Train of the Week

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

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