The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling Christmas Gift Guide 2019!

Here at The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling we are getting all geared up for Christmas, looking at products you can buy for a loved one or as a treat for yourself. Check out our exclusive Christmas Gift Guide to find some fantastic gift options for railway modelling fans

1. Hone your modelling skills with the Haynes Model Builders’ Manual

Price: £22.99 rrp, Haynes Publishing Group PLC

Haynes Model Builders’ Manual is a comprehensive introduction for those new to model-making, along with expert advice for those already experienced in making models who wish to hone their skills.

This manual includes the history of model-making, kit manufacture, scales, model ranges, model building places to work, tools, basic building techniques an so much more!

This manual will be available at all good book shops, or you can purchase your copy on the Haynes website. It will certainly make a fantastic gift for budding or experienced modellers.

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2. Treat someone – or yourself- this Christmas at Digitrains Ltd.

Price: Varied, Digitrains

From a gift voucher to something from their range of DCC decoders, which are complemented by their stocks of UK locomotives, there’s no end of options available.

Digitrains have locos from Bachmann, Dapol, Graham Farish, Heljan and Hornby in gauges from N to O. The loco section is well worth a visit with a good choice at competitive prices and a variety of rolling stock, along with a large selection of Metcalfe scenery and line-side products.

Visit them here: or call 01522 527731

3. Get another year of The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling for just £15!

Price: £15, Classic Magazines

What better gift is there than a whole year of The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling – for only £15 too!

With this bargain you’re guaranteed a guide full of hints, tips and railway stories, whether you prefer steam, diesel, N-gauge or OO-gauge. To top it off, the guide is delivered right to your doorstep. Don’t miss out on this offer!

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4. Can’t decide? A Frizinghall Models & Railways gift voucher always wins!

Price: Varied, Frizinghall Models & Railways

For the indecisive gift-givers amongst us, finding the perfect present can be a tricky task. Don’t panic though, because Frizinghall Models & Railways have the solution. Gift vouchers!

FMR’s gift vouchers work for all their amazing stock including a wide range of products available for model railways, plastic kits, die-cast models, paint and lots more.

Give them a call on the number below and order by 12pm for next day delivery. If you’re in the area, why not visit them at Sapper Jordan Rossi Park, Otley Road in Baildon – that’s another present off the list and lots of time saved.

Get them here: Call 01274 747 447 or visit

5. Get the ‘Flying Scotsman’ Locomotive under your Christmas tree

Price: £79.99, Amazon

The LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive No. 4472 Flying Scotsman (originally No. 1472) was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Doncaster Works to a design of H.N. Gresley…

If you know your locos then this one’s nothing new. However, this Hornby DCC Ready locomotive would still be a brilliant gift choice, whether to add to your own collection, or for a lucky loved one; you don’t get much better quality than this.

You can view the full product details of this model at Amazon and of course, don’t forget to ask for gift wrapping – no peaking before Christmas!

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6. Find a mountain of railway reads at Mortons Book

Price: Varied, Mortons Books

Our publisher, Mortons Media Group, is launching a range of non-fiction books specialising in a wide range of topics from railway, military and aviation history to consumer issues, hobbies, crime and politics.

There are also numerous titles available from Mortons’ new acquisition – renowned rail, maritime, road transport and biography publisher, Silver Link. We have a read for every interest so if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, head to the website.

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7. Your one stop model shop at AC MODELS!

Price: Varied, AC Models

Stuck for a gift for Christmas day? Why not go along to AC Models in Eastleigh, Hampshire were they stock a great variety of modelling products for the railway, die cast and radio controlled enthusiast. For guaranteed happiness, gift vouchers are also available to treat that special someone.

AC Models sell brand new and near-new model trains, slot cars, sets and die-cast toys at very special prices, direct from their on-street retail premises and their eBay stores listed on the AC Models website.

Get it here: or call 02380 610100

8. Get modelling savvy with the Train Formations Handbook

Price: £7.99, Classic Magazines

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This new publication brings together a collection of detailed and informative articles from the pages of Rail Express magazine. Over the years, the magazine’s dedicated modelling section, Rail Express Modeller, has published dozens of superb pieces on the formation of trains in the diesel and electric era, and how they can be re-created in model form…

Even if you’re not a modeller, there’s a great deal of information to enjoy over these 130 pages, as well as dozens of superb photographs that will bring back happy memories of the last four decades. 

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9. Lights, camera, build with Studio Scotland’s Building a Model Railway

Price: £12.50, Studio Scotland Ltd.

Building a Model Railway Parts 1 & 2 are fabulous gifts for Christmas. These professionally produced films are packed with tips, illustrations and interviews with model manufacturers with part 1 building a layout from start to finish and part 2 delving deeper into detail and technology. 

They are both available as DVDs or HD Videos-On-Demand, letting you sit back and enjoy, as well as avoiding costly mistakes whilst inspiring your imagination.

Building a Model Railway parts 1 and 2 are excellent value for money and you can get your copies from good hobby outlets or direct from the site.

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10. Cozy up with The Railway Magazine Polo Shirt

Price: £12.99, Classic Magazines

For any reader of The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling, it would certainly be surprising if they hadn’t heard of its leading title, The Railway Magazine – Britain’s best selling rail title. However, for fans of this title, you can show your love with this comfy polo-shirt.

Made of 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester with a three button collar and The Railway Magazine logo embroided onto the chest, this shirt is a wonderful gift option, especially for the winter season, or even as treat for yourself.

It’s available in small to extra large so there’s no need to fret about sizing and it’s incredibly affordable too. Fantastic!

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