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NEWS 20th September 2021
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.
NEWS 14th September 2021
I have today updated the Dapol Vanwide / VEA page with the latest test sample images that we have received from Dapol. These are ready for shipping now from China and we are just waiting on an expected release date which is all subject to shipping times which is very much the unknown factor at present.
We are producing 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 around the middle of the year. We are taking advance orders for these now and customer's are welcome to amend their current orders taking these alternate number options into account.
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
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 have today announced a re-run of the extremely popular BR Brake Vans. This re-run uses new tooling and covers the later diagram option compared to the earlier production run with the later oleo buffers and roller bearing axle boxes. This later diagram of the brake van allows some of the later liveries for S & T, Dutch and Railfreight red grey liveries. Really looking forward to these and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available and Dapol hope to have these available the first quarter of 2022 if everything goes to plan.
Good news today from Dapol in regard to the ever popular HAA MGR Hopper wagons. Dapol has produced new tooling allowing the production of the canopied variant of the wagon. This was a feature added to many of the earlier wagons. The canopy was eventually phased out and for many years canopied hoppers were only common in Scotland.
Both canopy and standard versions are being produced and these should be available the first quarter of 2022 if everything goes to plan.
At the same time Tower Models will be producing a limited edition number of the iconic Coal Sector livery with the yellow cradle. We have produced these as a perfect companion to our Limited Edition Heljan Class 60 in the matching Coal sector livery or the Heljan Class 56 in Coal Sector livery which is due out in 2022
We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 3rd September 2021
Peco O gauge track restock
Today we have had a further restock from Peco for O gauge trackwork and now the only bullhead trackwork we do not have in is the long crossing. We did not receive anything like what we wanted but some of everything is better than nothing. All outstanding advance orders have been completed today and we still have stocks available for immediate despatch.
NEWS 27th August 2021
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 which is due for release towards the end of the year or more likely early in 2022. There were a large number of these in Transrail livery and it was used all over the country in this livery.
Update today from Dapol in regard to the outstanding SO (Second Open).and CK (CComposite Corridor). It is looking like the factory has just about completed the production of these in all five liveries and they will be ready to ship soon so it is looking like we should get all versions in approximately ten weeks time if everything goes to plan.
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. For those people who have not taken advantage of our advance ordering system we do have stocks available of the versions now in stock ready for immediate despatch.
At the same time Dapol have confirmed that the shipment with the Bogie Bolster E's is running later than expected but hopefully we should have these somewhere around the middle of September now. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available and numbers on the earlier liveries are already running low before they have even been released.
Dapol have also confirmed that the rerun of the 10ft wheelbase wagons is at sea and we should therefore have them in the next six weeks if everything goes to plan. Two number options of the standard planked and plywood vans are being 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 and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. We still have some stocks of the models produced last year but numbers are getting low on these now.
NEWS 25th August 2021
We have now completed all despatches for the Class 122's, both standard and DCC fitted versions, the sound fitted examples should hopefully be available in approximately a months time as these have been sent to DCC Supplies for sound fitting rather than being done at the Dapol factory. We have now started on the custom weathered examples to be completed through the workshop. Having had the Class 50's, Class 31's and Class 40's all in the last 5 weeks as well as the arrival of the 122's we do have a bit of a backlog in work completing through the workshop so please be patient.
Initially we were also short delivered on a number of the most popular liveries but today we have received the missing locos so currently have stocks of all standard locos available for immediate despatch.
NEWS 18th August 2021
The Heljan Class 40's have arrived this morning and we are busy arranging despatches for customer advance orders to clear the decks as much as possible for the Class 122 delivery which is expected tomorrow.
Five liveries will be available covering the entire BR career of the class. The models will feature a ‘DCC Friendly’ chassis, LED lighting, a heavy duty chassis with twin motors and flywheels and fine detail specific to these later-built EE Type 4s.
These are proving extremely popular and as with several recent Heljan releases we expect the most popular liveries to sell out almost immediately. We are taking advance orders for these now and is advisable to secure your locomotive for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 17th August 2021
Last week we had the first of the colour layout images for the Heljan MkII coaches with the release of the images for the BFK (Brake First Corridor) coaches. Today we have approved the colour layout image for the Tower Models Limited edition FK (First Corridor) in maroon as shown here and also the images for all of the other body types and liveries.
