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

Princetown and Yelverton: Railway of the Month
Gordon Vickers began modelling the famous Dartmoor terminus of Princetown in OO gauge, but it grew into a representation of the whole branch line from Yelverton that filled his garage!
Holyhead Breakwater railway: Plan of the Month
Ben Bucki suggests a compact preserved railway layout, imagining that one of BR’s most obscure lines had survived to the present day.

On Her Majesty’s service: Project of the Month
Callum Willcox adapts a Hornby OO gauge model to represent LMS 4-6-2 No.6201 Princess Elizabeth when it hauled the Royal Train in 2012, as part of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour.

Railway Modeller - June 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: Nottingborough
Steve Povey spent a long time planning this stunning layout and overcoming challenges.

Masterclass: 1938 Tube stock
David Jukes recounts the stock’s history, from experimental prototypes to modern day.

Layout: Portmaurwin
Taking advantage of lots of spare time, Chris Sykes indulged his love for BR blue diesels.

Masterplan: Design history
Paul A. Lunn looks at how layout planning and design has changed over the years.

Model Rail - Jun 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 everyone to the June digital issue of BRM.

What’s inside BRM June…
LAYOUTS:
• Grantham (OO) • Little Salkeld (N) • LNER layout round-up
PRACTICAL ADVICE:

• Construct a low-relief building • Know your lamps – a beginner’s guide • How to 3D print rolling stock • Refurbishing a layout: top tips
• The BRM Guide to glue • Build a DJH Raven A2
PLUS:

• Modelling train formations of the ECML • St. Margarets depot explored • Reviews of the new Darstaed Thompson coaches, new HYA/IIA hoppers from Accurascale, new SECR open wagons from Rapido and the latest Hornby W4 Peckett.

And that’s not all…our digital issues come packed with bonus content just for our digital subscribers. This month includes SIX extra videos, FOUR bonus articles, 21 EXCLUSIVE images, and a FREE issue of NARROW GAUGE WORLD magazine!
Let us also not forget your monthly dose of World of Railways TV. This month, Tony Wright shows us around the controls of his OO layout ‘Little Bytham', Phil Parker demonstrates the fun that can be had with a shunting puzzle, plus we interview Rails of Sheffield.

Enjoy the issue!

British Railway Modelling (BRM) - Jun 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

EAST COAST LEGENDS AT LITTLE BYTHAM Modelling the East Coast Main Line in ‘OO’ in steam’s Indian summer
DAWLISH WARREN Hydraulics on the Devon coast in ‘N’
BECKWICK A Southern seaside terminus in ‘OO’
COMPETITION Win a Hornby Gresley ‘A1’ worth £250
FIRST REVIEWS Hornby redefines the Class 91 for ‘OO’ and is Accurascale’s new Class 55 ‘Deltic’ the best ever?
WE SHOW YOU HOW Installing Locoman’s latest sound project in the Hornby ‘W1’ 4-6-4s

Hornby Magazine - June 2022

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