/yellow ◆ R3747*: 66779 Evening Star, GBRf BR lined green ◆ R3748*: 66789 British Rail 1948-1997, GBRf BR ‘Large Logo’ *RRP £99.99…

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steam highlights

◆ R3731 SECR ‘H’ 0-4-4T No. 31177, BR lined black, early emblem ◆ R3732 SR ‘LN’ 4-6-0 No. 30852 Sir Walter Raleigh, BR green, early emblem ◆ R3733 SR ‘LN’ 4-6-0 No. 30859 Robert Blake, BR green, late emblem ◆ R3649 SR unrebuilt ‘MN’ 4-6-2 No. 35029 Ellerman Lines, BR lined green, early emblem ◆ R3716 SR unrebuilt ‘MN’ 4-6-2 No. 35022 Holland America Line, BR lined green, early emblem ◆ R3717 SR unrebuilt ‘MN’ 4-6-2 No. 21C7 Aberdeen Commonwealth, SR wartime black ◆ R3727 LYR ‘Pug’ 0-4-0ST No. 11244, LMS black ◆ R3728 LYR ‘Pug’ 0-4-0ST No. 51207, BR black, early emblem ◆ R3642 LMS ‘Princess Coronation’ 4-6-2 No. 46232 Duchess of Montrose, BR green, early emblem ◆ R3715 LMS ‘Princess Coronation’ 4-6-2 No. 6224 Princess Alexandra, LMS streamlined blue ◆ R3734 NBR ‘C’ 0-6-0 No. 65235 Gough, British…