Four different 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.
NEWS 4th August 2021
We have received today the colour layout images for the final set in the Tower Models Coal series covering the Midlands area, this set is due for release in late November or December. The Home Counties series is the next to be released and should hopefully become available within a month. After the Home Counties set we should have the Marches set released in either late September or October. This is a large ongoing project and advance ordering is highly recommended. If the demand is there we will go on to expand on this range in 2022.
In total we are producing 4 sets 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. There are at least 6 liveries being produced in each set and numbers are limited.
This week has seen Heljan release the colour layout images for the 2022 production run of Class 50's which is due for release in January and we are taking advance orders for these now as they are bound to be popular, especially in regard to the Hanson Hall livery shown above.
We still have limited stocks of some of both the 2020 and 2021 production run of Class 50's which are available for immediate despatch; details of which can be found on the page for the Class 50s which can be linked through to with the title above.
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.
We have now completely sold out of the Leith General Warehouse wagons that we commissioned with Dapol to compliment the Heljan Class 17 Clayton to create the iconic Scottish trains.
We are also down to last clean set of the A Cant & Sons London Salt vans and one weathered set with replacement planks as shown here.
Stocks of our extensive range of Limited Edition ICI wagons remain good at present.
It is good to see some of these sell out given the new wagons expected later in the year.
NEWS 3rd August 2021
We have today received the brand new Heljan Class 31/1 and 31/4 models and have been busy all day calling people to arrange suitable days for delivery for their advance orders. We have now broken the back of the work and have now also prepared all the the models for custom numbering, naming and sound fitting through the workshop to customer's requirements over the coming weeks.
We still have examples of all liveries available for immediate despatch for anyone who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system. A simple call on 01253 623797 in the morning and we can arrange everything for you.
NEWS 29th July 2021
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.
NEWS 28th July 2021
Good news today from Heljan as they have released the production sample images of ten out of eleven liveries that are being produced. Heljan have also confirmed that these are now going into production in China
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. We strongly advise advance ordering these to avoid disappointment. As always we will be offering our numbering, naming and custom weathering if required along with ESU sound fitting if required.
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.
Dapol have also revised the release date for the Class 121's. They have now appeared on the Dapol release schedule for late September though I suspect it is more realistic to expect them in October with the DCC fitted and DCC sound fitted examples available a few weeks later as this is being done here in the UK. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they come into stock.
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 6th July 2021
Heljan have announced a re-run of the popular Class 60 and we have now had the test sample of our Limited Edition Coal Sector livery. There are five standard liveries being produced and we are doing a limited edition run of just 75 pieces of the coal sector railfreight triple grey livery. We will also be stocking the two Gaugemaster limit edition models which are also limited editions of just 75 pieces. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. Heljan have indicated a release date of third quarter of 2021 but we expect it will be early 4th quarter now.
NEWS 30th June 2021
Good new this week from Heljan with the first test sample images of the eagerly awaited CCT. 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 27th June 2021
The workshop have this week completed two more example of our Limited Edition Class 37/4 in Transrail livery. The latest examples we have completed we have left as clean examples but we could always weather them with the customer's choice of the degree of weathering if required. Details of the fully finished Class 37/4's that are available can be found under the "Locos Available off the shelf section"
At the same time as the good number of updates from Heljan this week Heljan have also confirmed a few other things:
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.
We have now received all of the standard production run of the Dapol conflat and have made despatch of 90% of the advance orders now. We currently still have stock of all types available off the shelf.
Our limited production run is of the two most popular liveries with two sets of 3 being made in both the BR "Door to Door" and "British Railways" liveries.These will be finished in the UK at Dapol's factory in Chirk as they have come decorated and just need to have the numbers applied at the factory which will take some time with so many to do. I hope to have details on this next week. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available.
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
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 4th June 2021
We have also now received a further restock from Gladiator and currently have a better selection of the kits available off the shelf than we have had for a long time. It is easier to call to check availability of these as it changes quickly.
