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Retailer Rails of Sheffiled have announced a new model in their planned range of exclusive models. Working in partnership with Dapol they have announced an 00 model of the ex South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) 16ft Covered Goods wagon (box van) to Diagram 1424.

The ex SECR Diagram 1424 Covered Goods Wagon

110 of these wagons were between 1904 and 1908, to an increased length of 16 feet during the Wainwright era.  Later designated Southern Railway diagram 1424. Several examples surviving to British Railways ownership, at least until 1956.  The models produced by Rails reflect the later SR and BR condition of the vehicles.

These will be manufactured, totally in the UK and available in June this year, using a new technique that features: A new, ultra high resolution, super strong aeronautical grade PU with a design life exceeding 25 years, a build process using the very latest light technology and is infinitely flexible for making all variants and low volume production potential for niche, products previously not capable of being produced economically for Ready To Run.

Rails aim to fill the need for niche products, which simply would not justify a large production run. As they are produced in limited quantities, these vans are priced slightly higher than mass produced items, however, we feel the price reflects fantastic value for such distinctive models.

First EP of the Rails Diagram 1424 wagon. Picture copyright and courtesy A York

Initially three liveries will be produced, with two running numbers in each livery.  The following models are now available for pre-order;

  • RL-1424-001 No. S45374, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering
  • RL-1424-002 No. S45382, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering
  • RL-1424-003 No. S45358, BR freight stock grey
  • RL-1424-004 No. S45427, BR freight stock grey
  • RL-1424-005No. 45374, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery
  • RL-1424-006 No. 45455, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery

The price for a single wagon is £27.99, As an introductory offer, valid prior to the release of the wagons, that if you purchase two wagons you will receive a 5% discount.

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The latest books hot of the press from my good friends at the Irwell Press are firstly two new publications in the excellent hardback “Book of the” series to cover the Southen Railway Moguls. The two volumes cover the initially ex South Eastern and Chatham and later Southern Railway, Richard Maunsell designed and produced 2-6-0 Moguls, the N and N1 Classes in Part One and U and U1 classes in Part Two. The third is a paperback version the Southern Workhorses No.1 Q Class 0-6-0s. Number two in the series of Southern Workhorses, still to be published, will be the Bullied Q1 class.
These three publications all follow the usual brilliant Irwell Press “The Book of Series” with historical background information about each class, their design, liveries and spheres of operation, photographs along, with particular details and photographs of each individual locomotive taken from their works records. the books are of the usual high standard of detail, information and photograph reproduction that we have come to expect from the Irwell Press at a reasonable price of £29.95 for the Mogul hardback versions and £15.95 for the paper Q class publication. As they say available from all good bookstores, and probably some not so good ones too!

Book of the Southern Moguls Part Two N and N1 classes

Book of the Southern Moguls Part Two U and U1 classes

Southern Workhorses No. 1 Q Class 0-6-0s

As with all the Irwell Press‘The Book of the” series they are invaluable for Southern Railway historians and modellers alike and well worth a read.

Further information about my N1 model, converted from a Bachman N class,  illustrated above can be read on my Talking Stock posts #12 here. My U Class model is built from a DJH kit, whilst the Q Class was built from a then Wills now South Eastern Finecast kit, sometime ago when I was in my early teens,  and is now running on its third chassis but still makes the occasional appearance on Fisherton Sarum!

 

 

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The latest limited edition model to be produced exclusively for Bachmann Collectors Club members is the N Scale Class 08 Diesel Shunter as No. 878 ‘Basra’ in Longmoor Military Railway livery (371-020K). Although not technically Southern Railway related the extensive Longmoor Military Railway was located in the heart of the Southern Railway territory in Hampshire between Bordon and Liss, where it had a connection to the SR network on the Portsmouth Direct Line.  The model is priced at £109.95 and just 504 have been produced, each is supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

The real locomotive was delivered new to the LMR from Derby Works in 1945 as War Department No. 70272. It later gained the number 878 and was named ‘Basra’, carrying the iconic blue and red livery of the LMR. When the Longmoor Military Railway closed in 1969, ‘Basra’ was transferred to the Ministry of Defence site at Bicester and was renumbered to AD601. After spells at Bicester, Shoeburyness, Welford Park and Thatcham, the locomotive was eventually sold to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway in 1980 where it survives in preservation.

