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NEWS 18th May 2022
Update today from Dapol in regard to the sound fitted examples of the Class 121. These have arrived at Dapol today and we should hopefully receive them on Friday. We will begin calling people to arrange a suitable day for delivery tomorrow and custom weathered examples will be going through to the workshop for completion in the coming month.
NEWS 16th May 2022
Today we have received the Bachmann new release of the site office. Only 150 have been produced and all advance orders for these have been despatched today. We have stocks of these available for immediate despatch for anyone who has not taken advantage of our advance ordering system. A simple call on 01253 623797 can secure yours now.
NEWS 12th May 2022
Dapol have now sent us the finalised details of the British Railways 3MT which is planned for released summer 2023. A total of seven liveries are being produced but also with an un-numbered option on the two most popular liveries for a total of nine models. As usual there will also be the option of DCC fitted and DCC and sound fitted on all liveries. This is done here in the UK so will follow on shortly after the main launch of the analogue versions. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available and is highly recommended as demand is bound to be high on this Lionheart project. As and when we get more details and pictures of the pre-production samples I will update the webpage for these.
NEWS 9th May 2022
We have finalised a set of eight further Dapol private owner wagons based on the 14'6" Gloucester wagons covering the Oxfordshire area for production hopefuly around September 2022. We have now received the first of the colour layout images for these and hope to receive more of these in the coming months. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
In total we have produced 4 sets of these during 2021 covering South Wales, London and the Home Counties, the Welsh Borders and the Midlands based on the Dapol / Lionheart 9 foot wheelbase Gloucester wagons to be produced at the Dapol factory here in the UK. Have to say putting them all in the cabinets they make an impressive series of wagons that we are proud of.
.NEWS 7th May 2022
In 2019 Accurascale entered the O gauge market with the production of a 24.5 ton Coal Hopper. Following the success of these they are producing a re-run of these which is due for release in the coming month. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
Following on from the popular LMS and GWR signals in O gauge Dapol have announced the production of three Southern region signals which should become available around Chirstmas this year. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. The first of the Dapol bracket signals which were announced the end of last year should start appearing in the coming months, no exact release date as of yet but hopefully at least one variant is due soon.
Dapol have announced the production of some new liveries for the ever popular Class 08's. There are both numbered and un-numbered examples of the green livery both with and without chevrons then a re-run of the Blue livery and the Railway Support Services as shown above. There are DC, DCC fitted and DCC Sound options on all liveries and I have split these across both the early and late 08 web pages for now. I have asked Dapol which body types they will all be but have not yet had any official confirmation. For now I have assumed the BR green examples are the early body type and the BR Blue and RSS livery the later body type. Dapol have indicated a late 2022 / early 2023 release date but I would guess they will be a 2023 release at the earliest. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available
.NEWS 5th May 2022
We received all versions of the Class 56 yesterday and have been working solidly through them since then. Most immediate despatchs have now been made where we have been able to get in touch with customers and otherwise waiting on return calls to arrange suitable days for delivery.
I have today starting confirming details on customer'ss locomotives which are going through the workshop for custom numbering, naming, weathering or sound fitting. We are still waiting on some custom name plates being delivered but the majority are here having been specially ordered before Christmas.
Last year Heljan have announced the introduction of an all new Class 37/0 with the post 1970's cut away buffer beam cowlings with models being produced with either the steam heating boiler or later high intensity headlight. A total of eight standard production models are being produced and Tower Models are producing a Limited Edition un-numbered Transrail Dutch livery. Gaugemaster have now also announce their Limited Edition as the BR Blue 37043 "Loch Lomond" with the Scottie Dog motif and white body stripe. I have also today had confirmationj from Heljan as to which liveries will have either the fabricated or cast bogies and have updated the list of the variants with this detail. We are taking advance orders now for all types for despatch as soon as they become available. The expected release date for these is 2023.
.NEWS 22nd April 2022
Work has already begun on second production run of Class 47's for release early 2023. This production run will include two Tower Models Limited Editions covering the early version as Stratford engines with the grey roof and also featuring the Dominoe headcodes. The first option is a fully finished example of 47170 "County of Norfolk" in BR blue with the black window surround and then secondly the standard BR blue with grey roof un-numbered which the customer could complete as any of the other Stratford engines. Both of these will feature the black dominoe headcodes. The details for these has been agreed for months now and we were waiting on confirmation from Heljan of the standard prodcution models which are being produced at the same time. Yesterday though Gaugemaster announced the production of their limited edition 47500 in heritage Great Western lined green so we thought we would go public with our two limited editions now. Hopefully we should have the colour layouts for both of these in the next few weeks along with the details of what other standard models are being produced by Heljan at the same time. We are taking advance orders for these now and will update the website as soon as we have further details.
We currently have availability on most liveries of the 2022 production run still in stock although numbers are getting low on these now.
NEWS 20th April 2022
Update today from Heljan in regard to the 4 wheel CCT. They decorated samples have now been completed and should be being shipped to them soon so hopefully we should have fully finished images in the next month or so. At the same time Gaugemaster have announced a limited edition RTC liveried example of the CCT that is to be produced. Interestingly they have stated a release date of winter 2022 for their limited edition and Heljan have confirmed this is now the expected release for all examples of the CCT. Customers who have already placed advanced order and would like to add to their CCT order are welcome to call to adjust any advance order taking this announcement into account.
We are taking advance orders for these now and we are as always offering our numbering and weathering service as well if required. Advance ordering is highly recommended as sales of these are expected to be high.
In January we produced sets of six of the most popular liveries of these all with different running numbers to add to enable customers to extend the rakes of these without repeating wagon numbers. We made a set of the earliest liveried vanwide in BR bauxite with the simple number and no white outline box and then secondly a set of six of the VEA in Railfreight red grey livery as per the colour layouts shown above. Only 100 sets of each are being produced. Stocks of these are now running very low with very few of either the standard VEA in Railfreight red grey or the Limited Editions sets of six in this livery.
