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Model Railway Express News Bulletin 04 March 2015

Editorial

Bachmann announcements

By Phil Parker

Along with the product announcements reported elsewhere in this issue of MREmag, those of us present at Mondays event were treated to a short presentation by Dennis Lovett providing some background to Bachmann's business.

This is very much a year for consolidation - there aren't swathes of new models being promised, instead efforts are being made to catch up with those we already know about, something many readers have been asking for. Much of the delay has been due to the close of the Sanda Kan factory and the integration of production and equipment into the Kader facility.

Unsurprisingly, there is more bad news on price. As previously announced, costs are rising and although Bachmann are absorbing some of this pain, it's still going to feed through to us eventually. Wages are on the rise while we are looking at ever more complex items that take time to assemble. Even the very simplest of wagons will now cost nearly a pound to put together - and every trip through the tampo printing press is around the same price. Bad news when some prototypes are covered in warning notices and complex multi-colour liveries. Retaining staff is still a challenge as the skills to assemble a complex model railway item are the same as for consumer electronics, and the electronics people pay well at the moment.

We are now receiving the same quality of models as those on the continent but at a lower price. Examples given to prove the point include a Graham Farish 4MT at £104.95 against a similar model (BR78) from Fleishmann at £199 after currency conversion, or a Farish Class 42 at £114.95 vs Minitrix V200 at £181.

Bachmann have no plans to sell direct or through wholesalers - the policy that suppliers must have a physical model shop open for at least 5 days a week remains in place.

Is it all doom and gloom? I don't think so. There are some interesting re-introductions and new models that will be very welcome. New products are appearing in the country, Pat has been hard at work reviewing many of them already so watch this space.

Have Your Say

Having your say - Wed 4th March 2015

By Phil Parker

Bachmann 2015

I must say that I'm sadly disappointed by the new model announcements by Bachmann. There is absolutely nothing in the list for me. What game are they playing ignoring such a large part of the buying public as me! Come on Bachmann! You just can not ignore the endless pages of speculation I added to forums all over the world on this subject in such a cavalier manner.

Those nice folk at Hornby don't treat me like that. Some seventeen years ago I posted on a forum that a good idea would be to produce an original Merchant Navy and they've done just exactly that. Proving my wisdom as a predictor of trends in spades. Even though they recognised me in this way, they still will not make details of the company plans available to me. After all I did think about buying one share in the company some time ago and that has to count for something.

At a recent model railway exhibition where I was being hit with backpacks worn by the great unwashed I said to my mate Chalkie, " Chalkie, do you think Bachmann will produce anything for my pre-grouping Thomas layout, it would be certain to sell well?"

He said, "No but what ever they do produce is bound to be better in N gauge".

This has left me with a dilemma. I will need to buy the new releases when they come out and this is bound to worry my bank manager, but do I wait till they appear and cancel my orders for the stuff they haven't produced yet? You'd think they would take a time off announcing new stuff until they've caught up with the backlog.

Colin Snowdon

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I have to say that I am somewhat underwhelmed  by the 2015 announcements.
 
The LNWR 'Coal Tank' is certainly overdue and will, I am sure, be a popular and very welcome model.
 
I am sure that 'died in the wool' GWR followers will welcome the 94XX which, presumably, makes use of the 57XX chassis. There were 210 of them, some lasted little more than 4 years before being scrapped as surplus.. They seem to have resulted from a perception that the 57XX was too Edwardian for the 1940s railway system but the price paid was in limited route availability. Over 5 tons heavier than a 57XX, they had the same tractive effort. The 94XX was a heavy shunter, only relatively occasionally used for passenger trains. As only a handful were completed in 1947, they only just squeeze into the GWR era. They were common on ECS at Paddington in the late 1950s.
 
The re-introduction of the J72 (how much wider was the range and therefore the customer base of the GE J69!) will be of little comfort to long suffering NER enthusiasts or those from North of the Border. The upgraded Scot and V2 will, I suggest, set few hearts racing or mouths salvating.
 
Dudley Jones
Lydney (GWR)

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I have read on other forums (that I do not subscribe to) people bemoaning the latest Bachmann product announcement e.g. nothing for me, what a let down,  I won't be buying anything etc, etc.

I think that given the backlog of models still to be released and the plethora of special commission models in the pipeline Bachmann's approach is very sensible. When you consider all of the forthcoming models due within the next 12 - 18 months no one could possibly afford any more new models to be added to the list.

I'm not a GW modeller but I'll probably get at least one 94xx pannier and two more ex-MR 1Fs, a J39, a V2, possibly a J72 (if they are retooled but I'm guessing they are a chassis upgrade only) and a Coal Tank. That's in addition to the E4s and Halls etc that are on their way.

If I'm not alone in these sorts of purchases then Bachmann should be on to a very lucrative couple of years. This is without even considering carriages, wagons, buildings and of course narrow gauge as well as Hornby's new range to look forward to.
 
My only gripe, (yes here it is), is that the Ivatt 2MT tank is a chassis upgrade only. I've said it before and I'll say it again, please, please, please do something about the horrendous chimney! It spoils what is still quite a good model given that the chassis upgrade should sort out the issues from the bottom of the tanks down.
 
Good luck to Bachmann (and Hornby). No duplication this time around!
 
By the way, thanks to Brian Macdermott for the Adams Radial "crib" sheet, very useful and will mean I no longer have to pore over books and photographs to try and sort out what boiler, slidebar and BR crest was on each loco in the final BR years of these locos.
 
Andy Moore
Melbourne

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I have just perused the Bachmann website for the new products that will appear in the next Catalogue.

Very positive for us Blue/Grey era modellers. The BG, GUV, RMB are a welcome return in Blue/Grey &  plain Blue for the BG & GUV also the MK1 Pullman parlour second is being introduced in Blue/Grey as a First Open.

Which brings me to a the First Open. The pics depict a first open based on the RFO body. I am hoping for the FO with doors on each side between 4 & 5th windows.
 
On the diesel side the class 40 in Blue with Centre Head code, on the wagon side the new breakdown crane - finally maybe a scale model, but it is not listed in BR Yellow which is a shame as it could go with Cat 39-231 breakdown coach.

Lots and lots of new Scenecraft.

Now if they could only do something about the high prices...

Greg Palmer
Kingston

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Bachmann Announcements – Poll Positions

With many thanks to Bachmann, I was able to attend the Coventry announcements on Monday. They have come up with some very welcome ‘all new’ models even though they are having a ‘consolidation year’.
 
In the Top 50:
255 votes: Ransomes & Rapier 45-ton Breakdown Crane
 
High Polling Segment (other than Top 50):
224 Votes: GWR 94xx
 
Middle Polling Segment:
147 votes: LNER V2
 
In N gauge, we have the Class 40 – the top-voted diesel with 81 votes, placing it in overall third position.
 
