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NEWS 21st January 2021
Peco O gauge track
The Peco track situation has started to improve and we have been having deliveries of O gauge track all week and expect more most days for the next ten days or so. We have now completed all outstanding advance orders for trackwork. The only items we now do not have in stock after completing the advance orders is right hand setrack points, right hand curved points and double slips. In the coming few days we should get more stocks of these missing points. It may well be a couple more weeks before we receive more double slips though as these are the most complex piece that they do in O gauge and these need the most skilled assembly. We are taking orders for all of the Peco O gauge trackwork now for despatch as soon as possible.
I am also waiting on updates from Dapol in regard to release dates for the Class 122 DMU and the arrival of the first of the Mk1's but to date nothing other than that from before Christmas but hopefully "soon".
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 11th January 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 including the new GL82 LNWR / LMS / BR Coal Engine. It is easier to call to check availability of these as it changes quickly.
Over the weekend the first images of a painted example of the Class 26 were released by Heljan and in suitably snowy conditions. These are progressing nicely as shown here and this should be available between the middle and end of 2021. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available. As always will will be offering our custom numbering and weathering service on these as well as our sound fitting service.
NEWS 9th January 2021
Heljan have now released some test sample images of the forthcoming refurbished Class 31/1 and Class 31/4. Hopefully we will receive test sample images of the remaining liveries that are being produced in the coming month or so and hopefully both models should become available in the second quarter of this year. We are taking advance orders for these now and Heljan have altered the packaging for these to avoid the issues with the packaging on the recent re-run of the original Class 31/1's. As always we are also offering our numbering, weathering and even sound fitting service if required
NEWS 31st December 2020
With the increase to Tier 4 the shop will be closed to general public during these restrictions. We will still be operating on a mail order basis as normal and also offering a click and collect service from the door. For the click and collect service please either call or email in advance to arrange to collect from the door. The shop will be operating as before between 9.30 and 4pm.
During the Christmas break I have had the time time to have a good look through some private owner wagons that I would like to do during 2021 with Dapol, specifically looking at a South Wales, Bristol and London themes.
NEWS 22nd December 2020
Today we have had the first test sample images from Heljan for the forthcoming Mk2 coaches which are due for release in the early part of 2022. It is good to see progress on all four versions of these coaches. I have updated all four pages for the coaches with the images we have received so far and will continue to update these as and when we get more.
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
NEWS 19th December 2020
Heljan have indicated that the Class 17 Clayton is now ready for despatch from China and they expect it to be leaving China very soon. This means we shuold receive all versions of these before the end of January 2021. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available and as always our custom numbering and weathering options along with sound fitting service are available for those people who wish to take advantage of it.
We have this week bought all of Heljan's remaining stock of the most popular liveries of the Class 33.The liveries we are referring to is the Green with small yellow panels, Blue with full yellow ends, Weathered blue and Dutch liveries. There is only a handful of the weathered blue and Dutch liveries available but we should be okay on the other for a little while
Heljan have confirmed that the eagerly awaited GWR / BR Razor Edge Railcars are ready for shipping the end of the month. I have updated the webpage for these with the production model sample images for all liveries and we are taking orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available, which is probably going to be around the middle of February
At the same time as the Razor Edge Railcar is shipped Heljan have confirmed that the re-run of the Class 37/4 is going to be in the same container so should be with us around the 2nd week in February. At the samne time I have also had updated production sample images for all of the new liveries including our Limited edition Transrail livery.
Yes, this does mean we will be getting both the Class 37/4 re-run and the Razor Edge Railcars on e the same day...
When the first batch of Class 37/4's came in we re-branded a good number of the original triple grey into Transrail as "Blackpool Tower" and know this will be a popular livery. We are doing it un-named or numbered though and without the vertical red door stripes to enable the modeller to finish it as any one of the class in this livery. Only 75 of the Transrail livery are being produced and we are already taking advance orders for all versions for despatch as soon as they become available.
Both the Large Logo and Railfreight triple grey liveries are being re-run as these were the first liveries to sell out from the first production run . At the same time four new liveries are being produced; DRS Blue, Colas and Royal Scotsman maroon along with a Limited Edition Transrail livery that is exclusive to Tower Models. These additional liveries should all be with us around the middle of February.
We still have stocks of the EWS and Regional Railways (which can be completed as Scotrail) liveries available for immediate despatch but stocks are running low.
