My subscription copy of Model Rail 168 arrived in the post this morning, with copies appearing in newsagents and model shops from Thursday. There's a few interesting articles in there, along with some up-to-the-minute news and reviews. As mentioned here a few weeks ago, I was asked to come up with something out of the ordinary using the new Hornby LNER 'B1' 4-6-0. Richard mentioned a fleet of these locos that survived the cull of 'B1's to work in the Departmental sector for a few years and, after a trawl over the Internet, I decided upon no.30, that served at Barrow Hill for a time.
So, grab a copy of MR168 for the full, fascinating story of these Departmental 4-6-0s and there's also a full demonstration of how I recreated my own version. Other highlights include a look at DCC sound in 'N' gauge (a great alternative to loco-fitted speakers), detailing & weathering an EWS Class 47, how to build a level crossing and non-wooden baseboards. There are also some great layouts, including a look at a certain Mr Waterman's epic recreation of Leamington Spa in the BR blue period, with some exquisite photos by Chris Nevard.