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, 2019 through this link 2019 Train of the Week feature or for 2020 through this link 2019 Train of the Week feature

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


21ST January 2021

ICI Alkalid Traffic

Last one with the new Tower Models range of ICI 5 plank lime and alkalid wagons for a while.

This time we are showning the lime and alkalid wagons in very late condition featuring some replacement planks along with the custom weathering. The very nature of the lime meant that the load could rot the planks and often they had to be replaced

As well as the standard weathering we have added a little whitewashing to the area of the doors as often these could end up almost white in appearance with regular use.

The loco is a secondhand one that came in before Christmas. It is one of the Bachmann Brassworks 2-6-4 4MT's that was traded in. The loco had been untouched and was as new and we have put it through the workshop for fully finishing as 80126 on a 6E shedplate in BR late crest livery with a light weathering. These are a very rare piece and it is for sale but I expect to find it a new home very quickly.

To finish off the train we have used one of the Dapol BR brake vans that we have custom weathered. These are currently sold out at Dapol but we have half a dozen BR grey examples left that we have weathered; one in the 1950's livery and four in the 1960's livery and one in the BR post TOPS livery. Dapol are talking about re-running the BR brake vans but no indications as to when this will be at this stage.

Here is a link to the Dapol BR brake vans Dapol BR Standard 20ton Brake Vans

Here is a link to the new Tower Models Limited Edition ICI 5 plank wagons Tower Lime wagons

I am going to try to keep this as a regular feature again but in these strange times we have been very busy. Another issue is the lack of rolling stock currently available with so many items delayed in the latter half of 2020. Dapol have promised me that the ICI blue salt vans should be completed approximately two weeks time which will be a welcome addition but they too have been struggling with staffing in the last couple of weeks.

Bachmann Brassworks 4MT
Bachmann 2-6-4 4MT BR Late Crest with light weathering.
£1300.00
Dapol BR brake vans
BR Grey brake van - custom weathered
£92.95
Lime Wagon
Tower Models limited edition lime & alkali wagons - choice of ten numbers
£40.00
Weathered Lime wagon
Tower Models limited edition lime & alkali wagons - choice of ten numbers - custom weathered
£65.00

7th January 2021

ICI Lime Traffic

Well it was a very busy end to the year and then a well earned Christmas break for all of us here. Amongst the new items received just before Christmas was our set of ICI Lime and Alkalid 5 plank wagons and we have now had chance to custom weather some of these for sale after completing all customer advance orders for these before Christmas.

For a change we are featuring a steam engine for a change with one of the Tower Collection Black Five models that has just been completed through the workshop alongisde the rake of wagons all of which have been weathered. These all represent Buxton Lime wagons 5 plank and these cover the 1950's with the Lime Division wording and then the 1960's with the Alkali Division wording with a total of 5 number options of each being produced, as always in limited numbers.

The 1950's liveried wagons feature the words "Lime Division" but then in the 60's this was changed to "Alkalid Division". You can obviously use the Lime Division letter wagons well into the 1960's though mixed in alongside the Alkalid Division wagons. Here we have shown them with a degree of a whitewashing effect from the lime around the side doors as part of the custom weathering . There is another set being completed through the workshop which will feature a good number of replacement planks representing these in their very final days but more of this with a later feature on here.

We have now completed a few full sets of the ICI Lime wagons for stock having completed all of the advance orders for these before Christmas. The full set of ten wagon is approximately 52 inches in length so a good number of wagons in a relatively short space. These can be bought individually if required or as a full set. The BR late crest Black Five is a kit built model which has recently been completed by the workshop from the Tower Collection range of kits

Here is a link to the fully finished locos that are available off the shelf for immediate despatch RTR locos available off the shelf We do not generally put kit built loco on here though as they usually sell so fast. The only other kit built loco we currently have a BR green late crest rebuilt Patriot 45529 "Stephenson" from a Gladiator kit that the workshop completed at the same time as the Black Five but in clean finish @£1750.00

Here is a link to the new Tower Models Limited Edition ICI 5 plank wagons Tower Lime wagons

I am going to try to keep this as a regular feature again but in these strange times we have been very busy. Another issue is the lack of rolling stock currently available with so many items delayed in the latter half of 2020. Dapol have promised me that the ICI blue salt vans should be completed approximately two weeks time which will be a welcome addition.

Tower Collection Black Five
Hand Built BR late crest Black Five from the Tower Collection kit, light weathered
£1895.00
Lime Wagon
Tower Models limited edition lime & alkali wagons - choice of ten numbers
£40.00
Weathered Lime wagon
Tower Models limited edition lime & alkali wagons - choice of ten numbers - custom weathered
£65.00