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.

24th April 2019

Dapol’s B4 / K14 tooling sample arrives
Dapol have released some images of the tooling sample they have received for their B4 / K14 0-4-0T steam loco and it is definitely looking the part.

Dapol assures us that the safety valves will be in place by the time the model goes into production.

So if you’re looking for a small loco to work the industrial sidings on your layout this might just be the loco for you.

The tooling sample of Dapol's B4 / K14 0-4-0T steam loco

12th April 2019

14xx in O scale from Dapol
Dapol have received an evaluation model from the factory producing their O scale model of the 14xx steam loco and it definitely looks good.

While there is still some time before the model hits the shelves Dapol is suggesting that you pre-order yours from your favourite hobby shop because these locos are going to be popular and you could miss out.

the evaluation model for Dapol's O scale 14xx loco due in a few months

10 April 2019

The latest in N and OO scale from Dapol
Dapol have now received paint samples for their GWR / BR railcar project.

Click here to see photos of individual cars on Dapol's Facebook page.

paint samples of Dapol's GWR / BR railcar project

Dapol have also announced that they will be doing a re-run of their N scale Class V Schools and GWR Halls.

There will new livery variations as well as previous liveries included in the re-run.

For more information and to pre-order your loco from Hatton's website click here for the Schools model and click here for the GWR Halls model.

Dapol are re-running their popular N scale Schools Class steam loco with some new liveries included

Dapol are re-running their popular N scale GWR Halls Class steam loco with some new liveries included

4 April 2019

56xx tooling sample from Revolution Trains
Revolution Trains has released an image of the tooling sample they have received for their GWR/BR 56xx loco.

The model features a number of separately fitted parts and is fitted with diecast wheels. Diecast wheels are not often seen on models these days, but they allow Revolution Models to offer two different types of balance weights.

Revolution models is not yet taking orders for these locos but you can see some more information about the models here.

A tooling sample of the GWR/BR 56xx tank loco being produced by Revolution Trains

29 March 2019

Dapol announces more O scale, OO scale and N scale models
It must have been a busy week for the guys at Dapol because there's are new models announced, paint samples released and more.

So let's start with O scale.

O Scale 10ft chassis wagons and vans
If you're modelling early diesel back to steam you never have too many 4-wheel wagons and the announcement that Dapol have eight different wagons and vans in the tooling stage will be great news.

The wagons that are expected to hit the shops sometime in the last three months of 2019 are:

  • Open high-bar wagon in bauxite livery
  • Planked van in bauxite livery
  • Plywood van in bauxite ivery
  • Insulated van in white livery
  • 2 Banana vans in bauxite livery with GEEST yellow spot and
  • 2 Banana vans in bauxite livery with Fyffes yellow spot

The models will feature:

  • Accurately mouled body and self-compensating chassis
  • Metal sprung buggers
  • 3-link metal coupling chain and sprung coupling hook and
  • Finely profiled wheels and axles with brass bearings.

Click here for more details on the Dapol website.

A 4-wheel banana van in bauxite livery - one of the new 4-wheel wagons to be released in O scale by Dapol towards the end of 2019

New running numbers for the O scale Jinty
Dapol have announced new running numbers for their O scale Jinty that's expected to hit the shops in the first three months of 2020.

Click here for a full list of the new numbers and more details.

An O scale Jinty in O scale shown here in SDJR livery from Dapol

Tooling sample for the O scale 57xx/8750 pannier tank
Dapol have released a photo of the tooling sample for the O scale GWR/BR 57xx/8750 pannier tank.

OO scale 21 Class paint samples
Early this month we showed you a photo of a tooling sample for the Dapol OO scale 21 class diesel and now we can show you the first paint samples.

Paint sample for the Dapol OO scale 21 class diesel

Maunsell High Window Coaches in N scale
Dapol are working on producing four and six-coach sets of Maunsell High Window coaches.

Un-numbered coaches may be produced if there is enough demand.

Click here for more details

27 March 2019

Sentinel Y3 in O scale from Dapol
Dapol have just released some painted samples of their O scale Sentinel Y3 shunter.

This quirky little locomotive saw service with the LNER, the LMS, BR, GWR, the National Coal Board and even several operators in Australia and a number of industrial operators.

The model will be produced in a range of UK liveries and will be available in DC, DCC and DCC with sound and all will have a high-level of detail that will include a glow from the firebox.

Click here to see more information and to pre-order your Y3 from Hatton's.