The Bachmann Collectors Club produces a range of limited edition models, which are available exclusively to Club Members, and the latest model was launched in the Spring 2019 Bachmann Times – the official quarterly magazine of the Bachmann Collectors Club. For further details visit the Clubs website here.  

This latest release is based on the popular Graham Farish Class 08 Diesel Shunter and features a highly detailed body with numerous separately fitted detail parts. The chassis incorporates NEM coupling pockets and an accessory pack is included with additional bufferbeam
detailing parts. ‘Basra’ joins a growing number of LMR-themed models from Graham Farish, with the Longmoor Military Railway Train Pack that was produced in 2015 now highly sought after and the WD 2-8-0 No. 79250 ‘Major-General McMullen’ (372-429) due for release later this year.

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The Kernow Model Rail Centre have announced this morning that they are to open a brand new model railway shop in Guildford, Surrey. This is an ambitious venture and a positive for the model railway sector which has seen many local model shops close rather than open over the last few years.

They expect to open on 1st May with a range of special events during the week to celebrate. The Kernow Model Rail Centre have the full support of the major manufacturers and model railway magazines, most of whom will be represented during the opening week of events.

They chose Guildford as this is an area that is very familiar to them with regular exhibition attendances in the area. They  also have a large customer base who already use our mail order service and, through our research, there is a lack of any dedicated model shops found in the surrounding area. All mail and web orders will continue to be dealt with from our Camborne shop, Guildford will be for personal callers only.

Chris Trerise, Managing Director of Kernow Model Rail Centre, said “It is vitally important for the future of our hobby to attract new modellers and this can only be done by having a physical shop to showcase the vast range of products available. Our Guildford branch will build on the success of our Camborne shop in having working displays and knowledgeable staff to assist”

Chris also advised “We will be looking for additional staff to become part of the team and work in our new shop, which will be located on Stoke Road. We would be delighted to receive CVs for full or part-time staff to be based at the Guildford branch. ”  So if you fancy a new role get in touch with Chris.

Further details of the opening week of events will be released nearer the time. A dedicated web page here has been created for further information.

I certainly feel this is good news for the hobby, especially those living within easy reach of Guildford

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The Dapol ex LSWR B4 class 0-4-0t were first announced back in March 2014 and the first versions arrived in June last year.  Yesterday Dapol announced further livery and detail variants, as below,  including the first appearance of the Drummond Boiler fitted and one of the 5 off Drummond K14 versions.

I have a number of these models running on Canute Road Quay, although a couple of which were ‘;Dead on Arrival’ I was able to fix them and they have proved to be nice runners.

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The ’00’ Works have produced a number of small batches of hand built Ready to Run locomotives including a variety of Southern classes, including most recently an ex London and South Western Drummond D15 4-4-0 and also  ex London Brighton and South Coast Railway Marsh I3 4-4-2 Tanks. They also produced, before Hornby, a brass Devon Belle Observation car which graces Fisherton Sarum.
The ’00’works have announced that they are to produce three  versions of the ex London and South Western Drummond K10 4-4-0 mixed traffic locomotives, known as “Small Hoppers”.

The Image of the CAD drawing released by the 00 Works for their ex LSWR K10 Class

Initially three versions are being produced, due for production this year, with pre-orders available to be taken via their website:

  • SR Sage / Olive Lined No. 347
  • SR Black Bulleid Black Sunshine lettering No. 389
  • BR Black No. 30382 (early emblem)

The will no doubt follow the earlier releases and will comprise of an all Metal cast body and fitted with a Coreless motor. The K10 will also come fitted with slimline Bachmann/Hornby type couplings which can be unscrewed to replace if required. Delivery is expected late 2019.

 

My model of a K10 Class No. 389 ‘Small Hopper’. Built from a Sharp etched brass kit

As I explained in my Talking Stock#17 Post hereDrummond was responsible for the introduction of 18 locomotive types including from the diminutive C14 class, 700’s, M7’s, a number of 4-4-0 classes including of course the renown T9 ‘Greyhounds’ class a small number of 4-6-0’s classes such as the T14’s and also a couple of railcars too. In 1901/2 Drummond introduced the K10 class known as “Small Hoppers” (the later larger Drummond L11 class was known as the “Large Hoppers”) they were a class of 40 which shared the same cylinders, boiler and firebox as the earlier C8 class but with 5’7″ driving wheels for mixed traffic duties. Like the C8 class their steaming ability was not great so they generally were kept on secondary routes.

