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Kernow Model Centre has today announced the following:

Following many requests we have decided to produce two more versions of our award-winning Beattie Well Tank models.  We will be using the same upgraded coreless motor that will be incorporated into our Adams O2 models and the economies of scale from this mean we can keep the price of this batch of Well Tanks to £94.99 for pre-orders.  The Well Tank will be produced in the same factory and by the same people in China as previously, which is also the same factory producing our Adams O2 models.  We will be making these Well Tank models to order and guarantee to supply every order placed by 31st August this year.  At this stage we will decide on the final quantity to be produced but there will be at least 250 of each version.  As always, no deposits are required and we do not charge for the models until we are about to despatch the orders.  We will be offering DCC Fitted versions which will have the Gaugemaster DCC 23 Decoder fitted.  We expect delivery by the end of this year and as soon as the models are on the way to us the price will rise to £99.99 for new orders.   See more information on our website

The Kernow model of  30586 in early British Railways Livery with Bulleid Sunshine lettering will be as per my own repainted version

The Kernow model of 30586 in early British Railways Livery with Bulleid Sunshine lettering will be as per my own repainted version

K2056 DJ Models 2-4-0WT Beattie Well Tank Steam Locomotive number 30587 BR Late Crest £99.99 (£94.99 pre-orders)
K2056DC DJ Models 2-4-0WT Beattie Well Tank Steam Locomotive number 30587 BR Late Crest DCC Fitted £119.99 (£114.99 pre-orders)
K2057 DJ Models 2-4-0WT Beattie Well Tank Steam Locomotive number 30586 Early British Railways 1948 livery with Sunshine lettering  £99.99 (£94.99 pre-orders)
K2057DC DJ Models 2-4-0WT Beattie Well Tank Steam Locomotive number 30586 Early British Railways 1948 livery with Sunshine lettering DCC Fitted £119.99 (£114.99 pre-orders)

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The Kernow Model Centre have today made the following announcement about their exclusive models and commissions and I post it below in full.

In our determination to provide high-quality detailed models we are constantly reviewing progress of our projects. Sometimes this can reveal that changes need to be made, most of which are invisible to our customers.

After careful consideration we have decided to manage the production of our Adams O2 and LSWR Gate Stock OO Gauge models directly with the factory in China, this being the same factory that built our award-winning OO Gauge Beattie Well Tank. We have asked Dave Jones of DJModels to oversee these projects which will continue the close working relationship we have had since we started commissioning exclusive models.

Work on the OO Gauge Tiger Clay Wagons, Bulleid Diesel locos and D6xx Warships also continues as well as other yet-to-be announced projects, all of which will be produced under a new commercial agreement of which details will be given in due course.

All existing orders for these products will be held and there is no need for customers to contact us about this change unless they have changed their phone number, email address or house address and not previously advised us.

A consequence of this decision is that Dapol no longer feel able to progress the O Gauge Beattie Well Tank project and associated clay wagons. We had been working with Dapol to find alternative ways of producing this model, but the pre-orders have been disappointingly low with fewer than 200 orders placed. This is despite a huge discount being offered to encourage and reward customers who placed a pre-order and it being made clear that the pre-order could be cancelled at any time. While we may look at this again in the future for the time being we are going to concentrate on our core OO gauge market. We have already emailed and written to all customers who still held a pre-order for the O Gauge models with details of a special offer to reward their loyalty and patience.

Even after the above changes we had around £275k of special projects remaining with Dapol and it was our intention to continue with these, but Dapol have cancelled all of these with the exception of the OO Gauge models of D1003V Western Ruler and B850ZA and B850ZB Weathered Silver Bullets which are already in production. Our exclusive Class 73s, Bubble Cars, Turbots and Class 22s have all been cancelled and we are obviously very sorry and disappointed that Dapol have chosen to do this. This unexpected act means that we have had to remove these models from our website and have not yet had chance to contact everybody who placed pre-orders but will do so as soon as possible.

We thank all our customers for their patience and understanding for bearing with us and with our new agreement in place we expect rapid progress to be made on the Gate Stock and O2 models and look forward to sharing positive news about these very soon.

Regular updates are available by subscribing to our weekly email newsletter at http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com

I will not make any personal comment on the above other to state that I continue to assist Chris Terise at the Kernow Model Centre with respect to their Southern related models.

