Check out the latest news and some of the latest releases from large and small model railway manufacturers
3 March 2018
Bachmann’s 2018 catalogue is out.
The 340-page combined Bachmann Trains/Williams by Bachmann catalog is now available.
It features brand-new items in every scale as well as new roadnames and roadnumbers for popular items.
You can order a hard copy or download PDFs of both sections here.
3 March 2018
Replacement funnel for the Austrains C30 Class
Ray Pilgrim from Signals Branch has just released another of his mini-masterpieces. This time it’s a replacement funnel for the HO scale C30 that Austrains released recently.
Ray’s version of the funnel has no die join line and has the correct number of bolts around the flange.
You can buy one at Ray’s shop on Shapeways … click here to go straight to the funnel page.
18 February 2018
Hornby says that we can expect to see the various J36 models in August this year and they have a number of photos of pilot models here.
The first locos entered service in 1903 and some lasted right through to 1967. The loco that Hornby as a basis for their model was the preserved ‘Maude’.
This loco entered service in 1891, went to France during WWI and returned to England in 1919. The name ‘Maude’ was bestowed on the loco on it’s return.
Maude was one of the final two of this class to be withdrawn in 1967 and today the loco is preserved and is under the care of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.
Hornby have produced a fine model and, with such a long history, it is sure to be popular with modellers.
18 February 2018
Aussie road vehicles
Auscision have to be the most prolific producer of Australian trains and now they have turned their attention to road vehicles.
The vehicles shown here are paint samples of the Commodore and Falcon models that will be available soon … so some detail parts are missing at the moment.
The models are made from plastic to keep the weight down so you’ll be able to load up your car carriers as well as place them on the roads on your layout … and the prototypes were built tough so don’t be afraid to drop them onto some dirt tracks on your layout too.
While there is no definite release date just yet they’re not far away.
7 February 2018
One for the HO WAGR modeller
The latest offering from Latitude32 is the standard gauge WAGR / Western Mining wagon that was used in nickle traffic between Kalgoorlie and Leonora.
This casting will come with the appropriate decals but you need to supply bogies and couplers.
For more information follow the link to Latitude32’s Facebook page.
7 February 2018
Another pilot model from SDS
SDS Models have just received another pilot model of the upcoming Australian 81 Class locomotive.
This one is hand painted and and hand assembled and has been provided by the factory so SDS can assess the colour selections and the retooled fan covers and radiator intakes. SDS say that they’re still not 100% happy with the new tooling but it’s not far off going into production.
31 January 2018
Veteran Aussie trucks with grunt
If you weren’t alive in the late 1960s and 1970s you’ve probably never met an Acco prime mover but, if you were around then, there’s no doubt that you would remember them. They had a lot of power, made a lot of noise but never got anywhere quickly.
I can still remember watching in amazement as a pushbike rider overtook an Acco hauling a load of steel up the climb out Murrurrundi. The Acco looked and sounded as though it was down on its knees but it got to the top … finally.
Surprisingly there are still a few of these old workhorses getting around even now so if you model anywhere between 1968 to the present you may find a spot for the latest offering from Road and Rail Resin.
25 January 2018
More NSW rolling stock from Auscision
The same fishbelly underframe was used across a diverse range rolling stock in NSW and now Auscision is giving you the chance to add a few to your freight roster.
The wagons available are:
MLV Louvred Van,
NCX Coil Steel Wagon,
PCT Cement Hopper,
L Locomotive Sand Wagon,
L Bogie Transport Wagon and the
WSC Sleeper Wagon
Click here for more information on the Auscision website.
22 January 2018
The RUB cars are coming for NSWGR modellers
Sometimes we modellers are a picky bunch and we latch on to any blemish we can find in a pilot model and then heap destructive criticism and scorn on the manufacturer (just have a look at the rubbish Wuiske has had to deal with lately over a mis-numbered loco they’ve released to see what I mean)
Clearly modellers weren’t happy with the initial pilot of the NSWGR RUB cars so Auscision went back to the manufacturer and got some expensive, and time-consuming, re-tooling done to make sure the finished product met the market’s expectation.
The work has now been done and Auscision have received painted samples.
Auscision have not yet received a date for delivery but you can order your RUB set here
12 January 2018
January news from Atlas
A new N scale loco
Atlas has announced the imminent release of a new N scale loco … the EMD SD60E.
This loco was a was a Norfolk and Southern rebuild of their original SD60s and the first appeared in 2010 and today there are 136 of them in service. Three are out there wearing special paint schemes and these will be available on the model.
The model will be available in DC and DCC versions and will feature:
Blackened metal wheels
Scale SpeedTM motor
AccuMate® magnetic knuckle couplers
Operating front and rear ditch lights
K5Lar24 horn part
PTC Antenna Array
Measured from actual SD60E
For more information head over to this page on the Atlas site.