NEWS 29th May 2021
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 26th May 2021
Good news from Dapol today that we will be receiving the re-run of the O gauge 6 wheel milk tankers this afternoon. There are re-runs of two of the liveries that have currently sold out; United Dairies, Express Dairy and then also a re-run of Unigate Creameries. The CWS version of the milk tankers is also being produced but in the green livery for the first time. We will begin despatching all advance orders for these this afternoon. The web page for these has been updated with these details.
NEWS 19th May 2021
Folllowing on from the successful launch of the latest building from Bachmann in O gauge we have commissioned Bachmann to produce both platform straights and ramps in O gauge exclusively for Tower Models and they have today confirmed that we should receive them late on tomorrow. The basic set as shown here makes a good representation of a station halt and the additional straight sections can be added to make a decent length of platform. Each set of additional straights is three pieces which is approximately the length of two coaches. More images are available through the above title link or via the Bachamnn Scenecraft O gauge section of the website. We still have stock available of these for immediate despatch
The shop is now open to the public. We are however operating a closed door policy with just one group allowed in at a time to ensure social distancing requirements can be maintained at all times.
Long before the Covid restrictions the mainstay of the business has been mail order and for the time being we will be maintaining the reduced shop hours of 9.30am until 4.45pm six days per week to enable us to ensure the mail order can be completed every day.
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.
Today we have added on to the list of the Class 73's being produced with the addition of the Gaugemaster Limited Edition Pullmann example as 73101 "The Royal Alex". 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.
NEWS 24th April 2021
Yesterday we unexpectedly received the Dapol re-run of the standard rivetted and welded 16ton mineral wagons along with the Tower Models Limited Edition blue ICI Soda Ash wagons. This has made for a busy week along with the launch of the Heljan Mk1 coaches. All despatches for these have made and we still have stocks available for immediate despatch.
NEWS 12th April 2021
We have just bought a number of secondhand items that are in very good condition:.
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
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.
Yesterday I was chasing up our outstanding order for O gauge transfers with the HMRS as the order had been in with them since Christmas. We knew they were very low on stocks of the popular sheets and were awaiting restocks themselves from the printers. The Pressfix and Methfix printing process is very labour intensive and the printers have now informed the HMRS that they no longer will be producing the sheets for them. Until such time that the HMRS are able to locate a printer to do the specialised printing that is required they have taken the descision to stop supply the trade with the sheets that are still available and now to sell the remaining sheets direct via their website. When they do source a printer to re-start production they will begin again to supply the trade. We still have stocks of over half the sheets available for immediate despatch but once these half gone we will have to wait until the situation improves.
NEWS 24th March 2021
One of the workshops has today completed a good selection of the Tower Brass / San Cheng Brass locomotives and coaches for the shelf rather than just completing customers commissions which has given us a good supply of Gauge 1 coaches available for immediate despatch and a very nice selection of Gauge 1 Terriers in some very pretty liveries.
NEWS 23rd March 2021
Dapol have updated us with the details of the long awaited VEA and Vanwide wagons along with an expected release date of this summer. They have increased the numbers of models being produced with a total of four liveries being produced of each model. At the same time they have advised us of a price increase. There are images of all four liveries of both body types on the webpage page for these which can be short-cutted through the title link above. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 10th March 2021
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 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 27th January 2021
We have now received the four ICI blue salt vans and all advance orders for these have been despatched. We still have approximately ten sets of these available after completing all advance orders. In the last year this means we have produced a mix of 25 different numbered ICI Salt Vans and 5 plank opens in the last year. The last of the ICI series will be the ICI Soda Ash 16 ton mineral wagons which should become available in the latter half of 2021.
Stocks of the limited edition sets of London Salt vans and Leith General Warehouse wagons are now very low with just one complete set of the Leith wagons available and four complete sets of the A Cant Salt vans, once these have gone we currently have no plans to repeat them..
NEWS 16th December 2020
These are all now available. The Lime Division covers the 1950's and through into the 60's and the Alkali Division wording was introduced in the 1960's; of course you would see a mixture of both liveries in the 1960's as there was no magic wand to repaint everything overnight. We will be producing a total of five different number options in both Lime and Alkali making a total of ten different numbers across them both. We are taking advance orders for these now and demand for these has been high so advance ordering is highly recommended. As always we are also offering our custom weathering service on these if required.