Another view of my kit built K10 Class

They were mainly paired with 3500 six wheel tenders although some were paired with the larger 4000 gallon 8 wheel ‘watercart’ tenders.
The K10s were never superheated and had few changes during their lifetime apart from the original Drummond firebox water tubes being removed by Urie and the removal of the smokebox wingplates. Ten of the class were fitted with stovepipe chimneys in 1925 to allow their use on the Eastern Section.  Nine members of the class were withdrawn in 1947 with the remaining entering British Railways stock for a brief while, only No. 30382 received its BR Number whilst  No. 389 was the last to survive until July 1951.

Past Southern locomotive produced by the ’00’ Works, some of which have since been produced or announced by the major manufacturers, has in addition to the D15 and I3 mentioned above, included: N15, 700, C, H,  E4 and Adams Radial classes. The level of detail of these models has steadily improved over time, although is still not as high as we seem from the likes of Hornby or Bachmann, they have in the past filled gaps in the market and they should be applauded for taking on another LSWR / Southern prototype.

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The 2019 Bachmann Branchline and Graham Farish Catalogues were launched today at a trade event held in London. Alongside the announcement of a small number of new-tooling projects, mainly wagons in 00 and N gauges the 009 range increases with new tooling for the delightful and minuscule  Baguley-Drewry 70hp Diesel 0-4-0 shunter,  as used since the early 1980s by the Royal Naval Armaments Depot, along with 4 suitable wagons.
Although no new tooling specifically for SR / BR(s) modellers have been announced as many previously  announced models are still under development such as the 64ft Bulleid coaches, a host of new models utilising existing tooling were unveiled.

Bachmann Europe advised that with a changing retail climate and increased competition across multiple sectors, 2018 proved to be a challenging, but ultimately still a successful year for Bachmann Europe, culminating in the release of several key products during the final quarter. These of course included the lovely 00 scale ex LBSC H1 and H2 4-4-2 Atlantics.  Bachmann Europe also stated that despite the closure of one of the production facilities operated by their parent company, Kader,  the new facilities in China (Gaobu) that were in the process of being commissioned during 2018, are now fully operational with staffing levels and output continuing to rise.

Bachmann Branchlines 00 Gauge

The only new 00 gauge tooling is that of the HKA bogie hopper wagon seen on the current network since 1995 and these will be released three livery variants, with plug in buffers to be adaptable between inner and outer wagons within rakes.

  • 38-036 HKA Bogie Hopper ‘National Power’ – weathered
  • 38-037 HKA Bogie Hopper ‘National Power’ (De-Branded) – weathered
  • 38-038 HKA Bogie Hopper DB Schenker

The new livery releases base on existing tolling of SR / BR(s) interest are as follows:

  • 31-460A SE&CR C Class 583 SE&CR Lined Green (Original)
  • 32-956 BR Standard 4MT with BR1B Tender 76066 BR Lined Black (Late Crest) – weathered
  • 31-520SF Class 159 3-Car DMU 159013 BR Network SouthEast (Revised) – SOUND FITTED
  • 31-236A Class 205 DEMU 1121 BR (SR) Green (Small Yellow Panels) – weathered
  • 31-238A Class 205 DEMU 1122 BR Blue – weathered
  • 31-239A Class 205 DEMU 205001 BR Network SouthEast (Revised) – weathered
  • 31-381 Class 416 2-EPB 2-Car EMU 6262 BR Blue & Grey – weathered
  • 31-426C Class 411 4-CEP 4-Car EMU 7122 BR (SR) Green (Small Yellow Panels)
  • 31-427C Class 411 4-CEP 4-Car EMU 7106 BR Blue & Grey – weathered
  • 31-265A Class 419 MLV S68002 BR (SR) Green
  • 31-267A Class 419 MLV S68008 BR Blue & Green

Coaches

  • 39-604 SE&CR 60ft Birdcage Brake Composite Lavatory SE&CR Wellington Brown
  • 39-614 SE&CR 60ft Birdcage Composite Lavatory SE&CR Wellington Brown
  • 39-624 SE&CR 60ft Birdcage Brake Third SE&CR Wellington Brown
  • 39-526A SR PMV Parcels & Miscellaneous Van BR Crimson