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. There was no mention on this update of either the recently announced Class 26 or Class 27. 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 3rd December 2020
HMRS price increase.
We have just had a good restock of the available HMRS O gauge transfers. At the same time the HMRS have notified us of a price increase with immediate effect of approximately 10% . It has been ten years since they had a price increase and was long overdue.
NEWS 21st November 2020
Update this week from Heljan in regard to the forthcoming production of the Mk1 coaches Heljan along with the first test sample images of the new liveries. Heljan have confirmed they now expect these to become available in the second quarter of 2021. Sadly they have also confirmed the has been a slight price increase due to the increase in production costs but we did suggest this may happen on this product when these were first announced. They have also confirmed a price increase in regard to the weathered versions of the GUV's that are being produced later
These coaches have been produced before by Heljan but this new batch are coming on either Commonwealth or B4 bogies which are suited to these later liveries compared to the first batch which was on the earlier Mk1 pattern of bogie.
We are taking advance orders for these now and they are expected in the first quarter of 2021
Heljan have announced a re-run of the popular Class 60. 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 around mid 2021 but I would suggest it is more likely to be in the third quarter of 2021.
Whilst mentioning the forthcoming Heljan Class 17 Clayton I thought it was worth reminding people the Tower Models limited edition set of 8 different numbered Leith General warehousing wagons. These are iconic wagons for the Scottish region and often seen hauled by either a J39 in the steam era or a Clayton in the deisel era. We are down to just three complete sets of all eight now but do have a few more of some if people are after just an odd few rather than breaking up the potential full sets. Once gone we will not be repeating 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.
This week we have had another restock of the O gauge Parkside range of kits that are produced by Peco and now have good stocks of the majority of the range available off the shelf. We have completed and made despatch on all outstanding advance orders apart.
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.
At the same time I have also had the following updates on forthcoming Dapol projects:
The first of the Dapol Mk1's should hopefully now arrive in December. The production schedule has now changed on these. Hopefully we should receive the BR maroon and green examples of the basic model for both the BSK (Brake Second Corridor) and SK (Second Corridor) hopefully in December with the CK (Composite Corridor) and SO (Second Open) in the same colour schemes available in January. The DCC fitted examples will follow on a short time after the arrival of the basic models. The other three liveries will follow on sometime after the first two liveries but we have not been given a time frame for these as of yet. We are taking advance orders for these now and with the sheer quantity of versions being produced advance ordering is highly recommended. This split of the four basic types of coach into two releases for the first batch may well make it logistically easier but many customers have advance ordered one of each type in specific liveries so we will end up having to split shipments by the looks of it now.
The long awaited Dapol Bogie Bolsters have finally appear on the Dapol release schedule. They are talking about a January release but with so much going on; we will have to wait and see. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. I will also be pestering Dapol next week to try to get some images of decorated samples of these.
The Dapol Class 122's have now been putback and are now expected in January rather than December as expected with the sound equipped versions approximately a month later if everything goes to plan. This long awaited loco is going to be extremely popular and only 200 of each livery are being produced so advance ordering is highly recommended. 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 on these with a choice of light, light/medium, medium or heavy weathering for an additonal £40.00.
Also appearing on the Dapol release schedule for February or March 2021 is the Class 121. Again this is only provisional at this time but is encouraging.
NEWS 28th October 2020
We have now received the brand new Heljan Class 31's and have made despatch to most customers who have placed advance orders. The locos for numbering, weathering or sound fitting are all at the workshop and we should start seeing these completed in the coming weeks. We have now also bought all remaining stocks of all liveries of the Class 31 from Heljan which should see us through hopefully to Christmas. We have already sold out of the standard blue and BR green with small yellow panel liveries but have reasonable stocks of the remining four liveries which are available now for anyone who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system.
Update today from Heljan in regard to the Class 56's. Heljan have now announced two more versions of the 56. They have now added on factory numbered and named examples of the two most popular liveries, BR Blue and BR Blue large logo. We are taking advance orders for these now and if any customer would like to amend an existing advance order then just give us a call.
The release date for these is hopefully going to be around Winter 2021.
NEWS 24th October 2020
Second of the locomotives announced by Heljan today is a Class 27.. This is only at the CAD stage at present and we will update the website as and when we got more details on this. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available. They have suggested a release date around the end of 2021. As always will will be offering our custom numbering and weathering service on these as well as our sound fitting service.
