Make your fleet neat...


Anniversaries, from 50 years since the ‘Big Four’ to 20 years of Virgin Trains, are marked in the June 2017 Model Rail. OUT NOW!

Reviews: This month's reviews include Hornby’s ‘Merchant Navy' 4-6-2, Bachmann’s LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T, Graham Farish's ‘Castle’ 4-6-0, and Heljan's ‘O’ gauge Class 37 and Dapol's GWR coaches.

Workbench: George Dent marks 30 years since Railfreight with a trio of Brush Type 4s and creates two red DB Schenker locomotives, one of which is in a special commemorative scheme. Peter Marriott builds a ‘OO9’ scene centred on a Bachmann L&B station. And, Paul Bambrick demonstrates how to make a backscene seem much bigger than it really is.

Features: Ben Ando provides a potted history of the Virgin Trains fleet. Paul Lunn presents three classic layouts marking the end of Southern steam in 1967. Brian Rolley discusses how he needed a backscene that would stand close scrutiny and why a flat image wouldn’t do. And, Richard Foster details the ‘Big Four’s post-war liveries - as they tried to restore pre-war glamour.

Layouts: Cheriton Bishop – East Bedfordshire MRS ‘OO’ gauge layout. Sheep croft - ‘EM’ gauge layout that started with a visit to a skip...

Regulars: Exhibition Diary and Backscene, in which Chris Leigh recalls a modelling tip from a man who built a working flea circus!

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