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First announced back in November 2017 the Heljan 07 Class has now arrived and along with the Dapol ex LSWR B4 0-4-0t and the Model Rail / Bachmann USA 0-6-0t nearly completes the line of regular shunting locomotives used at Southampton Docks. A number of of other classes were also often also regularly seen at the docks including the ex LBSC E1 class now to be produced by Model Rail / Rapido, although this is a couple of years off yet.  This Heljan 07 Class will certainly look the part on Canute Road Quay when I run it in a later period guise.

The USA 0-6-0 tanks had been in service within Southampton Docks since 1946, Due to the various tight curves within Southampton Docks utilising existing Diesel shunters such as the EE 350HP, later 09 class was not going to be an option. Therefore in 1962 Fourteen 0-6-0 diesel-electric shunting 275HP locomotives specifically for use in Southampton Docks were purchased by British Railways from Ruston Paxman.  They had a wheelbase of only 8 ft 7½ in, compared with 11 ft 6 in for an 08. With their high well glazed cab offset between long and short bonnets they certainly had their own distinctive character. Whilst very successful within the confines of the docks and shunting duties they had a habit of suffering from hot axle boxes when used on trip working so they were not often seen on the main line.

The locomotives were numbered D2985 to D2998, then were allocated numbers 07001 to 07014 under TOPS renumbering but not all locomotives remained in service long enough to be renumbered. Initially, the locomotives were finished in dark green livery and carried British Railways badges of the type use on coaching stock. All were later painted blue.

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The Heljan model is initially released in two versions, representing them as built non air braked and as later modified with air brakes, additional extra cabinet, air receiver compartment and high level air pipes:

Version 1 non-air braked:
– 2900  D2985 BR Green
– 2901  D2990 BR Green
– 2902  D2992 BR Blue
– 2903  07010  BR Blue

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Version 2 air-braked:
– 2910  2993  BR Blue
– 2911  07005 BR Blue
– 2912 (07001) Peakstone yellow
– 2913 (07003) British Industrial Sand white

I will let the pictures demonstrate how well Heljan have captured the look of the prototype. It features a multi part injection  moulded body with fine etched front and rear nose grills on a heavy diecast chassis. Separately fitted items include: metal handrails, sprung buffers, windscreen wipers, pipework, roof mounted air horns and factory fitted screw link couplings.  The cab interior, clearly visible through the large flash glazed windows,  is also nicely  moulded and includes driver desks and a separate hand brake wheel and the dials in the instrument desk have been picked out accordingly, it certainly needs the inclusion of a driver to complete the look.

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Underneath the

[/caption]Underneath the body the chassis features the correct air cylinders, sand boxes, sand pipes, other pipework and brake gear. Also fitted is a working lubricator linkage on the left hand side (when viewed long bonnet forward.
The 07 class had both lamps and lamp irons for all the standard SR 6 positions and these are faithfully represented on the model the two lamps above the buffer beam illuminate one red and one white in the direction of travel which is the correct lamp indication when shunting.

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Included with the model are disc, including those with duty numbers, as used within Southampton Docks,  pre-printed on to one side. Shanked Tension Lock couplings are included for fitting in the NEM socket on the chassis, I found these to be too low and extend too far out from the buffer beam so have changed mine for shorter non cranked versions. For those not using the tension lock couplings the factor fitted screw link couplings are nicely modelled and suitable for use, a nice touch is that Heljan have also supplied a  blanking plug moulding that clips into the NEM pocket to fill the gap in the buffer beam.

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Performance of my model

[/caption]Performance of my model straight out of the box was excellent and smooth at slow speeds, there is space within the ling bonnet for a six pin DCC decoder (this is accessed via the two underframe screws located at the front to be removed before sliding the cab upwards from followed by the long bonnet.

Overall this is an excellent model in looks, detail and performance and Heljan should be congratulated for taking on such a prototype and producing such a fine model. It is right on the button for those modelling dockside scene in and around Southampton such as my own Canute Road Quay and other rolling stock is currently being acquired and worked on to run the layout in the transition period between the USA tanks and the 07 Class so what this space.

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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 show, not that I was able to see as much of it as I might have liked. I had a good weekend on the Hornby Magazine stand operating friend and Editor Mike Wild’s latest layout Grosvenor Square, despite it being Western Region and DCC, but I think I just about coped. I apologise to anyone whom overheard and didn’t like my complaints (usually timed to gained maximum effect depending on whom was in earshot…especially that nice Mr Pete Waterman on the stand opposite…) that all Western region locomotives look the same, it was in jest… honest!

