Hornby have today announced their full range for 2018 hot on the heals of yesterdays Bachmann announcement.  For this year’s range Hornby have gone to a single announcement rather than new toolings announced over the last few month either at Warley or via their Engineshed blog, possibly as a result of new broom(s) at the helm. The highlights  from a Southern Railway perspective being the brand new tooled Maunsell Lord Neslon class 4-6-0 and Maunsell 59ft Kitchen / Dining First catering vehicles. The now outdated Bachmann Lord Nelson will be easily surpassed by this new tooling that will incorporate variations to chimneys, smokeboxes, saddles and tenders. Last years H Class 0-4-0t also makes an appearance with revised tooling for the flat sided bunker.

Hornby’s Lord Nelson 851

The range also sees a welcome reintroduction of the 5Bel Brighton belle Set, in the 1960’s livery with small yellow warning panels, the model has also been updated with revised electrical connections between the cars. Also back in the range is the Devon Belle observation car.

The aim of this post is to round up the announcements that are of a Southern Railway / Southern Region interest and new for 2018, I have purposely not relisted those item previous announced and or still to actually appear. An indication of the planned release date via the Quarter system (eg [Q2] is also provided.


  • R3634 – SR 4-6-0 ‘Sir Francis Drake’ No. E851 Maunsell Lord Nelson Class in pre 1931 SR Lined Olive livery without Smoke deflectors, with snifting valves, original chimney and tender. [Q2]
  • R3635 – BR 4-6-0 ‘Lord Rodney’ No. 30863 Maunsell Lord Nelson Class in BR Brunswick Green with early crest,  Lemaitre chimney, short smokebox, piano front (Maunsell cylinders) smoke deflectors and high sided tender. [Updated]  [Q2]
  • R6303TTS – BR 4-6-0 ‘Lord Nelson’ No. 30850 Maunsell Lord Nelson Class in BR Brunswick Green with late emblem,  Lemaitre chimney, extended smokebox (Bulleid cylinders) smoke deflectors and high sided tender. DCC and TTS sound fitted [Q3]

    TTS Sound fitted 30850

  • R3617 – BR 4-6-2 ‘Elder Dempster Lines’ Rebuild Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific number ‘35030’ in BR Brunswick Green with late emblem as she ran post rebuilding in April 1958. [Q2]
  • R3618 – BR 4-6-2 ‘Royal Observer Corps’ Rebuilt Bulleid West Country Light Pacific number 34050 in BR Brunswick Green with with late emblem as she ran post rebuilding in August 1958. [Q2]
  • R3631 – ex SECR 0-4-4T H Class number 31265, representing one of the 15 members of the class with flat side bunkers (revised tooling new for 2018), BR early crest. [Q3]
  • R3632 – BR 4-6-2 ‘East Asiatic Company’ ‘35024’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) – BR Line Blue, early crest representing the condition she ran in between May 1949 and June 1951 when she gained Brunswick green. [Q4]

    Merchant Navy Pacific 35024 in BR Blue livery

  • R3638  – ‘Bideford’ Number 34019 Bulleid Battle of Britain Light Pacific – cut down 4500 gallon tender,  BR Green late emblem Post 1956 condition. [Q4]
  • R3507TTS – S15 Class number 30832 BR Black with early emblem DCC TTS sound. [Q2]
  • R3658 BR Class 50 Number 50033 ‘Glorious’ in Network South East livery. [Q4]

The ex SECR H Class  tank makes an appearance as an Exclusive model in the delayed Hornby Collectors Club now launched, R3648 Number 263 as preserved condition on the Bluebell Railway due July 2018. A big clue was of course her appearance on the Hornby Stand at the Warley show last month.

In addition to the Lord Nelson Hornby’s new locomotive tooling for 2018 comprises of LMS 4-6-2 Streamlined Princess Coronation Class and ex North British Railway, Holmes Class C/ LNER J36 0-6-0.

