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NEWS 19th January 2018
Peco Price increase.
This afternoon we received from Peco notification of an immediate price increase across the board on all of the products and in all scales. This has obviously effected all of the track in all scales and also the range of Parkside wagons which they took over late last year. I have now updated the website with these new prices which have come into immediate effect and will sadly leave several of our adverts in the magazines wrong for the coming months as these adverts are placed upto 3 months in advance.
NEWS 18th January 2018
We have now received final confirmations from dapol in regard to the reintroduction of the former Lionheart 16ton minerals. A total of 12 different numbers are being produced covering both the Diagram 1/108 welded bodied version and 1/109 rivetted body version. Full details have now been added to the website and Dapol hope to have these out by Easter 2018. We are taking advance oirders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 15th January 2018
Bristol O Gauge Show, Sunday 28th January.
It is nearly the New Year and thoughts already turn to the first O gauge show of the year at the U.W.E. Exhibition Centre in Bristol. Bristol Show link.
As always space in the van is at a premium and there is no way we can carry all of the items we offer in the shop or bring them in large quantities. The growing range of stock is making attending shows more and more difficult. If therefore there are any items you are after and would like to collect from the show (especially multiples of the same item) then just phone us or drop us an email and we can make sure they are ready for you to collect on the day. Help us to help you and avoid any potential disappointment on the day.
Also as we are travelling down to the show the day before the shop will be closed from lunchtime on Saturday 27th January, back open as normal on the Monday.
NEWS 10th January 2018
We have now received the following Class 128's and have arranged despacth for all advance orders where we can:
The remaining versions of the Class 128 are due for release in February:
We are taking advance orders for those that are not yet available for despatch when they finally arrive and have okay stocks on the first versions after despatching all advance orders. As always we are also offering our service to weather these and also the option of sound equipping.
All versions of the Class 20's are now in stock and stocks are running low already, especially on the Railfreight and factory weathered models.
We are taking advance orders for those that are not yet available for despatch when they finally arrive and have okay stocks on the first three versions after despatching all advance orders. As always we are also offering our service to either number , name or weather these and also the option of sound equipping.
NEWS 8th January 2018
Heljan Class 47's
We have had confirmation today that Heljan intend re-tooling the Class 47 in 2019 and re-running these desireable models.
The class 47 has been synonymous with the UK railway scene since their introduction in 1962. The Heljan 'O' gauge class 47 was originally released back in 2006 and they feel it is now worth re-visiting and so development is now well underway on a completely re-tooled model.
There will be two versions; the 'as-built' Brush type 4/class 47 and later variant; both will feature 'full' rather than 'cut-away' bufferbeams, but will incorporate a number of detail differences and liveries reflecting some of the many changes/developments the class has been through during their long lives.
No details as of yet but over the next 12 months as we learn more about which versions and liveries we will create a webpage for the loco and start taking advance orders but it is too early at this stage.
NEWS 16th December 2017
Stocks are now running very low on the recently released Dapol Jinty in O gauge and we expect to run out of several more versions before Christmas at the current rate. This has been a very successful launch by Dapol and represent superb value for money. I have updated the page for the Jintys with the remaining numbers where they are down to single figures.
We also offer our weathering 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 finished with their choice of number but these would be completed the far side of Christmas at this late stage.
NEWS 14th December 2017
At Warley show Dapol announced the release of BR Mk1 coaches. Initially there will be four versions (SK,SO,CK & BSK) in a choice of 5 liveries both numbered and un-number and finally there is also the option of DCC fitted as well. This makes a total of 90 different coaches and I have now listed all of these by either type or by livery to make it easier to browse. These are already to go into tooling and Dapol hope to have the first test samples by the Alexandria Palace show early next year with release late 2018 (but no date confirmed at this stage) We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
I have today updated this list with the running numbers that will be used on the numbered variants of the coaches.
NEWS 5th December 2017
We have now received restocks of the recently released Bachmann Scenecraft O gauge trackside accessories. The platform tractor has been an extremely popular set and only just reappeared after the initial production launch.
NEWS 27th November 2017
At the Warley show over the past weekend Dapol announced a Y1 / Y3 Sentinel for release late 2018. I have already created the web pages for these with details of the options and liveries as we are now taking advance orders for these for immediate despatch as soon as they become available.
Following the success of the centre headcode Class 37/0 Heljan announced at Warley Show the production of a Class 37/4 which should be released early 2019. It is still in the early stages at this point but they have given us a proposed list of liveries that will be produced but this may well change. They have also not yet announced a price for this project. We are taking advance orders for these now and I will update the website as and when we get more information in the coming months.
Whilst mentioning Class 37's it is worth mentioning we still have very limited stocks of the centre headcode Class 37/0. I do not expect our remaining stocks of these to last to Christmas at the current rate we are selling them!
NEWS 28th October 2017
Well it has been an interesting 36 hours with the unexpected arrival of the Dapol Autocoaches. We have been working our way through all the advance orders as quickly as possible to arrange despatch and suitable days for delivery. Hopefully over the coming weeks we should also see the versions with lights, lights and DCC and Light DCC & Sound appearing but no indication from Dapol as to the time frame for these as of yet but hopefully it should not be too long.
NEWS 18th October 2017
We have introduced a very special offer on the Heljan O gauge Falcons and is only whilst stock last and, once they have all gone, it cannot be repeated. First come first served on this deal as stocks are very limited.
NEWS 17th October 2017
Although still a long time off yet I have updated the website with the latest information and images from Heljan in regard to the Class 03 diesel shunter due for release late next year. They have now confirmed there will be 4 options for each of the three basic liveries; conical chimney both numbered and un-numbered and then flower pot chimney both numbered and un-numbered. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they do become available. Price is yet to be confirmed sadly but hopefully we should have a better idea of this before Christmas.