It is also worth mentioning that in the past we have also done Limited Editions sets of six of the Dapol planked vans, plywood vans, Air Ministry tankers in both Shell BP and Esso liveries along with four sets of the BR conflats in both British Railways and Door 2 Door liveries and ICI Soda Ash 16 ton minerals. All of these are also still currently available but stocks are beginning to run very low on these.
NEWS 1st April 2022
Update today on the production of the LSWR / BR 0-4-0 B4 locomotive with the first test sample images. At the same time Dapol have confirmed that there will be a DCC & Sound fitted option available. At the same time there has also been a very small price increase on these which I have now updated on the webpage along with all of the images we have received of the test samples. We are taking advance orders for this now for despatch as soon as it becomes available. The latest update also indicated a release date of the third quarter of 2022.
NEWS 23rd March 2022
Today we have received the brand new DJH O gauge locomotive kit for the NER / LNER / BR D20 4-4-0 and after completeing all advance orders for these we still have stock avialble off the shelf for immediate despatch. A simple email or call can secure yours now.
NEWS 14th March 2022
At Kettering show Dapol announced the production of the LNER / BR Austerity J94. A total of ten liveries are being produced with analogue, DCC fitted and DCC and sound fitted models options available. Production is scheduled for mid 2023 and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available .Dapol have now clarified which versions will have the earlier hopper style bunker and which wil have the standard coal bunker and I have updated the webpage for these with the details.. As always we will be offering our weathering service on all liveries options if desired.
At the same time Dapol have announced a series of both LMS and GWR 12 ton vans to be produced with the option of vacuum fitted on the GWR standard 12 ton van. These are expected in the latter part of this year if everything goes to plan. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
This week has been very busy with the return from Kettering show at the weekend and delivery of the Crimson Cream examples of the CK (Corridor Composite) and SO (Second Open), both basic and DCC fitted.. Dapol have also confirmed that the blue grey examples of both the CK and SO should be released in April.
I am going to update the list of Dapol Mk1 coaches now taking into account the remaining stock after completing all advance orders and the sales at the show.
On Wednesday we also received the latest production run of the ever popular Class 50's. This includes a re-run of some of the popular models from the last batch and the introduction of several new liveries, the prettiest of which is the Hanson and Hall livery as shown above.
We still have limited stocks of some of both the 2020 and 2021 production run of Class 50's which are available for immediate despatch; details of which can be found on the page for the Class 50s which can be linked through to with the title above although numbers are getting low on these earlier production runs
As always our custom numbering, naming and weathering service is still operating as normal to complete the Class 50's with the customers choice of name and number or we have a good selection available off the shelf that have already been completed.
At Kettering show at the weekend Dapol told us of the progress with the long awaited 45xx Prairie. They hope to have the test samples around May, assuming these are all okay they then have suggested the end of July as a release date for the basic models with the sound fitting being done here in the UK. We are still taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
At the same time Heljan have also confirmed the production of the long awaited Class 117 will begin the end of May. As these are a mix of two and three car units the production will take some time to produce and the current estimate for release is October 2022. We are taking advance orders for these now and as always we will be offering our numbering and weathering service for these if required.
Dapol have confirmed today that the GWR / BR "Flying Banana" is now in production and have now confirmed that the DCC & Sound fitted versions will be available. Assuming the factory can complete them around the end of March I would hope for release sometime after the end of May but nothing official from Dapol on this. The images are from the initial test samples and are for illustration only at this stage as they are only the first examples and they are making improvements to this first model. I have also got Dapol to clarify the differences between the two Great Western versions and they have confirmed that one is as built and the other with the later modifications. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. If anyone wishes to ament their advance order with the news of the sound fitted option now avaiulable they are welcome to call to let us know of the changes.
NEWS 11th February 2022
The workshop have just completed a few Class 60's for stock as we start to prepare for Kettering Show, hopefully we will also have a few more Class 47's fully finished in time for the show as well. Shown here is a customer's Transrail Class 37 we have just completed and we thought it would be good to complete one of the un-branded Triple grey Class 60's to match. At the same time we have also done a triple grey "Mainline" Class 60 and one of our Limited Edition Coal sector Class 60 in the one-off Coal Sector / Transrail livery. All three are available now for immediate despatch but will be at Kettering Show if they have not sold before then.
Last night Heljan issued some images for the forthcoming re-run of Class 37/4's. These are the pre-production samples for approval. Hopefully production should begin after Chinese New Year. Assuming production is completed before the end of March this would hopefully mean we should receive all liveries around the end of May if everything goes to plan. Happy to say we are producing the Colas Rail livery as a Limited Edition exclusive to Tower Models. This livery was produced in the second batch but was an instant sell out before they even came into stock and we thought people who missed it first time round would like an opportunity to pick up one of our Limited run of just 75 pieces this time round and there is still the special offer on the Colas livery linked to the production of the two Colas Class 60's for anyone who wishes to take advantage of this offer. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available hopefully in May 2022.
The latest production run of the ever popular Dapol Autocoaches have nonw arrived and we have contacted everyone in regard to their advance orders. All versions of the basic models are in stock and we are getting both the light bar fitted and DCC and light bar fitted versions in to order. A simple call and we can arrange despatch for you.
NEWS 1st February 2022
We have had a number of secondhand items come in that are in very good condition that we have put through the workshop for weathering:
We have had one of the Dapol (ex Lionheart) 64xx's in BR Early Crest black come in second hand that we have weathered through the workshop. This is as new and has only been test run @ £300.00
One of the Dapol Autocoaches in Great Western chocolate and cream shirtbutton livery that has been weathered and has had little if any use @ £200.00
Dapol 4 car suburban sets
We have also had come in part exchange two of the 4 coach suburban B sets, one is LHT620 Birmingham Division #50 in GWR chocolate and cream and the other is LHT623 Birmingham Division #52 in BR crimson livery. Both of these have never been used and we are selling both at just £500.00 each for the four car sets
First come first served on these items.