Train and Coach packs

  • R3606 – Pullman 5Bel Brighton Belle ‘Train Pack’, Unit 3053, Driving Motor Brake Parlour Third Car No. 92 and No.93.  1960s Umber and Cream, with small yellow warning panel [Updated] [Q3]
  • R4871  – Pullman 5Bel Brighton Belle ‘Coach Pack’, Unit 3053, Trailer Parlour First Kitchen ‘Gwen’, ‘Mona’ and  Trailer Parlour Third Car No. 85. 1950s Umber and Cream, early crest [Q3]


  • R4816 –  SR Maunsell Kitchen Dining First Number 7869 Diagram 2651, in SR Green. [Updated] [Q4]
  • R4817 – BR Maunsell Kitchen Dining First Number S7946S Diagram 2651, in BR(s) Green. [Q4]

    Kitchen Diner First Diagram 2556 No 7869 c1940 image copyright and courtesy M King

  • R4860 – Pulman ‘J’ Type Devon Belle Observation Car Number 13. [Q4]
  • R4717A – SR 58′ Maunsell Rebuilt (Ex-LSWR 48’) Eight Compartment Brake Third Class Non-Corridor, SR Olive Green, Diagram 99 No. 2636 that formed set 42 with R4719A. [Q2]
  • R4718A – S R 58′ Maunsell Rebuilt (Ex-LSWR 48’) Six Compartment Lavatory Brake Third Coach, SR Olive Green  diagram 98 No. 2625 used as ‘loose’ stock. [Q2]
  • R4719A – SR 58′ Maunsell Rebuilt (Ex-LSWR 48’) Six Compartment Lavatory Brake Composite Coach, SR Olive Green, Diagram 418 No. 6401 that formed set 42 with R4717A.  [Q2]
  • R4720A – SR 58′ Maunsell Rebuilt (Ex-LSWR 48’) Nine Compartment Lavatory Third Class Coach, SR Olive Green, Diagram 31 No. 364 used as ‘loose’ stock. [Q2]
  • R4833 BR Maunsell Open Third, Number 1400 Diagram 2005 SR Olive Green . [Q4]
  • R4835 BR Maunsell Open Second, Number S1346S Diagram 2005 Crimson and Cream livery. [Q4]
  • R4836 – BR Maunsell 6 Compartment Third Class Brake Coach – BR(s)Green – High window style to diagram 2102, Number S2763S,  branded as set 230. [Q4]
  • R4838 – BR Maunsell 6 Compartment Third Class Brake Coach – BR(s)Green – High window style to diagram 2102, Number S2764S,  branded as set 230. [Q4]
  • R4839 – BR Maunsell Corridor 7 Compartment composite  Coach – BR(s)Green  – High window style to diagram 2301, Number S5673S,  part of 3 coach set 230. [Q4]
  • R4840 – BR Maunsell 4 Compartment Third Class Brake Coach – BR(s)Green – Low window style to diagram 2101, Number S3232S,  branded as set 399. [Q4]
  • R4841 – BR Maunsell 4 Compartment Third Class Brake Coach – BR(s)Green – Low window style to diagram 2101, Number S3233S,  branded as set  399. [Q4]
  • R4842 – BR Maunsell Corridor 7 Compartment composite  Coach – BR(s)Green  – Low window style to diagram 2301, Number S5145S,  part of 3 coach set 399. [Q4]
  • R4834 – BR Maunsell Corridor 8 Compartment Corridor second Coach – BR(s)Green  – High window style to diagram 2001, Number S1113S. [Q4]
  • R4837 – BR Maunsell Van B S261S in BR (S) Green. [Q4]


  • R6839 – BR ex SR Cattle truck –  Bauxite livery, No. S53904, – Maunsell diagram 1529. [Updated]  [Q2]
  • R6839A – BR ex SR Cattle truck –  Bauxite livery, No. S53908, – Maunsell diagram 1529. [Q4]
  • R6840 – BR ex SR Cattle truck –  Bauxite livery, No. S52345 – Bulleid diagram 1530. [Q3]
  • R6858 – 3 plank wagon SECR livery No. 10756 [Q3]

Hornby’s new wagon tooling for 2017 comprises of a LNER 20 ton  ‘Toad’ B and E brake van.

The full Hornby 2017 range can be found on the Hornby website here or RMweb here

Today Bachmann Europe Plc. announced their plans for the next 18 months, or so for both the Bachmann Branchlines (00) and Graham Farish (N) brands. They also provided updates on the current work in progress. I outline below the items of Southern / Southern Region interest.

