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A warm welcome RMwebbers to our May issue of BRM, complete with a free episode of BRM TV for all digital viewers and print subscribers. We hope you'll enjoy the content within as much as we have in creating and compiling it – it's certainly varied for all tastes! Copies are available in stores from April 22, or download your digital copy now from www.pocketmags.com/BRM


In this episode of BRM TV, join us for a tour of one of my favourite layouts – 'The World's End' in OO gauge, crafted by the talented Pete Goss...



Join Tony Wright for an overview of good running tips...



Plus, Phil Parker advises on measuring tools and their uses...



Meanwhile, in this issue of BRM:




'Bethesda Sidings' (OO) – Tim Maddocks used a number of spare items to create this ‘might-have-been’ scenario, loosely-based on British Railways’ practice in the Welsh Borders...



'Foxcote Colliery' (2FS) – The pre-grouping era is increasing in popularity. Jerry Clifford reasons why he chose a Somerset & Dorset-themed colliery, with further trackplan options, too...



'Dolgelley' (O) – The North Wales Coast has long-inspired modellers with its scenic vistas. Philip Crathorn’s model highlights the history of this location...





Improve kit and RTR model signal boxes – Phil Parker explores common options for modellers of all abilities, with a guide to improving these lineside structures...



How to make handmade track – Producing custom track offers many benefits and can prove easier than anticipated for newcomers. Geoff Taylor outlines his experiences using the range from C&L...


How to transition from 3D to 2D – A seamless blend between layout and backscene is key to a more realistic-looking layout. Howard Smith shares a selection of versatile methods...



Building ther DJH 8F – With newly-found time on his hands, Tony Wright constructs this kit of the most numerous eight-coupled freight locomotive to have roamed all regions of Britain...



Build a retaining wall – Expanding her layout to accommodate her husband’s larger locomotives, Carol Flavin creates this space-saving feature in the process...



Adapt the Bachmann 94XX – Mass-produced models needn’t retain their identical details, as Paul Marshall-Potter carves a subtle variant from Bachmann’s 0-6-0T ‘Pannier’...



Features and reviews


Historical lines across the solent – As refurbished rolling stock arrives on the Wight Line, Clive Baker explains the island’s railway history and proposes a location-inspired layout...



Review: Heljan GWR AEC Railcar – The concept of a diesel-powered railcar was perhaps a little ahead of its time for the GWR. We look at the latest release from Heljan, depicting these unsung heroes...



Review: Heljan Class 17 – For modellers of the Scottish and North of England regions in O gauge, this new release fills a locomotive gap of a prototype with a short and unfortunate history...


Plus, we look at the latest books, new model railway gadget arrivals, Mr. Hobby weathering paste and the latest news. All this and more in the May 2021 issue of BRM, on-sale April 22, or download the digital edition now from www.pocketmags.com/BRM


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Many congratulations to the whole team for an absolutely cracking edition of BRM magazine and "TV"-quite the best ever IMHO! Three superb layouts and entertaining and useful articles.Have to say, Jerry brought back happy memories of 11years living in the middle of the Somerset Coalfield, including a trip down Writhlington (or "Wriddleton") pit before it closed via a high speed ride on the coal conveyor(what price "elf'n), many climbs up Old Mills batch with the dog(always known to my two as Daddy's coal tip) and Special Constabulary duty with Nelson Loader, son of Herbie,driver of the Kilmersdon Peckett. Happy times.

Thanks again and best wishes, Tim.

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Thank you to you both; it is appreciated.


It was an interesting issue to work on from my perspective. Thanks to @Captain Kernow for his lovely photography of Bethesda Sidings and to @queensquare particularly for the track sketch plans of the collieries as I think that made a really interesting additional element to the article. Colourising a grainy century-old archive image (thanks to Radstock Museum) was an interesting diversion! @PMP did some really clear illustrations of further work on the 94xx whilst Geoff Taylor tackled the point-building from the perspective of someone doing it for the first time.

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