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.
December 2018The December 2018 issue of Hornby Magazine is available now, offering an exclusive Hornby model giveaway with four great prizes, 172 pages of model railway content, exciting modelling projects, inspirational layouts and the very latest releases across ‘OO’, ‘O’ and ’N’ gauge.
Highlights include Michael Smith’s huge ‘OO’ gauge loft layout Lakeside, Wolfe Lowe in ‘O’ gauge modelling the early years of the LMS and quarry operations and the West Coast Main Line in ’N’ gauge at Clifton and Lowther. Add to this a full survey of BR blue steam locomotives, a guide to installing frog switches, weathering heavy freight locomotives and installing sound in an Adams 4-4-2T in ‘OO’ and there is plenty to look forward to.
The reviews are headlined by Heljan’s new ‘O’ gauge model of the Class 25/3 while we also inspect the latest releases from Hornby, Bachmann, Olivia’s Trains and Dapol. In the news we update you on the GT3 project for ‘OO’, preview the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition and round up the winners of the first Hornby Magazine Model Railway Awards and more. Don’t miss it!