Dapol are producing the Sentinel Y3 in O scale and in a range of liveries as seen on this paint sample of an LNER Y3

24 March 2019

PFA in OO Scale
For someone who lives in a country where 4-wheel wagons went out of use almost 30 years ago the the idea that a modern country like the UK still uses 4-wheel wagons to transport containers, including nuclear waste contains, is hard to get my head around.

But regardless of what I think, the fact is that it still happens in the UK and soon you will be able to model it in OO Scale thanks to the team at Accurascale.

Accurascale have been working on a model of the PFA 2-axle container wagon … and the different types of container these wagons carried … and they should be available in June this year.

When the model is released it will be available in packs of three individually numbered wagons with containers lettered for:

  • Carwoods Coal – 4 packs
  • British Fuels – 4 packs
  • British Gypsum – 4 blue container packs and 1 white container pack
  • DRS LLNW Nuclear waste container – 3 packs
  • Container wagon with no container – 1 pack.

Click here for more information and an order form on the Accurascale website.

The new OO scale PFA 2-axle container wagon from Accurascale seen here carrying blue British gypsum containers

The new OO scale PFA 2-axle container wagon from Accurascale.

24 March 2019

GBRf 50 class in O scale
In case you've missed all the news I can tell you Heljan have announced that they are adding a new livery to the list of paint schemes that will be available when they release the O scale model of the 50 Class diesel around August / September.

That new livery  will be the GBRf version that 50049, “Defiance" is currently wearing  and it really is eye-catching.

Unfortunately the number of models produced in this livery will be limited and demand will be high so Hatton's are recommending that you pre-order your model now because, if you leave it till the models actually arrive, you will almost certainly miss out.

Click here for more information on the Hatton's website and to pre-order your model.

the GBRf paint scheme carried by 50049 will be included in the liveries that will appear on the Heljan O scale model of the 50 Class

16 March 2019

VEA vans in N scale

The prototype
VEA Vans are something of a link with the past because the need for these vans arose when technology moved faster than the explosive industry’s ability to keep up.

Explosives, for military or private industry use, have been a regular load carried by the railways for many years but as the railways modernised and began building longer air-braked vans the explosives industry began to experience problems with the longer vans.

Basically, they were too big for the tight locations where they would be loaded.

The solution was to go back to the group of 2000 short-wheel base covered vans that had been built to diagram 1/217 from 1962. By the late 1970’s these vans were beginning to reach the end of their useful days but they could be modernised.

So from 1978 to 1983 three BR workshops rebuilt 550 of the vans, fitted air-brakes and released then to traffic with the codes: VEA or VFA numbered between 230000 and 230549.

In service these VEA/VFA vans could be seen across the country on Speedlink services and military trains right up to the early 1990’s when the need for this type of van began to decline.

Some of these vans saw further service in Departmental use while others were used internally at various Army bases.

You will find more prototype information about these vans here

The model
Revolution Trains and Hatton’s are now looking for expressions of interest from N scale modellers who would be interested in purchasing models of the VEA van. They are proposing to release the model in 3 different paint schemes:

  • BR maroon – 5 different numbers
  • Railfreight red and grey – 5 different numbers and
  • Railfreight Distribution grey and yellow – 3 different numbers.

Click here for more information and to add your expression of interest.

Two of the three proposed paint schemes for the BR VEA munitions van that Hatton's and Revolution Trains are proposing to build in N scale

12 March 2019

More Warwells are coming
Oxford Rail has announced that their latest Warwell, OR76WW011, will be arriving in late April.

They will be releasing more information once the wagon has crossed the docks.

12 March 2019

Hornby’s first Terrier variant
Hornby has released it’s first variant of it’s all new Terrier.

The model is available as No. 32636 in BR black with the late crest.

The loco’s small size doesn’t mean that Hornby has scrimped on the detail. There’s a fully detailed cab and detailing that includes separate fittings.

Click here for more details and an order form on the Hatton’s website.

A photo of the first Terrier variant from Hornby. This one is in BR black with the late crest on the tank sides

11 March 2019

O scale Class 33 pilot model
Heljan have released images of the pilot model of their O scale Class 33 loco.

They’re already aware that there are some problems with the side grills and these, and any others that are identified will be fixed before the model is released.

The production model will include:

  • Directional lighting
  • Detail variations depending the model number
  • Working roof fans
  • Detailed cab interior and
  • Screwlink couplings

The model weighs in at 3kg so this is quite a hefty locomotive and it will be available with DCC or DCC with sound.

Click this link for more images and a video on the Hattons’ website.

Pilot model of the Heljan Class 33 diesel

10 March 2019

Class 21 and 29 tooling samples
Dapol will be releasing OO scale models of the Class 21 and Class 29 diesels towards the end of this year and they have now released images of two body samples to make sure that they have the body detail right.