We wish Bachmann every success for the future.
 
Brian Macdermott (on behalf of The Poll Team)

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Merchant Navy

I expect most other readers will be pleased to learn that Hornby have announced that they are going to produce a model of the Merchant Navy Class.

I do hope they do the option of BR Express Blue as well as Green.

Nick Lamkin

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I note that Hornby have announced an unrebuilt MN for 2016.

I should imagine that by the time this loco appears in 2016, it will only be available direct from Hornby as by then I'm sure they will have dumped their annoying stockists and will have become an online only outlet at full RRP. I'm convinced this is the way they are going, and this view was shared recently by BRM magazine is a recent 'Tail Lamp' feature.

JohnSimmonds
East Surrey, not MN territory.

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North Eastern Locomotives

On Friday, the Merlin Group suggested an NER T. W. Worsdell C Class 0-6-0 or LNER J21, as an ideal representative of its wheel configuration for the North Eastern Region.

On Monday, Brian Macdermott offered the combined classes of Wilson Worsdell P2/P3 Class 0-6-0s, or J26/J27 to provide as an alternative LNER Class, with a question as to which one was deemed more worthy. The answer to any right thinking North Eastern supporter is BOTH, and one which Brian and the Loco Team chose to rule out, when the LNER Loco Wish List was originally formulated.

Brian has summarised some of the points to support both classes, but with a view that only one locomotive can go forward for production, so why?

T. W. Worsdell joined the North Eastern Railway after a spell as CME at the Great Eastern, and probably used his experience gained on the J15 0-6-0, to produce the J21 0-6-0. So what chance now for a J21 0-6-0 to be produced from the House of Hornby? Wilson Worsdell's externally identical J26 & J27 0-6-0s (once the porthole cabs of the J26 had been replaced), provided the basis for the Gresley J39 0-6-0 designed at Darlington. So what chance for a J26/J27 0-6-0 to be produced from the House of Bachmann?

There were 201 locomotives in the C Class/J21, that operated for 73 years, 1886-1962. No 876/5033/65033 is preserved, and rightly linked to the Stainmore Heritage Railway, or the original South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway, the route of which I have just driven over on the current A66, on my way to Cumbria. The combined 165 locomotives of the P2/P3 or J26/J27 Classes operated for 61 years, from 1904-1967. J27 No 2350/5872/65872 is preserved by the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group, and therefore linked to the North Yorkshire Moors Heritage Railway.

The J21 0-6-0 was originally a freight locomotive, but became adapted to passenger workings, as evidenced dramatically on the Stainmore Line. Double headed on the climb over Belah or Deepdale Viaducts, the locomotive could also equally be seen double headed working iron ore trains in the Cleveland Ironstone District. The J26/J27 was originally designed as a long distance freight locomotive, but was then displaced by the North Eastern 0-8-0s & 4-6-0s, the Q6 0-8-0 and B16 4-6-0 to name but two. They were subsequently used on both freight and mineral workings, in the coalfield, ironstone, and limestone districts of Northumberland, Durham, North & East Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire.

In addition to their North Eastern pedigree, both classes worked outside of the Region, with eleven J21s working up to twenty-odd consecutive years from Great Eastern, Great Northern, and Great Central sheds (1931-52). Thirteen J27s also worked out of sheds at Peterborough East, March, New England, Ardsley, Cambridge, Langwith Junction, Retford, and Grantham (1926-42).

Both classes ably represent their region of birth, and both classes stand on their own merits of their operation, both across the North Eastern Region, as well as much further a-field.

Mike Leonard
York

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Markings on the LMS horsebox

Interesting that Brian Macdermott raises the question of the white making of a diagonal cross in a circle applied to the new Hornby LMS horsebox; I bought one on Saturday and, having noticed it, have just removed it!

During the 1960’s I recall a good many vehicles with this symbol applied - or more correctly, daubed - onto them, often with the abbreviation “COND” for condemned. I had always assumed the symbol meant that the vehicle was to be kept out of traffic, in those cases because they had been withdrawn from service.

However, a look at Essery & Jenkinson’s “LMS Standard Coaching Stock” volume 1 (Wild Swan 1991) shows several photographs of horse boxes with the symbol applied as in the Hornby model, but apparently in traffic; and also to several other types of non-passenger coaching stock. This suggests the meaning may be more complex; but, like Brian, I await a more comprehensive answer.

Neil Burgess
Lincolnshire

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Lamps & Discs

Back in January we were discussing lamps and discs and how to firmly attach them to locos but still enable changes at will (i.e. not glued in situ).
 
John Nuttall very kindly supplied his idea of using very small magnets and I later reported that I had bought some. I have now been able to do some experiments with discs (as I had no real problem with lamps and irons). The results are so good that I am writing up some notes and photos for Phil to post as an article sometime in the near future.
 
Isn’t it great when an idea turns out much better than you thought it might do!
 
Brian Macdermott

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In Search of Accuracy

I have read Neil Burgess piece on Thompson. I respect Neil's views but have to question what he is saying. I have read widely about Thompson, to better understand him and his achievements. Neil talks of re-evaluation of ETs pacifics and bemoans the fact that  these are the only LNER pacifics not available in RTR.
 
An earlier posting (not by Neil) seemed to imply that the A1/1 was some sort of 'super pacific'. This seems not to have been the case but Townend, shedmaster at Kings Cross, appears to have regarded it as a good machine and I am happy to accept this from someone who knows.
 
It is instructive to compare the appearance of the A1/1 in original form with Ivatt's final two Coronations. The latter incorporate cut off cab side sheets (for technical reasons) and they look, for my money, better than the Stanier product. They also incorporated several important, but less obvious, technical advances. These are not modelled, but have a stronger claim than ETs 4-6-2s.
 
The A1/1, as released, also had a cut off cab, but the whole thing was a bit of a sight. Thompson later greatly improved it but one can easily understand why his 'rebuild' was less than wildely acclaimed.
 
The tidied up A1/1 seems to have been a reasonable success - but would a 4mm model have enough appeal to make it a commercial success? - I think not.
 
Turning to the A2s the core problem, with the Peppercorn as well as Thompsons sub-classes, was that the LNER really did not need 6'2'' pacifics. Logic has always suggested to me that a larger fleet of A2s would have been a good idea, but the reality is that the existing extensive fleet of 6'8'' pacifics meant that they were largely unnecessary, or at least overshadowed.
 
I have to say that I always vote for the A2/2 and would certainly like to have one on my layout. They always looked racey machines, and I still vividly recall standing on the footplate of Wolf of Badenoch at Kings Cross one evening. If we 're-evaluate' this sub-class, however, we will never honestly be able to avoid their truly appalling availability and constant works attention for intrinsic faults. Not even building a 'climate change' type consensus by asking inane questions and doctoring the results would 'prove' that these engines were much more than a disaster for their owning company.
 
