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The Bulleid Leader, a desperately sought after model, finally coming to life.

KR Models currently producing a RTR ‘GT3’ Gas Turbine, and taking expressions of interest in the ‘Fell’ have today announced the following:

“Leader was a class of experimental 0-6-0+0-6-0
articulated steam locomotive, 5 were planned but only one was completed, and was produced in the United Kingdom. It looked like a ‘new’ generation of diesel but was actually a steam powered loco. The Leader project was part of Bulleid’s desire to modernise the steam locomotive based on experience gained with the Southern Railway’s fleet of electric stock.”

Livery options are currently stating “brushed aluminium and BR Green” (See my notes below), but expressions of interest can be made on there website here https://krmodels.co.uk/collections/…/products/bulleid-leader

A few points to note:

The intention was in fact, and signed off by the board, to be a class of 30, but only the frames for the first 5 were laid down. 
The lined green livery was only a figment of the painting artist.
36001 ex works only carried 3 variations of the grey livery
Mixed traffic black was certainly discussed and 36001 was recorded inside the works in plain black but when she left the works was in unlined grey.

More information about the Bulleid Leader can be found in my Talking Stock #8 post here

My model of the Bulleid Leader in its very first livery before trials commenced

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The William Stroudley designed A1 / A1x class first introduced by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSC) in 1872 and eventually the class comprised of 50 locomotives. Most were withdrawn in the very 1900s, however 21 gained a new lease of life and were fitted with new boilers and other modifications between 1912 and 1920 and became designated the A1X class. A few members of the original A1 class were sold by the LBSC to other railway companies, including the SECR, LSWR and Kent & East Sussex Railway and Isle of Wight Central Railway, and survived in A1 form, although even these were subject to many other modifications throughout their lifetime. Many of the class in various guises and conditions have survived into preservation.

32655 at Canute Road Quay. The firebox glow / flicker can be seen.

It is the many modifications, including boilers, smokeboxes, boiler fittings, air and or vacuum braking, wooden and metal brakes and rigging, a multitude of coal bunker sizes and shapes, coal rails, sandboxes and lamp iron positions to name a few, that provides such a challenge for any manufacturer.

The front 3/4 view

It should also be noted that as with ‘Brighton’ Tradition the side tanks were clad, which stood slight proud of the actual tanks, hence the visible recess in the tank top and the visible bolts on the outside cladding (that varied in number at different times).

The rear 3/4 view including the coal rails

The first 00 R-T-R Terrier was produced by Dapol in 1989, it was something of a compromise both dimensionally and also and hybrid of A1 and A1X details. One of the most obvious being both above and below footplate sand boxes.

The LH side

Dapol sold the tooling, along with others, to Hornby in 1996 and it has been as staple in their range since 1998, although latterly in the their ‘Railroad’ range. Dapol have since produced R-T-R version in both N and 0 gauges since.

Rails of Sheffield announced in March 2018 that they were working in partnership with Dapol to produce a new version that would include tooling to allow eventually for most variations of the A1, A1X and IOW variants of the locomotive to be produced, including two cab/bunker types, two smokebox/boilers. Wooden and metal brake rigging where appropriate.

Hornby then announced in January 2019 that they were including a brand tooling version of the Terrier in its own 2019 range. This is believed by many to have been a rushed ‘spoiler’ by Hornby and also £30 cheaper. Hornby had considered and dropped the idea of retooling before, however I can advise my understanding, that, this new tooling was already being worked on, although not by the actual Hornby team direct, but via another associated brand. Under the new Hornby management team, it was decided to move it in to the Hornby brand instead. This new Hornby version first reached the retailers back in April 2019, showing just how far advanced the development of the model was.

The front face, smokebox number plate too high and printed shed code plate

This post is look at the latest version from Rails of Sheffield and although not intending to be a direct comparison between the two manufacturers but in some cases, it is difficult not to make mention of both versions. Although I only have the one version myself so far, as illustrated, some of my comments are based on viewing other examples.

The Rails of Sheffield / Dapol version features: a die cast chassis and running plate along with plastic wheel centres (despite die cast being within the original advertised specification), the centre axle being sprung and pick-ups on each axle via fine wipers on the rear of each wheel, a 5 pole screw wound motor, a Next-18 DCC socket and also a firebox glow ./ flicker is included (very obvious, possibly too bright, even on DC) . Etched components are used for items such as the wing plates on the A1 version and for the different coal rails.

