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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.(GEORGE HANRAHAN)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…

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model rail brought to you by

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…

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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 58 and 102 . ■…

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from the archives mr87 jan 2006

A bumper issue featuring six layouts in four different scales, including Hornby-Dublo three-rail – and one built in a suitcase. Meanwhile, Chris Leigh got himself into trouble with Pendon Museum for referring to the ‘Vale Scene’ as a ‘layout’! Star review: Bachmann Branchlines Mk 1 Pullmans Masterclass: GWR diesel railcars ■…

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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…

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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…