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Model Rail January 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’ve always been obsessed with the slate quarry at Dinorwic and its associated narrow gauge railways. As we’re on the cusp of 2019, that means that it’ll be 50 years ago next summer that the quarry closed for good. While I don’t condone trespassing, those intrepid explorers who have gone the ‘wrong side of the fence’ into the old quarry workings have returned with simply fascinating images of abandoned buildings, full of decaying equipment, and with boots and coats still in the cabans where the men left them half a century ago. Dinorwic quarry is one of those places that makes me wish I’d been born earlier. I’d love to have seen it in its heyday. Or would I? Would I have actually wanted to see the mountainside alive with men, dumping…

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Richard Foster Heljan’s LCB announcement has reinvigorated Richard’s interest in North Devon narrow gauge… George Dent George has got Scalescenes’ new ‘Layout in a boxfile’ to test. Sadly, Heljan’s new Class 25/3 won’t fit… Chris Leigh Chris’ ‘Polwyddelan’ has now gone on permanent display in the MR office. How will he fill the space at home? Chris Gadsby Chris has just experienced his first Warley as an exhibitor… life will never be quite the same again! 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 is full of ideas…

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accurascale announces all-new ‘deltic’

Accurascale has chosen the ever-popular ‘Deltic’ as its first locomotive. The Accurascale team was given access to the Deltic Preservation Society’s D9009 Alycidon and D9015 Tulyar to ensure that its new model is the definitive ‘OO’ gauge take on the English Electric Type 5. Tooling was due to start by the end of the year, with the new ‘Deltic’ due in stock by the end of 2019. The new model promises myriad detail differences to reflect in-service modifications and tweaks made to preserved survivors that have run on the main line. The impressive spec list includes Shawplan nameplates and regimental crests where applicable, full external and internal lighting, gearbox with helical gears, scale 100mph running capability, sprung metal buffers and a 21-pin DCC socket. Accurascale is also considering supplying ‘EM’ and ‘P4’ gauge wheelsets.…

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green light for dapol ‘light pacific’ in ‘n’

Dapol WILL produce an all-new Bulleid ‘Light Pacific’ in ‘N’. The project was originally unveiled in 2011 but, during 2017, Dapol announced that development had been put on hold. The ‘Light Pacific’ will spearhead Dapol’s ‘Next Generation’ range of ‘N’ gauge steam outline models. Its old arrangement of a motor in the tender and a shaft through the cab to the driving wheels has been abandoned. Instead, the motor will be mounted inside the locomotive. The body will be die-cast and complemented with an injection-moulded tender. Other features include a Next18 DCC socket, provision for sound and a partially compensated chassis for improved performance. Dapol will produce the air-smoothed ‘West Country’ and ‘Battle of Britain’ first. Rebuilt ‘Light Pacifics’ will follow. DAPOL SR ‘LIGHT PACIFIC’ 4-6-2 What’s planned? ◆ 2S-034-001: No. 21C164 Fighter Command, Southern…

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dual fuel autocar commissioned

Rails of Sheffield has commissioned Heljan to produce a ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run model of the North Eastern Railway petrol-electric autocar, the world’s first railway vehicle fitted with an internal combustion engine. The NER ordered two autocars in 1903 to the design of Vincent Raven. They were fitted with electric motors, powered by a petrol engine and a dynamo. The two cars, Nos. 3170 and 3171, worked throughout the NER system until withdrawn in 1930 and 1931 respectively. No. 3170 became a holiday home until it was saved for preservation by carriage restorer Stephen Middleton. The historic vehicle returned to service at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway in October 2018, albeit with a modern diesel power unit. Rails of Sheffield’s model will be available in three guises: No. 3170, NER red/cream (RL3171),…

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mma/jna-t box wagon unveiled

Revolution Trains has unveiled its next ‘OO’ gauge wagon, the MMA/JNA-T box wagon. These box wagons were built by Romanian manufacturer Astra Rail for DB Schenker and French wagon lessor Ermewa. Consequently, they’ve been coded MMA and JNA-T on TOPS. More than 500 are in service in the UK, and can be seen from Cumbria to South Wales to East Anglia. Revolution is to offer versions with nine or 11 vertical strengthening ribs, with or without bodyside doors and variations in buffers, brake gear and end panels. The bogies will be designed to allow for easy conversion to ‘EM’ and ‘P4’ gauges. A version with a working tail lamp is also planned. Wagons in DB red, Tarmac grey and Ermewa plain grey will be available through Revolution Trains. Wagons in VTG/Mendip Rail…