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NEWS 29th April 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 estimate it will be 3-4 weeks before we have completed them all. We currently have stocks of all of the versions 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.
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!
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 are down to the last dozen or so 4575 and more importantly we are down to the last six 45xx flat top Prairies. We have two factory painted plain green locos priced at £850.00. 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.
We are also down to the very last one example of the Class 04 in BR green in Gauge 1 having now sold out completely of the Class 03's and other liveries of 04. Once this last one has gone at just £525.00 each there will be no more.
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 although nothing has been confirmed by Dapol at this stage. 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 2nd March 2017
We have now processed all orders for customers requiring a Heljan Class 37 to be numbered, named, weathered or sound fitted. All customers have been charged for the locomotive and in most cases for the work to be done except for the sound fitting. In a few cases there will be a very minor adjustment to be made upon completion depending on subsequent research on livery (chrome arrows / large lettering charges for example). With so many orders going into the workshop in one go it is anticipated that some jobs will take up to six weeks to complete. The workshops will complete a quantity each week and we will contact the customers to arrange delivery. Customers having sound fitted will not be charged for the chip or fitting until the job is done. The first batch of numbered locomotives will be ready for despatch on Friday 3rd March.
NEWS 28th February 2017
The shipment of Class 37's arrived yesterday and we have been working flat out arranging all the despatches. We have now completed all advance orders for customers where they have gotten back to us to arrange a suitable day for delivery.
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.
We are now completely sold out of the Blue with large logo livery but Heljan tell us that they are planning a re-run of just this livery in approximately 4 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.
Unexpectedly today Dapol managed to get for us three more sound equipped Class 08's which we had previously sold out of. We now have the BR Green late crest 08's with chevrons both number and un-numbered. There is only one numbered and 2 un-numbered so first come first served on these desirable pieces.
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 late summer / autumn 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 now taking advance orders for these. This second batch is going to be a much smaller run than the initial launch so advance ordering is highly recommended.
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 "Mid Summer" 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 24th November 2016
Today Dapol have announced the reintroduction of the former Lionheart 14ton tankers. 5 liveries of the Type A and 5 liveries of the Type B tankers are to be produced and will hopefully be available around April 2017. I have already created a webpage for these, for now I have used images of the former Lionheart tankers until we receive test sample images with the alternate numbers for the wagons that Dapol have announced. Demand is bound to be high and Dapol are only producing 300 of each so advance ordering is highly recommended for despatch as soon as they become available.
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 June or July 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.
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. The Tower Models Limited Edition green with speed whiskers is selling fast!
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.
Heljan have asked us to point out that they have now sold out of all remaining stocks of the Class 42 Warship. We currently have all six standard editions in stock, plus five of our Limited Editions (un-named green with small yellow panels now having sold out.) Most of these liveries are down to single figures, in some cases just two or three remaining. If you want a Class 42 Warship our advise would be not to delay, as once gone we are sure that as with all other sold out Heljan O gauge locos, the price on the secondhand market will rocket.
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 19th October 2016
Heljan latest expected release dates.
We have been updated today by Heljan of the projected release dates for the projects expected next year and I have now updated the website with these details. Here is a summary of the forecast release dates:
Heljan Release dates
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 6th October 2016
Dapol have finally announced the Fowler 0-6-0 3F Jinty for release late 2017 in 'O' gauge. They have initially announced five liveries, both numbered and un-numbered being available and the option of both none sound and sound equipt in each case.
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.
There has been a very minor change in the prices for the reintroduction of both the Dapol 64xx, 74xx and Autocoaches expected next year along with the price of the brand new Dapol 57xx which are also coming out. We are taking advance orders for all of these items now for despatch as soon as they become available.
End of the line last chances.
We are coming close to selling out of a number of products both in 'O' gauge and Gauge 1. All the items listed below are either limited production or ranges that are now discontinued. The point we are making is that once these items have been sold we cannot obtain any more so this is your last chance.