The full details of the Bachmann and Graham Farish ranges can be found on their  website here.

Bachmann 00 gauge

The headline new tooling for Southern Railway and Southern Region modellers is the much requested Bulleid 64ft coaches. The original Bulleid 64ft coaching produced by Bachamnn are now a bit long in the tooth and these completely new toolled versions will be most welcome especially as the range will incorporate both the SR and later BR(s) built versions with both 10″ and 15″ window vents and also the later bodyside strengthening rib within tooling options.
Five body toolings will include: Semi Open Brake Third (BTK), Corridor Composite (CK), Brake Composite (BCK), Corridor Third (TK) and Open Third (T).
This will allow number of possible correct set combination and the initial releases are as follows:

  • Bulleid Corridor Composite image courtesy and copyright Bachmann / M King

  • 3 coach ‘L’ set 790 (BTK-CK-BTK) from range 770-793 with 10″ window vents in Southern Malachite introduced 1946
  • 5 coach ‘H’ set (BTK-TK-CK-TK-BTK) 847 from range 830 -849 with 15″ window vents in  BR Crimson and Cream introduced in 1950. These sets often also ran as 3 coach ‘L’ sets (often a winter formation) minus the two TKs’
  • 2 coach ‘R’ set (BTK-BCK) 69 from range 63 – 75 with 10″ window vents in BR Green livery with side strengthening ribs

Initial release as follows:

  • 34-725                 Bulleid Semi-Open Brake Third Dia 2123 (10″ Vents) in Southern Railway Malachite Green No. 4341
  • 34-725A              Bulleid Semi-Open Brake Third Dia 2123 (10″ Vents) in Southern Railway Malachite Green No. 4342
  • 34-750                 Bulleid Corridor Composite (10″ Vents) in Southern Railway Malachite Green No. 5771
    New Tooling, 34-725/725A/750 will make set 790
  • 34-775                 Bulleid Corridor Third Dia 2019 (10″ Vents) in  Malachite Green but with BR “S” prefixes as delivered in late 1948, this coach is a ‘loose’ coach that would be added to strengthen sets. No. TBC from  range s1932 to s1936
  • 34-726                 Bulleid Semi-Open Brake Third Dia 2123 (10″ Vents) in BR (SR) Green No. S4377S
  • 34-800                 Bulleid Brake Composite Dia 2405 (10″ Vents) in BR (SR) Green No.S6706S
    New Tooling, 34-726/800 will make set 69
  • 34-727                 Bulleid Semi-Open Brake Third Dia 2123 (15″ Vents) in BR Crimson & Cream No. S4005S
  • 34-727A              Bulleid Semi-Open Brake Third Dia 2123 (15″ Vents) in BR Crimson & Cream No. S4006S
  • 34-751                 Bulleid Corridor Composite Dia 2318 (15″ Vents) in BR Crimson & Cream No. S5865S
  • 34-776                 Bulleid Corridor Third Dia 2019 (15″ Vents) in BR Crimson & Cream No. S75S
  • 34-776A              Bulleid Corridor Third  Dia 2019 (15″ Vents) in BR Crimson & Cream No. S76S
    New Tooling, 34-727/727A/751/776/776A will make set 847

LBSCR H1 Class Atlantic 4-4-2

The H1 in LBSC Livery Image courtesy and copyright Bachmann

Five H1 Class locomotives were built for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway by Kitson & Co. between December 1905 and February 1906 to the design of D.E.Marsh. The first was withdrawn in January 1944 and the last in July 1951. This is new tooling specific to the H1 Class. Differences from the H2 Class currently in production include the curved running plate, early cab and boiler fittings. It has been developed alongside the H2 and will available for delivery later this year. Initially only the LBSC livery is being released but others will be in the pipeline for future years.

  • 31-910                 H1 Class Atlantic No. 39 ‘La France’ in LBSCR livery

Class 171 DMU

9 x two-car and 6 x four-car units were built between 2003 and 2005 for Porterbrook Leasing Company for use on Southern’s Uckfield branch which is not electrified. This model is based on new tooling also being developed for the Class 170 DMU.