Yesterday Heljan released some test sample images of the new Class 26's. At the same time they have revised the release date for these from release Easter to late summer. We are really looking forward to this all new tooled version and we still have all types available to advance order for despatch as soon as they come into stock including the Tower Models exclusive blue example 26032 with the Inverness headlights and Highland Stag in yellow. As usual we call customers with advance orders to arrange a suitable day for delivery rather than just despatching advance orders
Then Heljan have also released the test sample images of the new Class 27's. The release date for these has also been revised from release early summer to autumn 2022. We are taking advance orders for all liveries now for despatch as soon as they become available. the workshop have also now confirmed the DCC fitting cost for the ESU v5 XL given the fact it is "plug and pla" ready of just £260.00, same for the Class 26 and Class 73.
Heljan have also this week confirmed that the production run of the new Mk2 coaches will not arrive before the middle of 2022 at the earliest. The same is also true of the recently announced Mk1 BG and GUV models that were only recently announced but we can confirm these will not arrived in the first half of 2022.
Four different Mk2 coaches are being produced, BSO (Brake Second Open) TSO (Tourist Second Open) and BFK (Brake Corridor First) and the new addition to the initial announcement with the production of the FK (First Corridor) which can be completed as Mk2's or Mk2a's depending on whether the sliding gangway doors or GRP gangway doors are fitted.
Tower Models are producing the BR maroon livery of the FK as a Limited Edition of just 75 units and advance ordering is highly recommended. Initially the BR Mk 2 maroon F.K.'s were allocated to the Eastern (18 units) and Midland regions (29 units) in 1964 with a total of 70 MK2's being built.
As a separate there will be an option to install interior lighting will also be extremely simple thanks to Heljan's new battery-powered LED lighting bar which will simply drop into the locating slots provided on the interior unit. Featuring a built-in motion sensor, the lights switch on when any movement is detected and remain illuminated for two minutes when your train is stationary.
These lighting units are now available and should easily be adapted to other coaching stock.
We are taking order for these and the separate lighting units now for despatch as soon as they become available in 2022.
Dapol have also announced a re-run of the Terrier for production in the second half of 2022 which include a different numbered BR and Southern example along with two earlier LBSC liveries. there is the option for DC, DCC fitted and DCC and sound fitted on all four liveries and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 22nd December 2021
Dapol have now provided us with the images for the 2022 re-run of the ever popular Jinty. Dapol have also indicated that production is expected before the middle of the year if everything goes to plan. At the same time Dapol have also confirmed that they have completed negotiations with Zimo and once again will be able to offer the sound fitted option on these again. I have updated the webpage with all of the images of the new liveries along with the details of the sound fitted option. We are taking advance orders for these now and welcome alterations to existing advance orders for these taking into account with the addition of the sound fitted option.
NEWS 17th December 2021
Yesterday we received the balance of the sound equipped Dapol Class 122's and have been busy all of yesterday and today contacting customers to arrange a suitable day for delivery. At the same time the workshop have also completed a batch of Class 47's and the first of the custom weathered Class 60's. Hopefully by the end of tomorrow we will of been able to contact all remaining customer for Class 122's to arrange suitable days for delivery. The custom weathered and numbered examples are going through the workshop and will be completed in January.
NEWS 10th December 2021
With the rising popularity of the diesel era Heljan have announced the reintroduce the Class B tanker in a total of fifteen liveries. At this stage we have not had any colour layout images for these and we are using a few images from the original production run as a guide to appearance but the final liveries may be slightly different. These are for production in the latter half of 2022. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. As and when we get the colour layout images I will update the website with these and hopefully it will not take too long.
I have asked for and had clarification on the three different Esso liveries; the early will have the full branding, the alternate will have the Esso motif and the later livery will have the hazard and legal lettering only. There are two product codes for each of these with a total of six Esso being produced all of which will be factory numbered.
NEWS 9th December 2021
Dapol have announced another production run of the popular O gauge Bogie Bolster E, this time in the earlier Pre TOPS liveries due to public demand for these. Hopefully these should be available around the middle of 2022 and we are taking advance orders for these now. At the same time I have updated the webpage with the numbers we have left of the current Post TOPS batch which we received a few months ago now and are almost sold out.
NEWS 4th December 2021
New Heljan Items.
Today Heljan have announced a series of new items for release in 2022 and 2023 which I have summarised below:
Heljan have announced the introduction of an all new Class 55 Deltic covering the later body modifications and therefore suitable for the BR Blue Finsbury Park white window surrounds for locomotives stabled there. A total of five factory numbered and named "in service" examples are being produced as well as two un-numbered blue examples both with and without the white window surrounds. As well as this Heljan are producing an "as preserved" body featuring the high intensity headlight; with two factory named and numbered examples being produce as well as an un-numbered blue example. Again these are expected in 2023 and we are taking advance orders for these now.
Early this year Heljan re-ran some of their popular GUV's and these proved incredibly popular. These are going to be re-run again in 2022 with a repeat of the most popular liveries and the introduction of some new liveries that have not been done before, most important of all being the production of Rail Express Services (RES) as well as the Royal Mail livery being re-run to compliment the recent production of the Class 47 in Royal Mail livery. We still have stocks of some of the liveries produced earlier this year and are taking advance orders for the new liveries for despatch as soon as they become available.
At the same time Heljan have complimented the GUV production run by announcing a re-run of the Mk1 BG Full Brake with re-runs of ever popular BR Maroon and BR Blue Newspaper liveries. A further eight new liveries are also being produced again with the most important of these being the RES liveried example. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. No firm date as of yet other than the indication of release sometime in 2022.
