The ex LSWR 10T Diagram 1541 Road Vans by Kernow Model Rail Centre arrive.

The much-anticipated ex LSWR / SR Diagram 1541 10T Road Van produced as an exclusive model by the Kernow Model Rail Centre  have now arrived (appropriately via Southampton Docks) and are being despatched to customers and all pre-orders being fulfilled (but please expect this to take a few days).  This is not a review for obvious … Continue reading The ex LSWR 10T Diagram 1541 Road Vans by Kernow Model Rail Centre arrive.

58 years since “The Reshaping British Railways” – the Beeching report

It is fifty eight years to the day when Dr Richard Beeching's report "The Reshaping of British Railways" was officially published on the 27th March 1963. This is a sneaky repeat post from eight years ago on the fiftieth anniversary, buts its still spoken about, with many opinions to this to this day, and currently … Continue reading 58 years since “The Reshaping British Railways” – the Beeching report

Bachmann Europe make and ‘Atlantic’ gesture

Last month on Saturday 8th June 2019, Bachmann Europe Plc visited the Bluebell Railway during its Atlantic House Open Weekend to present a cheque for £10,617.50 to the Bluebell Railway Atlantic Group.  This follows the release of the excellent Bachmann Branchline OO scale model of the H2 Class Atlantic locomotive in 2018, my review of … Continue reading Bachmann Europe make and ‘Atlantic’ gesture

56 years since “The Reshaping British Railways” – the Beeching report

It is fifty six years to the day when Dr Richard Beeching's report "The Reshaping of British Railways" was officially published on the 27th March 1963. This is a sneaky repeat post from six years ago on the fiftieth anniversary, buts its still spoken about, with many opinions to this  to this day, so my … Continue reading 56 years since “The Reshaping British Railways” – the Beeching report

The Bachmann ex LBSCR H2 Class ‘Brighton Atlantic 4-4-2, grace and presence in one locomotive

Bachmann first announced the introduction of these ex London Brighton and South Coast Railway H2 Class 4-4-2 Locomotives back in August 2013. Although its taken a while have they captured the graceful looks of these lovely lovely Marsh / Billinton locomotives and overcome the challenges of such a wheel arrangement with tight clearances, certainly yes. … Continue reading The Bachmann ex LBSCR H2 Class ‘Brighton Atlantic 4-4-2, grace and presence in one locomotive

Warley Exhibition 2017 news round up for Southern related items, Bachmann, @hornby, @hattonsmodels, Dapol

The weekend saw the Warley National Model railway Exhibition at the NEC,  as in previous years I have endeavoured to round up some of the news and items of interest from mainly a Southern / BR(s) perspective.  It has been usual for some of the manufacturers to use the event to make announcements of new items or … Continue reading Warley Exhibition 2017 news round up for Southern related items, Bachmann, @hornby, @hattonsmodels, Dapol

The first Bachmann ex SE&CR 60ft Birdcage coach sets arrive

Bachmann first announced the introduction of these ex South Eastern and Chatham Railway 60ft Birdcage coaches back in March 2013. Has it been worth the wait? Although at the time of writing only the BR Crimson versions are due this month, I have to say, yes very much so. The review is is a version … Continue reading The first Bachmann ex SE&CR 60ft Birdcage coach sets arrive

Hornby announce the ex SECR / SR / BR(s) Wainwright H Class 0-4-4 tank as part of their 2017 range.

Today, via their Engine Shed blog, Hornby have announced that they are to produce the ex SECR / SR Wainwright H class 0-4-4 tank as part of their 2017 range. The blog post also includes images of the first 3D Stereolithography printed samples showing the excellent progress that they have made so far. Ever since they posted a … Continue reading Hornby announce the ex SECR / SR / BR(s) Wainwright H Class 0-4-4 tank as part of their 2017 range.

Bachmann announce Class 117 and 121 DMUs and E4 ‘Birch Grove’

At  their annual Collectors Club event, this year held at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, last Saturday, Bachmann announced their intention to produce Class 117 and 121 Suburban DMUs, along with a Limited Edition E4 for the Collectors Club members. More information about this release can be read on the Bachmann website here. Some of you will remember that … Continue reading Bachmann announce Class 117 and 121 DMUs and E4 ‘Birch Grove’

Hornby announce Southern Railway ex LSWR 58ft non corridor coaching stock for 2016

Hornby have today announced via their Engine Shed blog that they are to release, in 2016, Southern Railway 58ft non corridor brake coaches, to diagrams 99 and 418, that formed two-coach 2-Lav Sets Nos. 42-46, converted in 1936.  Also to be released are the diagram 98 six compartment Brake Third Lavatory (physically the same as the Diagram … Continue reading Hornby announce Southern Railway ex LSWR 58ft non corridor coaching stock for 2016