Wagons

  • 37-935 3 Plank Wagon SR Brown
  • 38-081C SR 12T 2+2 Planked Ventilated Van BR Grey (Early) – weathered
  • 38-082D SR 12T 2+2 Planked Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (Early) – weathered
  • 38-076D SR 12T Plywood Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (Early)
  • 38-401B SR 25T ‘Pill Box’ Brake Van Left-Hand Duckets BR Grey (Early) – weathered
  • 38-077 SR 12T Plywood Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (Late) – weathered
  • 38-402B SR 25T ‘Pill Box’ Brake Van Right-Hand Duckets BR Bauxite (Early) – weathered

and in 009

  • 391-032 Baldwin 10-12-D Tank E763 ‘Sid’ SR Maunsell Green
  • 393-030 Bogie Covered Goods Wagon SR Insulated

Graham Farish N Gauge

New tooling in the Graham Farish range includes the WD 40T ‘Parrot’ bogie wagon in WD department and LMS grey liveries and also, as per in  00, the HKA bogie hopper wagon in the three livery versions.  The British Railways Class 5 MT 4-6-0 has been upgraded to include for the fitting of Sound with options of a fully sound fitted version or just a factory fitted speaker. The sound upgrade has also been applied to the Class 14, Class 60, Class 101 DMU and Class 150 DMU.

  • 372-727A BR Standard 5MT with BR1B Tender 73109 BR Lined Black (Early Emblem)
  • 372-728SF BR Standard 5MT with BR1 Tender 73049 BR Lined Green (Late Crest) – SOUND FITTED
  • 372-729 BR Standard 5MT with BR1 Tender 73050 BR Lined Black (Late Crest) – weathered

The new livery releases base on existing tolling of SR / BR(s) interest are as follows:

  • 372-936 SE&CR N Class 1860 SR Black (Sunshine)
  • 371-606 Class 42 ‘Warship’ D820 ‘Grenville’ BR Green (Late Crest)
  • 371-600B Class 42 ‘Warship’ D809 ‘Champion’ BR Maroon (Small Yellow Panels)
  • 371-601B Class 42 ‘Warship’ 812 ‘The Royal Naval Reserve 1859-1959’ BR Blue
  • 371-680 Class 220 4-Car DEMU 220018 ‘Dorset Voyager’ Virgin Trains (Revised)

Coaches

  • 374-418 SR PLV Passenger Luggage Van SR Maunsell Green
  • 374-011C BR Mk1 TSO Tourist Second Open BR (SR) Green
  • 374-010E BR Mk1 TSO Tourist Second Open BR Crimson & Cream
  • 374-815A BR Mk1 FO First Open BR Crimson & Cream
  • 374-160A BR Mk1 FK First Corridor BR Crimson & Cream
  • 374-632A SR Bogie B Luggage Van BR Blue – weathered
  • 374-419 SR CCT Covered Carriage Truck BR Departmental Olive Green

Wagons

  • 377-875A SR 25T ‘Queen Mary’ Brake Van SR Brown
  • 377-852A SR 25T ‘Pill Box’ Brake Van BR Grey (Early)
  • 377-876A SR 25T ‘Queen Mary’ Brake Van BR Bauxite (Late)
  • 377-878 SR 25T ‘Queen Mary’ Brake Van BR Departmental Olive Green

Work in progress

In the Drawing Office

  • Bulleid Coaches (00)
  • Class 410 / 4Bep (00)
  • Class 450 (N)
  • Class 319 (N)

Engineering Samples

  • Class 414 / 2Hap (00) [Due Q4]
  • Class 117 (00) [Due Q4]

Artwork (and due to be in production this year)

  • Class 159 (00) [Due Q4]
  • Ransomes & Rapier 45T Steam Crane (00) [Due Q3]
  • ex SECR C CLass 0-6-0 (N) [Due Q2]
  • ex SECR Birdcage coaches (N) [Due Q1]

The full range can be found on  the Bachmann website here. Many will consider this appearing to be a lean year for Bachmann Europe especially when compared to the 2019 range announcement made by Hornby last week, however with much work in progress from previous announcements still to appear this is perhaps hardly surprising and sensible especially in light of the factory upheaval experienced during 2018.

 

 

 

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