The first annual Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards are here offering the chance to vote for your favourite manufacturer, models and retailers. MIKE WILD introduces the shortlists and opens the voting.
2018 has been another brilliant year for model railways. New products have arrived on a regular basis across ‘OO’, ‘N’ and ‘O’ gauge while ready-to-run manufacturers have continued to strive for greater accuracy while also introducing new features.
This year Hornby Magazine is recognising the excellence and achievements of the hobby in our first annual Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards. We’ve generated shortlists – a tough job in itself – for you, the readers, to vote from and all voting will be carried out through this page. Plus, every vote will be entered into a prize draw to win a Hornby Gresley ‘A4’ 4-6-2, a VIP ticket to the Great Electric Train Show on October 13/14 (see pages 30-35) and a one-year subscription to Hornby Magazine. The prize package is worth over £250!
For the first awards we have created six categories covering Manufacturer of the Year, Motive Power Awards, Carriage and Wagon Awards, Innovation of the Year, Large Retailer of the Year and Small Retailer of the Year. The motive power and carriage and wagon awards have sub-categories for each scale offering a large choice of winners.
The winners will be announced at the Great Electric Train Show in October and we will publish the full details in HM138. All you have to do to take part and place your votes is select one option from each award below.Voting closes on October 1 2018.
February 2019Hornby’s 2019 catalogue launch headlines the latest issue of Hornby Magazine with a detailed report of new products to expect in the coming year, including full listings for steam and diesel locomotives as well as a list of all the new tool carriages for 2019.
In addition, we review Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge streamlined ‘Princess Coronation’ 4-6-2 in full while also offering the chance to win one of these fine models. We have a first review of Heljan’s new ‘O’ gauge GWR ‘43XX’ 2-6-0 and all the latest samples plus news from Hatton’s and more.
Features include Thornley TMD and Norwood Park in ‘OO’ gauge as well as Puddle Bridge in ‘O’ gauge while the team looks at the subject of double heading, shows you how to build a road with Woodland Scenics products, weathers a BR blue ‘Deltic’ and installs digital sound in Hornby’s latest Stanier ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2. Plus all our regulars are back, including Reality Check, Railway Realism, Staff Projects and the Show Guide. Don’t miss it!