New modelling magazine among Warley highlights

The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling, a new free monthly publication from the publishers of Heritage Railway, was launched at this year’s Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, held on November 26-27 at the NEC near Birmingham.

Taking pride of place at the Warley show was new-build Betton Grange, carrying the boiler from Cogan Hall! PAUL BICKERDYKE

Thousands of visitors took up on the offer of the free magazine, which is aimed at beginners and returners to railway modelling.

It will be available from model shops, museums plus a number of leading heritage lines and features reviews, nostalgia, advice and interviews.

“I was really pleased with the reception Modelling got at the show,” said editor Sarah Palmer. “We’re hoping it will bring a fresh outlook to the marketplace and encourage more people into the hobby.”

Also drawing the crowds at the show was new-build GWR 4-6-0 No. 6880 Betton Grange complete with the boiler from 4-6-0 No. 5952 Cogan Hall and now just three years from completion.

Indeed, it was a case of seeing two locomotives in one. Cogan Hall, the 136th departure from Barry in September 1981, was in 2010 sold on to 6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd, which intends to use its bogie and tender for the new-build locomotive.

However, in the long term, the society aims to restore Cogan Hall in its own right at its new home on the Llangollen Railway once the Grange is up and running.

Read more in Issue 223 of Heritage Railway

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