Train of the Week

Train of the week is a new feature that were are starting in August 2018 and 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

As such even when completed and sold we will leave them on the list 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.

Rather than constantly increasing the size of this, we have now archived the Train of the Week features from 2018 which can be found through this link 2018 Train of the Week feature or for 2019 through this link 2019 Train of the Week feature

Cant believe we are now on to the third year of doing this feature!

13th February 2020

Civil Engineering Traffic

This week I wanted to feature another of the new locomotives from Heljan with the Class 33 but with 11 liveries it was a case of which livery to go for. In the end the descision was easy and we weathered up the last of the civil engineers stock we had from Heljan to make up a train.

The locomotive is a customers that is being weathered but has not yet reached that point so is shown here clean with 3 of the Heljan OAA's in Dutch livery and a fully repainted Dapol PIllbox brake van. As an idea of size the overall length of this train is approximately 128cm.

We had also given the workshop the very last of the Dutch Catfish that we had in stock and seemed a waste not to try them out at the same time as a separate train along the same lines. This set, with the OAA's parked up in the siding behind, is approximately 158cm in length.

There is a stock example of the Class 33 in the system being completed hopefully in time for Kettering show which is being completed as "Seagull" and of course we can complete any of the Class 33's with the customer's choice of name number and weathering through the workshop.

Then of course, we had to give it a try with a mix of them all together, which really pushed the limit on the size of train on our little layout at a length of approximately 236cms but would look good on a bigger layout. At the end of the day it is down to the available space but all three look "right".

Engineering traffic like this can be found all over the country carrying out essential maintenance and often seen in sidings when not in use.

Sadly much of the Heljan rolling stock is at the end of the line but we still have some stocks available. These are the last of the stock we had in Dutch livery though but it is all available for sale.

Here is a link to the new Heljan Class 33's Heljan Class 33

Here is a link to the remaining stocks of the Heljan Catfish Heljan Catfish

Here is a link to the remaining stocks of the Heljan OAAs Heljan OAAs

Next week will be a steam loco that also finished this week and then 2 more interesting ones to follow that we have been working on and have not touched on before; if they are finished in time.

Heljan Class 50
Various Liveries of Class 33
Finished Class 50
Custom numbered examples of the new Class 33
Weathered Class 50
Weathered and custom numbered examples of the new Class 33
Finished Class 50
Named and numbered examples of the new Class 33
Weathered Class 50
Weathered, name and numbered examples of the new Class 33
Heljan Catfish
Heljan Dutch Catfish custom weathered
Heljan OAAs
Heljan Dutch OAA custom weathered

6th February 2020

Ballast Train

With so many launches in the last six weeks it has been difficult to find the time to indulge this feature but this week we completed a train for a customer rather than doing one for stock.

The brand new Heljan Class 50 came out not so long ago and a customer asked us to complete one of the revised Network South East Livery to closely approximate the above picture. Luckily we also still had stocks of the Heljan Catfish that are also in the image.

The green liveried Catfish are all sold out but we still have black examples available along with a couple of the Dutch examples mixed in. Heljan also supply loads for these, both full and half load and we have shown them here with the full loads that we have lightly stained rather than leaving them the bare plastic.

We have also finished the train off with one of the Dapol SR Pillbox brakevans that we have repainted into Dutch livery that we have also featured although the train in the picture does not has a brake van.

The Heljan Class 50 is certainly a superb model and has soon very well with three liveries already sold out and stocks of the remaining liveries running low already. We have shown the train here with eight Catfish but from the original image you can see it is a lot longer but looks effective with just the eight and could be longer or shorter to suit the layout. Stocks of the catfish are also running low now and the Heljan Dogfish have all sold out.

Here is a link to the new Heljan Class 50's Heljan Class 50

Here is a link to the remaining stocks of the Heljan Catfish Heljan Catfish

Next week hopefully we will have either a steam loco and coach or Dutch set using the recently released Class 33 depending on how we work through the backlog of orders.

Heljan Class 50
Various Liveries of Class 50
Finished Class 50
Named and numbered examples of the new Class 50
Weathered Class 50
Weathered, name and numbered examples of the new Class 50
Heljan Catfish
Heljan Catfish - black
Heljan Catfish
Heljan Catfish custom weathered

16th January 2020

EWS Shunting

Sticking with last week theme of shunting we are moving forward in time frame with a later EWS train.

Just before Christmas Dapol released the later version of the ever popular Class 08 in various liveries. here we have taken the factory finished EWS version and given it a medium weather which just takes the sheen of the plastic of the standard factory finish

To match up with the livery we have used some of the Heljan VDA vans which are also in the EWS livery. These came out several years ago in various liveries and at the time the EWS livery was not that popular as there wasn't many locos in a matching livery. Now we have both the Heljan Class 37 in EWS and the Dapol 08

Together they look very well and it is a short but effective looking train that would not be out of place on any more modern layout at under 4 foot in length.

Here is a link to the new Dapol Later bodied Class 08's Dapol Class 08

Here is a link to the remaining stocks of the Heljan VDAs Heljan VAA / VDA and also the Heljan OAAs which are also very popular but coming to an end Heljan OAA's

Next week we will be busy with packing for Bristol show so we will not be doing a Train of the Week but hopefully will have a new one ready for the following week featuring the new Heljan Class 50's

Dapol 08's
Various Liveries of Dapol 08
Weathered Dapol 08's
Weathered examples of the new Dapol 08s
Heljan VDA
Heljan VDA - various liveries
Heljan VDA
Heljan VDA's custom weathered

9th January 2020


In November a customer contacted us is regard to some of the Dapol Air Ministry tankers is if we would be able to re-brand some as Regent for him. Utilising the Air Ministry version seemed the best bet and we liked the idea of it.

Even better than expected, last year took the last of the last four Heljan Class B tankers that were in Regent livery to be converted into Shell BP livery, which have yet to be completed but this did give us the badges off the Heljan wagons spare. The customer was after six but these four would do the job, especially having the badges instead of transfers and from the pictures the customer supplied appear to be the same size, or at least close enough.

Using the Air Ministry Livery of the Dapol tanker we managed to match the shade of grey on the tanks to remove the Air Ministry branding rather than the more aggressive approach to removing the lettering, especially when the number was bhind the handrails and ackward to get to. Then we re-numbered them, all on both the sides and ends of the tanks and weathered including oil stains from the fillers for an overall nice effect.

For the loco we have gone for one of the new Dapol Y1 / Y3 BR Sentinels that has also been weathered through the workshop to represent a light shunting engine assebling the train for mainline use.

Have to say the new Dapol Sentinel is a lovely little loco and sets off this short train very nicely.

Here is a link to the new Dapol Y1/Y3 Sentinels Dapol Y1 / Y3

Here is a link to the Dapol Air Ministry tankers Dapol Air Ministry Tankers and also the Tower Models limited edition sets of 6 tanker in either Esso or Shell BP liveries Tower Tanker Sets

I hope to get back on this for next week but am now tied up with the Heljan Class 03 launch which is expect in tomorrow.

Dapol Air Minstry Tankers
Dapol Air Ministry Class A or B tankers in a choice of liveries
Dapol weathered Air MInistry tankers
Dapol Air Ministry Class A or B tankers, custom weathered
Dapol Y1/3
Dapol Y1/3 in a choice of liveries
Dapol 48xx
Dapol Y1/3 in a choice of liveries, custom weathered