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Model Rail December 2020

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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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2 min.

2020 has certainly been a year of change. And now it’s time for a change here at Model Rail, for this is my last issue as the magazine’s editor. Not only am I handing the Model Rail controller over to someone else but I’m also leaving Bauer Media too, my ‘home’ for the last 16 years. There are no words to describe what a privilege it’s been to not only work on a magazine I’ve loved since 1997 but to edit it too, shaping the content to meet changing times, refreshing its pages and, most thrillingly, choosing what models to add to our now rather extensive range. It’s also been a privilege to serve you, the Model Rail reader and I’d like to thank you all for your thoughtful comments, feedback, support…

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model rail essential information

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HELJAN UNVEILS NEW ‘O’ GAUGE LINE-UP FOR 2021 Heljan has announced what it calls its key new ‘O’ gauge models for 2021. Revealed at the MIOG Live Virtual ‘O’ Gauge Show, Heljan declared that it will be offering the BRCW/Sulzer Class 26 and 27 next year, as well as the Class 73/1 in 2022. Engineering samples have already been received of both the Class 26 and Class 27, and the models are expected to include sprung buffers, wire handrails, etched metal grilles, separately fitted windscreen wipers and detailed bogies and bufferbeams. The Class 26 was first released by Heljan in 2011, but the single bodyshell option restricted it to the late 1960s/ early 1970s eras. This time, three different bodyshells have been designed, to cater for key elements such as tablet catcher recesses…

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in brief

NEW KERNOW BOX Kernow Model Rail Centre has released an exclusive commission from Bachmann Scenecraft of the ex-LSWR signal box at Petersfield. The Type 3a Grade II-listed building is located on the Portsmouth direct line between Havant and Guildford. Unique in the UK as it features both LSWR Type 2 and Type 3 designs, the box controlled the junction of the Midhurst branch which was closed in 1955, and still contains a ten-lever frame, circuit diagram and block instruments. Priced at £79.99, the signal box is available from www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com HATTONS SUSPENDS TWO MODELS Due to lower than expected sales, Hattons has suspended the production of its ‘OO’ gauge Plasser Crane and ‘N’ gauge LMS Beyer-Garratt. Any existing pre-orders will still stand should the projects restart, but no further pre-orders will be taken.…

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REVOLUTION TRAINS Mk 5 CALEDONIAN SLEEPER COACHES What’s planned? Accessible Sleeper car, Standard Sleeper, Club Car and Lounge Car in Caledonian Sleeper liveries Price? From £180 (pack of four) When’s it due? 2021 What stage is it at? CAD design RAILS OF SHEFFIELD 18000 GAS TURBINE What’s planned? BR gloss black with silver trim, BR green early crest, BR green late crest Price? £199.99 When’s it due? Q1 2021 What stage is it at? Livery samples RAILS OF SHEFFIELD McINTOSH 812 CLASS What’s planned? Caledonian Railway blue as preserved, Caledonian Railway blue as built, LMS black, BR black late crest, BR black early emblem Price? £199.95 When’s it due? Q2 2021 What stage is it at? Decorated samples KERNOW MODEL RAIL CENTRE GWR STEAM RAILMOTOR What’s planned? Diagram ‘R’ No. 93 in GWR lined Crimson Lake, Diagram ‘R’ No. 97 in simplified GWR chocolate and cream, Diagram ‘R’ No. 85…

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christmas stocking fillers

1 DAPOL WORKING SIGNALS Working GWR, LMS and Southern signals in ‘N’ and ‘OO’ with a new range of ‘O’ gauge entering the market. Easy to install and fully illuminated. Chris Leigh says, “I love the working GWR lower quadrants, but it would be good to have more varieties (home and distant on the same post and both wood and metal-type posts. I don’t think I’d ever tire of playing with them!” Price: From £33.50 Availability: Dapol stockists or www.dapol.co.uk 2 TRAIN-TECH AUTOMATIC SENSOR SIGNALS An innovative system of easily installed signals that activate with the passing of a train AND can be used for fully automatic block signalling. Chris Gadsby says, “I’ve wanted to install these on my layout since I reviewed them in MR278. There are so many different products with…