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Well the annual event that is the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC has now been and gone and by all accounts it appears that it was a good year for the show. I certainly thought that this year there was a good selection of layouts, attendance was apparently up by 8% and most of the traders appeared to be doing good business. I certainly had a good weekend on the Hornby Magazine stand operating Mike Wild’s Hettle layout despite it being N gauge, Midland Region and DCC meaning my comfort zone was somewhere outside of Hall 5, but I think I pulled it off!

As is becoming more usual now a number of suppliers and manufacturers time announcements, product development updates and availability of new product around the time of / during the show and this year was no exception. This post attempts to round up some of those items of interest from a Southern perspective.

Kernow Model Centre

As per my post on Saturday, Kernow Model Centre have announced they are to commission via Dapol a Beattie Well Tank in 7mm along with suitable china clay wagons. Pre ordering and making a deposit payment of £100 will give you a saving of £100 off the £299 usual price. A ready to run 0 Gauge loco for £199 is a bargain I am sure many will not be able to resist. Full details can be found on my previous post here.  I predict a number of new Cornish china clay shelf type inglenook shunting layouts popping up due to these models, which could also be easily changed to be a decade or so later by switching the Well Tank for  a Dapol Class 08!
They also had some of the livery samples of their Class 205 ‘Thumper’ DEMU on display, commissioned via Bachmann this certainly looks an excellent model.

Peco

At the show an entire area was dedicated to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway with the full size replica L&B locomotive Lyd being a centre piece surrounded by more L & B layouts than you could shake a stick at.

Peco’s R-T-R L&B Wagons

Peco took the opportunity to announce a new range of ready to run wagons and coaches in 009. Initial releases will be a box van and an open wagon in both L & B grey and SR brown available early in the new year with suitable coaches to follow later. More details and pictures can be found here  Whilst I am sure these will be popular with existing 009 modellers the current lack of any suitable R-T-R locomotives in 009 might still deter new entrants to the genre (although fingers crossed that perhaps locomotives might follow).

Bachmann

The long awaited C Class from Bachmann in both the exquisite full SECR livery and post 1937 Southern Liveries were available at the show and the BR black version is also imminent. I will be reviewing this model on this blog hopefully later in the week.

The EP of LMS diesel 10000

In their usual display cases at the show were a number of Engineering prototypes of current work in progress and their version of the LMS main line diesel twins 10000 and 10001 looked impressive, mentioned on here as they of course ran on the Southern Region. This model is in part commissioned by Rails of Sheffield with some livery versions being exclusive to them. Availability is anticipated to be early next year.

Dapol

Whilst the announcements made by Dapol at the show were for some modern image wagons in 0 Gauge (I assume to compliment their previously announced Class 08 shunter) they had for sale on the stand SR 5 and 8 plank open wagons also in 0 Gauge although I think these are generic open wagons rather based on specific SR prototypes.
Dapol have also rereleased their N Gauge CCT (Van U) utility van which appears to have been slightly updated with finer tooling and NEM coupling pockets.

RT Models

Robert continues to add useful detailing items to his ever expanding range that can be found at www.rtmodels.co.uk. I covered his etched LSWR and LBSC lamp irons in my post here and can now confirm that the LBSC version is now available and has enough irons for two locomotives including the extended bufferbeam irons.
On show for the first time at Warley were SR engine lamps very nicely cast in white metal offering a much finer scale alternative to those available from Spingside (although Robert’s do not have the jewelled lens).
Also under his custodianship the Albert Goodall range now includes cast white metal brake cylinders for the Bulleid Pacific 4500 and 5500 gallon tenders that are noticeably absent from the Hornby models and are well designed to be a simple direct fit.

Trafford Model Centre (TMC)

The TMC Mk1 Horseboxes, picture courtesy and copyright M Wild

The TMC Mk1 Horseboxes, picture courtesy and copyright M Wild

The TMC commission, via Bachmann of the Mk1 Horsebox was available at the show and the weathered Southern Region green version I saw certainly looked extremely good. Further details can be found here.

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The Kernow Model Centre have today announced:

We have commissioned Dapol to produce on our behalf the LSWR (SR) Beattie Well Tank 2-4-0WT in 7mm Scale O gauge.

