Going bananas with daffodils for Easter

The budding trees, the new flowers, and birds that sing, whisper to me that it's Easter, and that the supermarkets are full of chocolate of all shapes (many irrelevant), sizes and special offers! Here is wishing a warmth in the firebox of your soul on Easter & always!

Rapido Trains UK announce South Eastern & Chatham Railway Diagram 1558 six wheel brake van

Rapido trains UK  have announced today (15/04), following a bit of a hint in one of their videos and me here, that they are producing the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Diagram 1558 six wheel brake van. Forty 6 wheel 20t brake vans were built in 1898 by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway to … Continue reading Rapido Trains UK announce South Eastern & Chatham Railway Diagram 1558 six wheel brake van

Rapido Trains UK SECR 5 and 7 plank wagons in 00 arrive.

Rapido Trains UK first announced these 00 gauge ready to run South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) / Southern Railway wagons in May 2021 and they have now arrived at retailers.  These new models cover the Diagram 1355 seven-plank open and both the Diagram 1347 and Diagram 1349 five-plank opens built by the South Eastern … Continue reading Rapido Trains UK SECR 5 and 7 plank wagons in 00 arrive.

Dapol announce new production batches of their 00 gauge ex LSWR B4 0-4-0 tanks and Class73 Electro-diesels

At this weekend's London Festival of Railway Modelling, Dapol announced new production batches of their ex LSWR Adams B4 0-4-0 tanks and Class 73 Electro-Diesels both in 00 gauge. Adams B4 The Dapol ex LSWR B4 class 0-4-0t were first announced back in March 2014 and the first versions arrived in June 2018., with a second batch with further livery … Continue reading Dapol announce new production batches of their 00 gauge ex LSWR B4 0-4-0 tanks and Class73 Electro-diesels

Two new Southern Railway publications: “Alfred Raworth’s Electric Southern Railway” and “Southern Times”

Two new publications are hitting the shelves of good purveyors of books that are worthy of any Southern Railway historian and or modeller's reference library. Firstly, from friends at Pen and Sword Transport is "Alfred Raworth’s Electric Southern Railway." by Peter Steer. There have been many books that cover and detail the history and development … Continue reading Two new Southern Railway publications: “Alfred Raworth’s Electric Southern Railway” and “Southern Times”

LSWR style etched brass lattice footbridge kit available from Severn Models in 4mm scale

Severn Models have added a LSWR  etched brass lattice footbridge kit in 4mm scale to their excellent and ever increasing range of etched brass model kits and detailing parts. Their D24 kit is based on the bridges at New Milton and Addlestone, and intended to sit on top of the station platform level, to span … Continue reading LSWR style etched brass lattice footbridge kit available from Severn Models in 4mm scale

Heljan unveils North British / Ivatt 10800 ‘wonder engine’ diesel in 00

Heljan have today announced they are to produce the North British 10800 800hp prototype diesel. Although not strictly a Southern Region Locomotive, 10800 did see trials on the Southern Region in 1952, as described below. Known by many of the Southern Region steam enginemen on the Central section at the time as the "Wonder Engine" … Continue reading Heljan unveils North British / Ivatt 10800 ‘wonder engine’ diesel in 00

Rails of Sheffield announce ex SECR / SR Maunsell D1 Class 4-4-0 in 00 Gauge

In partnership with Dapol, Rails of Sheffield have announced that they are producing the ex SECR / SR D1 Class locomotive.  Production is already well underway with a current ETA being late Autumn 2022. The first livery samples have already been 'apparently' reviewed by Dapol. This locomotive follows on from the Wainwright D Class. The … Continue reading Rails of Sheffield announce ex SECR / SR Maunsell D1 Class 4-4-0 in 00 Gauge