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NAVIGATION

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NEWS 20th January 2022

Dapol Mk1 coaches

Good news from Dapol today, they have received the Southern region green versions of both the CK (Corridor Composite) and SO (Second Open) Mk1 coaches. We hope to have these tomorrow or worst case scenario on Monday and have begun calling all customers with advance orders for these to arrange a suitable day for delivery. At this stage it is only the basic version of the coaches with the DCC fitted ones expected hopefully by the end of next week. The maroon livery of the CK and SO are due next and should hopefully be with us soon. The crimson and cream, chocolate and cream and blue grey examples of the SO and CK are not scheduled to arrive before March.

We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available and will update the website as and when we get more information. Demand for these has been extremely high and the new versions will sell through very quickly once they arrive. For those people who have not taken advantage of our advance ordering system we do have stocks available of the versions already released in stock ready for immediate despatch.

NEWS 17th January 2022

Tower Models Limited edition Class 56

Update today from Heljan in regard to the Class 56's; all versions have been despatched from China are are expect to arrive around the end of March. As and when we get more information I will update the website on these, right now I am not sure if that is end of March with Heljan or end of March in the shops.

Heljan have now supplied us with painted sample images for the majority of the liveries for the Class 56's, all of which can be found on the Class 56 webpage. One slight change to these for the actual production run is on all four of the triple grey liveries there is a light grey patch above the overhead warning flashes next to the doors. One the production models these light grey patches will be corrected and dark grey as they should be. We are taking advance orders for all liveries now and if any customer would like to amend an existing advance order then just give us a call.

As a result of the success of the Tower Models Limited Edition Class 37/4 in Transrail livery we commissioned Heljan to do the Transrail livery of the Class 56. There were a large number of these in Transrail livery and it was used all over the country in this livery. Advance ordering is highly recommended on the Class 56's as they have proven extremely popular and the most popular liveries will sell out very quickly. We do not charge any deposit and always call before making despatch to arrange a suitable day for delivery.

 

Heljan Class 47

Today we have received the outstanding Railfreight triple grey liveried Class 47 that was not released at the same time as the main batch. At the same time Heljan have also supplied a small number of the BR green with small yellow panels and BR blue with full yellow ends that have been produced at the same time

There will be two versions; the 'as-built' Brush type 4 / Class 47 covering the 1960's and 1970's and later variant covering the 1980's and 1990's; both will feature 'full' rather than 'cut-away' bufferbeams, plated over headcodes and high intensity headlight

This iconic locomotive is going to be extremely popular with many of the popular liveries going to sell out very quickly. As always we will be offering our numbering, naming and custom weathering if required along with ESU sound fitting if required.

NEWS 14th January 2022

Tower Models Limited Edition Vanwide & VEA's

It has been a very busy week with the launch of the Dapol Vanwide and VEA wagons along with our two limited editions sets. We have produced sets of six of the two 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 are producing 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 and will be available at the same time as the standard production models. Shown above is a set of our six railfreight Red Grey VEA's along with the standard two from Dapol.

These have all being selling well but we still have all versions in stock and available for immediate despatch. 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. All of these are also still currently available but stocks are beginning to run very low on these.

Heljan Class 50's

At the same time Heljan have also confirmed that the re-run of the Class 50's are now at sea and therefore should be with us within six weeks. This production run has re-runs of some of the most popular liveries and also some new liveries such as the Hanson and Hall livery shown above. We are stilkl taking advance orders for all of the 2022 production run for despatch as soon as they become available

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.

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.

 

Heljan Mk2 / 2a

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 Terrier re-run announced

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.

Tower Models Limited Edition Open Wagons

We are starting work on a set of at least six further Dapol private owner wagons based on the 14'6" Gloucester wagons covering the Oxfordshire area for production hopefuly arround mid year. more details on this as and when with have finalised what liveries we will br producing

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 puttting them all in the cabinets they make an impressive series of wagons that we are proud of

NEWS 5th January 2022

Gladiator price increase.

Gladiator have informed us of a price increase across their entire range of kits that came into effect on the 1st of January. I have updated the website with the price changes and we are expecting a re-stock of kits in the coming week.