Finally Heljan have announced a re-run of both the Catfish and Dogfish wagons with re-runs of the most popular liveries with different running numbers to the previous production run as well as some new liveries that have not been done before. Heljan have also produced multiple number options on the popular Dutch livery to enable rake running with less repetition of numbers. We are showing some images from the first production run of these alongside the colour layout images for all nineteen liveries of these that have been announced. We are taking advance orders for these now and production is planned for 2022 but no firm date as of yet.
NEWS 20th November 2021
Yesterday Heljan released the first test sample images of the forthcoming Class 02 diesel shunter in O gauge which should become available in 2022. A total of eight liveries are being produced and I will update the webpage for these as and when we get more details.
We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available and as always our numbering and weathering is available for anyone who wants to take advantage of this service.
Train of the week is a new feature that started in August 2018 and we hope to feature every week subject to how manic it gets with new product launches. Of course it is subject to how succesful the concept is and on going sales from it but it is not just about that it is also about showing ideas and putting together locos, coaches and wagons from various manufacturers together into a realistic train. Most featured items are standard stock items and we can always recreate it again to customer's own specifications with either more or less items of rolling stock or even different liveries as required. Full details can be found by clicking on the title which is the link to the specific webpage for this feature.
As such even when completed and sold we will leave them on the webpage as inspiration for short, simple trains that you may want to tackle yourself or leave us to do for you subject to items still being available and a new "Train of the Week" should be added every Thursday and we intend changing the era and type of train to keep it fresh and different but is subject to how busy we may be with launches. Of late we have been extremely busy and sadly not had much spare time to focus on this feature.
NEWS 17th November 2021
We have now received all versions of the Class 60's and have despatched as many of the advance orders as we can and put all examples through to the workshop for numbering naming and weathering
There are five standard liveries being produced and we are now doing a limited edition run of just 75 pieces of the coal sector railfreight triple grey livery and the two Colas Limited Editions. We will also be stocking the four Gaugemaster limited edition models which now includes the two British Steel blue liveries. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
Dapol have today confirmed the details of the 45ton TTA tankers which is planned for release in 2022. These are extremely long lived vehicles initially built in the 1960's and survived up until the early 2000's. Tower Models are producing sets of three of these with alternate running numbers in a total of four liveries; Shell BP, Shell, BP and finally BP in green livery. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 29th October 2021
We have now received all twelve of the Tower Models Limited Edition BR Conflats. All of these have different numbers for both the conflat wagon and containers compared to the standard production run that Dapol produced enabling you to create a descent rake of these. There are still a number of these available for immediate despatch for anyone who did not take advantage of out advance ordering system.
Dapol have today announced a re-run of the ever popular Turbot wagons in both EWS and Dutch livery which should become available towards the end of the second quarter of 2022. We still have stocks of all types from the 2020 production run although numbers on the Dutch livery are running very low. We are taking avance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they beome available.
NEWS 1st October 2021
We have today received the first test sample images for the Class 73 from Heljan and they are looking very nice indeed! Next we should see decorated test samples but I doubt we will see these before Christmas. A total of seventeen standard liveries have been announced for the Class 73 with both numbered and un-numbered versions being produced. As always we will be offering our numbering and weathering service on these if required. We are taking advance orders for these now and they should become available in 2022. If anyone with an advance order for one of these would like to amend their advance order taking into account the latest additions to the production they are more than welcome to call us to update their orders.
At the same timwe we are now showing the first test mouldings of both the HBA and HEA models which are due for release next year. These samples are looking very good and we are looking forward to seeeing the decorated samples. The list of liveries being produced has been updated with some nice new additions such as the Transrail livery. At the same time we are producing a Limited Edition set of six of the HEA in Railfreight Red Grey livery, all with different running numbers. These as well as the two standard Railfreight red grey models that Dapol are producing will make a nice rake of eight if required. We are taking advance orders for the Tower Models Limited Edition wagons along with the standard production models now. Expected release date for these is the first half of 2022.
NEWS 6th September 2021
Dapol have today announced a re-run of the extremely popular BR Brake Vans. This re-run uses new tooling and covers the later diagram option compared to the earlier production run with the later oleo buffers and roller bearing axle boxes. This later diagram of the brake van allows some of the later liveries for S & T, Dutch and Railfreight red grey liveries. Really looking forward to these and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available and Dapol hope to have these available the first quarter of 2022 if everything goes to plan.
Good news today from Dapol in regard to the ever popular HAA MGR Hopper wagons. Dapol has produced new tooling allowing the production of the canopied variant of the wagon. This was a feature added to many of the earlier wagons. The canopy was eventually phased out and for many years canopied hoppers were only common in Scotland.
Both canopy and standard versions are being produced and these should be available the first quarter of 2022 if everything goes to plan.
At the same time Tower Models will be producing a limited edition number of the iconic Coal Sector livery with the yellow cradle. We have produced these as a perfect companion to our Limited Edition Heljan Class 60 in the matching Coal sector livery or the Heljan Class 56 in Coal Sector livery which is due out in 2022
We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 18th August 2021
The Heljan Class 40's have arrived this morning and we are busy arranging despatches for customer advance orders to clear the decks as much as possible for the Class 122 delivery which is expected tomorrow.
Five liveries will be available covering the entire BR career of the class. The models will feature a ‘DCC Friendly’ chassis, LED lighting, a heavy duty chassis with twin motors and flywheels and fine detail specific to these later-built EE Type 4s.
These are proving extremely popular and as with several recent Heljan releases we expect the most popular liveries to sell out almost immediately. We are taking advance orders for these now and is advisable to secure your locomotive for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 4th August 2021
We have now completely sold out of the Leith General Warehouse wagons that we commissioned with Dapol to compliment the Heljan Class 17 Clayton to create the iconic Scottish trains.