The A2/1, as built, looked awful. they were somewhat better load pullers than the V2 of which they were essentially rebuilds, but consumed more coal (which to be fair would be expected). Would there be a market for these unremarkable and, initially at least, ugly mis-formed machines - I suggest 'no'.
 
The A2/3 seems to have worked reasonably well, there were rather more of them. As such they might be worthwhile additions to a layout, notwithstanding the somewhat ungainly position of the cylinders. The A2/3 sub-class appears to have attained reasonable mileages and lasted to be withdrawn over about the same period as the A2s.
 
I do not believe that commercial success is a function of performance of the prototype, or their good, or otherwise, looks.
 
We have or have had A1, A2, A3, A4 and A10 in model form. Do we need the Thompson pacifics? - not really (although I would have an A2/2 if made). I suggest a Thompson B16 would be far better or, for that matter, a B2.
 
With respect, trying to re-write the performance of ET's pacifics is not searching for accuracy.
 
Dudley Jones
Lydney

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Home Made Turnouts

Nick Stanbury urges everyone to have a go at fabricating their own turnouts (last Wednesday’s HYS). Coincidentally, there is an article on making turnouts from scratch using a jig in the latest Model Railroader. Synchronicity in action.
 
Loved Monday’s layout photographs from Lincoln.
 
I agree with Neil Burgess’s comment on operation, albeit with a rider that for exhibition layout demonstration, slavish operation-or-nothing can be self-defeating. For me the ideal would be to have the layout moving at all times but to have one special train making it’s way through and around the traffic (as it does in real life) to achieve a realistic goal. All this would *have* to be narrated to the audience would get the point. This would probably be best done with a script of events, meets, delays and such like.
 
I’ve actually been working out the bumps and glitches in an idea for a more operationally intense layout idea myself, designed especially for exhibition. Briefly, it is a variation on the old inglenook, Americanized and themed around loading a carflat (railway barge). The idea would involve the audience picking the (say) six cars to be loaded from a yard of (say) twelve, and then trying to figure out the quickest way to load them all without capsizing the carflat (an exageration of the difficulty factors involved for entertainment’s sake).  The model barge would have sensors on it or under it (still not sure of how I’m going to get this done but think it will involve on-car ID, possibly RFID, two sensor arrays and a Raspberry Pi to do the sums) and an alarm would sound if it had been “overloaded” on one side or one end.
 
The controls would be firmly in the hands of the owner of all the expensive stuff but the audience would be making the decisions and calling the moves. There would be a timer that would have to be beatien too. A “Leader Board” with the fastest times would be available a-la Top Gear “Star in a reasonably priced car”.
 
The challenge could be tailored to different age goups by cutting the load by two or four cars.
 
Thus do we trick kids into doing Arithmetic for Fun.
 
Steve Mann
NYC

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Recent exhibitions

I would like to thank Neil Burgess, on behalf of my good friend Alan Price, for his complimentary remarks about Outwell Village. It is a very fine layout and I have the privilege of being one of Alan's regular operators, being there on Sunday. I also agree that it was a good show with a decent spread of layouts and trade and I hope the show continues in this successful vein.
 
As for ModelRail Scotland, I was there too but with my own layout, Starker Verkehr. It was my first time there in any capacity and I was impressed by the size and range of exhibits and trade. One thing that was interesting to note was that the Friday was the busiest day and that it was also the day we had the most 'modeller-type' questions about the layout. The other two days were mainly MD&K and the number of similar enquiries was virtually none.
 
Steve Grantham
Selby

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Special Trains

Further to Tony Elliott’s comments about special trains (Monday), I was able to consult the archives of the Steam Railway Research Society.
 
No.34055 was noted as working school special M969 Burgess Hill to Luton and return.
 
No.34006 was to work an RCTS/SLS special from St Pancras to Derby Works on 11 May 1963. Photos by GD King are in the July 1963 issues of Railway World and Modern Railways.
 
Brian Macdermott (with thanks to the Secretary of SRRS)

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Queensland Railways 150th. Anniversary.

The steam special put on by Queensland Railways for its 150th. Anniversary got back to Brisbane on Thursday last, one day late, having been delayed by the cyclone that hit the Queensland coast during the course of its return trip. BB 18 1/4 class Pacific No.1079 did the whole out and back trip, 2,086 miles, Brisbane to Cairns and return, plus side trips along the way, so probably would have done about 2,300 miles. Three crews were used.

Unfortunately, her younger sister, No.1089, which was sent north as a stand-by loco. and to double head with 1079 on the return run failed at Mackay, so 1079 had to handle the longer 11 car return train on its own. I guess that she can now have a good rest back at Ipswich.
       
Come on, Bachmann or Hornby, how about a model of 1079 and her train, either in HO or N. Yes, I know that it wouldn’t sell well outside Australia, but it’s a nice thought,

Bill Pearce
Melbourne

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Snippets

Last week, Alan Willesden wondered if there was any mileage in running something along the lines of Trains Illustrated’s ‘Motive Power Miscellany’.
 
For many years, I ran a series here on MREmag entitled ‘Snippets’. There were nearly 400 of them. These were taken from the ‘MPM’ notes and I was ably assisted in this task by John Cherry (regularly) and numerous others (on an ad hoc basis).
 
I stopped posting them about three years ago as I had taken it about as far as it could go. That’s not to say that someone couldn’t carry on if Phil was in agreement. I could let them have ‘the Snippet archive’ so that they didn’t repeat what had already gone before.


I believe (but stand to be corrected) that the magazines are now 'out of copyright' - so it might be possible to simply 'cut & paste' one or two entries when required. However, that would really need an OK from Ian Allan, if only from the courtesy angle.
 
Brian Macdermott

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Romsey and District Railway Modellers Society 36th Annual Exhibition

The Romsey and District Railway Modellers Society 36th Annual Exhibition will take place at 10:30 to 17:00 on Saturday 7th and at 10:00 to 16:30 on Sunday 8th March 2013 in the Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8GL.
 
Crosfield Hall, which has Wheelchair access, is situated just south of the town centre and is surrounded by car parks with free parking on the Sunday. The nearest motorway exit, approximately 8 minutes drive away, is junction 3 on the M27, which in turn is only a few minutes away from junction 14 on the M3. Crosfield Hall is also within walking distance of the local bus and railway stations.
 
The exhibition will feature 12 layouts together with trade support, demonstrations and light refreshments.
 
Admission prices are: Adult £4.00, Child £2.00 and Family (2+2) £ 8.00.
 
Additional information can be found on the Romsey and District Railway Modellers Website.
 