Associated for many years with the Wenfordbridge branch while based at Wadebridge these models were commissioned in response to customer demand for the model to be produced in the senior scale following the award-winning model produced in OO gauge last year. This model was initially designed using the very accurate ‘Laser’ scanning technology with the original scan taking place at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in 2009. With the research already completed this model is off to a flying start and we hope the O gauge model will be released around the end of 2013 or early 2014. The tooling for this model will be owned by Kernow Model Rail Centre.

The price of the Well Tank in O Gauge will be £299.99. You can save a massive £100 by paying a deposit of £100.00 immediately and the remaining £99.99 will be charged when the models are ready to be sent, making the total just £199.99. Paying this deposit does not commit you to buy and you are free at any time to cancel your order and receive a refund of this deposit in full. There are a limited number of this launch offer available and it may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.

If you would prefer not to pay a deposit you can still place a pre-order without paying anything until the model arrives. If you chose this option you will still save £50 as the price will be reduced to £249.99. This offer will be withdrawn as soon as we receive the model after which all new purchases will be at the full £299.99.
These models will be sent post free to UK addresses.

We will be producing two models:

K7051 Dapol Well Tank number 30587 in BR Black with early emblem

K7052 Dapol Well Tank number 30587 in BR Black with late crest

In addition we are pleased to announce that we have commissioned Dapol to produce two exclusive 7mm scale O Gauge wagon models.

The China Clay 5 Plank Open Wagon

This will be produced with four alternative running numbers and a weathered finish. This will be a newly tooled model with the tooling exclusive to Kernow Model Rail Centre. The price will be £59.99 and we expect the models to arrive towards the end of 2013. These models will be sent post free to UK addresses.

K7001 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743171

K7002 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743353

K7003 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743306

K7004 Dapol 5 Plank Clay Wagon BR weathered as B743198

7 Plank Open Wagon number 30 in Helston Gas Company livery.

The Helston Gas Company operated a fleet of 5 wagons, numbered 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 to give the impression of a much larger fleet!
We expect this model to arrive in the 1st Quarter of 2013 and the price will be £49.99. This model will be sent post free to UK addresses.

K7071 Dapol 7 Plank Open Wagon number 30 – Helston Gas Co

We have set up a dedicated web page to our exclusive O Gauge models – http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/page/70/beattie

With this years announcements by Dapol of an 0 Gauge A1X ‘Terrier’ and also SR 25T ‘Pillbox’ brake vans it seems an interesting time for Southern 7mm modellers.

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I am extremely pleased to advise that the ’00′ gauge Beattie Well Tank commissioned by the Kernow Model Centre and manufactured by Dapol has come first place within the 4mm Steam  locomotive category in the Annual Model of Year award 2011. The annual poll is organised jointly between RMweb, Model Rail Magazine and Model Railways Express online magazine and asks modellers to vote across a number of categories. Congratulations to the Kernow Model Centre for making the inspired and brave step to commission the model and for Dapol for manufacturing the model so nicely.

3314 in Bulleid Sunshine style livery is the latest release of this award winning model

As readers of this blog will be aware I have been providing assistance to the Kernow Model Centre with this model and also their future Southern related models so I am extremely pleased (without any bias of course) that the hard work and effort that has gone in to this model by all parties has been recognised in this way.
The full list of results can be found in the newly published  ‘Spring’ issue of Model Rail Magazine and also here on RMweb and on Model Railway Express online magazine in due course.

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Although this happened a week or so ago now on Saturday 25th February, and already quite widely reported,  I thought I would for the record,  post a few links to the interesting night time working of ex LSWR Beattie Well Tank 30587 doing some tests on the London Underground Circle / Hammersmith and City Line between Lillie Bridge Depot, Earls Court and Baker Street.

This was testing in advance of next year’s 150th anniversary of the Inner Circle line and the feasibility of special steam hauled trips to mark the event, hopefully utilising some of the preserved ex London Underground stock such as the Metropolitan Railway ‘Ashbury’ stock from the Bluebell Railway and maybe the Metropolitan Railway ‘T’ Stock from the Spa Valley Railway.

The testing with 30587, from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, along with Metropolitan electric locomotive ‘Sarah Siddons’ and a couple of LU Battery Locomotives was to test and evaluate the effect on station fire alarm panels and passing trains of running steam engines through this section. Once again the London Underground demonstrate their forward thinking and willingness to hold such unique events, which they should be heartily congratulated for.

