Railway Modeller is the UK's No1 model railway magazine. Every month it features the best from the hobby for those modelling Britain's railways in all the popular scales and offers a unique blend of articles by experts and beginners alike, including a special section for newcomers wanting to learn all about the hobby and model making in general.
754 Railway of the Month
Bevois Park & St Denys
Portraying a slice of Hampshire’s railway network as it appeared in the early 1990s, this stunning N gauge layout is a testament to the long term dedication and enthusiasm of its creators Andrew and Simon Tucker.
762 Sacle Drawings
A plate girder bridge
Using his own scale drawings – prepared following a site survey and reproduced here – John Treays built a scale model of an overbridge that still carries Cattedown Road in Plymouth over what used to be the former GWR Sutton Harbour branch.
766 Hyde Lane
Nick Hughes describes this layout he and Norman Hughes built together for displaying their collection of diesel classes in O gauge. Nick also includes some tips for anyone contemplating a project with the C&L self-assembly track system.
772 Project of the Month
The station hotel
Stephen Taylor of the Glenrothes Model Railway Club guides us through the steps of building this complex but striking 4mm scale model – destined for a future club layout – which is based on an extant structure in Fife.
777 Meden Vale
Derek Gelsthorpe regales us with a light-hearted description of this small N gauge layout, which measures just 4′ in length. Derek also reveals a few unorthodox tricks-of-the-trade that he used to help keep within budget, including a simple method for creating point operating rods.
780 Talking Points
Topical issues from the world of railway modelling. This month, the Gauge O Guild’s Jackie Kneeshaw describes how the power of digital technology has been harnessed to enable the organisation to stage an on-line ‘virtual’ event – to which everyone is invited.
The latest OO9 essay from narrow gauge modeller extraordinaire, Paul Windle. The basis of the model presented here was a surviving remnant from his Roth Valley Tramway layout – decommissioned in 1974!
788 Plan of the Month
Fry’s Somerdale Railway
Callum Willcox relates how a single locomotive kit-build project led to some extensive research into the railway network at the former Fry’s Somerdale Chocolate Factory in Keynsham. A proposal for a 4mm scheme with an 8′ x 2′ scenic section is presented here, together with a description of a 4′ x 1′ cameo created by the author.
A contemporary depiction of this Cumbrian station and viaduct in OO, the construction of which was complicated by the author’s university studies and house moves. The resulting 35′ layout has been a popular exhibit on the show circuit since its completion in 2018.
798 Metal signs in miniature
Mick Walker describes two methods he uses to make replica enamel signs, one requiring some specialist equipment, the other using materials readily available to all modellers. His 16mm garden railway was featured as ‘Railway of the Month’ in our August issue.
800 Through the Railway Room Door
The canalside setting for this OO9 system constructed by Keith and Jo Lodge is entirely appropriate – for the model is housed in a former coal-carrying narrow boat. The layout even includes a small-scale model of the boat, complete with models of the couple at the tiller!
805 Lockdown Junction
Brian Osborne used the time available during the recent period of lockdown to re-awaken his teenage interest in model railways. This 6’6” x 4’6” system in OO is the result.
808 Simple scenic suggestions
Don Pearson offers this selection of layout scenic hints and tips from an N gauge perspective. The methods described can be used for other scales.
810 A 15 minute garden railway – almost!
An instant garden line which can be put up and taken down in a few minutes, and which requires no earthworks whatsoever.
Opinions and observations across the eld of railway modelling.
This month, Patrick Collins makes the case for modelling light railways, and ponders why depictions of such standard gauge systems are seemingly less popular with modellers.
812 Readers’ Letters
814 New Product Reviews
Including the brand new N Class 17 ‘Clayton’ and OO J94 0-6-0ST from EFE Rail; HKA hoppers from Bachmann Branchline (OO) and Graham Farish (N); new Victorian-liveried FR ‘bug boxes’ in OO9 from Peco; an
LSWR ‘330’ class 0-6-0ST from OO Works; and more.
821 Book & DVD Reviews
Including new product announcements from Bachmann Europe Plc; HYA/IIA hoppers announced by Accurascale for OO; a fi rst look at the Stroudley four-wheel coaches from Dapol in O; and more.
37a Societies & Clubs
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