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Model Rail magazine

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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Issue 205 - on sale January 22nd!


Beat the post-Christmas blues with Model Rail 205, on sale January 22nd.


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


· Find out what exciting models Hornby has planned for 2015 in a full report as new locomotives from Graham Farish and Kernow take important steps forward.  


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


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


· Coleborne Junction (‘OO’ gauge)

· Junction Road TMD (‘N’ gauge)

· Halland (‘OO’ gauge) 

· Caldon Low Shed (7mm scale) 


Masterclass: Your definite guide to all things railway modelling.


Why expose yourself to the harsh winter weather, when you can model it? George Dent and Jim Reid present FIVE snowplough projects to keep you occupied during the cold months.


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


· Hoist the main sail and weigh anchor! Salty sea dog Paul A. Lunn draws up a selection of waterside layout plans.


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


· Dave Lowery shows you how to achieve modern slow-acting point operation with the 'feel' of a traditional mechanical lever frame, and Peter Marriot is at hand with tips on how to ballast points and to guide anyone who's new to crafting scenery.

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