A selection of Photographs can be found on the London reconnections site here and also Bowroaduks Flickr Photostream here.

A great short video of the testing at Baker Street is on Leon Daniel’s, Managing Director of surface transport at TfL, youtube site here and also here if the embedded first clip below does not appear.

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Following on from the success of the first four versions of the Beattie Well Tank,  Kernow Model Rail Centre has today announced the release of 3314 in Bulleid ‘Sunshine’ livery. 3314 carried this livery between November 1942 and November 1949 when she was renumbered 30585 and gained British Railways early emblem livery.

3314 in Bulleid Sunshine style livery

The Kernow Model Rail Centre announcement is below:

“We are pleased to announce that a fifth Beattie Well Tank has been produced and is currently on board a ship from China due to arrive in the UK at the end of February.

3314 will be limited to 500 models

Item reference K2055, this will be number 3314 in Southern Black livery with Bulleid Sunshine lettering and will be priced at £94.99 plus postage.

This model is limited to just 500 pieces and as the previous Southern model sold out very quickly we anticipate demand for this model will be very strong.

3314 carried this livery between November 1942 and November 1949

Orders can be placed through our website or by phone – or on Kernow Model Rail Centre website here.  

Deliveries of this version can be expected by the end of February

As with the previously released versions the model comes fitted with 6 Pin DCC Decoder socket (conveniently located behind the removable smoke box door, should a DCC decoder be required to be fitted) and an accessory bag containing etched fire irons, coupings, vacuum pipes and SR Route Discs.

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With a nod to David Frost et al for the title… although I am not really that old…  honest…  As regular readers of my blog will know last weekend was the last of three exhibitions in three weekends, and was the third year in a row that I have exhibited with a layout at the Warley National Model Railway Show. This time it was turn of the Layout Ashland which was built by myself, Richard Proudman and Hornby Magazine Editor Mike Wild as a challenge, which we duly completed,  to build a layout in a weekend at the Hornby Magazine Live show in Hartlepool last July.

21C102 'Salisbury' arrives at Ashland. Note her short deflectors and original style cab.

Ashland formed part of the Ian Allen / Hornby Magazine stand at the show and is based on the North Cornwall Line, the track plan being a mix of Ashwater and Dunsland Cross. We ran my own Southern 1946 to 1948 era stock on the Saturday and moved forward 10 years or so on the Sunday with Mike’s own BR Southern Region stock being used. Along with a couple of Bulleid light pacific’s, M7’s; an O2, N, N1 and a T9, my recently re-liveried Beattie Well Tank also put in a sterling performance hauling a mix of suitable stock.

Beattie Well Tank 30586 in early British Railways livery trundles into Ashland with a pick up goods

T9 721 on the morning parcels turn

Warley is a bit of a marmite show you either love it or hate it, however a number of changes made to the show this year including widened aisle widths and increased seating available for visitors to rest weary legs (due to the extremely hard concrete floor) which seemed to improve circulation around the show. There will always be discussion on the cost to visitors attending taking into account the entry fee (still half the price of the next door motorcycle show) and parking, but even all in, its still cheap when you consider the cost per layout ratio or the cost per hour of entertainment as most visitors appear to spend all day there (which is needed to see all or nearly all the 75 layouts and nearly 150 traders!)

Many of the suppliers and manufacturers now appear to time announcements and new releases for Warley, with respect to the latter also Christmas is possibly a factor, however this must put strain on the traders stocking policy and cash flow having to suddenly stock so many new items.

Bachmann released a number of new items and had on display a number of pre production tooling’s in both 2 and 4mm with the most noticeable being the 6 car Midland Blue Pullman.  The N Gauge Society’s commissioned, from Graham Farish, fine model of an SR Queen Mary brake van was also available.

Hornby had their livery sample Brighton Belle unit on display, and very nice it looks too, and their non corridor Gresley suburban coaches now released certainly look excellent despite not being Southern.

Dapol have just recently got there 4mm Class 22 into the shops. Kernow Models had the excellent looking livery samples of their commissioned weathered versions on display. Dapol also announced their intention to enter the 7mm market with a 6, 7 and 8 plank private owner wagons to start with. Hattons although not having a stand had a presence with Dapol showing off their stunning looking LMS Twin diesels 10000 / 10001 (both of which ended up onAshlandtowards the end of Sunday!).