In these strange times they are running a little late but we are getting there. Dapol have also confirmed that they will not be receiving any other major items before Christmas.
At the same time we have now finalised the numbers for the later 1960's blue era Bulk Salt vans but it now looks like these will be with us in the New Year rather than before Christmas
NEWS 15th December 2020
Heljan have announced the production of the LMS / BR inspection saloon for release in 2022. Used for engineers’ inspections, VIPs, meetings and district managers’ tours of network, these classic LMS vehicles had seated saloons at each end with large windows to give a good all round view of the line. This is an ideal one-coach train for O gauge layouts of all sizes, from depots to large exhibition layouts.We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch when they become available. Prices have not been settled as of yet and further detail are expected as work progresses on this model.
NEWS 14th December 2020
Heljan release schedule updates.
As a result of the pandemic Heljan have a revised their release schedule for the following O gauge products:
Release dates can slip but this is the latest information from Heljan. As well as the delays on production caused by the pandemic Heljan are also working around production slots available for manufacture and also spacing new product out so we do not have everything appearing at the same time as the tooling is ready on many items for production.
I will complete the new webpage for the announced LMS / BR Inspection saloon tomorrow once I have some answers back from Heljan in the morning
NEWS 5th December 2020
We have now now bought all remaining stocks of the Class 43xx Mogul from Heljan. I have updated the webpage for these with the numbers that are left and it is not many now of this very popular loco with just a total of eighteen remaining. All of our Limited Editions have sold out and we do not expect these to last long as Heljan have no plans to re-run these.
NEWS 10th November 2020
Dapol announced yesterday the production of the Class A and B anchor mounted 14 ton tankers. These compliment the previously released Air Ministry tankers. Both Class A and Class B variants are being produced and Dapol hope to have these available before the end of 2021. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 4th November 2020
Dapol have announced the introduction of the GWR / BR streamlined railcar for production in the first half of 2021. 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 8th October 2020
Today the website has been down for more than half the day as the host for the website migrates it from the old server to a new one, hence we have not done a new Train of the Week this week.
We have now received both clean and weathered versions of the new Dapol Mangers salt van today. We made despatches of all advance orders for these and have stocks of both available for immediate despatch for anyone who had not taken advantage of our advance ordering system.
NEWS 6th October 2020.
We have today had confirmation from Dapol that the long awaited 45xx Small Prairie will not be available this year. These have been delayed and are now expected around Easter 2021. These were supposed to go into production around the end of March but events of this year meant that was not possible and the factories are still playing catch-up on projects. It is a pity but on-going events are still effecting release schedules.
NEWS 25th September 2020
Good news from Bachmann today, they have now despatched theoutstanding building to us and we should receive them either late today or more likely on Monday. Originally Bachmann told us to expect the Mess Room and Wash plant as shown but the despatch note also say the 4 lever ground frame is also on it's way to us. We have enough stock to cover all advance orders coming in and extras for anyone who has not placed an advance order with us. The total number of of these that has been produced is very low so they should not last long.
We recently received three of the other new Bachmann Scenecraft buildings. Now available is the corrugated shed, Midland watercrane and the walls and gates set which are all in stock and available for immediate despatch.
NEWS 21st September 2020
We have now had the colour layout images for the Tower Models Limited Edition 1960's Salt Vans which follow on from the series of 1950's red ICI Salt vans that we have already produced. A total of four different numbers are being produced in this livery with only a small number of each being produced. These are being made in the UK and we hope to have them available in November and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. As always we are also offering our custom weathering service on these if required.
Work is progressing well on the additional 1950's ICI salt vans which should become available in very soon and also the 5 plank lime wagons which will become available in October if everything goes to plan.
NEWS 17th September 2020
Yesterday Heljan announced the production of the Class 02 diesel shunter in O gauge which should become available in2022. A total of eight liveries are being produced and I will update the webpage for these as and when we get more details. Heljan hope to have the first test samples of these aound Easter time so hopefully then we will have images rather than the CAD drawings.