John R Ardern Smith

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News

Liliput HOe coaches

By Phil Parker

Liliput are to produce the former Zillertal B25/B27 and B20 coach types in HOe. In the UK, these can be found running on the Welshpool & Llanfair railway so will complement the forthcoming 009 range.

Bachmann launches 2015/16 programmes

By Phil Parker

Bachmann Europe Plc having reached its 25th anniversary year in 2014 has again announced a number of exciting new developments across various scales.

Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc, said today “as a company we continue to meet new challenges. Our parent company, Kader Industries, has faced a major reorganisation which involved transferring plant and production from a former factory into the main Kader complex. Faced with continuing price rises across the board, we have taken some difficult decisions but will continue to produce top quality products to meet the increasing demands of railway modellers”.

Bachmann Branchline OO

94xx Class 0-6-0T

The Great Western Railway, and later British Railways, constructed more than 2,400 0-6-0 Pannier Tank locomotives, a type synonymous with the GWR.   Instantly recognisable by their extended smoke-box, 210 of the 94xx class locomotives were built to the design of F W Hawksworth, with construction beginning in 1947. The first ten examples were the very last locomotives to be built by the GWR at Swindon, with British Railways employing private contractors to construct a further 200 examples.  Although the model is brand new to Bachmann Branchline - it is not the first time that a Bachmann company has produced a 94xx. Graham Farish produced a OO model between 1961 and 1979 which has not been available for many years.

35-025 - 94xx Class 0-6-0T No. 9402 in GWR Green
35-026 - 94xx Class 0-6-0T No. 9487 in BR Black with early emblem
35-207 - 94xx Class 0-6-0T No. 9479 in BR Black with late crest

Return of the J72 0-6-0T

The J72 was the first locomotive which launched Bachmann Branchline on to the UK market 25 years ago.  Due to the split chassis design and its inability to easily accommodate DCC, the locomotive has not appeared in the range since it appeared as part of the Kader 60th Anniversary set.  The J72 returns with a new chassis that will have an 6PIN decoder socket fitted.

Designed by Wilson Wordsell for the North Eastern Railway as the E1 Class, 113 locomotives were built between 1898 and 1951, the last under British Railways ownership. The LNER designated them J72 Class after 1924. The first withdrawal took place in 1958 and the last in revenue service was taken out of traffic in 1964. Two remained in Departmental Service until 1966/7 with one of them Departmental No. 59 being preserved as ‘Joem’ and carrying its former British Railways No. 69023. It currently works on the Wensleydale Railway.

31-060 - J72 Class 0-6-0T No. 8680 in LNER Lined Green
31-061 - J72 Class 0-6-0T No. 69001 in BR Black with early emblem
31-062 - J72 Class 0-6-0T No. 69028 in BR Black with late crest

Class 450 Desiro

The Class 450 is a member of the Desiro family for which Bachmann Branchline already produce the Class 350 variants, the Class 450 EMUs were built by Siemens for South West Trains. A total of 127 four car units are currently in traffic on SWT long distance routes in and out of London Waterloo.
31-040 - Class 450 No. 450073 in South West Trains livery
31-041 - Class 450 No. 450127 in South West Trains livery (weathered)

Class 70/8

The latest development of the Class 70 is the 70/8 version with 10 locomotives now in traffic with Colas Rail. This model differs from the initial releases by the addition of air duct boxes on each side and a revised cab design.  The air duct boxes are also being fitted retrospectively to some Freightliner locomotives.

31-590 - Class 70 No. 70015 in Freightliner livery with air duct boxes
31-591 - Class 70 No. 70805 in Colas livery with air duct boxes

LNWR Coal Tank

Although announced exclusively at the Bachmann Collectors Club open day last August, the Webb coal tank makes its first appearance in the Bachmann Branchline catalogue this year. First introduced in 1881, 300 were built over a 16 year period. Originally intended for heavy freight work, these locomotives were found to be well suited to passenger traffic and would soon find employment on branch line passenger services.

35-050 - Webb Coal Tank 0-6-2T No. 1054 in LNWR plain Black
35-051 - Webb Coal Tank 0-6-2T No. 7841 in LMS Black
35-052 - Webb Coal Tank 0-6-2T No. 58900 in BR Black with early emblem

V2 upgrade

Benefitting from a new DCC compliant chassis in 2012, it is now the turn of the body moulding to receive new tooling.

31-566 - V2 Class 2-6-2 No. 3645 in LNER Black
31-567 - V2 Class 2-6-2 No. 60881 in BR Lined Green with late crest

Parallel Boilered Royal Scot and J39 go DCC

The original Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 and the J39 Class 0-6-0 locomotives will return to the catalogue with new chassis which will contain DCC sockets.

31-285 - Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 No. 6130 ‘The West Yorkshire Regiment’ in LMS Crimson
31-286 - Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 No. 46163 ‘Civil Service Rifleman’ in British Railways Black
31-287 - Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 No. 46151 ‘The Royal Horse Guardsman’ in BR Green (early emblem)

The above will have 21PIN sockets

31-866 - J39 Class 0-6-0 No. 1803 in LNER Black
31-867 - J39 Class 0-6-0 No. 64792 in BR Black with early emblem

The above will have 8PIN sockets

New steam crane

A new Ransomes & Rapier 45 Ton steam powered crane is the key item of rolling stock to be introduced this year. These were found performing a number of duties throughout the British railway network on civil engineering and derailment work. When not in service these cranes were stabled at key motive power depots. With steam cranes remaining in operation throughout the 1970s and some lasting into the 1980s, many examples were purchased by heritage railways following withdrawal and now undertake duties such as lifting locomotive boilers and installing new track formations. Our model features a manually operated jib and hook whilst the crane body also rotates on the chassis.

38-800 - 45 Ton crane in SR Black livery
38-801 - 45 Ton crane in GWR Black livery
38-802 - 45 Ton crane in BR Black livery with early emblem
38-803 - 45 Ton crane in BR Red livery

New Scenecraft Buildings, Accessories & Figures

36-410 - Roadside technicians
36-412 - Modern farming figures
36-413 - 1940s/1950s Arable Farming figures
36-414 - 1940s/1950s Livestock Farming figures
44-259 - Low Relief office block
44-260 - Low Relief local garage
44-261 - Low Relief Station Hotel
44-262 - Low Relief cinema
44-263 - Low Relief ‘Nicks Barbers’ shop
44-264 - Low Relief ‘Hines Hair & Beauty’ shop
44-265 - Low Relief block of flats
44-266 - Low Relief ‘The Cod Father’ fish and chip shop
44-267 - Low Relief corner pub
44-268 - Low Relief weather boarded warehouse
44-269 - Low Relief cement board warehouse