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 seen at the show from a Southern perspective, although this was slightly more limited than it has been in the past.

Hornby

Like last year, Hornby used the Warley show to give a presentation on some of their plans for 2017 and make some new product announcements, including a  Hitachi IEP Bi-Mode Class 800/0, which can be found via their website on their Engine Shed Blog. The full 2017 range including all the liveries variations from existing rather than new tooling is planned to be launched in January 2017.

Hornby H Class EP

Hornby H Class EP

Further to the ex SECR H lass 0-4-4T announced in September  they have also now clarified the planned initial releases as being as follows, which differs slightly from the initial information I was given at the time:

R3538 number 308 SECR lined green.  No.308 was built at Ashford Works in June 1906, entering traffic at Slades Green and was repainted to Maunsell Dark Green in 1925, when also renumbered as A308. Moving to Gillingham in July 1931, her last shed was Tunbridge Wells West, from where she was withdrawn in December 1962.

Hornb y H Class EP rear 3/4 view

Hornb y H Class EP rear 3/4 view

R3539 number 31518 BR late crest (with Overhead Electric warning flashes) lined black and pull push fitted. No. 31518 was built in July 1909 at Ashford and entered traffic at Orpington, numbered 518, Being dual braked, 518 mainly worked Chatham section trains. In December 1923 she became A518, then 1518 in July 1931. Post Nationalisation she was renumbered 31518 and later  pull push fitted in March 1952, Withdrawal took place from Three Bridges shed in January 1964.

A further view of the Hornby H Class EP

A further view of the Hornby H Class EP

R3549 number 1324 SR Maunsell Olive Green. No.1324 was built at Ashford Works in May 1907, entering traffic as No.324 at Ashford. In 1924, based Tonbridge, she often operated services between the Eastern and Central sections of the Southern Railway. Renumbered as No.31324 under British Railways, withdrawal from Three Bridges shed occurred in July 1962.

It therefore appears that the previously advised release of the BR early emblem version will not materialise as part of the first releases.

Hornby livery samples of 21C1 and 21C3 together

Hornby livery samples of 21C1 and 21C3 together

The running samples of the new original style Bulleid Merchant Navy pacifics were on display,  the malachite green versions of 21c1 and 21C3 can be seen left, and they represent the condition that these locomotives first ran between introduction in 1941 and early 1943.

Hornby 21C1

Hornby livery sample of 21C1 note the cover for the chimney

There is one correction to be made to the livery to 21C3 which will be reflected on the production models in that the side numbers and Southern lettering on the tender will be correctly shaded in black not green. The four releases of these models are due first quarter next year (delayed from 2016) and are as follows:

Hornby livery sample of 21C3

Hornby livery sample of 21C3

R3434 – SR 4-6-2 ‘Channel Packet’ ’21C1′ Merchant Navy Class (Original Air Smoothed) in as introduced 1941 condition with widows peak

R3435 – SR 4-6-2 ‘Royal Mail’ ’21C3′ Merchant Navy Class (Original Air Smoothed) in as introduced 1941 condition with widows peak

A further view of Hornby livery sample of 21C3

A further view of Hornby livery sample of 21C3

R3436 – BR 4-6-2 ‘Clan Line’ ‘35028’ Merchant Navy Class (Original Air Smoothed) – BR Brunswick Green. early crest ,

R3382TTS- BR 4-6-2 ‘Holland-Afrika Line’ ‘35023’ Merchant Navy (Original Air Smoothed) – BR Brunswick Green, early crest with TTS Sound

Look out for a post likely to be published next week detailing the exact condition and dates applicable to all these four versions which I hope will assist those wishing to purchase the correct version for their time period or those potentially wanting to renumber to other members of the class.

Hornby also announced a brand new ‘King Arthur’ tooling!  Although this is in the form a Class 87 AC electric number 87010 ‘King Arthur’ in BR Intercity ‘Swallow’ logo, (I can now remove my tongue from my cheek!)

The SR cattle trucks announced last year have this week also arrived in the shops, once my versions arrive I will post a picture review.  Just to clear up some misunderstanding on what versions have been released in this batch, as information on some retailers websites has been inconsistent due to changes in the information originally supplied / described by Hornby, the following versions are available:

  • R6735 – late SR livery, Bulleid designed version to SR diagram 1530 as introduced in 1947
  • R6735A – late SR livery , Bulleid designed version to SR diagram 1530 as introduced in 1947
    (although it would not doubt have been a while before these ended up in BR livery)
  • R6737 – BR livery  ex SR Maunsell designed version to SR Diagram 1529
  • R6737A – BR livery ex SR Maunsell designed version to SR Diagram 1529

It is still hoped that further livery versions, perhaps the inverse of the above, will be part of the 2017 range, although it should not be beyond the skills of many to re-livery the diagram 1529 version to the SR period.