The final locomotive announced today by Heljan is the Class 73 electric. This is still at a very early stage as we have not even had CAD images supplied by Heljan. The image shown here is by Brian Daniels. A total of ten liveries have been announced for the Class 73 and all of them are coming ready numbered with factory weathering available on some examples. As always we will be offering our weathering service on these if required. We are taking advance orders for these now and they should become available in 2022.
NEWS 22nd October 2020
Folllowing on from the successful launch of the latest buildings from Bachmann in O gauge we have today agreed with them to produce both platform straights and ramps in O gauge exclusively for Tower Models. We hope to have these available around the middle of next year and only a small batch is being produced so advance ordering is highly recommended.
NEWS 16th October 2020
We have now received the four new number variants of the Tower Models Limited Edition Salt Vans There is an additional alternate number to our local Fleetwood salt livery, one additional number in the Runcorn livery and two new numbers for the Stafford Salt Van. We have now completed all advance orders for these. I hope to have images of some custom weathered examples of these next week.
At the same time we have now finalised the numbers for the later 1960's blue era Bulk Salt vans which we hope will become available in November and the ICI 5 plank Lime and Alkalid open wagons in early November at the latest. I am going to try and get some pre-productions samples of these in the coming weeks.
Dapol have announced a new Lime van livery that should be released in December. They are producing the Lime Van in ICI livery which will nicely compliment our exclusive range of ICI salt vans or the new ICI Lime Opens which wil be released within a month. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as the 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.
Yesterday we received a new version on the Dapol 9 foot wheelbase 7 plank wagon. This is a GWR liveried version. The colour is very dark on this one and probable represents a loco coal livery. Both clean and weathered version of this wagon are available.
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 received the first test sample of the forthcoming Tower Models Limited Edition 16 ton mineral in Soda Ash livery. A total of three different numbers are being produced. We are happy with the colour and have approved these. Dapol have also confirmed the expected release date for these and the standard run of 16 ton minerals. Given all of the unexpected events of this year Dapol have confirmed that production of the 16ton minerals, including the Soda Ash livery is now expected June 2021.
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 29th September 2020
We have just bought a number of secondhand items that are in 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, we rarely get Lima secondhand and they should not last long.
NEWS 26th September 2020
Kettering Show Cancelled.
The Gauge O Guild have today confirmed that their show which was planned for the 6th of March has been cancelled given the recent government guidelines and announcement that the restrictions are likely to be in place for the next six months. We think they have made the right decision and is right to cancel now rather than last minute.
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 around the end of 2021 or early into 2022. 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 11th September 2020
We have now received all of the new Dapol (ex Lionheart) 7 and 8 plank coke wagons and have completed the majority of despatches for advance orders now. We are just waiting on a few more of the BR 7 plank version before we can finish off the final few orders which should be with us on either Monday or Tuesday. I have now updated the website with images of all twelve models which have been produced.
NEWS 3rd September 2020
Now available are the brand new Heljan coach lighting units. Heljan have produced these with their new O gauge Mk2 / Mk2a coaches in mind and the Mk2 coaches have been designed for simple ‘drop in’ installation of the light bars although with some adaptation the lighting bars could be used in various other coaches, be it kit built coaches or any of the ready-to-run coaches which are on the market but will require some modification to the interior unit before use.
These are in stock now and available for immediate despatch.
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 19th August 2020
Nice and early this morning we received our delivery of the brand new Heljan Class 37/0 with the split headcodes. Normally we would of begun our ring round to customers yesterday to arrange suitable days for delivery but with the launch of the Dapol 57xx and 8750 yesterday we did not get time as we focused on them. We should still be able to get all advance orders for the basic model off today and prepare all the locos for numbering, weathering and sound fitting ready for the workshop.
These upgraded and updated models is available in five classic British Rail liveries; BR all green, BR green with small yellow panels, BR green with full yellow , BR Rail Blue and weathered large logo blue fully finished as 37116. All models in this new batch have been upgraded with improved underframe tanks, a DCC friendly chassis and LED lights replacing the old bulbs. All versions have been produced in limited numbers and we are taking advance orders now for despatch as soon as they become available.We now completely sold out of both the Large Logo Comet and standard BR blue versions before the loco has even come out, as have Heljan.
