Model Railway Magazines

Like all hobbies, railway modelling has its dedicated publications for enthusiasts and followers. There are currently four main UK based magazines, all of which follow the same general format of product reviews, layout features and "how to" articles.

All of these can be found on the shelves of most national newsagents, such as WH Smiths, and also at many model railway shops. Alternatively, they can all be bought on subscription and will arrive in the post every month. If you read magazines regularly, subscribing is a good idea as it's cheaper in the long run and usually also gives you exclusive access to subscriber-only benefits.

If you prefer not to read your magazines on paper, digital subscriptions are increasingly available, either web-based or using a dedicated tablet app.

Railway Modeller

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Railway Modeller is the oldest UK model railway magazine currently in print, the first edition having been published in 1949. The current editor is Steve Flint, who many will recognise as one of the judges on Channel 5's "Great Model Railway Challenge".

Railway Modeller is published by Peco Publications, the publishing arm of Peco, one of the UK's leading suppliers of model railway accessories and track. For much of its history it had the tagline "For the average enthusiast", reflecting its intention to be aimed at the mainstream modeller rather than those with more esoteric interests. The current tagline is "At the heart of the hobby".

As of 2021, Railway Modeller is still the best-selling UK model railway publication.

In the current issue

Railway of the Month: Barton Road
Memories of journeys to the West Country provided the inspiration for Benn Pollard to create this pre-TOPS era urban scene in an unorthodox T-shape footprint.

LMS Class 2P 4-4-0 Scale Drawings Toby Jennings describes these characterful Midland Railway-derived four-coupled tender locomotives, with accompanying 4mm drawings by the late Ian Beattie.

Plan of the Month: 21st Century Penrith
Steve Flint considers this West Coast Main Line station in Cumbria as the setting for an N gauge layout project depicting the post-Privatisation era.

Railway Modeller - October 2022

Model Rail

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Model Rail was originally a supplement to Rail Magazine, and was launched as a standalone publication in 1997. Slightly unusually, Model Rail is published four-weekly rather than monthly, meaning that there are thirteen issues a year. Model Rail is published by Bauer Media, and the current editor is George Dent.

Model Rail's current tagline is "Innovative • In-Depth • Independent", reflecting its lack of ties to any other model railway publisher or maufacturer. However, as part of the Bauer Media group, it remains the sister publication of Rail Magazine which covers the full-size aspect of railways.

In the current issue

Layout: Meldon West
Tom Blount returned to the hobby – and a different modelling world to what he’d known.

Masterclass: Class 31
Chris Gilson looks at a diesel stalwart from the Pilot Scheme and George Dent upgrades models in ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ gauge.

Layout: Hookton and Lipp
Michael Bragg demonstrates that you don’t need lots of space for 7mm scale.

Model Rail - Oct 22

British Railway Modelling

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British Railway Modelling, or BRM as it's commonly abbreviated, was first published in 1993.

Published by Warners Group Publications, BRM is part of the "World of Railways" stable which includes the RMweb discussion forum, other railway and modelling magazines and three major model railway exhibitions. A "Gold" subscription is available which includes not just the magazine but access to online archives, track plans and a free ticket to one of the shows.

In the current issue

Welcome to the November 2022 digital edition of BRM and WOR TV.

Enjoy the action-packed October issue with extra content on top, including EIGHT extra videos, THREE bonus articles, 46 EXCLUSIVE images, PLUS a DIGITAL competition for our readers to win a Hornby 9F!
Also included is your monthly dose of World of Railways TV. This month, we take a trip to the wonderful York, Phil Parker builds a Dapol wagon, plus Howard Smith and Phil Parker pay a visit to Stapleford Park miniature railway.

WIN a Hornby 9F 46 exclusive images 8 extra videos 3 bonus articles Watch this month’s edition of World of Railways TV
What’s Inside BRM November…
LAYOUTS
York in OO Canada Street in EM Freshwater in 2FS
PRACTICAL ADVICE
Creating signs for your layout: top tips
Modify a Wills Craftsman kit Our guide to DCC Controllers Build a 3D-printed carriage Weathering step-by-step guide
PLUS
An interview with The Sleaford and District Model Railway Club Bardon Hill wagons: history explored
Reviews of the Lionheart Trains 45XX, Dapol 14T tank wagon, Hornby MK. 4 coach, plus the latest 3D-printed accessories from West Hill Wagon Works A round-up of the latest headlines from the model railway world this month
Enjoy the issue!

British Railway Modelling (BRM) - Nov 2022

Hornby Magazine

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Despite the name, Hornby Magazine covers all model railway brands, not just Hornby! The name is licensed by the publishers from Hornby Hobbies, as it was felt that the name recognition would help gain readership. The first edition was published in 2007.

Hornby Magazine is published by Key Publishing, and the current editor is Mike Wild. Because of the branding tie-in with Hornby, Hornby Magazine is aimed slightly more towards newcomers to railway modelling than the other magazines, and makes a point of avoiding the use of too much "technical language".

In the current issue

LONDON REBORN Step back in time to East London in the late 1940s at Harford Street, an ‘OO’ gauge masterpiece
COMPETITION Win a Hornby Class 67 worth £190
FIRST REVIEWS Three all-new ‘OO’ models
‘DELTIC’ WEATHERING Learn how to give your Accurascale Class 55 a realistic finish
SOUTH COAST MAINLINE Modelling the modern railway in Southern England in ‘OO’
VOTE NOW Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards 2022

Hornby Magazine - October 2022

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