I also remind readers that the 2016 livery versions of the excellent S15 4-6-0 model have also arrived at retailers namely

  • R3411 – SR 4-6-0 ‘827’ Maunsell S15 Class, Urie style tender – Post war Bulleid black with ‘Sunshine’ lettering
  • R3412 – BR 4-6-0 ‘30842’ Maunsell S15 Class, flat sided tender – BR Black early crest
  • R3413 – BR 4-6-0 ‘30831’ Maunsell S15 Class, Urie style tender – BR Black late emblem

Peco

Following on the recent announcement of their intention to produce 00 bullhead plain track with a more prototypical sleep spacing (bearing in mind that 00 being 16.5mm gauge rather the prototypical 18.83 it is still a compromise that the majority of us modellers accept) Peco also had on display an early mock up / EP of a large radius turnout which certainly looked good. It is my understanding that the geometry will match their existing code 75 streamline turnouts.

Bachmann

No new announcements from Bachmann, as is often the case at Warley, as their 2017 range is planned to be announced on January 8th next year, slightly earlier than their usual March date.

The Ep of the Bachmann ex LBSC H2 Class Atlantic 4-4-2 picture courtesy of A York / BRM

The EP of the Bachmann ex LBSC H2 Class Atlantic 4-4-2 picture courtesy and copyright of A York / BRM

In their usual display cases at the show were a number of Engineering Prototypes of current work in progress this included the first views of the ex London, Brighton and South Coast (LBSC) Brighton H2 Class Atlantic  Engineering Prototype  as seen pictured left. The planned initial releases, although it looks like tooling will allow for future further variations, for the H2 class are as follows:

A further view of the Bachmann H2 EP. Picture courtesy and copyright M Wild / Hornby Magazine

A further view of the Bachmann H2 EP. Picture courtesy and copyright M Wild / Hornby Magazine

31-920 H2 Class Atlantic 4-4-2 No. 2426 ‘St. Alban’s Head’ in Southern Railway olive green livery

31-921 H2 Class Atlantic 4-4-2 No. 32424 ‘Beachy Head’ in BR black livery with early emblem.

Also on display were the EPs of the ex SECR Birdcage Stock that have been seen for a while now.

Trafford Model Centre (TMC)

TMC announced a number of wagon commissions, via Bachmann one of which being one of the 14 Cycle branded PMVs which were introduced in 1952, primarily for use on boat trains, being essentially a modification of ex SR Parcels and Miscellaneous Vans to incorporate hooks inside to hang cycles.

The TMC cycle branded PMV

The TMC cycle branded PMV Picture courtesy and copyright M Wild / Hornby Magazine

Numbers  so converted were 1055,1103,1208,1728, these had 60 hooks presumably for up to 30 cycles, whilst 1057, 1113, 1175, 1282, 1293, 1305, 1314, 1317, 1454, 1882 had 24 hooks each. Number 1317 in addition to the bike symbols on the outside was additionally stenciled, until 1966, for use between Ashford and Cannon Street to convey cycles by manufacturer Normans of Ashford. These vans, except numbers 1175 & 1208 withdrawn in December 1962, had all returned to the general pool by 1969. The version being issued by TMC is number S1282S correctly in BR crimson livery with yellow lettering and the white cycle stencil.

TMC have also commissioned Bachmann to produce the ex LNER /BR 22T double bolster wagon and this is at EP stage

Dapol

There were no new announcements made by Dapol at the show in either 00 or N, as they are looking to get to market all outstanding products currently under development before making any new announcements. The ex London and South Western (LSWR ) B4 0-4-0T announced back in March 2014 is still at the CAD stage. They did have on show some of the results of the alignment of the Dapol and Lionheart ranges in 0 Gauge but none of these were SR related.

Kernow Model Rail Centre

Likewise no new announcements but the Kernow Model Rail Centre has on disaply their EP samples of the PBA/JIA clay tigers, the ex LSWR Gatestock as featured last week on my post here, and also, although GWR origin, the delightful diminutive 1361 class 0-06-0T saddle tanks with all the correct detail variations that they are producing.