I will generally let the photographs speak for themselves however I make the following observations and comments. The model when checked against my available drawings matches all the key dimensions correctly (unlike the Hornby model that is approx. 1mm short along the length of the footplate). My model arrived missing its top smokebox lamp iron and there was no evidence of it being in the box, however she ran smoothly straight out of the box. The livery application is crisp, but perhaps not quite as well applied as the Hornby standard.

The chassis is well detailed with the correct style brakes and rods depending on the version, separate sand pipes are fitted, and the guard irons are a much better representation than the first batch of the new Hornby models (which is area I believe they have now retooled). A representation of the top of inside valve gear is nicely represented between the frames. The wheels are moulded with the correct spoke profile and the tyres chemically blackened which adds nicely to the look.
NEM coupling pockets are mounted on a sprung arm similar to the Dapol B4, I feel this possibly gives slightly to much side to side travel.

A close up of the cab interior and those coal rails

The inside of the cab features a back head with gauges that have printed dials, but none of the other items or pipework are painted. This appears to be a common single moulding across all versions, based on the earlier A1 cab, and does not include vacuum brake controls that should be present on my version. Hornby also appears to utilise a single backhead moulding but is based on the later A1X cab fittings. The The Rails of Sheffield / Dapol model is also fitted with a working firebox glow / flicker which is very effective (although possibly too bright) even on DC control.

A close up of the front and correct relationship between the buffer stocks and the running plate

The spectacle windows are nicely individually glazed (rather than and much better than a single glazing piece across both spectacles), the rims are picked out in brass paint, although they would have been painted body colour in BR days. I am still not convinced that they are not inset slightly too close together when looked at straight on. The rear spectacles have finely moulded glazing bars on my example.

The front generally captures the face nicely, especially well represented are the way the buffer stocks are mounted to and within the running plate, that is a very visible feature of the Terriers.
The smoke box number plate whilst nicely moulded to stand proud of the smokebox door is fitted to high compared to all the pictures I have seen, also the shed code plate is simply printed with no relief. All models appear to have a common air pipe, that on my version should be a spiral wound vacuum pipe.

The cab rear join within the cab roof can be seen

The tank tops are correctly recessed (unlike the first batch of the new Hornby model, see retool comment above) and all boiler mounted pipe work and lubricators and safety valves are nice separately applied items.

Looking at the rear, this is possibly the most disappointing area of the model. To enable the variations in the cab rear such as centre joint seam plate and rivets etc. the rear of the cab is a separate moulding and for some reason, unlike any other model I have seen this protrudes through the cab roof, rather than be joined under the roof. This join is visible even on the black version, let alone those earlier liveries with a white roof. I do not believe any version of the cab rear includes the bunker coal hole and shovel plate and neither is any representation of a coal load included.

By comparison the Hornby version, note the A1X cab interior, single glazing piece for both spectacles, missing guard irons, and incorrect buffer stock mounting, but better positioned coal rails. The top lamp iron and spectacle guards slightly over scale.

Probably the most obvious compromise area are the coal rails, although etched they are positioned within the bunker, rather than flush with the bunker outside edges and leaving an obvious and incorrect lip. I also believe the finely etched open coals on other versions to also be inset too much and under size. The rear top lamp iron position is fitted in the correct A1 position, which is possibly partly why, but not wholly why, such a compromise on the coal rail was required for those so fitted. The transition curve between the cab rear and bunker seems to be too larger a radius, when compared to photographs and drawings.
The same comments from the front view regarding the buffer stocks and air / vacuum pipe also applies to those on the rear.

Another view at Canute Road Quay

Overall, the A1 / A1X Terriers are a very complex prototype due to the longevity, alterations and multitude of detail differences that present such a challenge to manufactures to get the most out their tooling options verses compromises that have to be made.
It is certainly not as easy some people think or might have thought to make a perfect R-T-R model to cover all prototype modifications and variations within the constraints of mass production tooling.
In my view the version from Rails of Sheffield / Dapol might not be the ‘perfect’ or ‘pedigree’ Terrier, but it has the slight edge over the current competing product; being generally dimensionally correct and overall slightly finer. This is despite the cab rear / roof join / coal rails that I will amend when I repaint into SR ‘Sunshine’ black livery.

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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 ex London and South Western Drummond K10 4-4-0 and  ex LSWR Drummond D15 4-4-0 and also  ex London Brighton and South Coast Railway Marsh I3 4-4-2 Tanks and 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 four versions of the ex London and South Western W.G.Beattie / Beyer Peacock ‘0330’ class 0-6-0t Saddle tanks known as “Saddelbacks”. Twenty of these Beyer Peacock designed 0-6-0 saddle tanks were ordered by W.G.Beattie and constructed between 1876 (6) 1877 (2) and 1882/3 (12). All were renumbered into the duplicate list by prefixing with a ‘0’ between 1894 and 1911. All entered service with the Southern Railway in 1923. The first withdrawals commenced in 1924, by the end of 1930 only five remained and the last withdrawals (0332 and 0334) took place in 1932. Number 0127 was sold to the East Kent Railway in 1926, becoming No.7, lasting until March 1946 and Number 0335 was part of an exchange with the Kent and East Sussex Railway in July 1932 being laid up in October 1946 and finally being broken up in Aug 1948.

