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NEWS 22nd June 2017
We have now received the brand new Peco settrack left and right hand points. They have been designed to complement the settract straights and curves which were released last year. Plenty of people already have these on advance order and we will be posting off all orders today. It is also the first time in O gauge that the turnouts are wired in the new Unifrog configuration. Both routes through the turnout are live at all times, which is ideal for DCC use, and there is no need for any additional wiring or fitting insulating rail joiners. The frog tip is normally ‘dead’, which poses no problem for all but the smallest locos, but it is conductive and has a trailing wire attached, allowing it to be energised using a PL-13 or PL-15 accessory switch attached to a PL-10 point motor, or a PL-33 micro-switch in a PL-19 housing (which clips directly to the turnout) activated directly by the movement of the tiebar.
As well as having the first test sample images of the forthcoming 43xx Mogul we have now had the colour layout images for the three Tower Models Limited Edition numbers versions of these. We are taking advance orders for these now and it is worth mentioning that only a very small number of these pre-numbered Limited Editions are being made so advance ordering is highly recommended as they are at the same cost as the standard un-numbered models being produced by Heljan.
After unpacking from Doncaster show we can confirm we are running very low on the following items and it is the last chance to grab any of the following:
We have now cleared out Heljan's last remaining stocks of the Class 25's and once these have gone we will not be able to replace them so this is very much the last chance to get these.
We are down to just four of these now in plain brass. These have been extremely popular at just £900.00 in plain brass or we can complete these with the customer's choice of condition, livery and name which is taking approximately 4 months to complete through the workshops. There are also two fully finished available off the shelf and a further three completing through the workshops in the coming months. Once gone we cannot replace these since the factory has closed.
Stocks are getting very low across all remaining liveries but critical and worth highlighting is one of the most popular liveries. We are now down to the last last two of the BR blue with full yellow ends. We have already completely sold out of the green with small yellow panels, Raifreight grey and Blue with Large Logo.
As always we are also offering our numbering and weathering service through the workshops should customer's wish to take advantage of this service. Numbering a loco is just £25.00, numbering and weathering an additional £65.00. This usually take 7-10 days to complete. We can also do named examples if required at an additional £25.00 subject to the number of plates required and this can take up to 6 weeks as the name plates are made specially to order. In regard to the Large Logo Blue Class 37's it is not quite so easy as these often also feature the various depot logos and also the unusual large numbering. In the case of these there is an additional £5.00 for the depot logos and £10.00 charge for the large loco numbering. This large loco number also features on the Railfreight Red Stripe livery.
Heljan massively unestimated the popularity of the Blue with large logo livery so much so that they are planning a re-run of just this livery in approximately 3 months time. We are already taking advance orders for these for despatch as soon as they come back into stock but it will be a very limited re-run to allow those people who missed out to get one as they had seriously under-estimated the demand for this one. In the mean time we do still have stocks of the remaining 8 liveries available for immediate despatch.
There is also the option of sound fitting as well through the workshops at an additional £310.00 using the ESU v4.0 XL chip.
We are down to the very last one of the Class 08's that Dapol produced earlier in the year so this is a last call for one of these:
Although we are now nearly sold out of the first batch of Class 08's, Dapol tell me that there will be a re-run of these around the end of August or September 2017 and the introduction of the later body variant early 2018. I have now updated the Class 08 page with the details of the new liveries and running number expected later this year and we are taking advance orders for these new liveries now and further details can be found on the webpage for these.
NEWS 2nd June 2017
We have just had an update from Dapol in regard to the reintroduction of the ex Lionheart GWR / BR Autocoaches. Dapol have now announced that all five liveries will also be available with the option of lights and DCC ready, lights and DCC fitted or even lights and DCC sound fitted along with the standard version without lights. I have now updated the webpage for these and am just waiting on confirmation of the release schedule and if they are still on target for release the end of this month / early July.
If customers who have already placed advance order for these would like to adjust their order taking these changes into account are welcome to and we are still taking advance orders for these for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 26th May 2017
We have now received all ten liveries of the Dapol ex Lionheart tankers and have completed all advance orders for these. We currently still have stocks of all tens liveries available for immediate despatch for anyone who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system.
NEWS 11th May 2017
We have now had delivery of all of the Heljan Class 45's and have completed all advance orders for these. For those customers who have asked us to number,name or weather the Class 45's, these are currently being processed through the workshops but please be patient as we have completed the first of these this week (un-weathered only so far) with the rest should work their way through the workshops in the next two weeks. We currently have stocks available for immediate despatch for those people who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system but be warned, stocks are running low already and Heljan have now confirmed they have completely sold out of the Class 45's. I have updated the details with the current stock situation and we have now sold out fo the first version, the Class 45 blue and factory weathered which have now all gone..