Heljan

Back in January this year Heljan announced their intention to release an 07 Class 0-6-0 Ruston & Hornsby Diesel Shunter numbers D2985-D2998 (TOPS numbers 07001-07014).

Heljan EP / 3D sample of their proposed Class 07 shunter (version 1). Picture courtesy and copyright A York / BRM

Heljan 3D printed sample of their proposed Class 07 shunter (version 1). Picture courtesy and copyright A York / BRM

Introduced in 1962 this class of 14 locomotives was designed specifically for use in the Southampton Docks complex on trip and shunting duties. With the decline of traffic within the docks the class was re-assigned to duties in the Eastleigh area before withdrawal and finding further work with a number of industrial companies.
Heljan advise that initially two versions will be produced reflecting ‘as-built’ condition and later modified locos with waist height air brake connections as follows:

Heljan EP / £D sample of their proposed Cl;ass 07 shunter

Heljan  3D printed sample of their proposed Class 07 shunter (version 2). Picture courtesy and copyright A York / BRM

Version 1 non-air braked

2900  D2985 BR Green
2901  D2990 BR Green
2902  D2992 BR Blue
2903  07010  BR Blue

Version 2 air-braked (extra cabinet, air receiver compartment and air pipes (high level)
2910  2993  BR Blue
2911  07005 BR Blue
2912 (07001) Peakstone yellow
2913 (07003) British Industrial Sand white

Proposed for release in 2017, Heljan had a early 3D print mock ups of this model on display.

Note: that the images of Engineering Protptypes sometimes show combinations of components that are mixed and matched and do not necessarily correctly represent the combinations for model variations announced (but can be a hint at possible future variations as well!)

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The results from the annual Wishlist Poll for for 2016 for new N and/or 00 models are now available. The purpose of The Poll is to provide an easy way for modellers and collectors to tell the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling (excluding models announced, tooled or made since 2000).

In 00 the SR U class 2-6-0 tops the SR/BR(s) list and was second overall (the BR Standard 78xxx 2-6-0 was 1st) . The top 10 for SR/BR(s) were as follows (overall position / number of votes):

  • U Class 2-6-0 (2nd/400)
  • Q Class 0-6-0 (11th/ 339)
  • P Class 0-6-0T (24/285)
  • Z class 0-8-0T (26/275)
  • Lord Nelson 4-6-0 (32/256)
  • 4 COR EMU (34/255)
  • A1X terrier 0-6-0T (35/254)
  • Class 442 Wessex EMU (39/249)
  • K Class 2-6-0 (40/247)
  • SR Maunsell Kitchen / Restaurant First Coach [Dia 2650/1/5/60] (45/244)

The complete 00 results file can be downloaded here 2016-00-most-wanted and by category here 2016-00-results-by-category

In N gauge the N15 King Arthur 4-6-0 topped the overall most wanted. The top 5 for SR/BR(s) were as follows (overall position / number of votes):

  • N15 King Arthur 4-6-0 (1st/102)
  • Lord Nelson 4-6-0 (7th/88)
  • Rebuilt Merchant Navy 4-6-2 (10/79)
  • S15 4-6-0 (11/75)
  • Class 205 Hampshire/Berkshire 3H (11/75)

The complete N results file can be downloaded here 2016-n-most-wanted and by category here 2016-n-results-by-category

A full discussion about the results can be found on Rmweb here. 

As always it will be interesting to see how many of these items feature in the manufacturers plans in the coming years.

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The annual Wishlist Poll for new N and/or 00 models has started today. The purpose of The Poll is to provide an easy way for modellers and collectors to tell the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling (excluding models announced, tooled or made since 2000).

There are plenty of Southern Railway / Southern Region related items to vote for, hint hint. In 00 gauge in the past items including the recently announced by Hornby, for 2017, H class tank along with previous Southern related models such as the the Air-Smoothed Merchant Navy, S15 and Adams Radial tanks that were all in the Top 50 of previous polls and have now been either announced (or delivered).

There are 20 categories covering steam locos of the Big Four and BR; Diesel & Electric Locos; DMUs; EMUs; Coaches; Non-passenger-carrying Coaching Stock; Freight Stock; General Service Stock; Standard Gauge Industrial Locos; and finally London Underground.

The poll will be running from today, 10th October, until the 29th October; and the direct link to the poll is here. Full details can be found on MREmag or RMweb.
Lets hope that by voting Southern we can continue the great expansion in Southern related models being produced in the future!

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The annual Wishlist Poll for new N and/or 00 models has started today. The purpose of The Poll is to provide an easy way for modellers and collectors to tell the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling (excluding models announced, tooled or made since 2000).