NEWS 22nd December 2021

Dapol Jinty

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

Dapol Class 122 DMU

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

Heljan Tanker B

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 Bogie Bolsters

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:

New Heljan Class 37 Split Headcode

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 two limited editions. We will again be following our Transrail theme from the Class 37/4 with a model of the Transrail Dutch livery either fully finished as 37043 or an un-numbered example for those customers who wish to complete the loco as one of the alternate numbers. Only fifty each of these limited editions are being produced and 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.

New Heljan Class 55 Deltic

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.

Heljan BR General Utility Vehicle

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.

Heljan BR Mk1 Full Brake

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.

Heljan Catfish and Dogfish

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 1st December 2021

Springside Lamps.

We have just had a substantial restock on Springside head and tail lamps in O gauge and now have good stocks of most types. We have also had restocks of the Fire Iron sets and Loco tools sets suitable to super detail any steam loco. At the same time Springside informed us of a price increase that came into effect earlier in the year.

Tower Models Painted figures.

We have had to increase the cost of our range of painted O gauge figures. The last time we had a price increase on these was over ten years ago and in the last few years there has been a significant increase in the cost of white metal and therefore the cost to us of the bare metal figures has almost doubled. We have put this off as long as we can but sadly we could no longer absorb these costs.

NEWS 20th November 2021

Heljan Class 02 update

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

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.

Dapol Class 121 DMU

Dapol have also revised the release date for the Class 121's. They have now appeared on the Dapol release schedule for late January 2022 for the basic model. The DCC fitted examples shoudl follow on soon after that but the sound fitted examples will take a while I suspect based on the continued delays on the Class 122 with sound which have not yet been released.We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they come into stock.

NEWS 18th November 2021

Heljan BR Mk1 4 wheel CCT

I have today updated the Heljan CCT page with the colour layout images for the forthcoming CCT. At this stage the images do not show the level of weathering which will be applied to the weathered and numbered examples and we will have to wait on decorated samples before we have an idea as to the degree of weathering. The brand new Heljan BR Mk1 4 wheel CCT should become available in 2022 and in a wide range of liveries. Heljan have now also confirmed the prices for these.

There will be two numbered and weathered examples with all of the others un-numbered.

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.

NEWS 17th November 2021

Heljan Class 60's

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 45ton TTA's

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

Tower Models Limited Edition BR Conflats

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.

NEWS 21st October 2021.

Dapol 45xx 2-6-2 Prairie Tanks

Update today from Dapol in regard to the long awaited 45xx Small Prairie. Work has final begun on these in China and Dapol hope to have these available in the first quarter of 2022, at the latest hopefully by Easter. We are still taking advance orders for these for despatch as soon as they become available.

Dapol EWS Turbot re-run

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 9th October 2021

Dapol BR 10ft WB wagons

Also this week we have received the re-run of the BR 10ft wheelbase vans from Dapol. Two number options of the standard planked and plywood vans have been produce along with a bauxite Meat van, blue Insulated van and both grey and bauxite examples of the open wagons. I have added these to the list of these models for immediate despatch.

NEWS 4th October 2021

Slaters Price Increase.

Slaters introduced new prices from the 1st of October which we have today updated the website with. By the end of the week I will of been able to work through and update the locomotives kits from all the various manufacturers with the wheelset prices for all the different locomotive kits as well.

NEWS 1st October 2021

Heljan Class 73

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.

New Dapol HBA / HEA Hoppers

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 8th September 2021

New Heljan Class 26

Yesterday Heljan released some new images of one of the new Class 26's that has been custom painted in Railfreight red stripe livery by Brian Daniels. The images give a good impression of the final decoration of these but the production model with the white cantrail will be un-numbered but there is also a numbered example as 26025 being produced with the orange cantrail and fatory weathered. We ar taking advance orders for these now and expeted release date for the Class 26 is Spring 2022.

NEWS 6th September 2021

Dapol 20ton BR Brake Van re-run

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.

Dapol HAA re-run

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

Heljan Class 40 - Centre Headcode

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

Tower Models Limited Edition Salt Vans

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

Heljan Class 31/1 & 31/4

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 29th July 2021

Dapol bracket junction signals

The Dapol GWR and LMS signals which were released last year have been very popular and following on from the success of these Dapol have now announced 4 new Great Western bracket signals which are due for release Spring 2022. There is a choice of either single or double arm and then either left or right handed posts. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.