  • 35-580                 Class 171 2-Car DMU No. 171722 in Southern livery

Class 159 DMU

22 x three-car units were originally built as Class 158 units by British Rail Engineering Ltd in 1992 for Regional Railways, by the time construction had been completed they were no longer required. Rosyth Dockyard converted them in 1992 and 1993 to a new specification for the Network SouthEast sector of British Rail. These units were to replace locomotive hauled trains on the London Waterloo – Salisbury – Exeter route. All saw service post privatisation with South West Trains and more recently with South Western Railway (since 20th August 2017).

  • 31-520                 Class 159 3-Car DMU No. 159013  in Network South East livery

New liveries from existing tooling

  • 32-510 – BR Standard Class 5MT No. 73118 ‘King Leodegrance’ BR lined black early emblem and large tender
  • 39-603 – SECR 60′ Birdcage Brake Composite Southern Railway Malachite Green No. 3527
  • 39-613 – SECR 60′ Birdcage Composite Southern Railway Malachite Green No.5484
  • 39-623 – SECR 60′ Birdcage Brake 3rd Southern Railway Malachite Green No.3455
    Items 39-603/13/23 will correctly make set 622
  • 38-083A – 12 Ton Southern 2+2 Planked Ventilated Van GWR Grey
  • 38-080C – 12 Ton Southern 2+2 Planked Ventilated Van LMS Grey

Graham Farish N gauge

Graham Farish N Class with revised tooling and DCC speaker fitted

Southern  steam modellers in N Gauge  get revised tooling for the N class model that has seen revisions to the tender tooling to provide a Next 18 DCC decoder socket and space for Digital Sound to be fitted. This year sees the much requested southern livery fitted with smoke deflectors for the first time.

  • 372-934DS          N Class No. 1823 in Southern Railway Lined Maunsell Green (DCC Sound)
  • 372-935               N Class No. 31810 in weathered BR Black (Late Crest) livery

Class 450 EMU

Graham Farish Class 450 EMU

The Class 450 is a member of the Siemens Desiro family for which Graham Farish already produce the Class 350 variants. The Class 450 EMUs were built by Siemens for South West Trains. A total of 127 four-car units are currently in traffic on South Western Railway long distance routes in and out of London Waterloo (since 20th August 2017).

  • 371-725               Class 450 4-Car EMU No. 450073 in South West Trains livery

Work in Progress

From a work  in progress perspective, in 00: the ex LBSC 4-4-2 H2 Class ‘Atlantics’ and the newly announced H1 are now at the artwork / livery samples stage. As reported from Warley the the 45 ton Ransomes and Rapier steam crane is now at the Engineering prototype stage. and both should along with the H1  be delivered during 2018.  The Class 159 DMU is already in the tool room, whilst the Class 414  2HAP and 4 BEP  are still in the drawing office.

In N: the Class 319 EMU is now in the drawing office. The SECR C Class 0-6-0 is at the Engineering Prototype stage and the Birdcage coaches are at the livery sample stage, both of which should be delivered during 2018

The full details of the Bachmann and Graham Farish ranges can be found on their  website here.

Note: for both brands and scales I have not relisted above those items already announced last year as per their announcement here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bachmann for their kind hospitality at their media event today.

This months picture…

A line up of Bulleid pacifics on shed at Fisherton Sarum awaiting their next turn. The light pacifics are modified Hornby models whilst the Merchant Navy’s are Millholme kits.

It’s a cold, crisp and frosty December morning as we approach Christmas at Canute Road Quay and the crew on board ex LSWR Adams B4 Class No. 100 try to keep warm whilst shunting on the quay as flurries of snow start to get heavier.

As the festive season and New Year break is upon us, I just wanted to say many thanks to all of you whom have taken the time to read my rambling over the past 12 months. I hope you have found such ramblings interesting and informative. I have also enjoyed corresponding with many of you that have made contact me either directly at shows, email or via the comments field on my various posts. I look forward to corresponding with you again in the New Year.

A further flurry of activity will be taking place at the start of the new year with both Bachmann and Hornby announcing their new ranges within a day of each other on the 7th and 8th January respectfully and I will bring you all the exciting Southern Railway / Southern Region related news on here as soon as their announcements are made.

