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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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(MAURICE BURNS) 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…

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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…

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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 model ranges – see p 18 , 36 and 110 . ■…

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from the archives britain’s model trains 2009

Can it really be ten years since we launched Britain’s Model Trains? It was the only publication around that rated and reviewed every RTR locomotive, coach and wagon in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ – and, ten years later, it still is! The 2019 edition is due out in March, with over 1,000 models – order from www.greatmagazines.co.uk Star reviews: Over 250 of them! ■…

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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,…

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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 ■…