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

Heljan 0 gauge goes electric, Class 73/1 in development for 2022

Heljan have this week announced that now in development is for release in 2022 is a ready-to-run 0 gauge model of English Electric’s pioneering Class 73 – their first electric locomotive in this scale. Designed to operate on both third-rail electric and diesel power in non-electrified areas such as yards and depots, the Class 73s … Continue reading Heljan 0 gauge goes electric, Class 73/1 in development for 2022

Making Quay Changes #5 the Class 07 diesels take over at the Docks

This is the fifth in the series of 'Making Quay Changes' posts with the Canute Road Quay being transported to either a different location or era or both.  In this post we are firmly in the Southampton Docks but after 1962 when the Class 07 diesels were specifically introduced to modernise the operations in the … Continue reading Making Quay Changes #5 the Class 07 diesels take over at the Docks

Making Quay Changes #4 being industrious

This is the fourth in a series of 'Making Quay Changes' posts with the Canute Road Quay being transported to either a different location or era or both.  It follows my Making Quay Changes #1 post moving the scene Eastwards, and then back to Southampton with my Making Quay Changes #2 post but in the … Continue reading Making Quay Changes #4 being industrious

Model Rail Magazine / Heljan to produce Class 12 (and Class 11) 350HP diesel 0-6-0 shunters

Model Rail Magazine have announced via their August 2019 issue, No. 263, that they have commissioned Danish manufacturer Heljan to produce the Class 12, 350hp diesel 0-6-0 shunters along the with the War Department, LMS / GWR Class 11 versions. Twenty six of the shunters, with English Electric 350hp engines, that became Class 12 were … Continue reading Model Rail Magazine / Heljan to produce Class 12 (and Class 11) 350HP diesel 0-6-0 shunters

Model Railway Awards for 2018, like buses two come along at once, vote now, vote Southern of course… (and a bit of a shameless plug!)

It's the start of 2019 and two separate votes for UK Model Railway Awards have opened. Voting for the 2018 British Model Railways Awards promoted on RMweb and British Railways Modelling Magazine is now live and open for voting until 20th January with the winners being announced in the Spring edition of British Railways Modelling Magazine and on RMweb. As well as … Continue reading Model Railway Awards for 2018, like buses two come along at once, vote now, vote Southern of course… (and a bit of a shameless plug!)

And now the SR / BR(S) related news from Warley… is that this year there is no news… well almost…

Last weekend saw the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC,  as in previous years I have always 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 showcase … Continue reading And now the SR / BR(S) related news from Warley… is that this year there is no news… well almost…

The wishlist poll is back for 2018 and opens today, vote now, vote Southern…

The annual Wishlist Poll is back for 2018 following a break in 2017 and 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 … Continue reading The wishlist poll is back for 2018 and opens today, vote now, vote Southern…

A bit of an update: Heljan 07s, 247 Developments and Canute Road Quay on tour

This post is a bit of mix of a couple of updates in the BR(s) related model world and also where and when you can see Canute Road Quay on tour. Heljan 07 Firstly, Heljan have announced a further run on their excellent 07 Class. This has been in response to strong demand and positive … Continue reading A bit of an update: Heljan 07s, 247 Developments and Canute Road Quay on tour

The Heljan 07 Class 0-6-0, Southampton Docks fleet almost complete

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 … Continue reading The Heljan 07 Class 0-6-0, Southampton Docks fleet almost complete