I once again take this opportunity to thank the various manufacturers, publishers and retailers whom have allowed me privileged access to some of their plans and developments and often taken on board feedback, suggestions and advice, with the sole aim of promoting and furthering modelling of the Southern Railway / Southern Region.

Seasons greetings, whatever your faith or beliefs, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Fill up your life with as much love, compassion, tolerance, peace, happiness as you can and hopefully some time for modelling!

Canute Road Quay will be making an appearance at The Model Railway Club’s open day / mini exhibition next Sunday 10th December at their London Keen House club rooms.

USA 0-6-0t No 72 still with original style bunker and cab shunts past a warwell wagon loaed with a Sherman M4 tank at Canute Road Quay.

The Model Railway Club’s own Layouts: Copenhagen Fields (2mm FS), Empire Mills (EM), Lacey Dale (N) and Putnam Yard (HO) will be operating.  In addition to Canute Road Quay a couple more visiting layouts will be in attendance namely: Rixworth Green (P4) – 1920s Southern and Elkington-on-Sea Tramways – inpsired by the 1950s British seaside resorts.

Other displays include the MRC’s 00 and 0 gauge teams running stock from their layout projects on the test tracks. There will also be a selection of pre-owned models available from The MRC shop, and of course refreshments (including a selection of freshly made rolls and Greene King beers) will be available.

The min exhibition with be open from 11am to 4pm, admission is Adults £3, accompanied children: Free. Entry for MRC members is free upon presentation of a current membership card.  Please note: there are stairs to all rooms.

I am not actually a member of the The Model Railway Club so I feel it has been a great honour to have been asked to take Canute Road Quay along and I am very much looking forward to visiting Keen House and exhibiting Canute Road Quay. Please do drop by if you can and say hello, you might even end up with a controller in your hand…

This months picture…

Urie N15 Class No 744 'Maid of Astolat' is turned at Fisherton Sarum

Urie N15 Class No 744 ‘Maid of Astolat’ is turned at Fisherton Sarum

I realise some will concentrate on the time taken since these models were first announced some time ago by the Kernow Model Rail Centre,  it has been well documented that the necessary research for the production of the CADS for these diesels with their complex multiple curved exterior shape has taken much longer than planned. When last year additional information came to light the development process moved on at a fast pace and now production of the first versions has now been completed. These are the first models that Kernow Model Rail Centre have worked directly with the factory on China on all aspects of the design, tooling and manufacture. Has the time taken been worth it… you bet it has!

No 10201 as built. Official BR publicity photograph from my collection.

In 1949 the frames for No. 10201, a 1Co Co1 loco, were laid at Ashford Works under the supervision of Bulleid. Before the first loco was completed the frames for 10202 were assembled. The last of the trio, No. 10203, was constructed in 1953-4 at Brighton Works.

No 10202, Official BR publicity photograph from my collection.

The bolsterless bogie design was similar to that used on the Bulleid/Raworth electric locomotives, CC1 and 2, introduced in 1941, with similar bearing pads, wheels and the mounting of the bogies and brakes. To carry the additional weight an articulated pony truck was included, ingeniously guided by links fitted to the bogie front plate which also carried the buffers.  The profile of the body sides was curved to match the profile of the Bulleid coaches of the time.

The first production versions of 10101 and 10202 have arrived.

In February 1953 Brighton Works commenced assembly of the third member of the fleet, No. 10203, which was completed in March 1954. A number of technical differences were incorporated in this loco, the most significant being the installation of a higher powered engine developing some 2,000hp,  rather than the 1,750hp of N0. 10201/2. After its commissioning trials, No. 10203 based at Nine Elms joined 10201/2 on the Waterloo-Exeter line where it demonstrated its superior output.

A view of 10201.

Initial trials of 10201 also took place on the London  Midland Region, where all three would return in 1955, whilst on the LMR the chime whistle was also replaced by twin air horns. Whilst on both the Southern Region and the London Midland Region they worked alongside their slightly less power cousins the LMS Twins 10000 and 10001.

The other side of 10201.