44-270 - Low Relief Municpal Building
44-568 - Quayside walls
44-569 - Quayside walls with steps
44-570 - Quayside corners
44-571 - Fresh Fish stall
44-572 - Midland water crane
44-573 - Platform monitors and cameras
44-574 - Colour light signal with left and right feather and route indicator options
44-575 - 4 Lever open ground frame
44-576 - Banner repeater signal
44-578 - Passenger information screen
44-579 - Narrow gauge slate loads for wagons
44-580 - Dry stone walling and gate
44-0019 - Thatched cottage
44-0020 - The Jackdaw pub
44-0021 - Rural workers cottages
44-0022 - Corrugated goods shed
44-0023 - Station building
44-0024 - Station Waiting room
44-0025 - Brick lineside hut
44-0026 - Electrical relay room
44-0027 - Rural bus depot

44-0028 - Weighbridge
44-0029 - Wooden engine shed
44-0030 - Farmhouse
44-0031 - Wooden lamp hut
44-0032 - 28ft static caravan
44-0033 - Two road engine shed
44-0034 - Depot crew room
44-0035 - Wooden carriage shed
44-0036 - Yard crane and loading gauge
44-0037 - Narrow gauge water tower
44-0038 - Narrow gauge loco shed
44-0039 - Fishing net lofts
44-0040 - Toilet block
44-0041 - Rail over river bridge
44-0042 - Timber and stone signal box
44-0043 - Waiting room and Ladies
44-0044 - Concrete Footbridge
44-0045 - Suburban station building
44-0046 - Corner store
44-0047 - Corner florist shop
44-0048 - Narrow gauge stone station halt


Graham Farish N Scale

J72 joins the roster

The J72 0-6-0T is very special to Bachmann. It was the first OO locomotive to be released by Bachmann when it commenced trading in 1989 and now 25 years later it will appear as part of the Graham Farish range. Over the last 25 years British N scale has seen significant improvements and the new J72 Class locomotive will carry a level of detail that could only be dreamed of in N scale 25 years ago.

372-825 - J72 Class 0-6-0T No. 8680 in LNER Lined Green
372-826 - J72 Class 0-6-0T No. 69001 in BR Black with early emblem
372-827 - J72 Class 0-6-0T No. 69028 in BR Black with late crest

New Class 40

The English Electric Class 40 diesel locomotive will return to the Graham Farish range in 2015 with a new DCC ready chassis, working directional lights and a brand new highly-detailed body shell. Introduced on top-link passenger services in 1958, the class numbered 200 examples which would eventually see use on mixed traffic duties following the introduction of more powerful classes on express passenger workings. The 40s were nicknamed ‘Whistlers’ due to their distinctive exhaust sound and the class became popular with enthusiasts as they could be seen across most of the network. This popularity has continued into preservation with seven examples surviving following withdrawal from BR service.

371-180 - Class 40 No. D211 ‘Mauretania’ in BR Green with indicator discs
371-181 - Class 40 No. D369 in BR Green, centre headcode and small yellow warning panel
371-182 - Class 40 No. 40159 in BR Blue, centre head code and full yellow ends

Sounding off – DCC SOUND Class 108

Taking N scale advancements to the next level, this year sees the introduction of the first ready to run sound fitted model for the British N scale ready to run market. Our popular Class 108 diesel multiple unit will be partnered with the latest generation of DCC sound decoder and speaker giving British N scale modellers access to the world of DCC sound for the first time in a ready to run model.

371-876DS - Class 108 in BR Blue with DCC SOUND

Queen Mary Brake Van

The Southern Railway was unique in the UK by operating some large bogie brake vans. These were nicknamed Queen Mary’s due to their large size and their luxury that was not normally afforded to Guards working goods trains. 21 former LB&SCR motor luggage vans provided the bogie chassis on to which the brake van itself was constructed from 1933 onwards. Some remained in departmental service up until 2008 and a number have been preserved. This model appears in the Graham Farish catalogue for the first time.

377-875 - 25 Ton Queen Mary brake van in SR Brown with small lettering
377-876 - 25 Ton Queen Mary brake van in BR Bauxite
377-877 - 25 Ton Queen Mary brake van in EWS livery

Ready for Inspection

This year sees the introduction of the LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in to the Graham Farish catalogue range for the first time, a model which will add a new dimension to any layout. Used by engineers and railway management to inspect track and infrastructure, these coaches generally ran alone and could be hauled or propelled by either a steam or diesel locomotive depending on the era.

374-875 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in LMS Crimson Lake
374-876 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in BR Maroon
374-877 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in BR Blue & Grey

New Scenecraft Buildings, Accessories & Figures

42-003 - Cattle dock
42-017 - Modern Servicing Depot
42-040 - Fuelling point
42-107 - Red brick walls and gates
42-146 - Yard crane
42-150 - Road side farm shop
42-177 - Line side control cabin
42-181 - Depot Hoist
42-182 - Ground frame hut
42-190 - Crossing keepers cottage
42-191 - Red Star Parcels office
42-192 - Platform buffet
42-194 - Taxi office
41-199 - Oakworth station building
42-219 - Low Relief Stone factory
42-228 - Low Relief double track tunnel portal
42-232 - Low Relief pub
42-234 - Low Relief public convenience
42-246 - Low Relief Terraces
42-542 - Concrete platform lamps (x4)
42-544 - Pent roof garden shed
42-545 - Tarpaulin covered wagon loads (x4)
42-547 - Cycle cabinets
42-551 - Coal loads for 4 wheel wagons (x4)
42-552 - Ballast loads for 4 wheel wagons (x4)
42-0019 - Thatched cottage
42-0049 - Church

 

Midland Pullman Train Packs

By Phil Parker

Bachmann have announced that their model of the Midland Pullman will be re-introduced. The set will come with a selection of special, exclusive collectors items including a special print of the box artwork, a pack of stewards and train crew figures, reproduction menu card and a first edition copy of the latest Blue Pullman book by Kevin Robertson.

Produced as 30-425 for Bachmann Branchline and 370-425 for Graham Farish, full details, including prices will be announced later.

