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NAVIGATION

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NEWS 13th September 2019

Train of the Week

Train of the week is a new feature that started in August last year 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.

NEWS 13th September 2019

Tower Models Limited Edition Leith General Warehousing

Tower Models have commissioned Dapol to produce a Limited Edition set of Leith General Warehousing wagons based on the Dapol Salt Van model.  A total of eight different running numbers are being produced of this iconic livery for the North East and Scottish region to enable people to represent the block appearance of them at time behind the likes of Claytons or individually further afield.

Although the salt van is not technically correct as there are differences in the roof detail, straps and doors, there is no way Dapol would tool up for such a unique vehicle but these will give a very good representation and the numbers being produced are very small. These wagons also had a very long lifespan lasting from WW1 through until the withdrawal of the very last one in 1971.

Only 25 of each are being produced and advance ordering is highly recommended.

NEWS 11th September 2019

Dapol 'O' gauge Y1 / Y3 Sentinel

Good news from Dapol this morning. The long awaited Sentinel Y1/Y3 has appeared on their release schedule for October this year. I would guess this will mean towards the end of October rather than earlier in the month but well worth the wait. 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. We are now taking advance orders for these for immediate despatch as soon as they become available. Advance ordering is highly recommended as this is bound to be popular.

There has also been a change in livery on one example, 7S-005-002 is now BR Early Crest Dept 39 and not as previously advertised 68183 in LNER livery. We will be contacting everyone who had previously ordered this livery to sort out any changes required.

NEWS 9th September 2019

New Dapol 9ft WB Wagon

On Friday we received the latest 5 plank in Dapol's new 9ft wheelbase range of wagons. Speaking to Dapol there should be another two releases in this range before the end of the month, both covering the North Wales area.

NEWS 6th September 2019

Heljan MK1's with Commonwelath and B4 bogies

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

Heljan Class 37/0 split headcode announced

.At Telford show Heljan had the test sample of the re-run of the original Class 37/0 with split headcode boxes on display. Details for this have not been finalised and this is very much a work-in-progress so this is all subject to change. I have also put a list of the provisional liveries that Hejan are talking about but they may well add to this list and prices have yet to be confirmed but should be in line with the current Class 37's that are available.

The body will be 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.

Helmsman Controllers.

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 available by Christmas. 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 4th September 2019

Heljan Class 31/1 & 31/4 announced

At Telford Heljan announced two new versions of the ever popular Class 31. The first is in refurbished condition (Class 31/1) and secondly as the Class 31/4 with the headlight. Both versions are scheduled for release in 2020 and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. I have separated out the two Class 31's as they should hopefully not all arrive at the same time! As always we are also offering our numbering, weathering and even sound fitting service if required.

NEWS 3rd September 2019

Show Dates 2020.

I have today updated the show calender with the dates for the GOG shows for next that were announced at Telford show. Details of these can be found from the link beneath the Contact us button on the left hand side.

Heljan BR Mk1 4 wheel CCT

The brand new Heljan BR Mk1 4 wheel CCT should become available before the end of 2020 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.

NEWS 2nd September 2019

Telford Show.

We are now back from Telford show and unpacked. Next on the list is to update the website with the latest expected release dates for items and also to create web pages for the new items that were announced at the show. This will take a few days but we are on with it already but here is a brief summary

Heljan release schedule updates.

Couple of updates from Heljan at Telford in regard to forthcoming releases:.

  • Heljan Class 50 - decorated sample on route and expected release late October or November.
  • Heljan Class 31/0 re-run - expected before the end of the year, test samples expected soon
  • Heljan Class 03 - Almost completed, and hopefully with us before the end of the year
  • Heljan Class 55 re-run - expected release early 2020
  • Heljan AEC Railcars - expected release 2020
  • Heljan Hymek - expected release 2020
  • Heljan Class 47 & 56 both in the CAD stage, currently with the Class 47 ahead of the 56 in the design process, both 2020 release.
  • Heljan new improved Class 37/0 (Split Headcode) progressing well and expected 2020
  • Heljan Class 31/1 & 31/4 with headlight both progressing well and expected late 2020
  • Heljan M1 coaches with option of both B4 and Commonwealth bogies in Blue Grey, Network South East, Regional Railways and Intercity liveries expected 2020

Dapol upcoming release schedule.