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

  • LSWR Holly Green No. 316
  • SR Lined Black No. 0334 in the condition between receiving the duplicate 0 prefix to the number in Nov 1911 and withdrawal in Aug 1932
  • Kent and East Sussex Railway Apple Green No.4 (ex SR 0335) as she ran between July 1932 and October 1946
  • East Kent Railway Apple Green No.7 (ex SR 0127) as she ran between Jan 1926 and April 1937 when she was fitted with a Walker style chimney.

The will no doubt follow the earlier releases and will comprise of an all Metal cast body and fitted with a Coreless motor. The 0330 will also come fitted with slimline Bachmann/Hornby type couplings which can be unscrewed to replace if required. Delivery is expected late 2020.

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 K10,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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Rails of Sheffield in partnership with Dapol have today announced that they are producing an OO gauge model of the SE&CR 16’ Covered Goods Wagon. Following on from the success of the late condition Diagram 1424 box van, this is the much requested earlier SECR version.

View more information and pre-order here: 

Initially three liveries will be produced, with two running numbers in each livery.

  • SE&CR 16’ Covered Goods Wagon Wainwright ‘SE&CR’ Light Grey No.1922
  • SE&CR 16’ Covered Goods Wagon Wainwright ‘SE&CR’ Light Grey No.10001
  • SE&CR 16’ Covered Goods Wagon Maunsell SE&CR Dark Grey No.1923
  • SE&CR 16’ Covered Goods Wagon Maunsell SE&CR Dark Grey No.10022
  • SR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, early SR Brown No. 45362
  • SR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, early SR Brown No. 45360
  • SE&CR 16’ Covered Goods Wagon with Experimental Doors, Wainwright ‘SE&CR’ Light Grey No.9944

In 1904 the South Eastern & Chatham Railway introduced covered wagons to an increased length of 16 feet, though in appearance they resembled earlier South Eastern Railway designs. 110 wagons to this design were built up to 1908. Most were fitted with Hill’s brake gear, which differed from the RCH or “freighter brakes” fitted to the wagons much later in their lives. The Hill’s gear, featured in our new model, is of distinctive and asymmetrical appearance; brakes were fitted to one side of the wagon only, with levers to apply them from either side.

Later batches were fitted with Mansell coach-type wheels, which we feature in this model. Also featured are roof vents. The prototypes were fitted with both Laycock, or torpedo, vents, and with “Eros” vents. The latter are quite distinctive in style, and we have chosen to represent this type.

The new models will be released in three liveries: SE&CR light grey, as built; the darker late SE&CR grey livery, introduced circa 1917, and SR brown livery, as applied between 1923 and 1936.

Just two of the wagons were fitted, in 1909, with experimental pressed steel doors. These doors were the product of The Leeds Forge Company, and had been supplied for wagons built for export. The General Manager of the Leeds firm, Francis L. Lane, persuaded Wainwright to try them. It is not known how long these doors remained fitted, so this variant is offered only in early SE&CR livery.

Once again these models have been researched, designed and produced solely in the UK. Production is in the final stages with these models expected in stock in soon. More information and updates on the projects progress will appear on our website.

Due to the small production run these models are expected to sell out quickly and pre-ordering is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

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Bachmann Europe have announced a change to their new product announcements and produced a new catalogue encompassing all their British Outline brands / scales including: Branchline, Graham Farish, Narrow Gauge, Scenecraft and other complimentary products; called “The Combined Volume” a term which I am sure will be familiar to those who were trainspotters in their younger days.

This new Combined Volume illustrates ongoing items that are available to purchase, or have been included within previous catalogues for delivery at a future date. It does not include any new re-liveries (announced today) or new tooling products.
We have come to expect new tooling announcements from a number of manufacturers during the first couple of months of each year with some having been criticised in the past for the length of time between announcements and the products being released. Some of you might have been expecting a post regarding new product tooling announcements today.