Current status of previously announced Bachmann abd Graham Farish models

By Phil Parker

Bachmann Branchline OO scale

Forthcoming Items
Class 90
H2 Class Atlantic
Class 24/1
Baldwin 10-12-D (OO9 Scale)
3 Plank Bogie Open Wagon (OO9 Scale)
Ambulance Van (OO9 Scale)
FFA/FGA Freightliner Flat Wagons
WD Warflat Wagon
Class B Bitumen TTA Tank Wagon
Intermodal Wagons with Tank Containers

In the Drawing Office
Webb Coal Tank
LMS Stanier Mogul
V1/V3 Tank Chassis Upgrade
Ivatt 2MT Tank Chassis Upgrade
Class 158 DMU
Thompson Coaches
MK2F Coaches
Birdcage Coaches
20T Tank Wagon

In the Tool Room
Wickham Trolley
USA 0-6-0 Tank (Exclusively for Model Rail)

Artwork being prepared
BR Auto Trailer


Livery Samples awaited
LMS Twins (Exclusively for Rails of Sheffield)
SR Utility Vans

In Production
Class 43 Warship
TPO Coach with Nets
GNR Class C1 Atlantic (Exclusively for NRM)

In Transit
Class E4 0-6-2 Tank
Modified Hall Class
GWR Hall Class (in Shakespeare Express pack)
21T Grain Wagon
Long Tube Wagon


Graham Farish N Scale

Forthcoming
MK2F Coaches
Birdcage Coaches
SR Utility Vans

In the Drawing Office
GWR Castle Class
GWR 64xx Pannier Tank
BR Auto Trailer

In the Tool Room
BR 4MT Tank
BR 12T Pipe Wagon

Livery Samples awaited
GWR Hawksworth Coaches
SR Bogie B Van

In Production
SR Merchant Navy Class
SR N Class
LNER Class A2 (rework of assembly errors)
Class 47/7 Diesels

In Transit
Class 31
SR 12t Vent Vans

New releases of existing Bachmann and Graham Farish products

By Phil Parker

Bachmann Branchline OO scale

Train Packs

30-425 - Midland Pullman Train Pack

Locomotives

31-003A - Robinson O4 No. 6184 in LNER Black
31-004A - Robinson O4 No. 63762 in BR Black with early emblem (weathered)
31-433 - Midland Class 1F No. 1739 in LMS Black livery (half cab)
31-434 - Midland Class 1F No. 41803 in British Railways Black (half cab)
31-435 - Midland Class 1F No. 41726 in BR Black with early emblem (full cab)
31-461A - C Class No. 1294 in 'Southern' Railway Black
31-462A - C Class No. 31227 in BR Black with early emblem
31-480 - Class G2A No. 9376 in LMS Black
31-481 - Class G2A No. 49106 in BR Black with late crest (weathered)
31-627B - Class 3F No. 3520 in LMS Black
31-728 - GWR City (3700 Class) No. 3708 'Killarney' in GWR Green livery
31-883 - Midland Class 4F No. 3848 in Midland Railway Black
31-884 - Midland Class 4F No. 44044 in BR Black with late crest (weathered)
32-176 - Crab Class No. 42765 in BR Black with early emblem
32-178A - Crab Class No. 13174 in LMS Lined Black
32-279A - K3 Class No. 1304 in LNER Black livery
32-281 - K3 Class No. 61862 in BR Black with early emblem
32-353 - BR Class 4MT Tank No. 80135 in BR Lined Green livery with late crest
32-359A - BR Class 4MT Tank No. 80092 in BR Black livery with early emblem
32-360A - BR Class 4MT Tank No. 80104 in BR Black livery with late crest
32-560 - Class A1 No. 60117 in 'British Railways' Apple Green
32-561 - Class A1 No. 60122 'Curlew' in BR Express Blue with early emblem
32-575A - Ivatt Class 4MT No. 3000 in LMS Black
32-580A - Ivatt Class 4MT No. 43014 in BR Lined Black with late crest (weathered)
32-858 - BR Class 9F No. 92189 in BR Black with late crest (weathered)
31-375A - Class 416 2 Car EMU No. 5764 in BR Blue (Weathered)
31-379 - 2EPB 2 Car EMU No. 5771 in BR Green
31-425C - 4CEP 4 Car EMU No. 7106 in BR (SR) Green
31-426B - 4CEP e Car EMU No.7122 in BR (SR) Green
31-656 - Class 47 No. 47256 in BR Two Tone Green with Full Yellow Ends (weathered)
31-660 - Class 47 No. 47436 in BR Large Logo Blue
32-034A - Class 20 No. 20141 in BR Green with Full Yellow Ends (weathered)
32-286A - Class 101 2 Car DMU in BR Green with Small Yellow Panels (weathered)
32-287A - Class 101 2 Car DMU in BR Blue & Grey (weathered)
32-482 - Class 40 No. 97407 'Aureol' in BR Blue (weathered with disc headcodes)
32-483 - Class 40 No. D338 in BR Green with Small Yellow Panels (split box headcodes)
32-484 - Class 40 No. 40159 in BR Blue (domino headcode)
32-532 - Class 55 Deltic No. 55007 'Pinza' in BR Blue (white window surrounds, full yellow ends, weathered
32-533 - Class 55 Deltic No. D9001 'St Paddy' in BR Green with Full Yellow Ends (weathered)
32-912A - Class 108 2 Car DMU in BR Blue (weathered)
32-981 - Class 66 No. 66416 in Freightliner 'Powerhaul' livery
32-982 - Class 66 No. 66434 in DRS Plain Blue Compass livery

Coaches

34-328A - LMS 50ft Parcels Van in BR Blue (weathered)
39-053F - BR MK1 Second Open (SO) in BR (S) Green
39-076H - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Second (BSK) in BR Maroon
39-077F - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Second (BSK) in BR Crimson & Cream
39-082B  - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Second (BSK) in Network SouthEast
39-153D - BR MK1 First Corridor (FK) in BR (S) Green
39-175E - BR MK1 BG in BR Blue & Grey
39-187 - BR MK1 BG in BR Blue 'Express Parcels'
39-228D - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) in BR (S) Green
39-240 - BR MK1 First Open (FO) in BR Crimson & Cream
39-241 - BR MK1 First Open (FO) in BR Maroon
39-242 - BR MK1 First Open (FO) in BR Blue & Grey
39-261B - BR MK1 Miniature Buffet (RMB) in BR Maroon
39-262B - BR MK1 Miniature Buffet (RMB) in BR (S) Green
39-264A - BR MK1 Miniature Buffet (RMB) in BR Blue & Grey
39-271D - BR MK1 GUV in BR Maroon
39-277 - BR MK1 GUV in BR Blue
39-310C - BR MK1 Pullman Second Parlour (SP) Car No. 350 in Umber & Cream
39-312 - BR MK1 Pullman Second Parlour (SP) in BR Blue & Grey
39-360C - BR MK2A Tourist Second Open (TSO) in BR Blue & Grey
39-361A - BR MK2A Tourist Second Open (TSO) in BR Blue & Grey 'Inter City'
39-363A - MR MK2A Tourist Second Open (TSO) in Network SouthEast
39-410A - BR MK2A Brake First Corridor (BFK) in BR Blue & Grey
39-412A - BR MK2A Brake First Corridor (BFK) in Network SouthEast
39-502A - BR MK1 Sleeper (SLSTP) in BR Maroon
39-503A - BR MK1 Sleeper (SLSTP) in BR Blue & Grey
39-777A - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in BR Blue & Grey
39-778 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in EWS Maroon
39-779 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in BR Maroon (Maroon ends)