When built all three were painted in black livery with silver lining, including silver frames, whilst the centre of the roof section was matt black. After the locos were allocated to the LMR, Derby Works outshopped all three in BR standard locomotive green and replaced the waist height silver band with orange and black lining. The roof however was painted a really practical primrose yellow! This of course soon ended up a dirty black colour.

A higher view of the pair 10201 and 10202.

Near the end of their working lives they sported small yellow warning panels at each end.In November 1962 No. 10201/3  were taken out of service and stored at Derby, being joined by No. 10202 in early 1963. At the end of 1963 all three were withdrawn and unfortunately sent for scrap. This prototype information is an extract of my more detailed article on the SEmG group website here. 

The first two models, No. 10201 and No. 10202 have now arrived in the UK and are starting to be sent out to those whom pre-ordered.

The initial four livery releases are as follows:

  • K2701 Number 10201 in BR Black livery with early emblem
  • K2701 Number 10201 in BR Black livery with early emblem
  • K2703 Number 10203 in BR Black livery with early emblem
  • K2704 Number 10203 in BR Green livery with late crest

An option for DCC Sound fitted K2701DS and K2702DS is also available, with sound by Legomanbiffo. The models of No. 10203 require slightly different tooling for both the sides and roof which is being worked on at the moment and will therefore at a later date.

I will on the whole let the pictures accompanying this post do the talking but read on for additional information.  The models arrive in a very sturdy foam lined box in the Kernow Model Rail Centre house style with the locomotive held in the now usual plastic insert and sleeve. Overall the model has a good weight and matches the solid look of the prototype.

Showing the engine head signal discs in both open and closed positions.

The model accurately follows the complex curves and tumbleholm of the prototype and has a wealth of rivet detail.  Above each cab is the whistle (this will be replaced by air horns on the green version of 10203. Also included with the model is a complete set of closed half head signal (route discs) to allow any combination of open / closed discs and head signal codes to be achieved. Buffer beam hooks with and without dummy three link couplings are also included. Tension lock couplings are provided fitted into NEM pockets. The vacuum and steam heating pipes are factory fitted and do not interfere with the couplings.
Directional lighting for the head signal discs shines through the separate lenses within the open discs, but is fully blanked when the half discs are fitted. (Note the discs are a simple push fit and can be carefully prised off, but make sure you place a finger over the disc when doing so to prevent the disc heading off to be difficult to find on the floor!)

A view of the underside of 10201 showing the internal bearing bogies and the pony truck of the 1Co -Co1 bolsterless design. All six main axles are powered.

The models feature a large centrally mounted five pole motor with twin fly wheels, mounted on a die cast chassis block.  Drive to each of the 3 main geared axles on both bogies is via articulated shafts. The bogies comprise of internal axle bearings and have both horizontal and vertical play to allow for a variety of track conditions. Electrical pick up is off all main driving axles.
I have found them to run extremely smoothly on at least three different layouts and test tracks complete with undulations and they haulage capability is exceptional and they have handled over twenty Hornby Pullman coaches with ease.
For those using DCC a 21 pin socket is provided and every model, even the non DCC fitted versions,  include a 28mm 8 ohm, 4 Watt speaker!

A close up of the roof showing the fine fan grill with fan beneath and also the whistle.

Externally the finish is extremely good, an excellent satin black finish and crisp boundaries between the black and the aluminium silver lining and the aluminium silver roof.  The fan grill on the roof is a very fine etching with a representation of the fan itself moulded below.
The flush glazing is very fine without any noticeable prismatic effect at the edges. Behind the body side windows is a representation of the engine block which if anything is slightly too close to the window but that is due to the fact that it is hiding the motor. Often when running in practice these side windows were in the down open position, I assume to give additional cooling, but this is not possible with the model. Windscreen wipers, lamp irons and handrails are separately applied and the latter also are where applicable the correct flat profile. The bogies themselves are a work of art, heightened by being painted as per the prototype in silver, including many separately applied details such as steps, covers, sandboxes, pipes and speedometer drive.


Full details on the variants available can be found on the  Kernow Model Rail Centre dedicated webpage here.

As I said in the introduction paragraph I certainly feel the wait has been worthwhile and is sure to be a winner with Southern Region and London Midland Region modellers alike.
It has been a pleasure to assist the Kernow Model Rail Centre with this project from the outset.



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