Bachmann’s Managing Director; David Haarhaus explains about their ‘new era’:
“In response to customer and consumer feedback, we have taken steps to reduce the lead time between the announcement and release of new products. Working with our colleagues at Kadar, real progress has been made in the latter half of 2019 to release many of the outstanding items announced several years ago.  Last year 13 new tooling products were released, plus more that 200 re-liveried or modified models.”
David continued that in appreciating the support of and benefits to members of their Collectors Club:
“Each issue of the club’s Bachmann Times magazine will feature a new product brochure, highlighting completely new items to be released during the following three months. New tooling announcements will no longer be illustrated by black and white photographs of the original prototype, replaced instead by pictures of our actual models.”

New livery items

As Bachmann continue to deliver the models previously announced it does mean that fewer items and no new tooling announcements are being being made at this moment in time, but that this will clear the path for new models to be revealed later in the year. However the SR related new 00 livery items, out of a total of 20,  announced today and due to arrive this spring, within the next three months, are as follows:

  • 31-464A – ex SECR C Class 0-6-0 No. 1573 in post 1931 SR Lined Black livery
  • 39-600A – SECR 60ft Birdcage Brake Composite Lavatory No. 1157, Set 143 in SECR Dark Lake livery
  • 39-610A – SECR 60ft Birdcage Composite Lavatory No. 1150, Set 143 in SECR Dark Lake livery
  • 39-620A – SECR 60ft Birdcage Brake Third No. 1164, Set 143 in SECR Dark Lake livery,

Also announced within the Scenecraft range are the suite of Bluebell buildings in either Crimson and Cream or Green and Cream including: Booking office, station canopy, Waiting room and toilet, and office and store room.

Work in Progress Update

A total of 30 previously announced models are confirmed as being released this spring,  however by way of an update of items with a Southern / Southern Region flavour I advise as follows:

Branchine 00 Gauge 

Graham Farish N Gauge

The full details of other new, non SR related, livery announcements can be found on the Bachmann website or downloaded here

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Now the dust has settled on the announcement of the Hornby 2020 range, we can take a look at one of the ‘New Van’ items announced last January as part of the 2019 range, the LSWR/SR/BR(s) Warner 20 ton goods brake van. 75 of this type of van were built between 1915 and 1921. They were known to staff as ‘New Vans’ a name which they kept well into the 1950’s! They were up-rated to 24T by the Southern Railway and became SR Diagram 1543.

Before we get in to further detail, the elephant in the room is the body colour of the LSWR and SR versions. They have arrived in an incorrect light or milk chocolate brown (almost but not quite in my eyes but still wrong bauxite) when it should for both periods be dark wagon brown (dark chocolate so to speak).
I feel this error is a great shame as the rest of the model is an excellent rendition of the prototype. I would add that the BR unfitted grey livery versions look just fine.

The highly detailed tooling allows for detail variations including buffer shanks, different lamp bracket positions (and actual side lamps on the LSWR version) document holders, welded and riveted guards duckets as well spoked and disc wheels.

Those that have arrived just before Christmas with most most retailers from the 2019 range are as follows:

  • R6911 – LSWR 20 Ton Warner ‘New Van’  goods brake van, No. 9646, in LSWR goods brown livery
  • R6911A – LSWR 20 Ton Warner ‘New Van’ goods brake van, No. 5359, in LSWR goods brown livery
  • R6913 – SR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. 55062, in SR Pre 1936 goods brown livery
  • R6913A – SR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. 55009, in SR Pre 1936 goods brown livery
  • R6915 – BR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. S55040, in BR unfitted grey livery
  • R6915 – BR Diagram 1543, 24 Ton Brake Van, No. S55032, in BR unfitted grey livery

A further three versions have been announced as part of the 2020 range (and yes I have spoken to Hornby about the colour!)

  • R6911B LSWR 20t ‘New Van’ Goods Brake Van No.10124 in LSWR livery – available Aug
  • R6938 SR Diagram 1543 24t Goods Brake Van No. 55052 in post 1936 (small lettering) SR livery – available Aug
  • R6915B BR Diagram 1543 24t Goods Brake Van No. S55063 in BR grey livery – available Aug

As already stated above the detail of these models is excellent with separately applied hand rails and lamp irons, the LSWR version has the side lamps fitted between the verandas and side windows, whilst the later versions has these positions blanked off and lamps irons applied to the end uprights.

Sandboxes are included on the inside of each end, along with corresponding sandpipes and although pretty much impossible to see from the outside the inside of the van is detailed with its planked floor, stove and its stack along with the hand brake wheel and sanding operating lever.
If you want to see the internal detail remove the four cross head screws on the underside then prise the floor unit our of the body using a blade (it is not glued in place) this also gives access to the body inside which will hopefully allow me to remove the glazing at some stage to effect a repaint.