We are also down to last clean set of the A Cant & Sons London Salt vans and one weathered set with replacement planks as shown here.
Stocks of our extensive range of Limited Edition ICI wagons remain good at present.
It is good to see some of these sell out given the new wagons expected later in the year.
NEWS 3rd August 2021
We have today received the brand new Heljan Class 31/1 and 31/4 models and have been busy all day calling people to arrange suitable days for delivery for their advance orders. We have now broken the back of the work and have now also prepared all the the models for custom numbering, naming and sound fitting through the workshop to customer's requirements over the coming weeks.
We still have examples of all liveries available for immediate despatch for anyone who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system. A simple call on 01253 623797 in the morning and we can arrange everything for you.
NEWS 27th June 2021
The workshop have this week completed two more example of our Limited Edition Class 37/4 in Transrail livery. The latest examples we have completed we have left as clean examples but we could always weather them with the customer's choice of the degree of weathering if required. Details of the fully finished Class 37/4's that are available can be found under the "Locos Available off the shelf section"
NEWS 19th June 2021
European Export changes
After the 1st July 2021 on exports to Europe there is a new system coming into effect on small orders where the local European VAT is to be collected by the shipper and subsequently we have to submit a European VAT report and payment every month. This only counts on small orders under £150.00 and we do very few of these through the year so from the 1st of July our minimum order size for Europe will be £150.00 so that we avoid this paperwork.
With orders over £150.00 the system remains the same and we are deducting the VAT component of the prices on orders for the EU, with the local VAT being collected by local customs in the destination country. This basically works out about the same price as before but with some handling changes for the local VAT charges by the courier company.
Low value orders for Europe a rare and it isn't difficult to reach the £150.00 figure when dealing in O gauge and simply put the paperwork involved is not worth the hassle for the low volume of orders we receive through the year that are below the £150.00 figure.
This comes into effect on the 1st of July so our European customers basically have just over a week if there are any small orders they have been considering.
NEWS 19th May 2021
Folllowing on from the successful launch of the latest building from Bachmann in O gauge we have commissioned Bachmann to produce both platform straights and ramps in O gauge exclusively for Tower Models and they have today confirmed that we should receive them late on tomorrow. The basic set as shown here makes a good representation of a station halt and the additional straight sections can be added to make a decent length of platform. Each set of additional straights is three pieces which is approximately the length of two coaches. More images are available through the above title link or via the Bachamnn Scenecraft O gauge section of the website. We still have stock available of these for immediate despatch
The shop is now open to the public. We are however operating a closed door policy with just one group allowed in at a time to ensure social distancing requirements can be maintained at all times.
Long before the Covid restrictions the mainstay of the business has been mail order and for the time being we will be maintaining the reduced shop hours of 9.30am until 4.45pm six days per week to enable us to ensure the mail order can be completed every day.
NEWS 24th April 2021
Yesterday we unexpectedly received the Dapol re-run of the standard rivetted and welded 16ton mineral wagons along with the Tower Models Limited Edition blue ICI Soda Ash wagons. This has made for a busy week along with the launch of the Heljan Mk1 coaches. All despatches for these have made and we still have stocks available for immediate despatch.
Yesterday I was chasing up our outstanding order for O gauge transfers with the HMRS as the order had been in with them since Christmas. We knew they were very low on stocks of the popular sheets and were awaiting restocks themselves from the printers. The Pressfix and Methfix printing process is very labour intensive and the printers have now informed the HMRS that they no longer will be producing the sheets for them. Until such time that the HMRS are able to locate a printer to do the specialised printing that is required they have taken the descision to stop supply the trade with the sheets that are still available and now to sell the remaining sheets direct via their website. When they do source a printer to re-start production they will begin again to supply the trade. We still have stocks of over half the sheets available for immediate despatch but once these half gone we will have to wait until the situation improves.
NEWS 24th March 2021
One of the workshops has today completed a good selection of the Tower Brass / San Cheng Brass locomotives and coaches for the shelf rather than just completing customers commissions which has given us a good supply of Gauge 1 coaches available for immediate despatch and a very nice selection of Gauge 1 Terriers in some very pretty liveries.
NEWS 18th February 2021
Dapol have confirmed that the Stroudly coaches announced in August last year are running a little late. They are doing a few minor improvements to the tooling which will make it easier for the production here in the UK which will be the most complex item they have produced to date. Dapol have now said it is more likely to be available around mid year. These are the perfect companion to their Terrier locomotive. We now have the details of the first versions to be released both as suburban (close coupled stock) and mainline stock which will be the oil lit mahogony livery. The tooling for these is being made in China but the coaches themselves are being manufactured at Dapol's factory in the UK. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available.
NEWS 15th December 2020
Heljan have announced the production of the LMS / BR inspection saloon for release in 2022. Used for engineers’ inspections, VIPs, meetings and district managers’ tours of network, these classic LMS vehicles had seated saloons at each end with large windows to give a good all round view of the line. This is an ideal one-coach train for O gauge layouts of all sizes, from depots to large exhibition layouts.We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch when they become available. Prices have not been settled as of yet and further detail are expected as work progresses on this model.
NEWS 14th December 2020
Heljan release schedule updates.
As a result of the pandemic Heljan have a revised their release schedule for the following O gauge products:
Release dates can slip but this is the latest information from Heljan. As well as the delays on production caused by the pandemic Heljan are also working around production slots available for manufacture and also spacing new product out so we do not have everything appearing at the same time as the tooling is ready on many items for production.