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.
NEWS 2nd September 2020
Just over a month ago now we received the brand new Tower Models Limited Edition A Cant & Sons set of six different numbered London Salt Vans. We have now had chance to complete some weathered examples for sale off the shelf with a full set of the six available with custom weathering for immediate despatch. At the same time we also decided to have a play with a few example of the London Salt vans as shown above with a few replacement planks as part of the weathering and the wood finish really nicely contrasts against the blue and makes each one very much unique. This can also be done as part of the standard weathering service if required.
These have been a lockdown project that was only started the begining of June which was the first day the studio at Dapol returned to work after lockdown and have been made here in the UK . This Salt Merchant bought it's salt from the Stafford salt works and were maintained in Stoke on Trent so is a very useful company wagon as it can be used on layouts based either around London or the Midlands.
NEWS 28th August 2020
Exhibition Calender 2021
The Gauge O Guild has announced the dates for their shows for 2021 and the venues and weekends are provisionally booked. What is uncertain at the current time is the Government regulations and restrictions in regard to large scale indoor events and how this may change on a week by week basis dependant on external circumstances . Once we have details of the Government guidelines we can make an assessment ourselves regarding the safety of the shows let alone the economic viability of such events. With the safety of our staff and customer's being paramount we feel that until there is progress with a vaccine the visitor numbers would rightly be low with the risk of infection. At the moment it is just too early to predict what is going to happen, we will make a decision one way or another in the New Year in regard to the shows in the first half of the year and it is quite possible we may not attend any of the shows for the 2021 period.
NEWS 18th August 2020
Good new today from Dapol. This afternoon we should finally receive the long awaited 57xx / 8750 restock. This includes the introduction of a new riveted tank variant that has not been done before. Details of these liveries can be found on the webpages for these through the title link. All advance orders should be despatched today and we still have stock available off the shelf for people who have not taken advantage of our advance ordering system. The GNSR lined Caramel (Railway Children) livery should be popular along with the Great Western Liveried version of the 8750 class.
NEWS 13th August
Less than two weeks ago Dapol launched the brand new O gauge Turbot wagons in both EWS and Dutch liveries. Today we have bought all remaining stocks of the Dutch liveried versions as sales have been so high on these which should at least give us some stock for the coming months otherwise in a matter of weeks we ourselves would of sold out. We will also be offering our weathering service on these for those people who wish to take advantage of this service.
NEWS 26th June 2020
I have now updated the webpage for the Dapol 48xx / 14xx / 58xx with the latest information of what we now have left in stock in both basic DC and DCC sound. We have now completely sold out of all versions with just the DCC chip (but not sound) This loco has sold exceptionally well but we are now coming towards the end of the stock for this with Dapol having sold out of most of the popular liveries. I would not hesitate getting one of these now if you have not already, very soon now we will of sold out of all of the versions of the 48xx and 14xx..
We have now received restocks of the popular Heljan O gauge diesel depot and extensions. These have also been very popular during isolation as it is a sizeable modelling project and relatively cheap and can keep you occupied for a good week and gives plenty of oppurtunity for super detailing and turning into a little diorama in it's own right. At the same time people have also been picking up the Bachmann Scenecraft Diesel Refueling Point to complement the shed.
NEWS 27th April 2020
We have finally had restocks from Springside of their BR and GWR head and tail lights along with the fire iron sets. Hopefully in a couple of weeks we should also have restocks of both the LMS and LNER head and tail lamps. All advance orders have now ben despatched and we have good stocks of the items which have just come back into stock.
NEWS 18th April 2020
Dapol Good news
Both the Dapol Banana vans and Tower Models Limited Editions came into stock yesterday as well as the re-runs of some of the standard BR 10ft wagons. They arrived nice and early in the day so we were able to get most of the large orders for the courier off yesterday. We have today completed the smaller orders which are going via the post and these will be despatched on Monday. One change to the advertised production on the Banana vans is that there are 3 number options for the Fyffes livery and only one number of the Geest livery. Fyffes has been by far the most popular livery anyway so works out better for most people.
