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Model Rail March 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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Images of filthy ‘J27’ 0-6-0s sum up the end of steam on the North Eastern Region in September 1967. These Edwardian 0-6-0s outlasted many ‘glamour’ machines and arguably offered one of the last remaining pieces of low-hanging fruit available to model manufacturers in ‘OO’ gauge. Oxford Rail has now picked that fruit. In terms of ‘OO’ gauge steam, what does that leave? WD 2-10-0? BR ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T/2-6-0? Beyond that, I’m struggling. Everything else feels a little too esoteric, too niche. Some manufacturers have the benefit of going through their back catalogues and bringing out all-new versions. That’s exactly what Hornby has done with its 2019 range. We’ve been crying out for new ‘Terriers’ and ‘Large Prairies’ for years. Hornby has always planned to re-do them but, with plenty of other low-hanging…

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Richard Foster Oxford’s ‘J27’ will be perfect for recreating scenes from the Master Neverers’ Never Again books! George Dent Hornby’s little Ruston ‘48DS’ would be perfect for the little Scalescenes box file layout I built last issue. Chris Leigh With both Hornby and Bachmann making Bulleid coaches, it’s a shame that no one is doing a tavern car. Chris Gadsby I’d like a Hornby ‘Princess Royal’ but renamed Princess Margaret Rose because my dad did work on the real thing. 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 for train builders and model manufacturers. Paul A. Lunn Paul…

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coupled up for new mk 5

Accurascale and Revolution Trains have joined forces to produce the new Mk 5 coaches in both ‘OO’ and ‘N’ respectively. Both organisations are working exclusively with CAF, lessor Beacon Rail and Caledonian Sleeper. The Mk 5s are the first new locomotive-hauled coaches built for Britain’s national network since the Mk 4s of 1989. Caledonian Sleeper ordered 75 Mk 5s from Spanish train builder CAF in 2015 to replace its Mk 2 and Mk 3 vehicles. TransPennine Express followed suit in 2016 with an order for 66 Mk 5a vehicles, which are destined to run in 12 five-car sets (with spares). The models’ exact specifications have yet to be confirmed but will feature key differences between the Mk 5 and Mk 5a, such as the width, detail differences in the roofs, underframes and…

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2019 oxford rail highlights

◆ OR76AR009: ‘East Kent Railway Centenary Pack’, comprising an Adams ‘Radial’ 4-4-2T as E.R No. 5 and two five-plank open wagons in Tilmanstone Colliery livery ◆ OR76MW5006: five-plank open wagon No. 151, Tilmanstone Colliery livery ◆ OR76MW7013W: seven-plank open wagon No. P58699, BR weathered grey ◆ OR76MW7021W: seven-plank open wagon No. 15, heavily weathered .obo livery ◆ OR76SPWAG01: triple pack of seven-plank open wagons; Steetley grey, Mc.elvie & Co red and Milner, Thomas & Co red ◆ OR76DG010: ‘Dean Goods’ 0-6-0 No. 2534, Great Western unlined green ◆ OR76ACC01: GWR snowplough ◆ OR76BOOM03: 18in howitzer HMG Boche Buster ◆ OR76ROR007: Land Rover Defender 90/Aquarius ro-rail, Carillion livery…

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low-relief range

Petite Properties has expanded its range of low-relief 1:76 scale buildings with a pair of terraced houses (Station Road Terrace Rear, £11.99), two small industrial buildings (Parker’s Lock Up and Harper’s Yard, both £6.99 each) and a larger warehouse (Brown & Son, £9.99). As with all Petite Properties kits, you only get the laser-cut wood frame, so you’ll need to choose your type of finish to complete. Availability: Petite Properties Tel: 01526 328738 Web: www.petitepropertiesltd.com…

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bachmann 2019 releases

Bachmann Europe’s 2019 release programme reflects the challenges it faces. Enforced factory moves in China and a large backlog of products in development means that new tooling for 2019’s Branchline and Graham Farish ranges is limited to three new wagons in order to allow design teams in Britain and China to catch up. The 2019 range launch was preceded by a Bachmann announcement that four projects have been “deferred from our range at this time”. These are the revamped Branchline ‘J39’, Branchline ‘Prestwin’ wagon, all-new Graham Farish ‘J72’ and the return of the Farish prototype Deltic . It’s not all doom and gloom, for Bachmann reports that its new facility in Gaobu is fully operational, with nearly 70% of the workforce having transferred to the new site. The Narrow Gauge range continues…