I will complete the new webpage for the announced LMS / BR Inspection saloon tomorrow once I have some answers back from Heljan in the morning
NEWS 10th November 2020
Dapol announced yesterday the production of the Class A and B anchor mounted 14 ton tankers. These compliment the previously released Air Ministry tankers. Both Class A and Class B variants are being produced and Dapol hope to have these available before the end of 2021. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 2nd September 2020
Just over a month ago now we received the brand new Tower Models Limited Edition A Cant & Sons set of six different numbered London Salt Vans. We have now had chance to complete some weathered examples for sale off the shelf with a full set of the six available with custom weathering for immediate despatch. At the same time we also decided to have a play with a few example of the London Salt vans as shown above with a few replacement planks as part of the weathering and the wood finish really nicely contrasts against the blue and makes each one very much unique. This can also be done as part of the standard weathering service if required.
These have been a lockdown project that was only started the begining of June which was the first day the studio at Dapol returned to work after lockdown and have been made here in the UK . This Salt Merchant bought it's salt from the Stafford salt works and were maintained in Stoke on Trent so is a very useful company wagon as it can be used on layouts based either around London or the Midlands.
NEWS 18th August 2020
Good new today from Dapol. This afternoon we should finally receive the long awaited 57xx / 8750 restock. This includes the introduction of a new riveted tank variant that has not been done before. Details of these liveries can be found on the webpages for these through the title link. All advance orders should be despatched today and we still have stock available off the shelf for people who have not taken advantage of our advance ordering system. The GNSR lined Caramel (Railway Children) livery should be popular along with the Great Western Liveried version of the 8750 class.
NEWS 26th June 2020
I have now updated the webpage for the Dapol 48xx / 14xx / 58xx with the latest information of what we now have left in stock in both basic DC and DCC sound. We have now completely sold out of all versions with just the DCC chip (but not sound) This loco has sold exceptionally well but we are now coming towards the end of the stock for this with Dapol having sold out of most of the popular liveries. I would not hesitate getting one of these now if you have not already, very soon now we will of sold out of all of the versions of the 48xx and 14xx..
We have now received restocks of the popular Heljan O gauge diesel depot and extensions. These have also been very popular during isolation as it is a sizeable modelling project and relatively cheap and can keep you occupied for a good week and gives plenty of oppurtunity for super detailing and turning into a little diorama in it's own right. At the same time people have also been picking up the Bachmann Scenecraft Diesel Refueling Point to complement the shed.
NEWS 27th April 2020
We have finally had restocks from Springside of their BR and GWR head and tail lights along with the fire iron sets. Hopefully in a couple of weeks we should also have restocks of both the LMS and LNER head and tail lamps. All advance orders have now ben despatched and we have good stocks of the items which have just come back into stock.
NEWS 18th April 2020
Dapol Good news
Both the Dapol Banana vans and Tower Models Limited Editions came into stock yesterday as well as the re-runs of some of the standard BR 10ft wagons. They arrived nice and early in the day so we were able to get most of the large orders for the courier off yesterday. We have today completed the smaller orders which are going via the post and these will be despatched on Monday. One change to the advertised production on the Banana vans is that there are 3 number options for the Fyffes livery and only one number of the Geest livery. Fyffes has been by far the most popular livery anyway so works out better for most people.
All advance orders for these limited edition sets of six planked or plywood vans have been despatched where we have been able to contact customers. There are still a number of both sets still available for immediate despatch.
At the same time we have also received the brand new Dapol Banana Vans. Initially four will be available; one in "Geest" and three different numbers in "Fyffes" livery. All advance orders have now been despatched.
At the same time we have also received the four standard re-run of both the BR vans and opens in the 2020 liveries.
NEWS 30th March 2020
We have just received restocks from DJH of the O gauge kits, we now have all four of the popular kits K300-K303 in stock and can get any of the others from the range as required. We also have both the the Tower Collection O gauge starter kits in stock. A simple call can arrange immediate despatch.
NEWS 19th February 2020
The blue versions of the Class 03 are in transit and should be with us in a few days, we will begin to conatct people with advance orders over the next few days to arrange suitable days for delivery.
Heljan have rationalisation the liveries for the Class 03 with four near identical versions being dropped which are virtually duplicated by other versions in the range. Taking this into account, if customers wish to amend their order a simple call can amend the advance order.
Heljan did forget to pack the instructions in with the green locos. A copy of the instructions can now be found on the page for the Class 03 to download and print off.
Those which are being numbered, weathered and sound equipped will be going through to the workshop and should hopefully be completed in about 2-3 weeks.
As part of our preparations for the upcoming Larger Scales show the workshop have just completed a large number of Gauge 1 items including two fully finished Halls, 2 Black Fives, a rake of 7 BR chocolate and cream coaches and a good selection of 45xx's. Details of these can be found through the title link or in the Gauge 1 section of the website as we hope to put on a good display of out Gauge 1 at the show in May which is at at the Riversmead Leisure Centre in Reading. Details of the show can be found through the link of the shows we are attending this year but all of these items are availablenow for immediate despatch.
NEWS 13th December 2019
The basic version of the long awaited Sentinels are now in stock and we should also received the DCC fitted versions later on this afternoon. The DCC and sound fitting is being done here in the UK so these will be available approximately a month after the basic DC version but given the Christmas period it may take a little longer for them to complete the sound fitted versions.
There has also been two changes on the lead up to the launch that it is worth mentioning. 7S-005-002 is now BR Early Crest Dept 39 and not as previously advertised 68183 in LNER livery and now there is only one number of the LMS livery being produced instead of the planned two number options.
At the same time we have also received the EWS livery for the Class 08 that was missing from the shipment last month.
NEWS 26th November 2019
At the show at the weekend Dapol announced the production of a Class 66 deisel. Dapol have now confirmed a few details and I have now created the web page for this. Dapol hope to have the first test sample bodies in about six months time and if everything goes to plan the loco should be available in approximately 16-18 months, so late 2021 or 2022 if everything goes to plan. Initially six liveries have been announced and the loco will be available as either analog or DCC fitted. We are taking advance orders for these now and also offering our custom weathering service as well if required.