All advance orders for these limited edition sets of six planked or plywood vans have been despatched where we have been able to contact customers. There are still a number of both sets still available for immediate despatch.
At the same time we have also received the brand new Dapol Banana Vans. Initially four will be available; one in "Geest" and three different numbers in "Fyffes" livery. All advance orders have now been despatched.
At the same time we have also received the four standard re-run of both the BR vans and opens in the 2020 liveries.
NEWS 30th March 2020
We have just received restocks from DJH of the O gauge kits, we now have all four of the popular kits K300-K303 in stock and can get any of the others from the range as required. We also have both the the Tower Collection O gauge starter kits in stock. A simple call can arrange immediate despatch.
As people are probably already aware, many of the up coming shows in the next few months have been cancelled. I have updated our show calender with the shows that we were attending that have sadly been cancelled. If and when we hear more on this we will update the exhibition calender.
In the meantime, mail order has been extremely busy with people stocking up on hobby items for something to do over the coming months. The postal service and couriers are still working fine and we have good stocks of many items, the most popular over the last week being trackwork and plastic wagon kits to complete those long overdue projects.
NEWS 19th February 2020
The blue versions of the Class 03 are in transit and should be with us in a few days, we will begin to conatct people with advance orders over the next few days to arrange suitable days for delivery.
Heljan have rationalisation the liveries for the Class 03 with four near identical versions being dropped which are virtually duplicated by other versions in the range. Taking this into account, if customers wish to amend their order a simple call can amend the advance order.
Heljan did forget to pack the instructions in with the green locos. A copy of the instructions can now be found on the page for the Class 03 to download and print off.
Those which are being numbered, weathered and sound equipped will be going through to the workshop and should hopefully be completed in about 2-3 weeks.
As part of our preparations for the upcoming Larger Scales show the workshop have just completed a large number of Gauge 1 items including two fully finished Halls, 2 Black Fives, a rake of 7 BR chocolate and cream coaches and a good selection of 45xx's. Details of these can be found through the title link or in the Gauge 1 section of the website as we hope to put on a good display of out Gauge 1 at the show in May which is at at the Riversmead Leisure Centre in Reading. Details of the show can be found through the link of the shows we are attending this year but all of these items are availablenow for immediate despatch.
NEWS 29th January 2020
We just received the brand new DJH O gauge kit for the LNER / BR A8 and are available from stock for immediate despatch. We can also supply the wheels and gearbox motor to suit.
NEWS 13th December 2019
The basic version of the long awaited Sentinels are now in stock and we should also received the DCC fitted versions later on this afternoon. The DCC and sound fitting is being done here in the UK so these will be available approximately a month after the basic DC version but given the Christmas period it may take a little longer for them to complete the sound fitted versions.
There has also been two changes on the lead up to the launch that it is worth mentioning. 7S-005-002 is now BR Early Crest Dept 39 and not as previously advertised 68183 in LNER livery and now there is only one number of the LMS livery being produced instead of the planned two number options.
At the same time we have also received the EWS livery for the Class 08 that was missing from the shipment last month.
NEWS 26th November 2019
The long awaited re-run of Heljan Deltics arrived yesterday and we have made all despatches for all the basic versions. All named, numbered, weathered and sound equipped versions are at the workshops being completed. This will obviously take some time with so many in to complete but we will contact these customers as and when the locos are completed to arrange a suitable day for delivery.
A total of four liveries are being produced and includes the BR green with full yellow end livery that is both named, numbered and factory weathered that has not been done before. Number for this re-run are very low so taking advantage of our advance order system is highly recommended for these for despatch as soon as they become available. To prove the point Heljan have also confirmed that the Class 55 in BR blue with full yellow ends is already sold out at the factory. After completing all of our advance orders we still have a handful of the BR blue version available but I doubt these will last long.
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
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
Over a year ago now Helmsman retired and their superb controllers have not been available ever since. Good news from Peco this week, they are to take over the range. No indication from Peco as tor the new price of the units but have said they hope to have the range availabe during 2020. The Helmsman 5amp controller has always been popular, especially for Heljan deisels. As and when we get more details I will update the website. Several people have already had advance orders in place for their eventual return and we are taking orders now for when they do reappear..