So in summary an excellent model with a good range of detail variations let down on this initial batch for the LSWR and SR livery by the wrong brown colour, ironic as they used the correct SR wagon dark brown on the previously released Diagram 1529 and 1530 cattle trucks. The BR(s) unfitted grey version is I state again totally correct.

 

 

 

 

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The first “Hornby clockwork train” was released by Meccano Ltd. back in 1920 and therefore the current Hornby are marking the Centenary in style. The full history of Hornby can be found elsewhere but I am sure we are all familiar with the Hornby brands and ranges including:

In this post I will provide outline details of the limited edition centenary releases and their new tooling releases; although there is new tooling for the Southern  Railway modeller this year, new livery versions of existing tooling relevant to Southern / Southern Region are included.
I am also able to bring some additional information regarding Work In Progress the remaining outstanding Southern related items.
The full 2020 range is available on the Hornby website here.

Centenary Range

Hornby’s Centenary Year will include a variety product launches including a special range of limited edition products to celebrate each decade and will feature packaging to represent the relevant decade and include a limited edition certificate. They will be released evenly during the year.

  • 1920s: ‘The Hornby Electric Train’ – 4 new ‘0’ Gauge tinplate locomotives; London North Western Railway black, Midland Railway red, Caledonian Railway blue and Great Northern green. 100 per livery, Availability Jan, Mar, June, Sept.
  • 1930s: ‘HORNBY-DUBLO’ 1938 – LNER A4 4498 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ and two teak coaches, track and transformer. Limited to 1000 units available June
  • 1940s: ‘Hornby DublO’ ‘Candy Stripe’ packaging 1948 – LMS 6231 ‘Douches of Atholl’, Die cast body. Limited to 500 units available May.
  • 1950s: ‘DUBLO DIECAST’ 1957 – a selection of 6 diecast vehicles, Austin K8 Van, Morris J Van, MG TC, Fordson Tractor, VW T2 Van and a Scammell Mechanical Horse Van Trailer. Limited to 2000 each version available May.
  • 1960s: ‘Tri-ang Railways’ 1963 – Stephenson’s Rocket Train Pack, Rocket locomotive and 3 coaches, completely new tooling true to 1/76 00 scale. Limited to 1500 units. Availability Feb.
  • 1970s: ‘Tri-ang Hornby’ 1971 – 9F 92220 ‘;Evening Star’, includes commemorative makers plate. Limited to 1000 units, available July
  • 1980s: ‘Hornby Railways – Blue Belt’ 1983 – 56024 ‘Smokey Joe’ – Hornby’s longest serving locomotive (tooling modified to include extra detailing parts such as handrails etc.) Limited to 2000 Units, available June.
  • 1990s: ‘Hornby Railways – Top Link’ 1998 – LB&SCR 45 ‘Merton A1 Terrier in Strudley’s improved engine green. Merton was where the original Tri-ang trains factory was located. Limited to 1000 units, available July.

  • 2000s: ‘Hornby’ celebrating the step change and resurgence in new Hornby models – 35028 Merchant Navy Pacific ‘Clan Line’, 18ct gold plated details and valve gear. Limited to 1000 units, available August.

  • 2010s: ‘Hornby’ 2017 – Peckett 614, includes brass effect makers plate. Limited to 2000 units available Sept.
  • 2020: ‘Rovex’ 100 years of Hornby Train set, celebrating the first train set produced by Rovex, a black livery Princes Elizabeth and 2 off LMS Coaches

Other celebratory limited edition collectable mechanise will be available including: a mug, pen and gold plated anniversary badge and a new book by Pat Hammond ‘The Hornby Book of Trains The First one Hundred Years’.
Also keep and eye out for the Hornby Centenary video campaign, a limited number of tickets available for a British Belmond Pullman Experience train on Saturday 19th September behind 35028 Clan Line. One box in each of the Centenary range products above will feature a ‘Golden Ticket’ to win one of a number of prizes including a trip on the Belmond Pullman or vouchers for the Hornby website.

