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> Adams Radial 4-4-2T
Posted by dwb - 8-11-14 13:50 - 24 comments

Oxford Diecast have announced the launch of their first model railway locomotive under the Oxford Rail banner. For some years the development team at 'Oxford' have been examining the possibilities of producing accurate and detailed models for the UK model railway market and have now decided that the time is right to launch the first model, under the Oxford Rail banner.

The first 00 scale Oxford locomotive will be the much admired Adams Radial 4-4-2T Class 415 of the London and South Western Railway. This new Oxford division will not just release random locomotives, however; a detailed plan of future releases is already in place.

CEO Lyndon Davies explains, "I, along with my development team, have for several years been closely monitoring the model railway field, especially in the UK. I now believe that the time is right for Oxford Rail to enter the market, but I am not interested in just introducing the occasional locomotive model. We have a rolling planned introduction program based on extensive market research, as well as talking to (and listening to) railway modellers. I am determined that Oxford Rail will be judged on the integrity and the quality of our models that we will be offering. Our first exciting model is the Adams Radial, Class 415 designed by William Adams in 1882 for the London and South Western Railway. It continued in service with the Southern Railway and British Railways. Although the intention was to withdraw these locos by 1929, three remained in service on the Lyme Regis branch line until 1962, and one survived on the Bluebell Railway.

The model will have the following features:

  1. 5 Pole skew wound motor
  2. DCC Ready - 8 Pin
  3. Geared for slow prototypical operation
  4. Sprung Buffers
  5. Detailed Cab Interior
  6. Weighted Chassis for extra pulling power
  7. All over spray with precision printing
  8. NEM Couplings
  9. Pickups on all the wheels
  10. 1:76 Scale

More new model railway items will be announced in the near future, not all of them locomotives. The Adams radial will be launched in the first quarter of 2015". 

The Oxford Rail website www.oxfordrail.com is now active, with updates on new introductions and their development. All enthusiasts and modellers will be invited to comment. Oxford Rail products will be available through all good hobby shops and specialist outlets.

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> A Gresley Class P2 for all!
Posted by 60134 - 27-09-13 10:17 - 26 comments
The P2 Steam Locomotive Company (charitable status pending) is pleased to announce its association with and support from Hornby towards the building of No. 2007, Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive, thanks to the imminent release of an ‘00’ gauge model of the Gresley Class P2 Mikado 2-8-2.

Boys and girls, both young and old, will be familiar with Hornby, the world famous model train manufacturer. Following extensive research and collaboration with the P2SLC, Hornby has been able to recreate in ‘00’ gauge the unique design of the P2 to great effect. It’s sure to be in great demand when released during the first quarter of 2014.

The mission of the P2 Steam Locomotive Company (P2SLC) is to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley Class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use. These 2-8-2 locomotives were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley to haul 600 ton trains on the arduous Edinburgh to Aberdeen route. Sadly the design was never fully developed and they were rebuilt by his successor Edward Thompson into ungainly 4-6-2s in 1943/4. The P2SLC will build the 7th member of this class and demonstrate how the design can be fully realised through use of modern computer design and modelling techniques, enabling it to deliver its full potential hauling passenger trains at high speed across the national network.

Mark Allatt, Chairman, The P2 Steam Locomotive Company, commented, “Following the success of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s collaboration with Hornby regarding the model of Tornado, we are very pleased to continue this association with the P2 project. The early sample of the model is simply stunning; a true reflection of what the real thing will eventually look like and portrays the gracious art-deco design and immense size perfectly. So until the real thing is complete in 7-10 years time, this ‘00’ scale model will more than suffice for the time being meaning virtually everyone and anyone can have a P2 of their very own and, by doing so, help contribute financially towards the project!”

Simon Kohler, Hornby Marketing Manager comments, “The P2 was a model that I had wanted to add to the Hornby range for some years and when I heard that our friends at The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust were contemplating building No. 2007 through The P2 Steam Locomotive Company it seemed logical to press ahead and make the model happen!”

