BLOG: Driver’s eye view


Its been an extremely busy couple of months in the Hornby Magazine office and workshop as we build up to the autumn period, but one by one projects are coming together.

One of our big challenges outside of the daily magazine work has been completing the rebuild of Twelve Trees Junction. This has to fit in during evenings and weekends on the whole, with a big push over a couple of days in the final run up to the layout’s relaunch at the Great Electric Train Show.

That event went very well for the layout, particularly considering that the Friday night was the first time it has been set up in full since the track had been laid, and withstanding a couple of glitches it performed better than we could have expected. We were even able to extend the scenery by 4ft adding a fifth scenic board to the original four in time for the show and you can read all about its redevelopment in Hornby Magazine Yearbook No. 10 which goes on sale on November 24 2017.

As you might imagine, that’s far from the end of the Twelve Trees story and there is a list of follow up jobs and ideas that I’ve had since we came back from the show which we will be going into more detail on in future issues of Hornby Magazine. Rolling stock is key, but we have a few little tricks to make it more appealing to onlookers planned too some of which will be ready for the layout’s next outing at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition where it will be on the Hornby Magazine stand. Introduction of full and operational colour light signalling is on the list too, but that will be a job for 2018 together with scenic work on the sixth front baseboard.

We were lucky to be able to run a complement of early production and pre-production models on the layout during the weekend including samples of the Hornby Wainwright ‘H’ 0-4-4T, Kernow Model Rail Centre’s LSWR ‘Gate stock’, a non-motorised decoration sample of the Hatton’s Wainwright ‘P’ 0-6-0T piloted on rail tours and Kernow’s production model of Bulleid diesel 10201. This model is reviewed in full in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine (HM125, on sale now) as well as featuring in this short cab ride through the extended scenic section of the layout…

This isn’t the first time we’ve put together a cab ride video on the layout, here is the original from when we first launched Twelve Trees Junction at the Great Electric Train Show in 2014…

We plan to put more footage of the layout together at forthcoming events and, as well as Warley, you will be able to see the Hornby Magazine team at the Spalding Model Railway Exhibition on November 11/12 where we will be exhibiting Grosvenor Square, our Western Region terminus, for the second time this year. See you there!

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