Heljan announced their intention to add to their range of transition ear diesels with the Class 16 The prototype, not the most reliable of engines,  “worked” mainly out of Stratford so am not sure if they ever reached Southern Region metals via transfer freights.

Gary at 247 Developments showed me his new etch of Southern engine head signal discs (often incorrectly called route discs or headcode discs) that are complete with half etched handle.

This post is not intended to be a full review of the show but just a snapshot from my perspective / interests. Operating a layout at Warley does not really allow the time to fully view all on show and therefore the above are just some of those things that came to my attention. I am sure that there will be a fuller roundup in the various next magazine issues or on some of the web forums.

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Being a Southern Railway modeller of the period 1946 to 1949 it is not unusual for me to need to re-livery Ready-to-Run models that come on the market as generally they cater for either pre-war or post Nationalisation eras.  This is currently the case with the delightful Beattie Well Tanks that have been produced by Dapol for Kernow Models. I have therefore modeled one side as 3329 in its 1946 condition and the other side as 30586 in the early transition style with ‘British Railways’ and the number in Southern ‘Sunshine’ style lettering. I have a number of my locomotive fleet treated in a similar way with differing styles of letting / eras on each side, at the end of the day you can only see one side at once!

3329 in Southern post 1937 livery

I start by soaking the original printing to be removed with some good quality enamel thinners applied by a brush or a cotton bud. Once allowed to soak to for a few minutes I rub off the printing with a cotton bud soaked in the thinners. I have found that usually Bachmann printing comes off much easier than the Hornby or Dapol printing which generally requires some quite hard rubbing with the cotton bud, it works in the end but do not be tempted to apply too much pressure too quickly. Some people also use very fine wet and dry emery paper or cocktail sticks to remove the decals, but for simple renumbering thinners, a cotton bud and some patience works fine for me.

3329 now renumbered as 30586 and with "British Railways" in Southern Style Sunshine lettering

Even if I am only changing one digit, I always remove the whole number as no matter which supplier of new decals I am using, they are rarely a perfect match for the manufacturer’s original printing. In the case of 3329 / 30586 I used 2mm scale transfers from Fox Transfers for the Southern and British Railways lettering,  As on the original prototype they were much smaller than the standard sizes of letting used! The numbers for 30586 again from Fox Tranfers but for the 3329 I used Pressfix transfers from the Historical Model Railway Society (HMRS). When applying the decals I always start from the middle number / letter and work outwards in both directions as this makes it easier to keep things on the level.

Rubbing off of the original decals usually leaves a shiny finish on the cab side that on one hand provides a good surface for the application of new decals, especially if waterslide are being used; but means that additional work is needed to rectify the finish. I therefore mask off the area using existing lining or changes in profile as edges and lightly spray the area with satin varnish which nicely restores the finish pretty much matching the standard manufacturer’s factory finish. This also serves the purpose to seal the decals.

3329 / 30856 now awaits a little bit of light weathering and squeezing some crew on board to complete the look…

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A couple of weeks ago Chris Trerise, Managing Director of the Kernow Model Centre was able to approve the Southern Railway version of the Beattie Well Tank model (the first of the production batches of this model have this week been loaded onto the ship in China) and today he has made the following announcement, with respect to the BR versions:
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“After two long years of work we approved production of all three of the British Railways versions of the Beattie Well Tank today.  The model has been refined over many iterations and the finished version is shown on the pictures attached.  As with the Southern version, this final version includes a modified coupling hook and revised decoration of the wheels and coupling rods.  Included with the model is an accessory pack including vacuum pipes, fire irons and SR Route Discs.  The model features a removable smokebox door to give easy access to the 6-pin DCC decoder socket which means DCC conversion can be undertaken without removing the locomotive body.  The differing fonts and logo placements have been faithfully reproduced on all three models, including the lack of depot shedcode on 30585.”
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I have had the pleasure of assisting Chris with some aspects of the development of these models and look forward to the product batches arriving in the UK even though I shall be repainting them in to Bulleid Sunshine black to suit my own modeling period of 1946-49! They will make an occasion visit to Fisherton Sarum as they make there to and from Eastleigh Works for overhauls etc. (that’s my excuse anyway, and I am sticking to it).

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