NEWS 10th May 2017
I have today updated the webpages for the forthcoming Dapol 57xx / 8750 taking into account the latest detail to come out of Dapol, which includes settling the price of the sound equipped versions and also the latest CAD images. These locos are expected early 2018 and we are taking advance orders for them now. Demand is expected to be very high for these and advance ordering is highly recommended to avoid any potential disappointment when they sell out!
NEWS 9th May 2017
Update today from Dapol in regard to the forthcoming 64xx and 74xx Pannier Tanks. We have now had confirmation of the cost for the DCC and sound fitted versions which will be available along with a new option for all liveries of both locos. You can now order the loco's DCC fitted (without sound) in addition to the sound equipped and analogue options. Hopefully these should be available in July. We are taking advance orders for these now and if any customer who has already advance ordered one would like to adjust their advance order taking into account these changes they are welcome to call us with the update.
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 are down to the last six 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 5th May 2017
Dapol have released the colour layout images for the forthcoming Jinty which is due for release hopefully in September 2017. They have also now confirmed the production of a sixth version to cover the LMS late period with push-pull fittings. With the options of numbered, numbered with sound, un-numbered and un-numbered with sound this now gives us a total of 24 different to choose from!
We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available. We will also be offering our weathered service for those who wish to take advantage of this and also our numbering service for people who wish to purchase an un-numbered model to have it completed with their choice of number.
Dapol latest expected release dates.
We have been updated today by Dapol of the projected release dates for the projects expected this year and I have now updated the website with these details. Here is a summary of the forecast release dates:
Dapol Release dates:
NEWS 2nd May 2017
We have just been officially told of the reintroduction of the Lionheart 45xx by Dapol. I have already created the pages for these and quantities will be low so advance ordering is highly recommended to avoid any potential disappointment. These are diecast model rather than plastic at very keen prices. Dapol are hoping for either a later 2017 or early 2018 release date on these.
We have now had images of the first test sample centre headcode Class 20 which are due for release either September or October 2017. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as available. As always we are also offering our servive to either number , name or weather these and also the option of sound equipping.
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 5th April 2017
Latest news as a direct result of Heljan's recent trip to China is two new locos being announced in O gauge. Firstly is the later variant of the Class 20 with the centre headcode rather than earlier disc headcode variant. 6 liveries have been announced and because the majority of the work is already done Heljan hope to have this out in September or October 2017.
Also announced today, but due for release the end of 2018 at the earliest I imagine is the English Electric Class 50 in at least 6 different liveries. More details to follow and I have now updated both the Class 20 webpage and created the Class 50 webpage.
NEWS 30th March 2017
We have just done a stock take and we are now running very low on all four liveries of the Class 25 and thought it better to give people fair warning of the stock situation before we run out. There is also the option of our numbering and weathering service available for these for those people who want to take advantage of it at just £25.00 for numbering the loco and £40.00 for weathering if required with your choice of light, light body with medium chassis and roof, medium or heavy weathering.
NEWS 28th March 2017
Dapol have announced the manufacture of the British Railways standard 20 ton goods brake van. Initially be producing 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.
CAD work has now been completed for this brakevan and it is ready to go into the tooling stage so I would imagine they will become available around the end of the year with Dapol hoping to have them in stock in time for Warley show (end of November). We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available.
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 28th February 2017
We have now received all 8 of the Dapol vans and opens and they have been selling incredibly well. After completing all advance orders we have stocks of just two out of eight types that were produced and expect the final two liveries to sell out soon.
Dapol have announced a second batch of the 053/056 & 057 opens and vans along with the first livery for the long awaited meat van in crimson. Both the meat van and second batch of opens and vans are due for release around the end of July and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. Advance ordering is highly recommended given how quick many of them have sold from the batch released only two weeks ago.
NEWS 31st January 2017
Heljan Class 40 and Class 55
We bought all of Heljan's remaining stocks of both the Class 40's and Class 55 Deltics some time ago. We have already sold out of two liveries of the Class 40 and one livery of the Class 55. We are now down to just a couple of dozen each of the blue Class 40, the limited edition all green Deltic and the green with yellow warning panels Deltic. We are giving fair warning that stocks are now running low. If you want one of the above, you have a very limited time before stocks are exhausted.
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 21st November 2016
We have now had from Heljan the first of the painted test samples for the forthcoming Heljan 61xx Large Prairie. We need to make it very clear that these are early stage test samples / mock ups. They are not finished prodcutions and many small alterations need to be made. Do not read anything into the colour of some of the locos or the wheels and motion. We are happy with the overall shape but will not approve production until the various tweaks have been carried out. When we get more advance samples we will publish the images.