Couple of updates from Dapol at Telford in regard to forthcoming releases for later in the year::

  • Dapol Class 08 - later body (September release)
  • Dapol Autocoach (September release)
  • Dapol Sentinel Y1/Y3 (October release)
  • Dapol Bogie Bolster E (November release)
  • Dapol Turbot (November release)
  • Dapol Banana Vans (November / December release)
  • Dapol Tower Models Limited Edition planked and plywood vans (November / December release)
  • Dapol Sentinel (November or December release hopefully)
  • Dapol 48xx / 14xx / 58xxl (November or December release hopefully)
  • Dapol Class 122 DMU December 2019
  • Dapol Class 121 February / March 2020
  • Dapol ex Lionheart 45xx Spring 2020

We are taking advance orders for all of the above items, and there is a lot planned for delivery in either November or December so I would not be surprised if some of these dates slip...

Dapol 2019 Autocoaches

Good news from Dapol today, the long awaited re-run of Autocoaches are due very soon but no quite as soon as expected. They were loaded onto the ship on the 25th of August rather than docking on that date. The ship carrying these is therefore due around the 25th of September which includes a couple of liveries they have not done before. With unloading, customs clearance then shipping to Dapol we should hopefully see them the end of September. All liveries of the autocoaches will be available as the basic model, 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 so will become available sometime in September I would hope. I have updated the webpage for these and we are taking advance orders for these now. We still have stocks of a few of the coaches that were released earlier this year available for immediate despatch. Last year the lined out Great Western Chocolate and cream livery shown above was extremely popular and advance ordering of this livery in particular is highly recommended. As always we are offering our weathering service if required at an additional £40.00 per coach

NEWS 22nd August 2019

Dapol 9ft wheelbase Salt and Lime Vans

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 9th August 2019

Dapol upcoming releases.

Couple of updates from Dapol yesterday in regard to forthcoming releases for later this month and into September:.

  • Dapol Lime Wagon - "George Brown" (August release)
  • Dapol Salt Wagon- Snowdrift Salt" (Now available)
  • Dapol 9ft wheelbase opens - 5 plank "A Thompson" (September release)
  • Dapol 9ft wheelbase opens - 7 plank side & end door "Barton & Coy" & "Broughton & Plas Power" (September release)
  • Dapol Class 08 - later body (September release)
  • Dapol Autocoach (September release)

We are taking advance orders for all of the above items, all of which should be in stock in the next seven weeks or so.

NEWS 2nd August 2019

Dapol Air Ministry Tankers

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 5th July 2019

Heljan Class 37/4

Heljan are already running low on all liveries of the new Class 37/4 that came out only last week and they have already sold out of the Triple Grey livery. We still have stock of all liveries available for immediate despatch (we too have now sold out of the triple grey livery) and as always we will be offering our naming, numbering and weathering service if required. We are now completing the first of the customer commissions for fully finished locos but with the sheer quantity there are this will take a little time to complete them all.

NEWS 26th June 2019

Peco Brick Base Signal Box

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 20th June 2019

Dapol O gauge signals

Good news from Dapol today in regard to the long awaited new range of Dapol signals In O gauge. The GWR square post home signals will appear hopefully some time in July 2019. The O Gauge GWR round post and the O Gauge LMS signals should, will follow in October 2019.

We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. This project has been ongoing for some time now and if people wish to alter or re-confirm their initial order it would be helpful but we will contact everyone with existing as a matter of course before making despatch.

NEWS 4th June 2019

Heljan Class 50's

We have today received test sample images of all liveries of the forthcoming Heljan Class 50 including the addition to the originally announced 5 liveries to include the GBRF livery and have updated the webpage for the loco with all images.