The body is a re-run of the previous Class 37/0 with the split headcode but with the new improved narrower fuel tanks from the Class 37/0 centre headcode model and the chassis / PCB from the Class 37/4 model.
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.
Dapol have announced the production of the iconic GWR / BR conflat both with and without containers and I have today uploaded the latest test sample images from Dapol of these . We have also just agreed with Dapol for a Limited production run of the two most popular liveries with the two sets of 3 being made in both the BR "Door to Door" and "British Railways" liveries.These will be made in the UK at Dapol's factory in Chirk and they they are now running latebut we hope to have them in the 1st quarter of 2021. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available.
NEWS 13th August
Dapol today have given us more details in regard to the new LBSC 4 wheel coaches that have been talked about for a few years now and are a 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 and is progressing well but the coaches themselves are being manufactured at Dapol's factory in the UK. Current estimates for the release of these is before the end of the year if everything goes to plan and we are taking advance orders for these now.
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 1st August 2020
Late on yesterday we received the brand new Dapol O gauge Turbots. The are three numbers options for both the EWS and Dutch liveries but Dapol are not making large numbers of these and advance ordering is highly recommende and stocks are already running low. We will also be offering our weathering service on these for those people who wish to take advantage of this service.
Dapol have also confirmed that the Mk1's have not been shipped yet but we hope to have the BR maroon and green versions of the Mk1's towards the end of August and the subsequent three liveries (Chocolate and Cream, Crimson and Cream and Blue Grey to follow in the following two months. Dapol have also confirmed for me that the brake coaches will come with a screwlink coupling at the luggage end of the brake coaches with their own knuckle coupling at the other end. Each of the other coaches will be fitted with two knuckle couplers but also come with a single screwlink coupling in case you wish to couple it up to other manufacturers stock or to the loco.
NEWS 28th July 2020
Dapol have today announced a re-run of the ever popular six wheel milk tankers for release in the first half of 2021. There wil be 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 are taking advance orderd for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. The web page for these has been updated and shows the liveries that are currently available and the details of the new ones expected. Best guess for production is around Easter time as they are saying 1st or 2nd Quarter of 2021.
NEWS 7th July 2020
We have today received the colour layout images from Heljan for the forthcoming Class47's. 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, but will incorporate a number of detail differences reflecting some of the many changes/developments the class has been through during their long lives.
Eleven liveries have now been confirmed and we have had colour layouts for all eleven liveries announced and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available. As always we will be offering our numbers and weathering service on this loco as well as our sound fitting service if required.
Now we at this stage we have to await painted samples based on the colour samples which usually takes about two months for them to complete, assuming these are correct and there are no changes they can then go into production. Based on there being no changes to the decoration of the first samples this should mean they become available in the 4th quarter of 2021
NEWS 3rd July 2020
Heljan have today officially announced a re-run of the Class 50 for release around the middle of 2021. They are re-running two of the liveries from this year (BR Blue and BR Blue large logo with a grey roof) but are also producing four new liveries that have not been done before including BR Blue Large logo with a black roof and a factory named and weathered examples of the large logo and departmental blue. The last livery is the lighter blue version of the Network South East livery for a total of six liveries. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available
The Heljan Class 50, in our opinion, is the best O gauge model they have produced to date. Last month we bought all remaining stocks of the 2020 production of the standard blue livery, Original NSE livery and Revised NSE livery from Heljan and is worth reminding people that we still have these available from stock although numbers on these are running low.
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.
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.
In November last year Heljan announced the production of the English Electric Type 4/Class 40 as the centre headcode variant, as seen on the last 55 members of the class (D345-399) Brian Daniels has now painted one of the test samples up as one of the green example with full yellow ends as shown here.
Five liveries will be available from mid-2020, 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.
We are taking advance orders for these now, no indication as to a release date as of yet but it should be later this year. As and when we get more information we will be updating the webpage with further information and images
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.
The brand new Heljan BR Mk1 4 wheel CCT should become available in 2022 and in a wide range of liveries. The price has not yet been confirmed but we have been given an indication of an RRP in the region of £169.99 with our price of £144.50 but at this stage with Brexit and exchange rate fluctuations it is hard to be precise at this early stage.
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.