The loco is planned for release July or August 2017 and we are taking advance orders for all versions now.
Tower Models will offer un-numbered versions of these locomotives so customers can number them in 41xx and 51xx sequences themselves making the locomotives suitable for a wider geographical use.
And also numbered versions of the 41/51xx's as follows:
There will only be 50 each of all seven Limited Editions made so we suggest customers get their orders in early. Details for all the locos can be found on the relevant page of the website and we are taking advance orders for all 12 liveries for immediate despatch upon launch. In regard to all 61xx's, our workshop service is also available for weathering locos at an additional £40.00. In regard to our Limited Edition un-numbered versions there is also the option of having us number the loco at £25.00 on the BR un-numbered versions or £50.00 on the GWR versions as this also includes the buffer beam numbering as well as the brass plates.
At the same time we have now received the first test sample images of the forthcoming Class 128 single car parcels unit which is due for release late 2017. The order book is now open on these for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 17th November 2016
We have just received from Heljan the latest painted test sample images for the forthcoming Class 05 diesel shunter covering all the livery options and showing both the early and late pattern of chevrons.
We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available which is expected to be late May / early June 2017.
NEWS 20th October 2016
We have stocked On30 since it was first intorduced in the late 1990's. Bachmann have produced an excellent range of products and we have had a good run with them. However, nothing lasts for ever and we have decided to stop stocking this range and clear all remaining stock at prices between 33% and 50% below the recommended retail price. We have altered the On30 section of our website to give an accurate list of just which items we have in stock, along with the clearance prices. This list will be updated daily until everything is sold. If the item you are looking for is not on the list, then we do not have it in stock and cannot obtain it. There will be no further deductions or bulk deals. Items are being sold at cost or below cost price so there is no room for further discounts. Orders over £150.00 sent post free to UK mainland addresses. The title to this paragraph is a link through to the remaining clearance stock.
NEWS 7th October 2016
I have now updated the website with a page for the newly announced Heljan GWR/BR 43xx / 53xx Mogul that is due for release early 2018 with the latest CAD images from Heljan. The price listed is the proposed RRP based on the current exchange rate which of course in the current climate may well change by the time the loco is released. We are doing some numbered Limited Editions but with very restricted numbers of these being produced to enable the modeller to complete their loco with their choice of number and shedcode in the case of BR examples, this time the Heljan locos are all going to come un-numbered but we will be offering our usual service to number and weather locos with the customer's choice of number. Details can be found on the specific page for the 43xx Moguls.. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
At the same time I have updated the Heljan Class 05 diesel shunter page with the latest test sample images of these from Heljan.
NEWS 3rd June 2016
In a recent press release Heljan have now announced a Class 03 diesel shunter. Although it is still very much early days we can confirm it will be as built with the vacuum brakes. Several liveries will be available and will be unnumbered with conical and flowerpot type exhausts. I have now created a page for these and we are taking advance orders for them now though the price has yet to be determined. There may well be further liveries announced and I will update the page as and when we get more information. Release expected early 2018.
Tower Models New 'O' Gauge catalogue.
Our brand new 'O' Gauge 36th edition catalogue has now been despatched out to all active 'O' Gauge customers. Anyone not on our mailing list can obtain a copy of this by sending us a stamped self addressed A5 envelope and a note saying 'O' Gauge list and we will send one at no charge.
A copy of the catalogue in PDF format is now available to download here.Tower Models 2016 'O' Gauge catalogue for anyone who wants an sneaky peak and cannot wait. Obviously the website has much more detail and also many more images but thought some people might like to have the option to download it for ease of access via their phone, tablet or computer.
NEWS 9th November 2015
Following the sale of the Tower Collection range of 'O' gauge kits to Ian Atkinson we are pleased to announce that most of the range will be available again in November.
We will be able to despatch most orders within a couple of days, however, the bulk of the stock will not be held here so anyone wishing to collect a Tower Collection kit from the shop or at any show we are attending needs to give us a few days warning to ensure we have one available.
Ian is accepting commissions to supply locos fully finished to customer's requirements. Customers are welcome to make their enquiries to us and we will pass them on to Ian.
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 9th December 2014
We have just completed a new section of this website dedicated to providing some basic idea of costings and availability of stock for those people planning to enter into the 'O' gauge hobby. Here readers will find a selection of products and packages designed to assist the newcomer in making the right choices. The section is reasonably brief but has direct links to all of the relevant parts of the website refered to which gives full details of the products
NEWS 4th November 2014
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.
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.