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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 - 25 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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> Bachmann/NRM DP1
Posted by Brian Considine - 15-07-13 19:53 - 9 comments
July 14, 2013


Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon is delighted to announce the release of the NRM’s latest Exclusive Edition in the “National Collection in Miniature” model railway series produced by Bachmann.

The latest version of this finely detailed model of the Deltic Prototype locomotive carries the livery it ran in on the Eastern Region. This livery depicts the slight variation to the English Electric Deltic colour scheme which the locomotive carried when it operated on the East Coast Main Line. Previous issues of this NRM Exclusive Edition have all featured its preserved livery, and this is the first time that the OO scale locomotive in its “in mainline service” condition has been available.

The model is available in four variants - pristine DCC ready; pristine DCC fitted; pristine DCC fitted with sound; and weathered DCC ready. The latter 3 options however have very limited availability.

As the National Railway Museum marks the 75th anniversary of the A4 class locomotive Mallard’s world steam speed record, this is a fitting time to celebrate the Deltic Prototype – as this locomotive went on to take over from Gresley’s iconic Pacifics on the Eastern Region.

The Deltic Prototype model in mainline livery is available exclusively through the museum’s online outlet at www.locomotionmodels.com , and from the museum shop at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

The locomotive is competitively priced at £125 for the pristine, DCC ready version; £135 for both pristine DCC fitted and weathered DCC ready; and £250 DCC fitted with sound, plus p&p where appropriate. However, there are special introductory offers for all pre-delivery orders with a discount of £5 plus free UK mainland p&p. Delivery to the NRM is expected during August so time is limited to take advantage of this early bird opportunity.

The Deltic Prototype in Eastern Region livery model is limited and so early ordering is advised. Demand is expected to be high for this most popular iconic locomotive, particularly for the very limited variants. Therefore, to try to be fair to all of our UK and worldwide enthusiasts, orders will be limited to two per customer initially.

If you would like more information, please contact locomotionmodels.com by telephone on 01388 771439 or email queries@locomotionmodels.com.

Profits from locomotionmodels.com are re-invested into continuing the work that Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon carries out to conserve, expand and display the National Railway Collection and the National Collection in Miniature.

The full range of models, modelling accessories, books, gift items, toys and more available from Locomotion Models can be seen at www.locomotionmodels.com.

For further information please contact:

Dennis Lovett, Public Relations Manager,

Bachmann Europe PLC, Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, LE9 8EY

Telephone: 01455 841756. Email dennis.lovett@bachmann-europe.co.uk


Pam Porter, Events Officer,

Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon,

Shildon, County Durham DL4 1PQ. Email: pamela.porter@durham.gov.uk
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