Following a customer poll on Heljan's Facebook page a very limited batch of GB Railfreight 50049 Defiance was added to the production run. It will be on general release, but a very short run and is expected to be very popular, so advance ordering is highly recommended. Heljan have also stated that they may do more customer polls via their Facebook page in the future to tailor some short run locos to what customer's want on other future releases.

We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch when they are released but there has been no confirmed release dates as of yet but latest estimate is August or September 2019.

As always we will be offering our naming, numbering and weathering service on these as well as our sound fitting service if required.

Dapol O gauge Mk1 coaches

Dapol announced the release of BR Mk1 coaches last year and we have now had some more test sample images of the decorated samples. Initially there will be four versions (SK,SO,CK & BSK) in a choice of 5 liveries both numbered and un-number and finally there is also the option of DCC fitted as well. This makes a total of 90 different coaches and I have now listed all of these by either type or by livery to make it easier to browse. Release date is hopefully summer 2019. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available.

Dapol 45xx 2-6-2 Prairie Tanks

We have now received the colour layouts from Dapol for the foirthcoming Dapol (ex Lionheart) 45xx Small Prairie which is shows some progress on this forthcoming project. Dapol have been working on improvements to the original Lionheart model which have taken some time to complete. . Quantities being produced will be low so advance ordering is highly recommended to avoid any potential disappointment, especially in regard to the sound fitted option. These are diecast model rather than plastic at very keen prices and we are taking advance orders for these for despatch as soon as they become available. Hopefully they should become available summer 2019 but we have not had any confirmation from Dapol on any specific timeframe but hopefully between July and September.

NEWS 28th May 2019

Heljan Class 03 shunters

Heljan have today announce a rationalisation of the liveries for the forthcoming 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 are confident that we’ll see them arrive by late-summer/autumn. 

There has also been a price change on the forthcoming Class 03, the new RRP now being £395.00 with our price £335.75.. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as and when they become available. Latest predicted release date for these is now late summer and will update the website as and when we get more information.

NEWS 8th February 2019

Dapol HAA update

Stocks are running very low on the popular Dapol HAA Hoppers. During the annual stock taking Dapol have found just three of the brown cradle livery and another three of the yellow cradle to add to the small number of these we had left in stock, these extras should hopefully be with us around the end of the week. Previously they had told us they were sold out of these liveries. Stocks are currently okay on both the blue and red cradle liveries but wont last for ever. I have updated the list with the actual remaining quantites we have left where the stocks are getting low.

Heljan GWR / BR AEC Railcar

At the same time Heljan have also confirmed the RRP of the forthcoming GWR / BR Razor Edge Railcar for which is for production in 2020. There are currently six proposed liveries for production but this may change. As and when we get more details we will update the website and we are taking advance orders for these now. Alternatively we produce the same model in the Tower Brass range which is available in plain brass with a black chassis or fully finished for those people who do not want to wait.

NEWS 26th April 2019

New Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Items

Just an update in regard to the release date for all seven new buildings from Bachmann in O gauge. "Early 2019" they are now saying is probably going to be September. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. As and when we get a better idea of the launch date I will update the website.

NEWS 12th April 2019

Dapol GWR/BR 48xx/58xx/14xx

Update on the forthcoming Dapol Autotank as we have now received the first of the colour layout images. There will be several options of each type with the changes through the life of the loco and the options of autofitted. Overall, including both the DCC fitted and DCC sound options along with the option of un-numbered for those customers who wish to complete the loco as their own specific loco there are fifty versions being produced!

We will also be offering our completing service for these locos for those people who wish to have their own number applied by our workshops and also the option of weathering if required. Numbering with the customers own number costs an additonal £35.00, weathering an additional £25.00.

Dapol at the same time have given an update on the expected release date, which they are now saying will be the last quarter of 2019, so hopefully in time for Christmas. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. The DCC and sound fitting is being done here in the UK so will become available a few weeks after the standard models.

