The original Model Rail ran as a supplement to Rail magazine. It became an individual magazine in Autumn 1997. The original Editor was Dave Lowery (who is now the Model Consultant). The 'Masterclass' for the first magazine was the Class 31, and which showed readers how to detail their Lima model. Originally published termly, it became bi-monthly, and then monthly. In March 2007, Model Rail began publishing 13 issues per year, including Spring and Christmas editions. Recently, editor Chris Leigh has stepped down, and Ben Jones took the role with Leigh becoming Consultant Editor. Also, from magazine No. 114, MR had a new look, with more articles, "Show and Tell", and a gallery. The order of the regular features changed, with "Window Shopping" moving to the back, and Reviews moving to the front, next to "The Big Picture".