New tooling

Whilst there is no new tooling this year for specifically Southern / Southern Region modellers, except BR Mk1 RB Coaches, Hornby are still investing in an ambitious plan for the year that includes:

  • BR Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train 5 and 7 car train packs and additional coach packs will be available and (note totally Hornby’s own new design and tooling) It will be complete with tilting mechanism- available Dec
  • Stephenson’s Rocket and 3 coaches standard version train pack – available Feb
  • BR Thompson 4-6-2 A2/2 class – 2 livery versions – available Dec
  • LNER / BR Thompson 4-6-2 A2/3 class – 4 livery versions – available Dec
  • BR Standard 2-6-0 2MT 78xxx class – 3 livery versions – available Dec
  • LNER 4-6-4 W1 class ‘Hush Hush’ original form No. 10000- 3 livery versions – available Dec
  • LNER / BR 4-6-4 W1 class ”Rebuilt’ No. 10000 and 60700- 2 livery versions with and without valences – available Dec
  • BR Bo-Bo Class 91 Electric locomotive – 4 livery versions – available Dec
  • LMS Stanier Coronation Scot coaches – BTKs, FK, RKs and RTOs – available Oct
  • BR Mk1 Restaurant Buffet (RB) coaches to Diagram 24 including in BR(S) Green livery R4972 as S1720 as introduced in 1961 and R4972A as S1757 as introduced in 1963. They will also be available in Western, Midland and Intercity liveries – available Nov.

New liveries

New liveries for Southern / Southern Region models are listed below:

    • R3846 – LSWR 0-6-0t A1 Terrier class No. 735 in LSWR livery, purchased by the LSWR from the LBSCR 735 (ex 668) along with 734 (ex 646) entered service on the LSWR in April 1903 mainly in the East Devon area until languishing at Eastleigh Works in 1919 – available July
    • R3845 – LBSCR 0-6-0t A1 Terrier class No. 40 ‘Brighton’ in Stroudley’s improved engine green livery as carried before she was sold to the Isle of Wight Central Railway in 1902- available July
    • R3847 – SR 0-6-0t A1X Terrier class No. W14 ‘Bembridge’ SR Olive Green as she carried on the Isle of Wight between April 1932 and May 1936 when she returned to the mainland- available July
    • R3848 – SR 0-6-0t A1X Terrier class No. W13 ‘Carisbrooke’ BR Malachite Green as she carried on the Isle of Wight between early 1948 and April 1949 when she returned to the mainland – available July
    • R3763 – SR 0-4-4t H Class No. 1552 SR black, with non shaded lettering but shaded number, as per reference picture that Hornby have based the model on taken at Nine Elms on 29/8/1948 – available Jan
    • R3862 – SR 4-6-0 Lord Nelson Class No. 864 ‘Sir Martin Frobisher’ SR Malachite Green, as she ran between February 1947 and May 1948 – available July
    • R3863 – LSWR 4-4-0 T9 Class No. 120 in LSWR Green as preserved, running and repainted by British Railways in March 1962 before becoming part of the National Collection in 1963- available Oct
    • R3943 – Express Dairy Co. Ltd., Ruston & Hornsby 48DS 0-4-0 236611 in Express Dairy Blue livery as seen at Mordon – available Dec
    • BR Mk1 coaches in BR(S) Green R4975 SK No. S34310, R4976 CK No. S15574, R4977 BSK No. S34967, R4979 TS) No. S4009, R4981 FO No. S3065 and R4982 GB No. S84289 – available Dec
    • R6911B LSWR 20t ‘New Van’ Goods Brake Van No.10124 in LSWR livery – available Aug
    • R6938 SR Diagram 1543 24t Goods Brake Van No. 55052 in post 1936 (small lettering) SR livery (yes I do agree with many that the shade of brown is too light) – available Aug
    • R6915B BR Diagram 1543 24t Goods Brake Van No. S55063 in BR grey livery – available Aug
    • R6944 3 Plank wagon (generic) in LSWR Engineers dept. Brown livery No. 316 – available Aug
    • R6948 5 plank PO wagon ‘Herbert Rigler No. 106, Bournemouth’ – available Oct
    • R6952 7 plank PO wagon ‘Madge No. 62, London and Brighton’ – available Oct
    • R6978 6 wheel milk tanker No. 44029 ‘St Ivel’ – available Sept
    • R1253M 373 Class Eurostar “Yellow Submarine” livery train set – and all new new licensing agreement (also includes R3829 Train Pack and R4001 divisible centre saloons coach pack and Corgi models). This is based on the livery applied to set 3005/3006 in 1999. Although in reality each of the 18 coaches had different graphics, as virtually no one can really run a full 18 coach set, the Hornby release replicates the majority of these with different graphics on each side of each available coach – available May

Railroad Plus

The railroad range is slightly enhanced with a “Plus” version of the range with additional livery details and touches, including in some instances etched nameplates, when compared to the existing Railroad range. The range includes 3 off Class 47 Co-Cos ,  a Class 20 Bo-Bo, a Class 37 Co-Co, a BR 2-10-0 9F class No. 92218 and finally R3910 Class 73 Bo-Bo No. 73964 ‘Jeanette’ in GB Railfreight livery – available Sept

Work In Progress Update

Whilst we have been able to take delivery of many of the Southern / Southern Region modes from last years range such as the all new tolling ex LBSC A1 and A1X Terrier locomotives, the excellent Bulleid 59ft coaches and the just arrived ex LSWR Diagram 1543 24t Goods Brake Vans, some items have been delayed. It is well known that the Hornby supply chain includes a number of different factories in China, one of which was unexpectedly at very short notice closed, due to a compulsory purchase of the land by the Chinese government!

