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September 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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Model railways have traditionally been a way to escape from the realities of the world. Politics, renegade dictators, environmental disasters – you can forget all about the mess of the 21st century by running trains in the little time warp of your railway room. Worringly though, our hobby has suffered its fair share of misfortune this year. We’ve seen DJModels go into receivership, we’ve seen an exhibition destroyed by vandals and now, it seems, one of our biggest retailers is in dispute with a major manufacturer. Both Hattons and Bachmann Europe are keeping the cause of the dispute close to their respective chests, but the upshot is that Bachmann, at the time of writing, has stopped supplying Hattons with new models. So, if you’re one of those whose pre-order with Bachmann models…

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Richard Foster Richard recently enjoyed a visit to the ‘Shire’ to help measure our next exclusive locomotive commission. George Dent George is now living further north than ever before. He’s near Hadrian’s Wall – on the northern side! Chris Leigh Chris is giving a talk at the Model Railway Club in London on September 12 at 19.30. Visitors welcome. See p17 Chris Gadsby Like George, Chris is also moving, but he is coming further down the A1, closer to the Model Rail office! 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…

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model rail essential information

Q: Looking for an old feature but can’t remember which issue it was in? A: Check out the online index, kindly provided by UK Model Shops, at www.ukmodelshops. co.uk/ModelRail Q: Want to order one of our exclusive models? A: Go to www.modelrailoffers.co.uk or call 01209 613984. Q: Want to order one of our bookazines? A: Go to www.greatmagazines.co.uk or call 01858 438884. Q: Have a problem or query about our digital magazines? A: Visit www.great magazines.co.uk/faq Q: Subscription issue not arrived? A: Call our Subscriptions Department on 01858 438884.…

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peco/kato ffestiniog classics in ‘oo9’

Peco has joined forces with Japanese manufacturer Kato to produce two classic Ffestiniog Railway locomotives in ‘OO9’. The collaboration will start with the ‘Small England’ 0-4-0STTs before focusing on the double Fairlie 0-4-4-0Ts. George England supplied four 0-4-0TTs to the FR in 1863, the world’s first steam locomotives built for a narrow gauge railway. They were gradually rebuilt with saddle tanks from the 1880s onwards in the form in which they are most familiar today. Three of the four survive – No. 1 Princess, No. 2 Prince and No. 4 Palmerston, although there are myriad detail differences between them. The Peco/Kato collaboration has announced that it plans to produce Prince in a green livery and Princess in maroon and that the models are expected in early 2021. Further details have yet to…

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growing industry

3D-printed figure specialist Hardy’s Hobbies has branched out… into the world of industrial locomotives. These 3D-printed resin body kits are designed to fit proprietary ready-to-run chassis and include everything you need to complete the locomotive, aside from the chassis (to be sourced separately), paints and glue. The range will include freelance and prototype designs. The first locomotive to be launched is this 0-6-0T, which uses design cues from Leeds builder Hudswell Clarke. Price: £45.00 Availability: Hardy’s Hobbies Web: www.hardyshobbies.co.uk…

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krmodels goes nuclear

KRModels has unveiled plans to produce the distinctive KUA nuclear flask wagons in ‘OO’. The two wagons, MODA 95770 and 95771, were built by Bombardier Prorail in Wakefield in 1997 for military nuclear traffic. KRModels promises that the new wagon will have a high specification, including sprung buffers, cast metal chassis, NEM pockets (complete with optional Kadee couplings) and DCC-operated opening cargo doors! Price: £80.00 (non-DCC), £150.00 (DCC-fitted) Availability: KRModels Web: www.krmodels.co.uk .eep up to date with Model Rail News online.…