Dapol have also confirmed to us that the long awaited GWR Home signal with round post are finally due for release around the end of August.

Heljan Class 37/4 re-run

At the same time we thought it worth mentioning the re-run of the ever popular Heljan Class 37/4. 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. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available some time in 2022.

Gauge O Guild events 2022

The Gauge O Guild have today confirmed the dates for their shows in 2022 and I have updated the section of the website with the new dates. The Doncaster show date has been moved a week from the usual date to avoid the Jubilee weekend as this would of been a serious clash with the celebrations that weekend.

Currently the Guildford Gauge O Group are still planning on their show going ahead on the 4th of December and fingers cross things improve before then. We currently will be attending this show assuming it goes ahead.

NEWS 27th June 2021

Heljan Class 37/4

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"

Heljan updates

At the same time as the good number of updates from Heljan this week Heljan have also confirmed a few other things:

Heljan Class 117 Diesel Multiple Units

Heljan have now confirmed a price on the forthcoming Class 117 DMU and have now confirmed that they will be available as both 2 car and 3 car units. Production will has been impacted by the ongoing situation we all find ourselves in and is now expected in 2022. Taking these changes into account if customers have already placed an advance order for one of these and would like to adjust their advance order just call and we can make the necessary changes.

At the same time Heljan have also confirmed that both the Collett 0-6-0 project and Class 120 DMU projects have been cancelled.

Heljan weathered locomotives

Heljan have also standardised a pricing structure on factory weathered examples of future locomotives. There is now a £20.00 charge for the factory weathered examples of all upcoming locomotives and this has effected the Class 02, 26, 27, 50, 56 and Class 60's that are all due for release in the near future. There has also been a minor change in the RRP of the Class 02 which is due for release in 2022.

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 14th June 2021

Dapol 2022 Autocoaches

On the Dapol new price list which come into effect on 1st July are the livery details for the next run of the Dapol ex Lionheart Autocoaches. There has not been an official press release for these from Dapol as of yet. but we imagine they will be released in 2022. We still have a few liveries of the last production run of the Autocoaches but numbers are very low on these now. We are taking advance orders for these now which includes both BR Crimson and Cream and BR Maroon liveries.

NEWS 29th May 2021

Heljan Class 27

Heljan have released images of the first test sample of the Class 27's which includes several improvements from the original CAD images. The webpage for these has been updated with more of these images. Heljan have also advised us that the Class 27 is now not expected until the middle of 2022. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available and advance ordering is recommended. As always will will be offering our custom numbering and weathering service on these as well as our sound fitting service.

NEWS 19th May 2021

Tower Models exclusive Bachmann Platforms

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

Covid Restrictions

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.

DJH NER / LNER / BR D20 4-4-0

Djh have announced a new O gauge locomotive kit which should become available autumn of this year. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. Both the recently release kits for the A8 and Hunt have been very popular and demand is bound to be high for these.

NEWS 24th April 2021

Tower Models Limited Edition 16ton minerals

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.

NEWS 12th April 2021

Secondhand Items

We have just bought a number of secondhand items that are in very good condition:.

Dapol 64xx

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 ia as new and has only been test run @ £300.00

Dapol Autocoach

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

First come first served on these items.

HMRS Transfers.

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

Gauge 1 Fully Finished Models

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 10th March 2021

Dapol LSWR / BR B4

At the weekend Dapol announced the production of the LSWR / BR 0-4-0 B4 locomotive.The locomotive is still at the CAD stage but is going for tooling soon. We imagine this means it will become available in the first half of 2022. We are traking advance orders for this now for despatch as soon as it becomes available.