Wagons

33-090 - Triple Pack of China Clay Wagons with Flat Hood GWR grey
33-827C - SR Queen Mary 25T Brake Van SR Brown
37-066 - 5 Plank Wooden Floor Wagon 'David Parsons & Sons' Black
37-067 - 5 Plank Wooden Floor Wagon SR Brown
37-068 - 5 Plank Wooden Floor Wagon GWR Grey
37-069 - 5 Plank Wooden Floor Wagon NE Grey
37-070 - 5 Plank Wooden Floor LMS Grey
37-087 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon GWR Grey
37-088 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon LMS Grey
37-089 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon NE Grey
37-090 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon SR Brown
37-326C - 90 Tonne JGA Bogie Hopper Wagon RMC (weathered)
37-327D - 90 Tonne JGA Bogie Hopper Wagon Buxton Lime Industries (weathered)
37-550B - 46 Tonne POA Mineral Wagon Tiger Grey
37-552C - 46 Tonne POA Mineral Wagon ARC Tiger Yellow
37-706A - 12 Ton LMS Cattle Wagon NE Brown
37-708A - 12 Ton LMS Cattle Wagon LMS Brown
37-716 - Triple Pack of BR 8 Ton Cattle Wagons BR Bauxite (weathered)
37-730C - 12 Ton Ventilated Van GWR Grey
37-804 - 12 Ton ex LMS Planked Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (weathered)
37-854C - 104 Tonne HTA Bulk Coal Hopper Wagon EWS (weathered)
38-105 - Triple Pack of 34 Tonne PNA Ballast/Spoil Wagons Railtrack Green (weathered)
38-130B - 40 ton Seacow YGA Hopper Wagon BR Departmental Olive Green (weathered)
38-132B - 40 Ton Seacow YGA Hopper Wagon EWS
38-182 - 12 Ton BR Plywood Fruit Van BR Bauxite (early, weathered)
38-183 - 12 Ton Br Plywood Fruit Van BR Bauxite (late, weathered)
38-190B - BR 10 Ton Insulated Van in BR Light Blue
38-242A - MBA Megabox High-Sided Bogie Box Wagon EWS (without buffers, weathered)
38-243 - MBA Megabox High-Sided Bogie Box Wagon EWS (with buffers, weathered)
38-400A - SR Pill Box Brake Van SR Brown
38-404A - SR Pill Box Brake Van BR Departmental Olive Green (weathered)
38-477 - 12 Ton ex LNER Non-Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (early, weathered)
38-478 - 12 Ton ex LNER Non-Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (late, weathered)
38-550A - Midland 20T Brake Van BR Grey (with duckets)
38-552A - Midland 20T Brake Van LMS grey 9with duckets)
38-553A - Midland 20T Brake Van LMS Bauxite (without duckets)
38-575A - 10 Ton Fish Van LNER Brown
38-650A - PCA Metalair Bulk Powder Wagon 'Blue Circle Cement'
38-651A - PCA Metalair Bulk Powder Wagon unbranded Grey

Accessories

36-064 - Long Cranked NEM coupling with pocket (x10)
36-065 - Class 350/416 Drawbar (x4)
36-066 - Class 101 Drawbars (x4)
36-067 - Class 20 Snowplough (x4)
36-068 - Class 37 Snowplough (x4)
36-069 - Class 40 Snowplough (x4)
36-555 - 1.0Amp 4 Function 8 Pin DCC Decoder

Graham Farish N scale

Train Packs

370-425 - Midland Pullman Train Pack

Locomotives

371-015C - Class 08 Diesel No. 08672 in BR Blue with Wasp Stripes
371-021A - Class 08 Diesel No. D3785 in BR Plain Green with late crest
371-035 - Class 20 Twin Pack Nos. 20904 'Janis' & 20906 'Georgina' in Hunslet-Barclay Grey
371-050C - Class 04 Diesel No. D2283 in BR Green with Wasp Stripes
371-051C - Class 04 Diesel No. D2295 in BR Blue with Wasp Stripes
371-054 - Class 04 Diesel No. D2332 'Lloyd in NCB Yellow
371-350A - Class 60 No. 60035 in EWS Maroon
371-357 - Class 60 No. 60057 'Adam Smith' in BR Coal Sector Grey
371-358 - Class 60 No. 60021 in Colas Yellow, Orange & Black
371-383A - Class 66 No. 66101 in DB Schenker Red
371-397 - Class 66 No. 66434 in DRS Plain Blue Compass livery
371-876D - Class 108 2 Car DMU in BR Blue with DCC SOUND

Coaches

374-010D - BR MK1 Second Open (SO) in BR Crimson & Cream
374-012D - BR MK1 Second Open (SO) in BR Maroon
374-013C - BR MK1 Second Open (SO) in BR Blue & Grey
374-014 - BR MK1 Second Open (SO) in BR Intercity
374-035A - BR MK1 BG in BR Crimson & Cream
374-036B - BR MK1 BG in BR Maroon
374-039B - BR MK1 BG in BR Blue & Grey
374-042 - BR MK1 BG in BR Intercity
374-050F - BR MK1 Corridor Second (SK) in BR Crimson & Cream
374-051D - BR MK1 Corridor Second (SK) in BR (S) Green
374-053G - BR MK1 Corridor Second (SK) in BR Maroon
374-055E - BR MK1 Corridor Second (SK) in BR Blue & Grey
374-081A - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) in BR Crimson & Cream
374-083A - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) in BR (S) Green
374-087 - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Composite (BCK) in BR Intercity
374-107A - BR MK1 Miniature Buffet (RMB) in BR Maroon
374-110A - BR MK1 Miniature Buffet (RMB) in BR Blue & Grey
374-135 - BR MK1 GUV in BR Satlink Red & Yellow
374-161A - BR MK1 Corridor First (FK) in BR Maroon
374-165 - BR MK1 Corridor First (FK) in BR Intercity
374-185C - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Second (BSK) in BR Crimson & Cream
374-188C - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Second (BSK) in BR Blue & Grey
374-192 - BR MK1 Brake Corridor Second (BSK) in BR Intercity
374-200E - BR MK1 Pullman First Parlour (FP) 'Pearl' in Umber & Cream (white roof)
374-202 - BR MK1 Pullman First Parlour (FP) 'Ruby' in Umber & Cream (grey roof)
374-210E - BR MK1 Pullman Second Parlour (SP) Car No. 353 in Umber & Cream (white roof)
374-212 - BR MK1 Pullman Second Parlour (SP) Car No. 352 in Umber & Cream (grey roof)
374-220D - BR MK1 Pullman First Kitchen (FK) 'Robin' in Umber & Cream (white roof)
374-222 - BR MK1 Pullman First Kitchen (FK) 'Thrush' in Umber & Cream (grey roof)
374-230D - BR MK1 Pullman Second Kitchen (SK) Car No. 340 in Umber & Cream (white roof)
374-232 - BR MK1 Pullman Second Kitchen (SK) Car No. 343 in Umber & Cream (grey roof)
374-257C - BR MK1 Corridor Composite (CK) in BR Maroon
374-258C - BR MK1 Corridor Composite (CK) in BR Blue & Grey
374-511 - GWR Hawksworth Brake Corridor Third in GWR Chocolate & Cream
374-536 - GWR Hawksworth Corridor Third in GWR Chocolate & Cream
374-561 - GWR Hawksworth Corridor Composite in GWR Chocolate & Cream
374-640 - BR 4 Wheel CCT in BR Blue & Grey (weathered)
374-641 - BR 4 Wheel CCT in BR Lined Maroon (weathered)
374-642 - BR 4 Wheel CCT in BR Blue 'Express Parcels' (weathered)
374-643 - BR 4 Wheel CCT in BR Yellow 'Re-Railing' livery
374-830C - Stanier Brake First in LMS Crimson Lake
374-831C - Stanier Brake First in BR Crimson & Cream
374-875 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in LMS Lined Crimson Lake
374-876 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in BR Maroon (with Maroon Ends)
374-877 - LMS 50ft Inspection Saloon in BR Blue & Grey
374-902A - BR MK1 TPO in Blue & Grey
374-925A - BR MK1 Sleeper (SLSTP) in BR Maroon
374-926A - BR MK1 Sleeper (SLF) in BR Maroon
374-927A - BR MK1 Sleeper (SLSTP) in BR Blue & Grey
374-991 - Bulleid Three Coach Set in BR (SR) Green
374-992 - BR MK1 Twin Pack Hunslet-Barclay Weed Killing Train

