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Mark Chivers

BLOG: The Lure of the West

There’s something magical about heading for the West Country. Maybe it’s the stunning scenery, the rugged coastline, clotted cream teas, Cornish pasties fresh from the oven – or perhaps it’s the prospect of a behind-the-scenes look at Britain’s westerly Traction

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BLOG: Winter Plans

I love this time of year. I know that may sound a little odd considering the heavy frosts we have had lately, but let me explain. The cold wintry weather means I can justify spending a few extra hours in

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BLOG: Last Minute Preparation

So, the dust has settled on another year of exhibition appearances, following outings for Grosvenor Square, Twelve Trees Junction and West Coast Cement – Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layouts. West Coast Cement is our most recent layout build, which

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BLOG: The train now arriving…

It may be somewhat overused, but the phrase ‘good things come to those who wait’ certainly rings true given my latest doorstep delivery. I’ve really been looking forward to Hornby’s new ‘OO’ gauge Class 87 Bo-Bo electric arriving, as the

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BLOG: Numbers game

Scorching Summer weather and a recent holiday have meant that many of my modelling projects have been put to the back-burner for a while, although I have enjoyed a couple of therapeutic evenings recently, renumbering a few ‘OO’ gauge wagons.

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BLOG: “The Show Now Approaching…”

With just a few days to go until the Great Central Railway’s (GCR) annual Model Event, attention in the Hornby Magazine office has turned to final preparations for our ‘OO’ gauge BR Southern Region exhibition layout, Twelve Trees Junction, and

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BLOG: All in the name of research

Over the past few weeks I’ve been reminiscing on various rail visits when I was younger. Growing up near the South Coast, I usually headed for railway ‘hotspots’ nearby – perhaps Fratton, Eastleigh and Bournemouth – sometimes even Clapham Junction…

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BLOG: Field trips are key

Field trips are a great way to gather information on the full-size railway and a recent journey to the West Country provided the opportunity to do just that and sample a run on Great Western Railway’s (GWR) soon-to-change High Speed

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BLOG: Two transitions – one weekend

Next weekend (November 11/12), Hornby Magazine will be attending the Spalding Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition at the Springfields Event Centre along with our ‘OO’ gauge BR Western Region exhibition layout Grosvenor Square. This will be the layout’s third outing

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BLOG: The Naming Game

With Summer here (although not so you would notice), recent modelling opportunities have been limited to a few smaller detailing tasks such as renumbering and renaming my fleet of ‘OO’ gauge diesel locomotives. The Railway has long held a tradition

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