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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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Issue 210 - on sale June 4th


Bask in the sunshine with a copy of Model Rail 210. ON SALE JUNE 4. 


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


Hornby unveils a new range of GWR coaches, a first look at Hatton’s ‘14XX’ and a roundup of the exciting new products available for your layout.  


Reviews: Our in-depth, accurate and frank reviews are at least one step ahead of the rest!


Locomotion’s GNR ‘Atlantic’, Graham Farish’s ‘Merchant Navy’ and Class 47/7 and Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge AC Cars railbus. 

Layouts: An in-depth look at some of the best model railways around.

Sydney Gardens (‘OO’ gauge)

Bawdsey (‘EM’ gauge) 


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

Brunel’s structures were often huge - so surely you can’t build a layout around one? Or can you? Paul A. Lunn finds out. 

Features: Fascinating articles, jam-packed with interesting facts.

Mike Harris tells the fascinating story of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and how his work can be witnessed today. 

Brunel promised that the GWR would be ‘the finest work in England’ and that meant paying attention to every detail. 


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

Chris Leigh dabbles with another 3D printed item. Peter Marriott tests track-cleaning products. Andrew Lambourne demonstrates how to tackle DCC the right way. And Dave Lowery recreates Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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