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Model Rail is Britain’s brightest and most informative magazine for model railway fans. 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, inspirational real railway subjects and step-by-step articles that really show you how.

We cover every stage of the hobby, from buying a first train set right through to museum standard finescale modelling in a lively style that encourages readers to get involved in the world’s greatest hobby.

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MR216 - On sale November 19

Sit in front of the hearth with a copy of MR216.


News: All of the hobby’s hottest news stories. 

  • Our exclusive ‘USA’ 0-6-0T project reaches another milestone as Dapol and DJ Models unveil new models.


Reviews: Our objective take on the railway modelling world’s latest releases. 

  • Hornby’s ‘S15’ 4-6-0 and Sentinel 0-4-0DH are joined by Bachmann’s LMS ‘Twins’ as well as two very special Bulleid ‘Pacifics’. 


Layouts: An in-depth look at FOUR of the most exciting model railways the community has to offer. 


  • ‘Kyle of Lochalsh’ (‘2FS’)
  • ‘Pendennis’ (‘OO’)
  • ‘Bleadon’ (‘O’)
  • ‘Axmouth’ (‘OO’)


Inspiration: Topics that make you go WOW!

  • Chris Leigh considers just why the blend of sea, sand, rocks and railway is begging to be modelled.


Masterplan: Ideas for potential projects, designed to kick start those creative modelling juices. 

  • Paul A. Lunn offers four great layout ideas based on a classic coastal location.


Workbench: Tips and tricks from our panel of modelling maestros.

  • Peter Marriott uses off-the-shelf products to produce a great looking harbour, and weathers and details Bachmann Scenecraft’s Fishing Boat. George Dent gets hands-on with a back-to-back gauge. Cliff Thomas builds scenic modules. And Chris Leigh plans a coastal layout. 




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