Tower Brass Mk1 coaches
We are trying to give fair warning that these items will be sold out very soon. If you want anything from the above lists, you need to be quick.
NEWS 16th August 2016
Latest news from Heljan in regard to the Class 37 centre headcode version is it is now expected to be released March or April 2017 so I would take this as hopefully before Easter. Good news is that they are now producing an additional 5 liveries on top of the original 4 that had been announced. Also good news from Heljan is a price reduction on the Class 37. The RRP was expected to be £649.00 but has actually come in at £599.00 so we have adjusted our price from £510.00 down to just £475.00 each. 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.
We are taking advance orders for all 9 liveries now for despatch as soon as they become available. Further details can be found on the Class 37 page.
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.
NEWS 17th May 2016
We have now received the last three liveries of the brand new Heljan 'O' gauge Cargowaggons and have despatched all outstanding advance orders for these superb vehicles.
CARGOWAGGON IWB bogie van
CARGOWAGGON IGA bogie flat
There is also a special offer on all of the above cargowaggons when buying any mix and match of four or more of them at only £150.00 each.
NEWS 13th May 2016
Amazingly we received the Heljan Class 42 Warships ahead of schedule yesterday and have been working flat out to fulfill everyone's orders. All basic orders for locos have now been completed and are ready for despatch and all locos for numbering / weathering and sound equipping have gone through to the workshops. There are a few people out there who I am awaiting an answer from for suitable days for delivery but otherwise we have broken the back of the work and we still have some of all eleven versions currently available.
No less than eleven versions are available, six of them exclusive to Tower Models. The Warships feature all the usual high quality specification now standard with Heljan. Twin powered motor bogies, directional lights and working fan along with detailed illuminated cabs with a wide choice of liveries. The were plans to produce a standard edition all green Warship but this was cancelled. The Tower Models Limited Edition all green Warship has been produced and many people have swapped over to this instead.
For the customer who just wants to take the loco out of the box and run it, five standard versions will be generally available. These are:
D827 “Kelly” in BR green with small yellow panels
Tower Models have commissioned Heljan to produce a full range of Warships whichl come un-named and un-numbered allowing the customer to finish the locomotive with his own choice of name and number. These Limited Edition locomotives were produced in batches of around 50 per type and are exclusive to Tower Models. The star model will be the as built green Warship un-numbered and un-named in plain green without the yellow panels especially since Heljan have cancelled the standard edition all Green version.
The full range of Limited Editions will be:
Un-named, un-numbered BR plain green with no small yellow panels
Our paintshops are able to finish any of the eleven types to customer’s specification and also offer a selection of weathered finishes for a small additional charge. As with other Heljan 'O' gauge locos we will also offer our service fitting DCC and sound utilising ESU Loksound 4.0XL sound cards if required.
The RRP of all eleven types of Class 42 Warship is £699.00 but Tower Models are offering them all at just £550.00 each. As numbers are limited stocks are already running low especially on the Limited Edition un-named and un-numbered versions.
NEWS 25th April 2016
We have now received the second batch of the restocks from Gladiator now it is under new ownership. In this second batch are the non-streamlined Duchess, Schools,Maunsell King Arthur, Coal Tank and L1. Next to be reintroduced will be H2 Atlantics, Patriots, Rebuilt Scots, K1 and Urie King Arthur all of which should come back into stock in May. The more interest and advance orders the faster the rest of the range will be reintroduced. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as we receive them.
We have now completely sold out of the Heljan Class 60 in EWS livery and stocks are begining to run low on both the Railfreight Triple grey and Loadhaul liveries so I would not hang about if you have been considering purchaing one of these lovely looking diesels.
NEWS 22nd February 2016
We have now received all three liveries of Class 53 Falcon and stocks are already running low.
The RRP for these is £699.00, Our Price £550.00 and we are still taking advance orders for despatch as soon as they come into stock. Note this is a short run of only 750 pieces in total across all three liveries.
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.