What's New - UK

See what’s new on the UK modelling scene. You get photos, information and links to where you can buy the latest releases to hit the UK model railway scene.

There’s everything from narrow gauge wagons right through to highly-detailed O scale locos that want to find a home in your model railway room.

9 Jan 2019

N Scale 142 Railcars from Dapol
Dapol have announced that the N Gauge Class 142 railcars will be arriving soon.

These cars will be available in DC and DCC versions and in five different liveries:

  • Northern Rail
  • Regional Railways
  • Northern Spirit
  • Arriva Trains Wales and
  • Tyne and Wear PTE

N Scale Class 142 railcars in 5 different liveries coming soon from Dapol

8 Jan 2019

New batches of 3 popular O Scale locos from Heljan
Heljan has announced that they are preparing 3 new batches of popular O Scale locos for British modellers.

These locos will be:

  • Class 31 with 5 different numbers – plus one unnumbered model – and six different liveries (including the experimental golden ochre worn by D5579) and the red / grey / black / white livery of BR’s RTC
  • Class 35 Hymek with three different numbers and three different liveries. There will also be an unnumbered model that will come in BR Blue
  • Class 55 with 2 different numbers and liveries. There will also be 2 unnumbered locos, 1 in BR green and 1 in BR Blue with full yellow ends.

Delivery dates are yet to be announced but they will arrive in 2019 and only produced in very limited quantities so you will have grab them as soon as you hear that they’re available

O Scale 31 Class British diesel coming in 2019 from Heljan

O Scale 31 Class British diesel coming in 2019 from Heljan

O Scale 35 Class British diesel coming in 2019 from Heljan

O Scale 35 Class British diesel coming in 2019 from Heljan

O Scale 55 Class British diesel coming in 2019 from Heljan

8 Jan 2019

OO Scale YCV Turbot Bogie Ballast Wagons
Dapol have just announced that these neat ballast wagons are being shipped to dealers.

The model comes in two liveries and each has three different road numbers.

OO Scale YCV Turbot Bogie Ballast Wagons from Dapol

8 Jan 2019

Mk1 Coaches in O Scale from Lionheart
These were announced last year and now they’re getting closer with the release of the artwork for the first five liveries.

The liveries will be:

  • BR Blue
  • BR Maroon
  • Western Region Chocolate and Cream
  • BR Crimson and Cream and
  • Southern Region Green

While the samples below are only of the brakes you can see the artwork for all the coaches on this page of the Lionheart website along with a list of all the features that have been included in each coach.

Production numbers will be limited to Lionheart suggest that you get your pre-orders in now to avoid disappointment.

Artwork for the Lionheart O Scale Mk1 BR blue coaches

Artwork for the Lionheart O Scale Mk1 BR maroon coaches

Artwork for the Lionheart O Scale Mk1 BR chocolate and cream coaches

Artwork for the Lionheart O Scale Mk1 BR crimson and cream coaches

Artwork for the Lionheart O Scale Mk1 BR Southern Region Green coaches

1 Jan 2019

Lord Nelson is about to arrive
Hattons have just announced that the newly-tooled Lord Nelson Class locos from Hornby are due to arrive on January 3.

These new releases will feature a 5-pole skew-wound motor, 8-pin digital socket and highly detailed body and cab.

The first to arrive will be No. 851, Sir Francis Drake, in Southern Railways olive green.

Click here for more details and an order form

Hornby's new re-tooled Lord Nelson Class steam engines

9 Dec 2018

Tis the season for paint samples
In the past week or so there seems to have been a flurry of paint sample releases and we’ll give you a peek at them here.

We’ll start off with a bunch of samples 59/0, 59/1 and 59/2 Class locos from Dapol in OO Scale. These feature re-tooled bodies with class specific details as well as opening cab doors and rotating axle boxes

As far as paint goes, these are definitely NOT the finished product and Dapol advise that there are a number of amendments to be made.