NEWS 22nd August 2019
As well as the Snowdrift Salt Van that was released last week we have now also received the George Brown Lime wagon in clean finish, hopefully we will also be receiving the weathered example soon. We have good stocks of all liveries of both the Salt and Lime wagons that have been released so far available for immediate despatch. Stocks of some liveries are now starting to run low and we are awaiting restocks on some liveries.
NEWS 2nd August 2019
Both the Tower Models Limited Edition sets of tankers and standard Air Ministry tankers came into stock yesterday and we have made despatch of all advance orders where customers have confirmed delivery. We still have stocks of all versions for those people have not taken advantage of our advance ordering system.
Both Shell BP and Esso have always been the most popular of the liveries of the Class B ex-Air Ministry tankers. As such we thought people might appreciate the chance to buy sets of 6 of these all with different running numbers that have not been done before by Dapol. We will also be offering our custom weathering service on any of the Dapol tankers for those people who want to take advantage of it.
NEWS 26th June 2019
Peco have just released the long awaited O gauge signal box interior that is suitable for either LK709, platform mounted signal box or LK715, the brick based free standing signal box. These are now in transite to us and should hopefully be with us either on Friday or Monday next week. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they come into stock.
Peco have just released a new addition to their O gauge range of trackside kits with a signal box, representing a generic style of box with a brick base and wooden cabin structure on top, plus the necessary steps leading up from the ground. This is a "mixed-media" kit, meaning that the top half is produced as a plastic injection moulding, and the brick base of laser-cut wooden parts, all coming together to create this wonderfully characterful structure. Provision has also been made to include a brick chimney breast at the back of the box. These are now in stock and are available for immediate despatch.
At the same time Peco have decided to repackage their O gauge telegraph from the original pack of 4 to packs of 6 but with a price change from the original £6.50 per pack to £9.50 per pack. We still have a handful of the old packs of 4 but once the last few we have in stock have gone all future stocks will be at the higher size and price.
NEWS 21st March 2019
The Heljan Class 43xx Mogul are now all in stock and have been well received. Stocks are already running low on these with just a handful of the two "Great Western" liveried examples remaining.
Listening to customer requests Heljan have now created a supplementary instruction sheet for further details on how to disassemble the locomotive for DCC fitting and general maintenance. A copy of this I have now put a link to from the webpage for the 43xx Mogul which can be reached through the above title link .
We have just bought all remaining stocks of the Heljan models of both the Catfish and Dogfish. These have always been popular and this is a gentle head up for these as once we have sold the remaining stocks it is unlikely that Heljan will re-run them any time soon. I have updated the webpage with the numbers we have of the last few of these. The special offer on six or more of these is also still available
NEWS 28th February 2019
ESU v5 XL Chips
We have also received this week stocks of the brand new ESU v5 XL chips. We have been waiting for these for sometime now and there is a queue of locomotives in the workshop awaiting sound fitting with the long awaited new sound card. Good news is that we will be able to maintain the standard chipping charge for these @ £310.00 for Heljan locomotives even though there has been a price increase from ESU on the unit. This may change post Brexit dependant on the terms of the final Brexit deal and whether there is an import duty on European goods but at the moment it is impossible to say what effect it will or wont have. We will worry about it if and when it happens.
NEWS 10th January 2019
The workshop has just completed a weathered example of the Dapol BR Terrier which I have added to the list of ready to run locomotives available off the shelf. All of these are available for immediate despatch.
As with the Salt and Lime wagons we should see the first examples of the brand new Dapol 9ft RCH wagons are now available. Again there have been a few new liveries announced that are being produced first. The originally announced private owner liveries will follow in either December or January. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 16th October 2018
It has been an interesting few days with the launch of the Dapol brake vans. Luckily we noted everyone's choice of both livery and era required for customer advance orders rather than just the reference numbers to ensure everyone got the model required. Labour intensive but worthwhile to avoid any issues. The website now shows the correct stock numbers and liveries compared to what was originally announced and we also have the first images from the workshop of the weathered examples that have just been completed.