This has impacted the production of the new Merchant Navy pacifics, both versions of the Peckett industrial tanks, the Class 800 Azuma units and the new tooling GWR 61xx large Prairie tanks locomotives.
Work to move the tooling to another factory has taken place and the livery samples for R3716 – BR 4-6-2 ‘Holland America Line’ ‘35022’ Merchant Navy  (Original Air Smoothed) in BR Brunswick Green, early crest  and R3717 – SR 4-6-2 ‘Aberdeen Commonwealth’ ‘21C7’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) in SR Wartime Black, original ‘widows peak- front end with no smoke deflectors can be seen left.

Included within the 2019 range was also R3649 – BR 4-6-2 ‘Ellerman Lines’ ‘35029’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) – BR Brunswick Green, early crest representing the condition she ran in between July 1952 and June 1959 when she was rebuilt. This model required new tooling to be completed for the 5100 gallon, series two tender (no 3129) that she was paired with in 1952. The Engineering prototype of  this new tooling can also be seen left. This is a very positive step as it will open up the possibilities for Series Two Merchant Navy models to be produced int he future so watch this space.

I am also assured that R3632 – BR 4-6-2 ‘East Asiatic Company’ ‘35024’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) – BR Line Blue, early crest from the 2018 range announcement is also still in progress.

Other Items

The HM6000 & 6010 App based analogue control system

Hornby have also announced an brand new phone or tablet based analogue control app that can control up to 8 separate circuits of track.
The system works via a bluetooth between the phone / tablet app to layout mounted HM6000 base units that can each control up to two separate circuits and up to 4 HM6000 units can be connected together (note track power as per analogue as no chips are required for locomotives).
The HM6010 base unit can control up to 4 points and accessories and up to three HM6010 base units can be connected together to therefore control up to 12 accessories.
It also includes locomotive sounds (from the phone / tablet speaker not the locomotive).
This system is a step between the traditional rotary knob type controller and DCC style control via apps like WiThrottle.

Steampunk

A complete new market sector for Hornby and launched via the Bassett-Lowke brand as they meld together the world of Steampunk; a World where steam has evolved into the primary power source, where dinosaurs are domesticated, where the elegance of tea drinking is the ultimate pleasure and where society is still enmeshed in the Victorian era; as an introduction to model railways.
Initially a range of models from locomotives, rolling stock and buildings will be available, that have been created from minimal modifications to existing tooling and the addition of extra resin parts.

Any new market sector and development that has the potential to bring new interest into the hobby, also think of some of the layouts and animations that appeared in the Channel 5 Great British Model Railway Challenge, is to be applauded.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Hornby for the hospitality extended to me last month and the advanced information provided to enable me to bring the above summary of their celebratory plans for this year ahead to you.

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This months picture to bring in the new year…

 

ex LSWR B4 0-4-0t No. 90 ‘Caen’ in Southampton Docks livery, rests at Canute Road Quay. She is a Dapol model, with lamps and crew added and weathered.

Check back here on 6th January, just after 9am, for a roundup of the Hornby new range announcements.

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Bachmann announced back in March 2015 they we to produce the 45T Ransomes and Rapier Steam Breakdown Crane based on the two that were supplied (procured by the Government) to the Southern Railway, four to the Great Western Railway and a further two to the Ministry of Supply /  LNER under wartime conditions in 1940. These impressive models have now hit the retailers and can be seen in this post recovering a derailed B4 0-4-0t on Canute Road Quay.

The Bachamm 45T Ransomes and Rapier crane comes to the aid of a B4 at Canute Canute Road Quay!

The design was based on the 36T cranes supplied to the Southern Railway in 1937 with a modified carriage to suit the increased capacity.
The two supplied to the Southern Railway were numbered 1560S (later British Railway numbers DS1560 and ADRR95209) and 1561S (DS1561 and ADRR95210).

The B4 Driver looks either worried, concerned or relieved to see the crane

Number 1561S is preserved and is currently located on the Swanage Railway. The two Southern Railway cranes were prior to nationalisation based at Guildford / Nine Elms and Feltham.

Bachmann have initially produced four versions in SR (38-800), GWR (38-801), BR (38-802) black liveries and a version in BR Red livery (38-803).