There are four paint samples for the Class 59 and they are shown below. You will find more information about these locos here on the Hatton’s website.

Some of the paint samples from Dapol's new 59 Class release

Some of the paint samples from Dapol's new 59 Class release

Some of the paint samples from Dapol's new 59 Class release

Some of the paint samples from Dapol's new 59 Class release

9 Dec 2018

More Class 68 locos
Dapol released two samples of the next batch of OO Scale 68 Class locos that they will be releasing next year.

The two samples are in TransPennine Express and DRS plain blue liveries and, once again, Dapol stresses that these are early samples and there will be alterations made before these models are released.

You can find more details on this page on Hatton’s website.

Two samples of the next batch of OO Scale 68 Class locos from Dapol

Two samples of the next batch of OO Scale 68 Class locos from Dapol

9 Dec 2018

Hornby OO Scale LMS Streamlined Coronation paint sample
Hornby has release a paint sample too and it’s the beautifully streamlined Coronation carrying the “Queen Elizabeth” plates.

Unlike Dapol’s samples above this is very close to the final production model although Hornby does say that there are some minor changes still to be made.

For more information and an order form follow this link to Hatton’s website.

A paint sample of Hornby's streamlined Coronation class

27 Nov 2018

A Deltic in OO Scale
Accurascale have announced a highly detailed and DCC ready Deltic that will be released in a big range of liveries, road numbers and names.

The list of standard features and the model specific details are enough to make any modeller drool.

You can see all the information here on the Accurascale website.

Accurascale will release a OO Scale Deltic shortly

23 Nov 2018

The N Gauge Society’s first powered model
The Society has just released images of some painted samples of their Hunslet 0-6-0 shunter and they do look good.

You can find more details, pricing and a pre-order form on the N Gauge Society’s website here

Pilot models of the first powered model to be produced by the N Gauge Society

23 Nov 2018

3 new locos in 3 different scales
Heljan has just announced the upcoming release of 3 new locos in 3 different scales.

For narrow gauge modellers there’s the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway’s 2-4-2T “Lyn” in 009. Heljan plan to release this model 2 versions of L&BR green and 2 versions of Southern green as well as an unnumbered version in plain black.

You can expect to see “Lyn” in 2020.

For 00 scale modellers there is a fully re-tooled Class 86 electric loco in 7 different livery variations. The first samples are expected early next year.

O Scale modellers can expect to see 4 different variations of the Class 17 Claytons. First samples will be available early next year and the model should be on sale towards the end of 2019.

You will find more details of all 3 locos in the new Heljan catalogue that’s available from this coming weekend.

Lyn in 009 coming in 2020 from Heljan

An O Scale Class 17 diesel coming from Heljan in late 2019

A Class 86 in 7 different livery variations in OO Scale is coming from Heljan in 2019

22 Nov 2018

A multi-media kit in OO Scale?
Narrow Planet have announced that they are working on the prototype of a 4mm scale kit for the F.C. Hibberd 18-ton Planet.

It will use the familiar Spud motor bogie and is comprised of a 3D printed bodyshell core and etched overlay detail and should be on display at the Warley Model Railway Club & Exhibition at the NEC this coming weekend.

Narrow Planet have announced that they are working on the prototype of a 4mm scale kit for the F.C. Hibberd 18-ton Planet.

20 Nov 2018

Paint samples of Heljan’s OO Scale 33 and 35 Class
Hatton’s has released photos of the new batches of the Class 33 and Class 35 locos that are on their way from Heljan.

There will be 8 versions of the 334 Class and 5 versions of the Hymek. One version of each is shown below.

You can view all the versions and pre-order the 33 Class here and the 35 Class here.

A paint sample of Heljan's latest batch of 33 Class diesels

A paint sample of Heljan's latest batch of 35 Class diesels

20 Nov 2018

N Scale Beyer Garratt
Hatton’s have announced a new project … an N Scale version of the LMS Beyer Garratt.