NEWS 5th September 2019
Over a year ago now Helmsman retired and their superb controllers have not been available ever since. Good news from Peco this week, they are to take over the range. No indication from Peco as tor the new price of the units but have said they hope to have the range availabe during 2020. The Helmsman 5amp controller has always been popular, especially for Heljan deisels. As and when we get more details I will update the website. Several people have already had advance orders in place for their eventual return and we are taking orders now for when they do reappear..
NEWS 22nd August 2019
As well as the Snowdrift Salt Van that was released last week we have now also received the George Brown Lime wagon in clean finish, hopefully we will also be receiving the weathered example soon. We have good stocks of all liveries of both the Salt and Lime wagons that have been released so far available for immediate despatch. Stocks of some liveries are now starting to run low and we are awaiting restocks on some liveries.
NEWS 2nd August 2019
Both the Tower Models Limited Edition sets of tankers and standard Air Ministry tankers came into stock yesterday and we have made despatch of all advance orders where customers have confirmed delivery. We still have stocks of all versions for those people have not taken advantage of our advance ordering system.
Both Shell BP and Esso have always been the most popular of the liveries of the Class B ex-Air Ministry tankers. As such we thought people might appreciate the chance to buy sets of 6 of these all with different running numbers that have not been done before by Dapol. We will also be offering our custom weathering service on any of the Dapol tankers for those people who want to take advantage of it.
NEWS 26th June 2019
Peco have just released the long awaited O gauge signal box interior that is suitable for either LK709, platform mounted signal box or LK715, the brick based free standing signal box. These are now in transite to us and should hopefully be with us either on Friday or Monday next week. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they come into stock.
Peco have just released a new addition to their O gauge range of trackside kits with a signal box, representing a generic style of box with a brick base and wooden cabin structure on top, plus the necessary steps leading up from the ground. This is a "mixed-media" kit, meaning that the top half is produced as a plastic injection moulding, and the brick base of laser-cut wooden parts, all coming together to create this wonderfully characterful structure. Provision has also been made to include a brick chimney breast at the back of the box. These are now in stock and are available for immediate despatch.
At the same time Peco have decided to repackage their O gauge telegraph from the original pack of 4 to packs of 6 but with a price change from the original £6.50 per pack to £9.50 per pack. We still have a handful of the old packs of 4 but once the last few we have in stock have gone all future stocks will be at the higher size and price.
NEWS 28th February 2019
ESU v5 XL Chips
We have also received this week stocks of the brand new ESU v5 XL chips. We have been waiting for these for sometime now and there is a queue of locomotives in the workshop awaiting sound fitting with the long awaited new sound card. Good news is that we will be able to maintain the standard chipping charge for these @ £310.00 for Heljan locomotives even though there has been a price increase from ESU on the unit. This may change post Brexit dependant on the terms of the final Brexit deal and whether there is an import duty on European goods but at the moment it is impossible to say what effect it will or wont have. We will worry about it if and when it happens.
NEWS 10th January 2019
The workshop has just completed a weathered example of the Dapol BR Terrier which I have added to the list of ready to run locomotives available off the shelf. All of these are available for immediate despatch.
As with the Salt and Lime wagons we should see the first examples of the brand new Dapol 9ft RCH wagons are now available. Again there have been a few new liveries announced that are being produced first. The originally announced private owner liveries will follow in either December or January. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 16th October 2018
It has been an interesting few days with the launch of the Dapol brake vans. Luckily we noted everyone's choice of both livery and era required for customer advance orders rather than just the reference numbers to ensure everyone got the model required. Labour intensive but worthwhile to avoid any issues. The website now shows the correct stock numbers and liveries compared to what was originally announced and we also have the first images from the workshop of the weathered examples that have just been completed.
Initially being produced is the main series of brake vans encompassing Diagrams 1/504 (vacuum through piped) and 1/506 (Unfitted) manufactured between 1951 and 1957 totalling some 2,300 vehicles. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available . Demand for these has been very high and we expect them to sell out quickly once they are released.
A good suggestion to accompany these is the set of 5 Springside BR tail lamps or BR Guards lamps at £9.50 per set which we could add to the order if required and as always we are also offering our weathering service for these for those people who wish to take advantage of this at an additional £25.00. With the current workload the weathering service is expected to take between 10-14 days after launch.
The new issue of the Dapol 10ft wheelbase vans and opens also appeared the week before last. The workshop have now also completed the first weathered examples of these.. Details of the full range available in this batch can be found on the relevant webpage and all versions are currently available.
The new batch of Dapol Terriers are now in stock. There are a total of 5 new liveries covering both A1X and A1 versions with the option on all of analog, DCC fitted or DCC and sound fitted. We are taking advance orders for these now for immediate despatch as soon as they do become available. As always the DCC fitted and DCC sound equipped models are available usually two to three weeks after the analog version is delivered. We still have stocks available of all five liveries available for immediate despatch for anyone who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system.
There are a total of twelve versions of this both numbered and un-numbered now in stock. We currently have stocks of all twelve types but the numbers on the most popular ones are getting low.
NEWS 30th July 2018
Weathered Dapol Class 08's
The workshop have just completed some of the standard Dapol Class 08's with medium weathering for sale off the shelf. The weathering really has worked well and brought them alive. The cost of these is just £216.25 each Post Free to mainland UK addresses. We can also complete a sound equipped version if required, the cost for one of these weathered would be £370.00 for the sound equipped version.
We have finally had the opportunity to complete thirteen Gauge 1 coaches for stock in time for the summer. Eleven are in BR maroon with Midland prefixes and two in Carmine and Cream with Western prefix. Details of these can be found on the RTR available off the shelf section within the Gauge 1 part of the website. The cost of these is £660.00 each or £635.00 each when buying four or more in one transaction. If there are specific liveries you are after we can also complete these Gauge 1 coaches with the customer's choice of livery and either clean or weathered which normally takes 3 monthes to complete.