An overhead view of the Ransomes and Rapier crane complete with Jib Runner. The Cab roof and chimney are in the lowered position for transit

The models incorporate the variations in the prototypes such as Jib Runner details, tool boxes (additional ones as per the SR version), open (as per the SR versions) and closed frame Relieving Bogies and chimneys.

A further view of the complete 45T crane

The model is certainly impressive, and in my eyes is worth the approx £250 price tag and is by a country mile the best ready to run rail mounted crane yet produced for the UK market. It comes fully rigged and tensioned and whilst it is manual operation it can be fully posed with a range of moving parts.

A closer view of the main crane carriage showing the level of detail. All the gears rotate and the piston rod and flywheel move when raising and lowering the hook

The jig and hook can be raised and lowered with all the gearing moving, the piston and linkage and flywheel rotates when raising and lowering the hook, the crane body can be swung through 360 degrees, the outriggers pulled out form the chassis, the cab roof raised and chimney positioned for use or stowed when travelling.

Another view of the Crane Carriage

The jib and hook operation is via a neat key that is inserted into the rear of the cab / boiler, having first removed the circular ‘manhole doors’ using the magnet on the opposite end of the key. It should be noted that these ‘manhole doors’ are not washout plugs, as stated in some reviews, but allowed access to the water space above the boiler tubes and to one end of the tubeplate.

A view of the cab / boiler rear , the two ‘Doors’ that are removed using the magnet end of the Key to allow operation of the job and the hook

Tension lock couplings are fitted in NEM pockets to the outer ends of the two Relieving Bogies and both ends of the Jib Runner. Accessories are provided to be fitted if required such as vacuum pipes and screw link couplings , should the tension lock coupling not be required. As well as the operating key a separate cab access ladder (removed when travelling), spreader bar and a set of exquisite etched brass painted nameplates (and there are a lot) to be fitted over the fine printed versions on the model if required.

A final view of the 45T crane about to re rail the B4 tank

My pictures left show, of course, the SR version, on Canute Road Quay, it must have been visiting the area for some other reason, it is also likely to appear on Fisherton Sarum, again it must have been visiting for some reason as the crane allocated to Salisbury was in fact a 36t version, but my rule one applies.

Whilst not perhaps fully practical for full operation or powered (imagine the costs if it were) it is certainly a beautiful model and will provide  hours of fun especially for a range of photo shoots. Well done Bachmann!

 

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Following their announcement in April this year retailer Rails of Sheffield have delivered on their SECR Diagram 1424 8 & 10 ton 16ft Covered Goods wagon as part of their range of exclusive models.

No. 45455, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery

Another view of No. 45455, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery

No. S45358, BR freight stock grey

They have worked in partnership with a 3rd party UK based 3D printing specialist and also Dapol for the final assembly and decoration to manufacture these models 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.

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.

Initially three liveries have been produced, with two running numbers in each livery:

  • 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 pair of SR 1936 livery versions together

The models faithfully replicate the prototype as per the later stages of their life with respect to the break gear and buffers, it means that the models in this form can not be back dated to liveries earlier than those offered.

There are a few points to note.
Being a version of 3D printing, despite the new to the hobby process, the finish when viewed very close up, is not quite as smooth as we would expect from an injection moulded plastic, however the aim of the process is to allow smaller production runs and produce models that would perhaps not be so economically viable via the more traditional process.
The models are fitted with pin point Alan Gibson wheelsets, but are not running in brass bearings so are not as free running as they could be.

The other side of No. 45455 showing the excess paint flow

The roof is a separate component and is a push fit into the body and may require a little to glue to hold it fully in place depending on the amount of handling and being white will definitely be improved with some weathering.
The decoration finish on the whole is OK but some of my versions in places showed a little excess paint flow. The lettering on the body sides is neatly printed however the solebars are missing any of the lettering that appeared on the prototype.

Rails of Sheffield should be congratulated on taking the step to introduce the new manufacturing process to our hobby and to enable the more niche, products previously not capable of being produced economically to be available to us Ready To Run. As the initial run of these models appears to have sold out I hope it will lead to more production runs, variations and prototypes, especially of course Southern related ones, being produced in due course.

Finally just in case you missed the announcement,  in October, Rails of Sheffield have also announced that they are to produce the ex SECR Wainwright D class 4-4-0 locomotive in conjunction with the Railway Museum, to follow the ex LBSC A1 / A1X ‘Terriers’ which are due very soon. Just for clarity the locomotives are being produced via traditional methods and not the 3D printing process of the wagon above. Perhaps someone in Sheffield has a soft spot for the South East of England…

 

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