NEWS 8th April 2019

Heljan Mk1 Coaches

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.

New Dapol Banana Van

Dapol have also now announced a ready to run steam heated banana van for release hopefully around Christmas 2019. Initially four will be available; two different numbers in "Geest" and two in "Fyffes" livery. At the same time Dapol have also announced the release of additional number variants of the Hybar open wagon, insulated van in white and both planked and plywood standard vans. We are taking advance orders for all of these for despatch as soon as they become available.

Peco Brick Base Signal Box

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 26th March 2019

Dapol 57xx /8750

Dapol have announced a re-run of their popular 57xx and 8750 Pannier Tanks for release late 2019. This will include 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. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. The GNSR lined Caramel livery sounds interesting and I look forward to updates on these liveries.

Dapol Jinty re-run

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

Heljan 43xx Mogul

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 .

Heljan Class 33

We have also just received from Heljan images of both the undecorated test sample of the Class 33 and also a hand painted image of the Class 33 in Dutch livery painted by Brian Daniels. The colour layouts are done and I hope to have copies of these soon, then we are just waiting on the final decorated samples and then they can go into production later in the year.

The reintroduction of the the Class 33 will have much improved tooling and with two body types to cover the earlier and later body types and liveries. We are taking advance orders for these now and as always we are offering our numbering and weathering service for these as and when they become available for those people who wish to take advantage of this. One change from the original announcement from Telford show on these is that the realistic release date is late 2019. More details will be added as and when we receive them from Heljan.

Heljan Class 35 Hymek

Heljan have also announced a re-run of the ever popular Class 35 Hymek. 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. These are now in hand, but it does mean that re-release will be somewhat later than originally expected. Modifications will include weight reduction, LED lighting to replace bulbs and an electronics upgrade to make it easier to convert to DCC. Now expected in 2020. 

We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. As with the reintroduction of both the Class 31 and Deltic, these are very short re-runs and advance ordering is highly recommended.

Heljan Catfish and Dogfish

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

Heljan Class 55 Deltic

At the same time Heljan have announced a re-run of the Class 55 Deltic which should become available around the end of the year. 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. Numbers will be low so taking advantage of our advance order system is highly recommended for these for despatch as soon as they become available.

Heljan Class 31

Again before the end of 2019 Heljan have announced a re-run of the ever popular Class 31's. A total of six liveries are being produced that includes four that have not been done before; BR Green with full yellow ends, BR electric blue, Yellow Ochre and RTC livery. No exact dates given but again this is expected before the end of 2019 and we are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. As with the Deltic, these are very short re-runs and advance ordering is highly recommended.

Weathered Dapol Terrier

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 Class 47's

The Class 47 has been synonymous with the UK railway scene since their introduction in 1962. The Heljan 'O' gauge class 47 was originally released back in 2006 and they feel it is now worth re-visiting and so development is now well underway on a completely re-tooled model. 

Heljan announced the production of the Class 47 in January 2018 and have now finalised the details on the all new tooling of the Class 47. 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.

We now have a provisional list of the liveries that are being produced but this may well still change. Provisionally they have indicated a release towards the end of 2019 but I would be surprised if it runs into 2020.

We are now taking advance orders for these now although we are still awaiting confirmation of the price of the loco but it is expected to be in line with other recent releases.

Heljan Class 117 Diesel Multiple Units

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 towards the end of 2019. 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

Heljan Class 55 Deltics

We have now completely sold out of all liveries of the Class 55 Deltic.

NEWS 23rd November 2018

Heljan Class 17 Clayton

Heljan have announced an O gauge Class 17 Clayton for release late 2019. Provisionally four liveries have been announced but others may be added later. Hopefully we should have test samples images in the first quarter of 2019 and we will update the website as and when we get more information. We are taking advance orders for these now.

