What's New - UK
What’s New – UK brings you the latest UK model train releases in N, OO and O scales. 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 3D printed wagons and loco bodies right through to highly-detailed O scale locos that want to find a home on your model railway layout.
14 Feb 2019
OO scale telescopic hood wagons
Dapol have announced that another run of their telescopic hood wagons in OO scale should be hitting the stores in the Autumn.
Four different road numbers in Tiphook Rail blue will available and will feature:
- Highly detailed body moulding
- Sliding roof and body section
- Coil steel loads
- Separately added detail parts
- NEM Pockets and more.
Dapol suggest that if you want some of these models then you should pre-order at your locl hobby shop.
Click here for more details about the models.
13 Feb 2019
J70 tram engine in OO
This was announced a couple of weeks ago but, if you’re like me, you might have missed the announcement that Model Rail Magazine and Rapido Trains Inc are collaborating to bring a OO scale model of he J70 0-6-0T tram engine to the market.
The project has even reached the point where a sample loco has been produced and you can see it below. Don’t be fooled by the lack of side-skirts, some did operate at times without those covers over the running gear.
Research has shown that these locos did operate in four different liveries:
- Great Eastern Railway
- London & North Eastern
- British Railways without an emblem and
- British Railways with an emblem
All those liveries will be available and detail differences between individual locos will also be covered.
You can click here for more details on the Rapido UK website
12 Feb 2019
Class 92 in OO scale
Accurascale has announced that its next loco will be the Brush Class 92 dual-voltage electric.
These locomotives were originally designed and built between 1993 and 1996 to haul freight and sleeper trains through the Channel Tunnel. The sleeper trains were cancelled before the Channel Tunnel even opened and it is only recently that these locos have actually seen use on any type of passenger train.
Ownership of the 46 locos in the class has been spread across a number of different owners and the models will be available in 11 different paint schemes including the 2 shown here.
The model will feature:
- A tungsten alloy chassis
- A range of detail specific to individual locos
- Pantographs that can be raised and lowered and
- DCC ready and DCC sound equipped
A delivery date is yet to be announced but you can pre-order the loco by clicking here.
12 Feb 2019
Diagram N Autocoach in O scale
Dapol have announced that their next project will be the Diagram N autocoach in O scale and they have already released paint samples of the 5 variations that will be released.
There will be three GWR variants and 2 from BR days … the last of them in BR service wasn’t withdrawn until 1957.
The variants are:
- 37 in GWR crimson lake (shown below)
- 39 in GWR chocolate and cream with twin-cities crest
- 40 in GWR chocolate and cream
- W37W in BR crimson and cream (shown below)
- W36 in BR crimson
Specifications for these coaches will be in line with previous coaches released under the Lionheart brand and added extras will include:
- Fully compensated chassis
- Sprung buffers and
- Your choice of digital or bar lighting.
Pre-orders are now open through Hattons and you can see more details of the coaches, their price and lodge your pre-order by clicking here.
6 Feb 2019
The Brighton Belle in N Scale from Arnold
Hattons are taking advanced orders for Arnold’s N scale version of the 5-BEL Brighton Bell in Pullman umber and cream and it certainly is a fine looking model.
The train will be available in 2 packs and you will need both to make up a 5-car set.
The first set contains the 2 EMU end vehicles and you can click here to pre-order that set.
The second set contains the 3 centre coaches and you can click here to pre-order that set.
5 Feb 2019
O Scale Mk1 carriages
Lionheart Trains have released images of the first decorated samples of their Mk1 BSK coaches.
Two coaches appear below along with a look at some of the fine interior detail that will be available on production models.
2 Feb 2019
O Scale A3 from Heljan
Hattons have received the first paint samples of the O Scale A3 from Heljan
There still needs to be some work on parts of the pipework and the green is not the needs to be corrected but the project is on schedule for a May 2019 delivery and pre-orders are now open.
2 Feb 2019
00 Scale AEC Railcar from Heljan
Heljan will be releasing a 00 gauge version of GWR AEC Railcar in 2020 and tooling is now underway for both the GWR and BR versions.
The models will feature prototypical detail differences, fully detailed interior and drive to both bogies from a centrally mounted low-slung motor.
An exact release date is not known but they will be released after the O Scale version of the same vehicle
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Machinery wagon (pictured here)
Single-plank open wagon with load
Goods van with opening doors
1st Class luggage van
You can find more information on the Ash Models website
7 Nov 2018
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.
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
11 Oct 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.