When you look at these two pilot models you will see just how difficult it must have been for Dapol to get it right but the models aren’t perfect and Dapol can now see some areas that need to be corrected.

The history of these unusual locos is interesting because they are basically the same loco but with some detail changes and a totally different engine.

58 of the 21 class were built between 1958 and 1960 and these were fitted with an MAN diesel which proved to be far from reliable.

20 of the class were then rebuilt between 1963 and 1965 with a Paxman Ventura diesel engine and the rebuilt locos were reclassified as the 29 class. The rebuild led to some changes including grill door and window placements and you’ll see those changes in the photos below.

Dapol will be releasing four different numbers in each class and each number will be available with DCC and sound – DCC without sound – and plain DC.

Click here for more details and a pre-order form on the Hattons' website.

Pilot model of the Dapol Class 21 diesel due in shops towards the end of 2019

Dapol Class 21

Pilot model of the Dapol Class 29 diesel due in shops towards the end of 2019

Dapol 29 Class

8 March 2019

OO scale LNER J27 from Oxford Rail

Oxford Rail has released some CAD drawings of their upcoming model of the LNER J27 steam loco.

This class of locomotive was around for many years so there are many variations that can be modelled so Oxford Rail have decided to focus on:

  • Diagram 57 and 57A boilers
  • Ramsbottom and Ross pop safety valves
  • Short and tall chimneys
  • Smoke box door variations
  • Some of the different coal rails carried on the tenders and
  • Variations in the balance weights that were fitted to the driving wheels

Just how many loco variants will be produced is not clear but (or maybe I just missed it) but Hattons have opened pre-orders on 8 locos and you will find them listed on this page on the Hatton’s website.

A CAD drawing of one of the J27 variants that Oxford Rail will produce in OO scale

3 March 2019

Painted samples of the Hornby OO scale Ruston
Hornby had released paint samples of their upcoming Ruston 48DS shunter and they are looking good.

Over 200 of these diminutive locos were built over a period of 30 years from 1937 and they saw service just about everywhere from distilleries to Army bases so it’s good to see some interesting liveries and some basic ones that will allow you to add your own owner’s name.

You will also be able to choose between open and closed cabs and all models will be “fully digital capable”.

The loco comes with the match truck shown in the photo and the truck can be electrically connected to the loco to spread the pick-up over a longer wheelbase.

Click here for more information and to pre-order your model from Hattons.

A lined, pale green paint sample of the OO scale Ruston DS shunter coming from Hornby

3 March 2019

Class 25 and Class 86 pilot models from Heljan
Heljan have released pilot models of their upcoming locos in OO scale.

Class 25
Heljan is producing a model of the 25/3 variant and when this model hits the shelves there will be 10 variations available.

Heljan have already made some changes to the bodywork you see on their display model. Revised bodyside grills are just one the changes that will be made before the model goes into production.

Click here for more details and photos and to pre-order your model from Hattons

Class 86
Heljan is producing this model in the prototype’s original form but with a total of 7 variations of numbers and liveries.

Click here for more information, photos and to pre-order your model from Hattons.

The pilot model for the new Heljan OO scale 25/3 diesel available from Hattons

The pilot model for the new Heljan OO scale 86 class electric loco available from Hattons

3 March 2019

More TEA fuel tanks in N scale
Revolution Trains has announced that they are thinking of producing another production run of their award-winning fuel tanks in N scale. The first run of these models was back in 2016 and Revolution Trains feel that it’s time for another run that will feature slightly different versions and additional paint schemes.

The new liveries Revolution Trains is considering will include VTG Green and unbranded EWS wagons as well as VTG-Enviro versions with different slogans to those that appeared in the first run.

Detail differences to the original release will include no end ladders, shortened catwalks and no separate Hazchem placards.

While announcing this possible re-run Revolution need to hear from you because they want to know what modellers want before they make firm plans and start taking orders.

Click here for more information and a link to lodging your expression of interest.

A TEA tanker in VTG Aviation livery is one of the versions of this wagon that Revolution Trains is thinking of re-running in N scale

2 March 2019

New B4 Liveries from Dapol
Dapol have announced 2 new liveries for their yet to be released OO scale model of the L&SWR B4 class 0-4-0T loco.

The new liveries are show below and are described as Sussex Yellow fitted with a Drummond boiler and BR black with the early crest.

Click here for more details and an order form.

The two new liveries that Dapol have added so their L&SWR B4 lineup

23 Feb 2019

Sturgeons in N scale
Revolution Models have received their first pre-production models of their Sturgeon wagon with and without side doors and pre-orders are open.