Initially being produced is the main series of brake vans encompassing Diagrams 1/504 (vacuum through piped) and 1/506 (Unfitted) manufactured between 1951 and 1957 totalling some 2,300 vehicles. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available . Demand for these has been very high and we expect them to sell out quickly once they are released.
A good suggestion to accompany these is the set of 5 Springside BR tail lamps or BR Guards lamps at £9.50 per set which we could add to the order if required and as always we are also offering our weathering service for these for those people who wish to take advantage of this at an additional £25.00. With the current workload the weathering service is expected to take between 10-14 days after launch.
The new issue of the Dapol 10ft wheelbase vans and opens also appeared the week before last. The workshop have now also completed the first weathered examples of these.. Details of the full range available in this batch can be found on the relevant webpage and all versions are currently available.
The new batch of Dapol Terriers are now in stock. There are a total of 5 new liveries covering both A1X and A1 versions with the option on all of analog, DCC fitted or DCC and sound fitted. We are taking advance orders for these now for immediate despatch as soon as they do become available. As always the DCC fitted and DCC sound equipped models are available usually two to three weeks after the analog version is delivered. We still have stocks available of all five liveries available for immediate despatch for anyone who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system.
There are a total of twelve versions of this both numbered and un-numbered now in stock. We currently have stocks of all twelve types but the numbers on the most popular ones are getting low.
NEWS 30th July 2018
Weathered Dapol Class 08's
The workshop have just completed some of the standard Dapol Class 08's with medium weathering for sale off the shelf. The weathering really has worked well and brought them alive. The cost of these is just £216.25 each Post Free to mainland UK addresses. We can also complete a sound equipped version if required, the cost for one of these weathered would be £370.00 for the sound equipped version.
We have finally had the opportunity to complete thirteen Gauge 1 coaches for stock in time for the summer. Eleven are in BR maroon with Midland prefixes and two in Carmine and Cream with Western prefix. Details of these can be found on the RTR available off the shelf section within the Gauge 1 part of the website. The cost of these is £660.00 each or £635.00 each when buying four or more in one transaction. If there are specific liveries you are after we can also complete these Gauge 1 coaches with the customer's choice of livery and either clean or weathered which normally takes 3 monthes to complete.
NEWS 5th June 2018
Lots of images today from Dapol after Doncaster show along with some updates on release schedules along with the official announcement in regard to the launch of the Class 121.
NEWS 5th December 2017
We have now received restocks of the recently released Bachmann Scenecraft O gauge trackside accessories. The platform tractor has been an extremely popular set and only just reappeared after the initial production launch.
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
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.
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
We have just done a stock take and we are now running very low on all remaining 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.
Most people think of Tower Models only as the UK's largest stockist of 'O' gauge. Apart from this we are also a major supplier of Gauge 1 locomotives, coaches and track. Shown here is a Tower Brass Terrier in Gauge 1 recently completed for a customer. This locomotive was hand lettered and lined in our workshops. We currently can offer a range of locomotives and coaches both off the shelf or completed to order.
NEWS 19th January 2017
We have now received the brand new Heljan modern depot.. It has been designed to be modular and very adaptable to a number of situations and locations. Add-on packs are also available to extend the main kit either adding extra roads or additonal depth. Photo shows the first sample which has been painted; kit will be moulded in single colour plastic. Please note that the side bay 'bars' will also be duplicated on the lower panels on production examples.
If you have not already advance ordered one of these we are still taking orders for this for immediate despatch once they have arrived and full details can be found on the relevant pages of the website.
We have now bought the last remaining stocks of the AC railbus in both Light Green with speed whiskers and dark green with small yellow panels from Heljan and are happy to announce a special offer on these two versions that will run until we have sold out. The RRP on these two liveries is £495.00 with our normal price £395.00 each. The Special offer is just £299.95 whilst stocks last is on a first come first served basis.
There are very few of the Dark Green with Speed Whiskers available and the offer does not apply to this livery as there are so few of these available and it has always been the most popular livery.
We can offer our weathering service for an extra £25.00. We can also sound fit the railcars for an additional £175.00.
NEWS 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 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
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.