The model of No. 2001 Cock O’The North will be in the stores during the first quarter of 2014 and will be available in the RailRoad range at RRP £82.99, with a more detailed model available in the main Hornby range at an RRP of £124.99. Models of other class members will follow in due course including No. 2007.

Models of Tornado in her BR Apple Green, BR Brunswick Green and current BR Express Passenger Blue liveries are available now from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust priced at £120.00 from www.a1steam.com

For more information about the P2 Project and details on how you can help please visit www.p2steam.com.

For more information regarding the P2 model and where to purchase, please visit www.hornby.com

(Image courtesy of Mike Wild, Hornby Magazine)
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> Accucraft release Gauge 1 'Tornado'
Posted by 60134 - 26-09-13 12:31 - 2 comments
Accucraft, the UK’s leading producer of small-scale live-steam engines, and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, builder and operator of Britain’s newest main line steam locomotive, are delighted to announce the production of a live steam, Gauge 1, model of Tornado. Constructed over a twenty year period, the prototype has written a new chapter in the annals of British steam, becoming the first main line steam locomotive to be built since 1960. Since making her first moves in 2008, Tornado has hauled the Royal Train three times, appeared on the BBC’s Top Gear programme and run tens of thousands of miles on rail tours and preserved lines.

Graham Langer, general manager of Accucraft UK and a member of the A1 Trust, said, “It has been a joy to work with the Trust producing a faithful replica of Tornado, sales of which will help raise funds for the full-size locomotive.” Speaking of behalf of the Trust Mark Allatt enthused, “Just as Tornado has brought pleasure to countless numbers of steam enthusiasts we hope that this wonderful miniature Tornado will do the same."

The model will be available from the A1 Steam Trust, Accucraft UK and selected retailers. You can see full details here.
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> Bachmann introduce Economy Sound.
Posted by Brian Considine - 15-07-13 20:04 - 27 comments


Bachmann Europe Plc has today announced that it is introducing a new range of Economy Sound locomotives.

Using newly introduced technology, the sound system uses the conventional 21PIN DCC socket.

Five locomotives are to receive the Economy Sound package initially and these are:

35-600 Class 20 diesel (RRP £143)

35-625 Class 37 diesel (RRP £148.85)

35-650 45xx 2-6-2T (RRP £143)

35-675 57xx Pannier Tank (RRP £132)

35-700 BR 5MT 4-6-0 (RRP £181)

The new sound system can be used on both DCC (Digital Command Control) and DC analogue systems, giving Bachmann OO scale DC users a sound option for the first time.

David Haarhaus, Bachmann's European Sales & Marketing Manager said "we are delighted to introduce a new quality sound system which has all the benefits of earlier systems but is now much more economical to produce. We can now pass those savings on to our customers. We are sure these are going to be popular with many DCC and DC analogue users over the coming years".

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> Bachmann catch the Bus & Tube.
Posted by Brian Considine - 15-07-13 19:58 - 0 comments


Bachmann Europe Plc has today announced that it will begin distributing the well known range of EFE (Exclusive First Editions) models of road vehicles, underground trains and associated ranges to its trade customers.

EFE's owners, Gilbow Holdings, will continue to develop the range and also service existing trade account customers, who are unaffected by this move. The appointment of Bachmann, with its dedicated national sales team, is aimed at expanding the availability of models through shops who are not current stockists and increasing the profile of EFE's extensive range.

David Haarhaus, European Sales & Marketing Manager said "The vast majority of the EFE range is produced to 1/76th OO scale and will fit very well alongside our existing range of Bachmann Branchline OO scale models. Our own sales team travel the length and breadth of the British Isles and we have considerably increased sales of W. Britain figures since we took over UK distribution in January 2012. We now look to do the same with EFE products".

Bachmann now has stocks of current EFE products and will begin distribution to new trade customers with immediate effect.
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