NEWS 18th February 2021

Dapol 4 wheel coaches

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 Inspection Saloon

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:

  • Heljan Mk1 coaches with commonwealth and B4 bogies Now available
  • Heljan Class 31/1 & Class 31/4 Mid 2021
  • Heljan Class 40 Centre Headcode July 2021
  • Heljan Class 50 re-run expected 3rd Quarter 2021
  • Heljan Class 60 re-run 3rd quarter 2021
  • Heljan Class 47 4th Quarter 2021
  • Heljan 56 late 2021 or early 2022
  • Heljan Mk2 coaches 1st quarter 2022
  • Heljan CCT 2022 (no quarter given)
  • Heljan LMS Inspection Saloon 2022
  • Heljan Class 26 Spring 2022
  • Heljan Class 27 Summer 2022
  • Heljan Class 117 DMU 2022
  • Heljan Class 121 single 2022
  • Hlejan Class 122 single car 2022

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 14ton Anchor mounted tankers

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 4th November 2020

New Dapol GWR / BR Streamlined Railcar

Dapol have announced the introduction of the GWR / BR streamlined railcar for production in 2022. Dapol have already received the first decorated test sample of these already. The images are shown 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.

NEWS 2nd September 2020

Tower Models Limited Edition London Salt Vans

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

Dapol 57xx /8750

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

Dapol GWR/BR 48xx/58xx/14xx

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..

Heljan Deisel Depot..

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

Springside restocks

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.

Tower Models Limited Edition Dapol Vans

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.

New Dapol Banana Van

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

DJH Restocks.

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

Heljan Class 03 shunters

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.

Gauge 1 restocks

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

Dapol 'O' gauge Y1 / Y3 Sentinel

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

New Dapol Class 66

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 30th October 2019

New Dapol Later Class 08

The new version of the Dapol Class 08 only came into stock last week and the workshop have just completed the first weathered example of these for customers. The cost of the weathering is only £25.00 and there is also the option of numbering for the un-numbered versions which is also at a £25.00 charge. We have good stocks of all four liveries that have released so far. The EWS livery has not yet been released but latest news from Dapol is that we should expect these around the second week of December if everything goes to plan.

The new version of the Class 08 covers the later version with the introduction of Aluminium cab doors, short hinges on access panel doors, new exhauster boxes and new lighting configuration. This later version enables many of the later liveries and has proved extremely popular.

NEWS 5th September 2019

Helmsman Controllers.

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

Dapol 9ft wheelbase Salt and Lime Vans

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

Dapol Air Ministry Tankers

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 Brick Base Signal Box

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 Brick Base Signal Box

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

Weathered Dapol Terrier

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.

Dapol 9 foot wheelbase RCH Open Wagons

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

Dapol 'O' gauge BR Standard 20ton Brake Vans

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.

Dapol BR 10ft wheelbase wagons

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.

New Dapol Terrier Liveries.

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.

Heljan 61xx Large Prairie

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.

Gauge 1 Mk1 coaches

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

New Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Trackside Items

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.

New Dapol (ex-Lionheart) Coke Wagons for 2018 announced

Dapol have also announced a re-run of the ex-Lionheart Coke wagons for early next year. They have initially announced 7 planks, 7 planks with coke rails and 8 planks in various liveries. Again we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.

NEWS 8th May 2017

Gauge 1 45xx Prairie Tanks

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.

Lionheart 'O' gauge GWR / BR Suburban coaches update

Two weeks ago Dapol released the Great Western liveries of their new suburban coaches along with the first two liveries of the BR liveried coaches (LHT603 & LHT623) which have been well received and represent superb value for money. We have now bought all remaining stocks of the Great Western coaches and Dapol have no stocks. We have now sold out of the first of the Great Western sets (LHT601 Kingsbridge) and have a limited quantity of the others available. I have updated the webpage with the numbers as we count down to a sell out!

We have now received all of the BR liveries as well and sold out completely of the single coaches and also LHT605 already!

NEWS 30th March 2017

Gauge 1 locos

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

Heljan 'O' gauge Engine shed

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.

Heljan 'O' gauge AC Railbus Special Offer

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 4th November 2014

Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Building Offer.

We have bought all of Bachmann's remaining stock of the above buildings range and can offer the following items on a limited offer whilst stocks last.

Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Engine ShedBachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Provender Store

Ref.
Description
RRP
Offer
47-009
Single Road Engine Shed - (Footprint of the building is 257mm x 155mm x 189mm)
£99.95
£60.00

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

Tower Models Telford 2010 stand

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.

 

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