NEWS 5th June 2018
Lots of images today from Dapol after Doncaster show along with some updates on release schedules along with the official announcement in regard to the launch of the Class 121.
NEWS 5th December 2017
We have now received restocks of the recently released Bachmann Scenecraft O gauge trackside accessories. The platform tractor has been an extremely popular set and only just reappeared after the initial production launch.
NEWS 8th May 2017
We bought all of Bachmann's remaining stock of 45xx and 4575 Prairie Tanks in Gauge 1 several years ago. We can now confirm that we have now sold out of the 4575's and are down to the last one 4575 and we have sold out of the 45xx flat top Prairies. These can be supplied "as is" in plain green, no number or insignia or, alternatively they can be supplied fully finished in either any GWR or BR livery for an additional charge. We have two fully finished Gauge 1 45xx's available off the shelf; 4512 in BR late crest un-lined green and clean finish at £1035.00 and 4555 in BR lined green early crest clean finish at £1090.00. Once these have sold there will be no more as the factory that made them has closed.
NEWS 30th March 2017
Most people think of Tower Models only as the UK's largest stockist of 'O' gauge. Apart from this we are also a major supplier of Gauge 1 locomotives, coaches and track. Shown here is a Tower Brass Terrier in Gauge 1 recently completed for a customer. This locomotive was hand lettered and lined in our workshops. We currently can offer a range of locomotives and coaches both off the shelf or completed to order.
NEWS 19th January 2017
We have now received the brand new Heljan modern depot.. It has been designed to be modular and very adaptable to a number of situations and locations. Add-on packs are also available to extend the main kit either adding extra roads or additonal depth. Photo shows the first sample which has been painted; kit will be moulded in single colour plastic. Please note that the side bay 'bars' will also be duplicated on the lower panels on production examples.
If you have not already advance ordered one of these we are still taking orders for this for immediate despatch once they have arrived and full details can be found on the relevant pages of the website.
We have now bought the last remaining stocks of the AC railbus in both Light Green with speed whiskers and dark green with small yellow panels from Heljan and are happy to announce a special offer on these two versions that will run until we have sold out. The RRP on these two liveries is £495.00 with our normal price £395.00 each. The Special offer is just £299.95 whilst stocks last is on a first come first served basis.
There are very few of the Dark Green with Speed Whiskers available and the offer does not apply to this livery as there are so few of these available and it has always been the most popular livery.
We can offer our weathering service for an extra £25.00. We can also sound fit the railcars for an additional £175.00.
NEWS 3rd September 2015
DJH 'OO' loco kit clearance
We are down to our last few DJH 'OO' locomotive kits so have decided to clear them off at bargain prices. We have only a couple of each in stock and both types are now discontinued by DJH.
K77 BR Standard Class 4 with BR 1b tender No's 75065-75079 (Southern Region)
These kits come complete with Romford wheels and were priced at £174.50. To clear £117.50. Motor and gears available separately.
NEWS 7th August 2012
Heljan 'O' gauge gears, A statement.
There appears to be a rumour going around model railway websites that there is a widespread problem with gears splitting on Heljan 'O' gauge diesels. As the largest stockist of Heljan 'O' gauge and with consistantly high sales since the range was first introduced we feel it essential to present the facts to the public rather than destructive "Chinese Whispers"
On the very rare occasions we have seen split gears it is only with Class 35 Hymeks and Class 47 diesels. In all cases the locomotives had considerable amounts of running and it must be stressed that replacement gears are available from Heljan's service agent; Howes of Oxford. Unlike certain other model railway manufacturers, Heljan have always tried to provide spares.
Tower Models are not the service agent, so we do not carry a full range of spares. However when there is a known problem such as broken vacuum pipes on the Class 33's we obtain spares from Heljan and provide them to our customers. ( Note this is our customers; anyone buying elsewhere should contact their supplier. )
Overall we have had very few problems with any of the Heljan 'O' gauge range. If there were on going problems then Heljan would not of won "Model of the Year" competition so many times, or have so many repeat customers. It is a pity that such vindictive rumours can be spread and accepted by so many as true. Anyone with a split gear should contact Howes of Oxford. Anyone who has not got a split gear should stop worrying about something that probably will never happen. As we have said, it is an incredibly rare event given the total numbers sold.
NEWS 8th September 2010
Gauge 'O' Guild Telford Show.
Given the current economic climate Telford show went very well, the stand look very well and was commented upon by several people and we were proud of our display, so much so we thought we would put an image up of the stand. For anyone who is into 'O' gauge and has never attended the show it is the premiere 'O' gauge event of the year and cannot be rivalled for both variety and quality. If there is only one show you can attend in the year, this should be it and if considering coming from overseas this is the show you should aim to attend. The show was extremely well organised had a good atmosphere.
A REALITY CHECK ON CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS
We offer a wide range of kits and ready-to-run items from a number of sources. our aim is to offer a quality product at an affordable price. This seems to satisfy 99% of our customers. However, there appears to be a growing number of people in the model railway fraternity who expect perfection for a pitance of a price. Let me make it clear that the perfect model does not exist. It is utterly unreasonable to expect full working inside motion on any of the models we sell or any other complex working details that can barely be seen, especially at the price and no, the cab gauges don't really work! All our items are for standard 'O' gauge finescale. They are made from plastic, resin, white metal, pewter and brass. They are powered by electric motors. Real locomotives are made from iron, steel, brass and copper. they are powered by steam, diesel or electricity. If anyone wants to duplicate all the features of a real locomotive may I suggest he buys a real one. They are much bigger than ours and cost many times more than the ones we sell. At the end of the day model railways are big boys toys and meant to be fun, let's not forget it.