There are plenty of Southern Railway / Southern Region related items to vote for. In 00 gauge last year, the Air-Smoothed Merchant Navy, S15, Adams Radial and SR 45 Ton Breakdown Crane were all in the Top 50 and have now been either announced (or delivered).

There are 21 categories covering steam locos of the Big Four and BR; DMUs; EMUs; Coaches; Non-passenger-carrying Coaching Stock; Freight Stock; General Service Stock; Standard Gauge Industrial locos; London Underground; and finally Infrastructure & Lineside (such as turntables and level crossings)

The poll will be running from 26 October to 21 November; and the direct link to the poll is here. Full details can be found on MREmag or RMweb.

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Last weekend saw the annual Warley National Model railway Exhibition at the NEC, this post rounds up the news from a Southern / BR(s) perspective. As duplication seems to be the order of the day I have also duplicated part of the post title from one I have used before. It is usual for some manufacturers to use the event to make announcements of new items or showcase updates to new products under development. This year was no exception although Hornby make the unusual step of announcing part of their intended plans for 2015 at the show.
Many thanks to those of you who read this blog for popping by the Shortley Bridge and Felton Cement Works layout on the Hornby Magazine stand, where I was playing trains all weekend, and saying hello it was good to see you.

Hornby

In making the unusual step of a pre-announcement announcement of their 2015 range Hornby are going head to head with two previously announced SR / BR(s) models from other manufacturers. This is likely to be due to the fact  that they have been working on the development of these models for some time now, Simon Kohler discusses such duplication in his interesting blog on the Hornby website here (posted just before the Warley show). Some people may ask why manufacturers can not simply talk to each other to avoid such duplication but this of course would fall foul of anti competition laws.

Image copyright and courtesy A York

Image copyright and courtesy A York

First up is the ex LSWR Adams Radial 4-4-2T, that was announced earlier this moth by Oxford Rail. Hornby had an Engineering Prototype on display they also had on display extracts from CAD drawings that show their intent to produce variations of Chimney and Boilers (Adams vrs Drummond) and also frame lengths, images of these can be found on the Hornby website here along with details of other non SR related items. Hornby advise that this model should be available late 2015. This particular prototype has finished high in recent wish list polls, hence the interest. I was also assisting another potential manufacturer of this model but this has now been sensibly replaced with another model instead, albeit non SR related, once the intent of the other parties was discovered.

hornbyclass71

An image of the initial Class 71 CAD

Secondly they also announced a BR(S) Class 71 3rd rail electric locomotive for delivery in 2016. This model has been previously announced by DJModels back in July using a kickstarter campaign hosted via the Kernow Model Railway Centre. only last week they confirmed that the required number of orders had been reached to allow the production of the model to go ahead.

Hornby 700

Image copyright and courtesy A York

In addition to the above announcements that also had livery samples of the ex LSWR Drummond 700 Class 0-6-0’s on display.

Hornby will be announcing the full details of their 2015 range on the 17th December and I will bring you a round up all the specific SR and BR(s) information to you at the same time, having been briefed along with the rest of the model railway media at Margate a week before.

Bachmann

Bachmann E4

Image copyright and courtesy A York

On the Bachmann stand were livery samples of their ex LBSC E4 on display in both Maunsell Pre 1931 lined olive green and also BR black versions.
The exhibition also saw for the first time the, only just arrived,  Engineering Prototype of the Southern Passenger Luggage vans PLV/PMV’s.

Initial image, a better one will be uploaded in due course

An initial image, a better one will be uploaded in due course

I am now also able to confirm that only one tooling [*update 28/11/14 below] for these vans is being introduced to despite their catalogue and website that mixing the terms PLV/PMV and CCT they are not producing a Southern Van U (BR designation CCT) with the end opening doors. Further information about these vans and the various can be found on my Talking Stock #6 post SR Luggage Vans which is based on the kits that this RTR version will now also kind of duplicate.

Graham Farish

No new SR related news to be had as they were showing the same first off Engineering samples of the N class and original style third series Merchant Navy Bulleid pacific that we have seen before, this does not of course mean that no further progress has been made behind the scenes.

Model Rail Magazine

Model Rail Magazine announced a further two livery versions of their USTC/SR USA 0-6-0T model commissioned via Bachmann,  in the form of: MR105 N0. 300 ‘Major-General Frank S. Ross’ in Longmoor Military Railway blue and MR106  No. DS233 in department black with post 1956 BR emblem, these and the previously announced models can be pre-ordered here although Model Rail advise that If you want a ‘USA tank’ you need to be quick placing your pre-order as one livery has already sold out and others are nearly all sold. Away from the show I have been privileged to have assisted in the reviewing of the CADs for these models and they are now very close to going for tooling.