Wagons

373-260C - 8 Ton Cattle Wagon BR Bauxite (early)
373-261B - 8 Ton Cattle Wagon GWR Grey
373-262B - 8 Ton Ale Wagon BR Bauxite
373-575F - 46 Tonne MEA Open Mineral Wagon EWS (weathered)
373-576A - 46 Tonne MEA Open Mineral Wagon BR Railfreight Coal Sector (weathered)
373-600C - 46 Ton VGA Sliding Wall Van EWS (weathered)
373-601C - 46 Ton VGA Sliding Wall Van BR Railfreight Speedlink (weathered)
373-682 - 14 Ton Tank Wagon 'ICI' Maroon
373-741A - 10 Ton Meat Van BR Bauxite (early)
373-742A - 10 Ton Meat Van BR Bauxite (late)
373-776E - 45 Tonne TTA Tank Wagon 'Esso'
373-779 - 45 Tonne TTA Tank Wagon 'ICI Menthol'
373-786 - Triple Pack of 45 Tonne TTA Tank Wagons 'Hunslet-Barclay' Weed Killing Train
373-900F - 46 Tonne HAA Hopper Wagon BR Freight Brown
373-902C - 46 Tonne HAA Hopper Wagon BR Railfreight Coal Sector
373-926C - 30 Ton Bogie Bolster BR Grey
373-927B - 30 Ton Bogie Bolster GWR Grey
377-065 - Coal Trader' Triple Pack of 5 Plank Wagons (weathered)
377-087 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon LMS Grey
377-088 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon GWR Grey
377-089 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon SR Brown
377-090 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon NE Grey
377-091 - 7 Plank End Door Wagon 'North End' Black
377-097 - Coal Trader' Triple Pack of 7 Plank Wagons (weathered)
377-225D - 16 Ton Mineral Wagon with Top Flap Doors BR Grey
377-452 - 16 Ton Slope Sided Mineral Wagon 'Boston Deep Sea Fishing' Grey
377-505 - 3 Plank Wagon BR Bauxite (early)
377-650A - MBA Megabox High Sided Bogie Box Wagon EWS (with buffers, weathered)
377-651A - MBA Megabox High Sided Bogie Box Wagon EWS (without buffers, weathered)
377-925A - PCA Metalair Bulk Powder Wagon 'Blue Circle Cement' Grey (weathered)
377-927A - PCA Metalair Bulk Powder Wagon Unbranded Grey (weathered)

Model Motion - The world of railways in miniature!

By Phil Parker

Visit Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon on Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15, 2015 for your chance to see the world of railways – in miniature!

The Model Motion event will bring together railway modellers from all over the North East, and will feature a wide range of model railway layouts.

What’s more, there will be a selection of trade stands offering all you need to create your own model railway. Plus there will be displays of other types of toy trains – including a collection from the North East Meccano Society.

In addition, for a small charge, visitors will have the chance to enjoy a steam train ride behind Furness Railway No. 20 – the UK’s oldest operating classic steam locomotive.

Model Motion

Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15, 2015

10am to 4pm

FREE admission

FREE parking

Hints and Tips

Hints & Tips No.953 - Cheap or Free Weights for Construction

By Peter Smythe

Inadvertently, I found a great source for weights to use to hold our modeling projects together while they dry. Try reject marble bases for small sports trophies. My kids were digging around one day and found someone had buried a whole bunch of these in a nearby property. The kids brought these home and I promptly washed them and kept them. Not too long afterwards, I saw that my local hobby shop had a bunch of reject marble trophy bases as well -- only difference was that the hobby shop's bases were cleaner and carried a price tag.

Next time you pass your town's trophy store, pop in and see whether they will give you the rejects for free or for a nominal price. These bases are great for assembling structures in any scale. You can even feel good that you are keeping these items out of a rapidly filling up land fills.

Model Railways

Graham Farish Class 31 (371-111)

By Pat Hammond

This is a new model from completely new tooling and replaces the 1995 model that Bachmann inherited in 2000 when they bought the Graham Farish assets. The old model had been reintroduced by Bachmann in 2004 and seven versions of it had been produced. This newly tooled replacement has wire handrails, cab interior detail and a 6-pin DCC decoder socket fitted. There are two body versions with engraved roof fan blades and an etched grille above. The A-1-A A-1-A bogies are more detailed than before, with power contacts on four of the axles. Supplied loose, for the purchaser to fit, are detailing accessories for the buffer beams. Inside the body there are two on/off switches which control the red tail light and the headcode box - ideal for double heading.

263 members of the class were built between 1957 and 1962 and were intended for mixed traffic duties, originally on the Eastern Region. They were built at the Brush Electrical Engineering Company plant at Loughborough, originally with Mirrlees engines which were later replaced by English Electric ones between 1964 and 1969. Twenty retired members of the class have been preserved, including D5500 by the National Railway Museum, and a small number are in service with Network Rail.

Illustrated here is No.D5596 (371-111) in BR green livery with small yellow panels. This livery belongs to era 6. Also on their way from China are 371-110 No.5826 in BR green with full yellow ends and 371-112 No.31173 in BR blue livery. Each model is priced £109.95.

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