NEWS 16th October 2017
Heljan have announced a limited re-run of the Class 52 Westerns in O gauge. There will be six named and numbered models available which should be re-introduced around the middle of next year and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
Dapol have today announced 5 new liveries for both the Class A and Class B tanks to be produced around the middle of 2018. I have already added these to the bottom of the list of tankers which are currently still available and will update the list as and when we have confirmation of liveries.
At the same time Dapol have also announced 5 new 9 foot wheelbase O gauge vehicles to be produced at their factory in the UK. They will be producing a five plank open coal wagon, two types of 7 plank open coal wagon (side door only and side and end door) and finally both a lime van and salt van. Dapol hope to have these out around Easter time.
I have now generated the webpages for these along with the new pages for the Salt and Lime Van. We are already taking advance orders for all liveries now.
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 Approximate Release dates:
NEWS 13th September 2017
We have now received all versions of the Class 05 and also restocks of the limited re-run of the Large Logo blue Class 37. We are also offering our numbering and weathering service on these for customers who wish to take advantage of it; £25.00 for numbering (or £35.00 if the buffer beams are numbered as well as the cabsides) and and additonal £25.00 for weathering with the customer's choice of degree of weathering (Light, Light body & medium chassis and roof, medium or heavy) You can either call us or email us with your advance order.
This is very much a limited re-run where Heljan have only produced the number that was advanced order by each shop, so this is very much a limited window in which to obtain one of these much sought after pieces. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
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 large logo loco is just £35.00, numbering and weathering an additional £75.00. 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 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 or £10.00 if metal plates.
Heljan have already confirmed that they have already sold out of these and once our limited supplies have gone there will be no more.
NEWS 4th September 2017
The first batch of SR Pillbox brakevans have now completely sold out and Dapol have improved the model and are introducing new versions that are due for release before summer 2018 as both even and un-even planked varieties in both BR and SR liveries. We are taking advance orders for these now for immediate despatch as soon as they become available.
At Telford show Dapol announced the launch of the 48xx / 58xx / 14xx 0-4-2 for production late 2018. There are several options of each type with the changes through the life of the loco and the options of autofitted. Overall, including both the DCC fitted and DCC sound options along with the option of un-numbered for those customers who wish to complete the loco as their own specific loco there are fifty versions being produced!
We will also be offering our completing service for these locos for those people who wish to have their own number applied by our workshops and also the option of weathering if required. Numbering with the customers own number costs an additonal £35.00, weathering an additional £25.00.
We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. The DCC and sound fitting is being done here in the UK so will become available a few weeks after the standard models.
At Telford Heljan finalised the initial liveries for the forthcoming English Electric Class 50's and that the model will be based on the refurbished Class 50. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch when they are released thoguht there has been no confirmed release dates as of yet.
NEWS 31st August 2017
This weekend Heljan will be announcing the introduction of a Class 25/3 in O gauge which should be available around the end of 2018 which will utilise the existing class 25 chassis but with the later style body and missing the underframe water tanks, as these were primarily freight locos with no steam heat boilers fitted. Hopefully I should have more details after Telford show and will update the website as and when we have more details. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch when they become available.
NEWS 22nd August 2017
Latest news from Heljan today is that the 61xx has been delayed and is now expected the first quarter of 2018. Being their first steam project they are working hard to ensure it is right and this is taking a little longer than expected. We are still taking advance orders for these now and the numbers on the Tower Models Limited Editions are getting low.
NEWS 21st August 2017
New clearance section.
I have today created a new page within the O gauge section of the website covering items that are either the end of the line, discontinued or no longer stocked. All items are new but offered at clearance prices. Full details of the items are shown in the relavant sections of the website. Once sold, it is unlikely that there will be any more unless the manufacturer decides to re-issue them, in which case the price will be much higher. I have also listed the final few On30 items that we have available on clearance here as well.
NEWS 15th August 2017
We have now received the brand new 10foot wheelbase wagons. This includes re-runs of the opens, plywood and planked vans along with the insulated van. New release will be the first livery for the long awaited meat van in crimson. . We still have stocks of most types still available if people wish to call us and grab some of these superb wagons whilst they can given how quick many of them have sold from the last batch released.
NEWS 11th August 2017
Dapol have just announced a re-run of the O gauge Suburban coaches for early next year. I am waiting on a few minor confirmation from Dapol on the new liveries and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. Alternatively we have a good selection of 2 and 4 car units in all liveries available for immediate despatch if you are not concerned about the specific regions they are from.
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 27th July 2017
Tower Brass 'O' gauge Collett Coaches
We are now down to the eight of the Tower Brass Collett Corridor coaches. We have just completed one fully finished D127 in BR Carmine & Cream livery for £420.00.
NEWS 12th July 2017
Yesterday updated the webpages for the forthcoming Dapol 57xx / 8750 taking with the latest preproduction sample images of both the 57xx and the 8750. Today I have updated the page with further information from Dapol in regard to un-numbered options on the all of the Great Western and BR liveries (but not the LT livery) and a second London Transport option on number so there will be both L94 and L92 available in this launch. These locos are expected early 2018 and we are taking advance orders for them now and if anyone has already advance ordered one of these but would now like to amend their order going for an un-numbered example or swapping over to the alternate LT numbered variant they are welcome to do so, the earlier we know the better for this. Demand is expected to be very high for these and advance ordering is highly recommended to avoid any potential disappointment when they sell out!
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 early 2018 release date on these.
NEWS 4th July 2017
Dapol have just announced the next production run of 'O' gauge Terriers which should be available before June next year. 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
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.
Stocks are getting very low across all remaining liveries. We have already completely sold out of the green with small yellow panels, Raifreight Grey, BR blue with full yellow ends.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.