The model is expected to hit the shelves in January 2020 and it will feature:

  • A 5-pole motor
  • 18-pin decoder interface
  • All wheel pick-up but only driven from the bunker end
  • RP25 profile wheels
  • Diecast chassis
  • Fully detailed cab

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo that I can use for illustration but you will find photos and more detail here on the Hatton’s website.

13 Nov 2018

7/8th Scale Signal Box
North Pilton Works don’t just produce fine loco and rolling stock kits for Garden Railways, they also produce buildings too.

Their latest kit is this neat little compact signal box that comes with a highly detailed exterior and plenty of interior detail too.

And you get interior lighting as well.

Find all the details for this fine kit on this page at the North Pilton Works website.

7/8th scale signal box from North Pilton Works

10 Nov 2018

16mm Wagon Kits
Ash Models are releasing a range 16mm rolling stock kits that should really appeal to large-scale, narrow gauge modelers.

The range of kits include:

3-plank wagon with a load of crates

Open sheep wagon

Cattle wagon

Machinery wagon (pictured here)

Single-plank open wagon with load

Brake van

Goods van with opening doors

Open coach

2nd/3rd coach

3rd coach

1st Class luggage van

You can find more information on the Ash Models website

16mm Machinery wagon

7 Nov 2018

009 Perfection
This exquisite La Meuse 2-6-0T loco is now available in kit form from Narrow Planet.

The kit is produced by Neil Sayer and is designed to run on a Graham Farish 08 mechanism.

You will find more information and an order form here on the Narrow Planet website.

009 La Meuse 2-6-0T loco is now available in kit form from Narrow Planet

Artwork for Lionheart Trains  O Scale 45xx Loco
The initial artwork for Lionheart Trains 45xx loco has been released and shows a number of variations of lined and unlined green and black.

One variation is shown below and you can see all of them on Lionheart’s Facebook page

The initial artwork for Lionheart Trains O Scale 45xx loco

11 Oct 2018

Instrument Lighting
Cab lighting in a loco is one thing but having instrument lighting on the dashboard is taking detail to a whole new level but that’s what the guys at the Little Loco Company are talking about adding to the cab of their next 7mm BR loco.

It may not happen this time but now people are talking about it and it is possible it’s only a matter of time before some manufacturer includes it in their loco.

Cab detail and cab lighting in 7mm scale

5 Oct 2018

Dapol N Scale 50 Class
Dapol have released images of decorated samples of their new 50 Class loco.

On display at Dapol’s recent event were:

  • 2 locos – D406 and 50043 – in early BR blue
  • 1 loco – 50040 Leviathan – in BR blue with the large logo
  • 1 loco – 50037 Illustrius – in original NSE livery and
  • 1 loco – 50007 Sir Edward Elgar in BR lined green for Dapol Collectors Club members

These liveries are for review purposes and could be changed before production starts.

You can see all the above liveries in the Dapol blog here.

Dapol's N Scale 50 class

4 Oct 2018

More 07 shunters in OO Scale from Heljan
Heljan has announced nine new variants of their neat little Class 07 shunter will be released sometime in the first three months of 2019.

These include new liveries for BR blue and BR green along with:

  • BR Eastleigh Works green
  • Powell Duffryn blue and white and
  • ICI Wilton grey and orange

You can pre-order yours on this page on the Hatton’s website.

Heljan's 07 shunter in 00 Scale

4 Oct 2018

British Rail BTH Type 1 / Class 15 loco in O Scale
Hatton’s is offering three variations of this loco from the Little Loco Company at a great price point.

The loco normally retails for around 375GBP but Hattons is offering it for 260GBP. This link will take you to the order page on Hatton’s website.

This model features a diecast chassis, sprung buffers, a detailed cab and fine exterior detail and the three variations are:

  • All green
  • Green with full yellow ends and
  • Green with half yellow ends.

DCC and sound fitted versions are also available.

The Little Loco Company's British Rail BTH Type 1 / Class 15 loco in O Scale