We have at the same time suggested that Heljan do a re-run of the ever popular GUV, which Heljan have now taken on board and hopefully, as a perfect companion for the CCT, these should be available around the same time as the CCT in 2022. There will be re-runs of some of the original liveries along with both numbered and weathered examples also available of the popular liveries. There are also some new later liveries being produced utilising the brand new commonwealth bogies that will also feature on the re-run of standard Mk1 coaches that are also being released this year.
We are taking advance orders for these now for immediate despatch as soon as they become available.
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 5th February 2020
Yesterday we received the long awaited re-run of the Heljan Hymek. We have now made despatch for all advance orders and those for numbered, weathering and sound fitting have gone to the workshop for completion. We still have stocks available of all four types for immediate despatch
A total of four liveries are being produced. During preparation work to rerun the very first O gauge loco that Heljan produced , it was found that various modifications were needed to bring it up to modern standards. Modifications will include weight reduction, LED lighting to replace bulbs and an electronics upgrade to make it easier to convert to DCC.
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.
Dapol have given me advance notice today that we should hopefully be receiving both the wooden arm and steel arm LMS signals tomorrow.
The O Gauge GWR square post signal is already available and in stock and this leaves just one model left to be released in this series, the GWR round post signal.
We hope to get all advance orders off tomorrow and there is still stock available for immediate despatch, a simple phone call can secure them for you.
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 same time Heljan have announced a third steam engine for release in 2021. The Collett Goods 2251 0-6-0 and tender uses the same tender as the recent 43xx Mogul and will be available in various liveries. Price has not yet been settled on this one but is expected to be in the region of the price of the 43xx Mogul.
Details of both of the above Heljan items were only announced today (23rd November) As and when we get more details we will update the webpages for these. We are taking advance orders for these now for immediate despatch when they become available.
NEWS 6th November 2019
We have today received the latest 7 plank in Dapol's new 9ft wheelbase range of wagons. We have received both the clean and weathered examples of these at the same time. We have despatched all advance orders for these today and have stocks of both still available for immediate despatch. As soon as I know what the next wagon being produced is I will update the webpage with the details.
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 the first half of 2021 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 16th October 2019
NEWS 10th October 2019
We have received the re-run of the Dapol ex Lionheart Autocoaches today. We have received all of the basic versions so far with the DCC ready with a light bar or DCC fitted with a light bar with the light bar and DCC fitting being done here in the UK have started to appear from Dapol now as well . .We have made despatch of all advance orders where we have been able to contact customers to arrange suitable days for dewlivery and still have stock available off the shelf for anyone who did not take advantage of our advance ordering system. Both the Great Western early lined chocolate and cream and crimson lake lined liveries have been very popular and we expect these two liveries will be the first to sell out. As always we are offering our weathering service if required at an additional £40.00 per coach.
NEWS 6th September 2019
To complement the recent O gauge locomotives that have recently been released in later liveries Heljan have tooled both Commonwealth bogies and B4 bogies to suit these later liveries of locos to go under their range of Mk 1 coaches. These should become available early in 2020 and we are taking advance orders for these now and we are as always offering our numbering and weathering service as well if required as all versions are coming un-numbered.
Heljan have today confirmed which bogies will be on each coach and have also confirmed the stock codes at the same time. There may well also be a few additional coaches to add to the initial list, if these go ahead I will update the relevant web pages. Also after talking to Heljan they are now also looking at selling both of the new bogies as separate pairs for those who wish to change them or alter other stock. details of these is yet to be confirmed. Heljan are also saying that these should be in production before the end of the year if everything goes to plan.
The price on these coaches with the new bogies should be the same as the current range of Mk1 coaches but is obviously subject to the exchange rate fluctuations.
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.
NEWS 8th April 2019
Following the Heljan limited re-run of some of their Mk1 coaches at a new lower price, Heljan have now extended this to cover the remaining stocks of both the BG and GUV. At the new lower our price of just £169.15 instead of £250.00 they represent excellent value for money. We have also made the decision to include the Tower Models Limited Edition maroon variants in as well whilst stocks last even though we did not benefit from the new lower price on these. First come first served at these prices..
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.
At the same time Dapol have announced a re-run of the 0-6-0 3F Jinty. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.. The BR liveries are always popular and advance ordering is highly recommended.
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.
Heljan have also updated the provisional liveries on the forthcoming Class 117 DMU and have now confirmed that they will be available as both 2 car and 3 car units. Prices are yet to be finalised and production will hopefully be 2021. 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
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.