Dapol

Dapol TerrierDapol had on display various model samples for models first announced back in 2012 :
In N gauge, livery samples of their Maunsell coaches in SR Olive Green along with the Van C.
In 4mm scale they had the latest Engineering prototypes of both versions of the Class 73 Electro Diesel (73/0 – JA and 73/1 – JB).  It appears that the 73/0 variant might be available first, even though to date they have only announced 73/1 versions!
For 0 Gauge modellers the first liveried sample of the Terrier was on display in Brighton livery.

Heljan 

On their stand in addition to livery samples of the 05 Class diesel shunter (one of the prototypes of course was outposted on the Isle of Wight for quite some time) they had the kit of parts that will make up their 009 ready to run Lynton and Barnstaple 2-6-2 Exe, Tor and Yeo locomotives.

Comet Models

Following the untimely passing of proprietor and friend Geoff Brewin, in September, his family are pleased to announce that the entire extensive range of locomotive chassis, coach kits and detailing items has now been successfully sold to Andrew Hartshorne of Wizard Models (and Model Signal Engineering), welcome news indeed. The transfer is planned to take place over the weekend of the 5th – 7th December inclusive, and Andrew hopes to open for trade of Comet items on Monday December 8th.

So all in all a very busy Warley show, with many announcements made, including those of interest to modellers of other railways. I am sure some will have ongoing ramifications within the model railway world, including no doubt some conspiracy theories,  interesting times ahead I feel…

[*update 28/11/14]

I have now received a further clarification from Bachmann with respect to the tooling being produced for the PLV/PMV and they have advised the following:

The first engineering samples of the forthcoming Bachmann Branchline Southern Utility Vans were displayed at the 2014 Warley Show. Two bodies have been tooled for these models which cover the Southern PMV which have one vent at each end (item Nos. 39-525, 39-526 & 39-527); whilst the second tooling portrays a CCT vehicle which has been converted to a PMV, this is evident from the sealed end doors with four vents at each end (item No. 39-528). An image of such a vehicle can be found at http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/srcct/h1552e6d6#h1552e6d6. The image used in the 2014 Bachmann Branchline catalogue for item No. 39-528 incorrectly shows a standard PMV. I trust this clarifies the situation.

Thanks to Bachmann for the clarification over and above what I was informed by them at Warley.

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This is just a quick update post to advise of a number of BR(s) model items in at the retailers this week.

Firstly, from  Hornby, after what seems like an age waiting, not one Pull Push set but two..both the A and B versions of the  R4534 ex Maunsell Pull-Push coach pack are now in stockists.  As I have previously advised the A version is numbered as set 616 whilst the B version appears as Set 603.

Hornby are charging more for the B version than the A version and many reputable  retailers, such as my friends at the Kernow Model Centre,  have kept the A price as originally offered and not sneaked it up to match the B version price. I am advised that the A version has already sold out at Hornby although a quick look at some retailers websites show a reasonable level of stock for both versions. My review of the first batch of Pull Push sets can be read here.

Also recently arrived is the R4536B Hornby Bogie Passenger Brake B Coach [sic] number S217S in BR (SR) Green livery. The correct Southern term for this item of rolling stock is Bogie Van B. My review of the first batch of Bogie Van B’s can be read here, and I am pleased to advise the slightly oversize ‘Guard’ lettering noted has now been corrected.

Both these items are excellent models and show what Hornby can achieve when at its best.

The other item of BR(s) interest to arrive, which like the above Pull Push Units are actually out of my own modelling timeframe, hence no pictures or a full review is the updated Class 33/0 from Heljan. When first released the original Heljan Class 33/0 was let down by a number of things including: an incorrect roof profile, poorly moulded roof grill, later style roof panel fixings and the bogie springs not being set in enough. This new version was only announced at Warley last year, following a fall out with Rail Exclusive Models whom had commissioned a new version. BR(S) green versions and more modern ‘Dutch’ engineers livery versions have now been released. The roof profile is indeed much improved as is the roof fan grill with a visible fan below and the bogie springs. The body side grill has changed from being moulded detail to a a possibly too coarse etching and on Dutch livery version some of the previous raised detail has been replaced with printed only and the loco numbers appear to be in the wrong font, so all in all some good points and some bad.

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