The magazine was launched in 2003, replacing Railway World, another Ian Allan magazine which had recently ceased publication. In February 2012, all Ian Allan transport magazines were sold to Key Publishing of Stamford, Lincolnshire.
The September 2015 issue is Vol. 13 No. 09. Its size is A4.
On the cover, main news stories are displayed. Inside, the news pages supply a detailed description with pictures where possible. Also, there is usually a main feature, such as Branchline Britain (March 2011 issue), or 'Inside Neville Hill Depot'. Also in the magazine, you'll usually find two pages of modelling, showing you what's currently in Hattons. This is a regular. Another regular is What's in the next issue at the end, and as the title suggests, it provides a brief insight into the next issue .
Occasionally, Railways Illustrated will come with a supplement of some sort. These can include a modelling section, special rides, history (for example, the history of the Class 55 in February 2011's issue), and more.
- Model Rail (British model railway magazine)
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- Today's Railways (British railway magazine)
- List of railroad-related periodicals