Dapol 9 foot wheelbase RCH Open Wagons

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 24th October 2018

Heljan 25/3

The Heljan Class 25/3's arrived yesterday and we have been busy arranging deliveries for all the customers with advance orders. We have now despatched, or arranged despatch for 99% of customers. We currently have stocks of all versions available off the shelf for immediate despatch. There is also the option of both numbering and weathering for those people who wish to take advantage of this service. A simple call can secure yours now.

Dapol Class 122 DMU update

Dapol have also this evening confirmed a change in running numbers and reference numbers on the forthcoming Class 122. As the primary concern for most people is the livery over the running number we have automatically transfered all advance orders over to the new refence codes. If people would like to change their advance orders as the number is more important then just let us know.

Models as advertised:
7D-015-002 Class 122 55000 BR Green (Speed whiskers)
7D-015-005 Class 122 55004 BR Green (SYP)

Model production will be:
7D-015-002 Class 122 55000 BR Green (SYP)
7D-015-005 Class 122 55004 BR Green (Speed whiskers)

Hopefully this should become available around late summer with the sound equipped versions approximately a month later..

NEWS 16th October 2018

Dapol 'O' gauge BR Standard 20ton Brake Vans

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.

Dapol BR 10ft wheelbase wagons

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.

New Dapol Terrier Liveries.

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.

Heljan 61xx Large Prairie

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 4th September 2018

Heljan Class 56

Heljan announced the long awaited Class 56 at Telford show for production in 2020 and initially eight liveries are proposed. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. The price for this has yet to be settled but we will update the website as soon as we get more details. This is quite a beast of a loco and will feature some new specification which they have not catered for before including provision for a smoke unit, designed with DCC and sound fitting in mind and see-through grilles. Again we will be offering out numbers and weathering service on this loco.

NEWS 3rd September 2018

Dapol BR Bogie Bolster E

I have now updated the website with the details of the forthcoming O gauge Bogie Bolster 'E'. One slight change from the flyer seen at Telford show is the release date is now predicted to be second quarter of 2019. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. We will also be offering our weathering service on these for those people who wish to take advantage of this service.

Dapol BR Turbot

I have now updated the website with the details of the forthcoming O gauge Turbot Bogie Ballast Wagon. One slight change from the flyer seen at Telford show is the release date is now predicted to be second quarter of 2019. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. We will also be offering our weathering service on these for those people who wish to take advantage of this service..

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.

NEWS 6th July 2018

Tower Models Limited Edition Dapol Vans

On the same basis we have also commissioned a set each of both the standard 10ft wheelbase planked vans and plywood vans in the early 1950's livery. These should be available around Christmas 2019. es.

We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available, a simple call or email can secure your order.

NEWS 28th June 2018

New Dapol Later Class 08

Dapol have today confirmed the new version of the Class 08 to cover the later variants and liveries. We are taking advance orders for these now for despatch as soon as they become available. The predicted release date for these is hopefully September 2019.

Gauge 1 Mk1 coaches

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.

Dapol Class 121 DMU

Following on from the Class 122 Dapol have also announced a Class 121 which should come into stock Spring / early summer 2019. We are taking advance orders for this now for despatch as soon as they become available

NEWS 5th December 2017

New Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Trackside Items

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.

New Dapol (ex-Lionheart) Coke Wagons for 2018 announced

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 11th May 2017

NEWS 8th May 2017

Gauge 1 45xx Prairie Tanks

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.

Lionheart 'O' gauge GWR / BR Suburban coaches update

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

Heljan 'O' gauge Class 25/1

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.

Gauge 1 locos

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

Heljan 'O' gauge Engine shed

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.

Heljan 'O' gauge AC Railbus Special Offer

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

Bachmann On30 Clearance Sale

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

Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Building Offer.

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.

Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Engine ShedBachmann Scenecraft 'O' gauge Provender Store

Ref.
Description
RRP
Offer
47-009
Single Road Engine Shed - (Footprint of the building is 257mm x 155mm x 189mm)
£99.95
£60.00

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

Tower Models Telford 2010 stand

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.

 

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