At the moment Revolution Models is offering the wagon in the following liveries:

  • Black
  • Indian/Gulf Red
  • Olive green
  • Departmental yellow
  • Departmental grey/yellow

And the model will be available in single or triple packs.

This is a long wagon and the size really doesn’t become apparent until you see it on a layout that includes a lot of 4-wheel wagons but Revolution has been running a sample over 9inch curves and … it worked.

Click here for more information and an order form.

BR Engineers' Sturgeon wagon in N scale by Revolution Models - the model show includes side doors

23 Feb 2019

Some concrete thinking in OO scale from Accurascale
Accurascale have announced that they will be releasing two new cement wagon models in OO scale in March.

APCM Cemflo/PCV Powder Cement Wagon
If you model the period between 1961 and 1988 then this is the cement wagon for you and they were in use across a large part of Great Britain.

The model will be available as single wagons with two different numbers or as part of 13 triple packs with individually numbered wagons in each pack.

Click here for more information and an order form.

PC017B/C PCA Bulk Cement Wagon
65 of these wagons were built from 1982 and all remain in service. Over the years a number of different companies have leased these wagons and the model will be available as leased by Rugby, Castle and STS.

These models will only be available in packs of three with:

  • 6 different packs of Castle liveried wagons
  • 5 different packs of Rugby liveried wagons and
  • 4 different packs of STS liveried wagons

Click here for more information and an order form.

One of the single car packs of the APCM Cemflo/PCV Powder Cement Wagon model to be released in OO scale by Accurascale in March

One of the three car packs of the PC017B/C PCA Bulk Cement Wagon model to be released in OO scale by Accurascale in March

23 Feb 2019

BBA steel wagon in OO scale
Cavalex Models are a relative newcomer to the model manufacturing scene but they already have one successful model under their belt and they have just announced that they have reached the pre-order stage for their second model … the 50' BBA steel wagon as originally built.

The model will be produced in two versions – plain brown and Railfreight red/black.

Cavalex have a slightly different business model that most manufacturers. The produce a pilot model and then open pre-orders but the wagon won't be produced unless enough pre-orders are received.

That means that if you want this wagon then you need to get your pre-order in now and, to do that, you need to click here.

The red and black version of the 50' BBA steel wagon in OO scale from Cavalex models

22 Feb 2019

New N scale locos from Dapol
Dapol have announced 2 new diesels that will hit the hobby shops towards the end of Q3 2019 and they should be popular with modellers.

26 class diesel
Five different liveries will be offered with this model and will be available in DC or DCC fitted

33/0 and 33/1 class diesel
Four 33/0 models and two 33/1 models will be produced in both DC and DCC.

Both models will include:

  • Detailed body with etched grills and separate handrails
  • 72 darkened wheels
  • All wheel drive and pick-up
  • 5-pole Super creep motor
  • Direction controlled lighting
  • Heavy split-frame chassis

Click here for more details of the 26 Class

Click here for more details of the 33 Class

Some of the liveries for the new Dapol N scale 26 class loco

Some of the liveries for the new Dapol N scale 33 class

21 Feb 2019

Class 66 in OO arrives in August
Hattons have announced that their Class 66 in OO scale reached the production stage and, because there are a couple of minor corrections to be made, delivery will now be in August.

Painted samples will be on display at Model Rail in Scotland this weekend and in-store after that.

Click here for more details

all the different liveries that will be available on the new OO scake 66 Class diesel from Hattons

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

A pilot model of the J70 tramway loco to be produced by Model Rail Magazine and Rapido Trains - this model is not wearing the side skirts that many of the class carried throughout their lives.

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.

The GBRf version of the OO scale Class 92 loco to be produced by Accurascale

One of the EWS versions of the OO scale Class 92 loco to be produced by Accurascale

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.

Dapol's new O scale Diagram N autocoach in GWR's crimson lake livery

Dapol's new Diagram N autocoach in O scale shown here in BR crimson and cream

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.

Maroon colour samples of Lionheart Trains O scale MK1 coaches

Southern green paint sample of Lionheart Trains O scale MK1 coaches

Photo showing the interior detail in the guard's compartment of one of Lionheart Trains new O scale coaches

Photo showing the interior detail in a passenger compartment in one of Lionheart Trains new O scale coaches

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.

Click here to pre-order yours

The black paint sample of Heljan's O Scale A3

The blue paint sample of Heljan's O Scale BR A3

The green paint sample of Heljan's O Scale BR A3

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

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