There are also new paint schemes and road numbers for the Atlas SD50 and SD60 – click on the links to see them – as well as new paint schemes for 40′ PS-1 boxcar and ACF 3560 centre-flow covered hopper.
Atlas have also re-released their popular Ford F-150 pickup truck.
In HO scale Atlas have new paint schemes and road numbers for their GP7 loco – follow the link for more details – and new paint schemes and road numbers for their heavy-weight, single window coach and ACF 3560 centre-flow-covered hopper.
In Z scale Atlas have some exciting news … there are more track pieces coming.
The new track pieces include super-flex track, #6 right and left turnouts and a 19 degree crossing. Click here for more information about those new pieces.
8 January 2018
Bachmann going strong in the UK
Towards the end of last year you might have seen some rumblings on various message boards suggesting that Bachmann was about to reduce their production levels but nothing seems to be further from the truth for Bachmann in the UK.
Hatton’s have just released the Bachmann Branchline catalogue for 2018 and it’s packed with new releases ranging from locomotives to rolling stock, scenery items and even a train crew.
Bachmann’s Graham Farish brand is also on fire in 2018 with a huge range of new locos and rolling stock so, if you’re an N Scale modeller there’s plenty to tempt you to reach for your wallet in 2018.
8 January 2018
Wiking’s new releases
Wiking has just announced it’s new releases for February. Among them are tractors, a modern Mercedes wagon, an older Porsche convertible and this little gem that will fit into any layout set anywhere from the late 60’s to today.
It’s in the catalogue as a VW T1 Samba bus and that roof can be closed so, even if you’re modelling a winter scene, it should fit right in.
4 January 2018
Exclusive models from Atlas now available for everyone
“Due to the shuttering of the Atlas HO & N Scale Golden Spike Club, we are now able to offer to the public a variety of the fantastic club cars and exclusives that were produced over the years. Models included range from the always popular 40′ wood reefers to the marvelous DASH 8-40CW locomotives and everything in between. No matter your era, there’s a little something for everyone.
The stock on these models is limited, so don’t delay and get your orders in today“
1 January 2018
QR 2100 Class
It’s only January 1 but the year is already off to a cracking pace for anyone who models the Queensland Railways because Wuiske Models have just announced the imminent release of their latest model … the QR 2100 Class.
This model will be released in three versions with 7 running numbers.
For more photos head over to Wuiske’s Models Facebook page.
And let’s not forget Tasmanian modellers here because the 2100 went to Tassie in later years.
28 December 17
Microtrains price increase
I’m seeing reports of a 5% price increase for Microtrains products from Jan 2.
20 December 17
16mm De Winton
PDF Models have just announced their latest 16mm kit … the vertical boilered De Winton 0-4-0.
The kit will be available from Jan 1 and will feature:
a powerful 6 to 15 volt motor,
25mm wheels sets and
all the 3d printed parts and the motion work
Purchasers will need to build their own chassis but PDF Models say that building the chassis is a very easy process.
And the price? A reasonable £84.50
18 December 17
On18 Baggage Car
Railway Recollections have to be one of the most prolific producers of narrow gauge rolling stock on the planet and they’re at it again.
Their latest offering is this On18 scale stake-braced baggage car.
Click the link above to check out their Facebook page for even more of their recent releases.
16 December 17
Dapol announced today that they are working on two new OO models.
The first is a GWR Class 43 2-6-0 while the second is a GWR Class 61 Large Prairie 2-6-2T. Unfortunately we won’t be seeing either of them until sometime in the first three months of 2019
14 December 17
It’s the start of an interesting HO model that will soon be available from Prestige Models Australia … but what is it?
Follow the link and you can see for yourself.
14 December 17
XGAY hoppers in HO
Southern Rail Models XGAY grain hoppers are now available in a range of liveries from Australian Modeller.
14 December 17
N Scale 42, GM, S & B Class locos
Badgers Bits has announced that the production run of the above locos has now finished and they should be here in about 3 weeks … as long as they don’t get held up in customs.
13 December 17
The Auscision C Class
Auscision have announced that they will have a model of the VR C Class available in 2018 and they are already taking pre-orders.
The Auscision model will be available in all liveries … and there have been quite a few over the 40 years since the class first entered service.
The loco will be available with ESU LokSound Select sound decoders with Full Throttle feature that will include prototypical sounds that the Auscision team have recorded here in Australia from their ow SSR C Class.
The sound will be run through their newly designed sugar cube style twin speaker system that will project the sound out through the roof fans with high volume.
A non-sound version will also be available and you can pre-order both (or either) model here.
10 December 17
Atlas have released their product updates for December.
New paint schemes for their post-war 40′ boxcar with 6′, 7′ and 8′ door
10 December 17
SDS Models have announced their next loco and it will be the very popular VR C class.
This model is based upon the old Austrains C class tooling but there have been several upgrades including an LED headlight and the same can motor that is used in SDS Models NR class.
The model will be available in a variety of liveries and the ones shown in this photo will be exclusive to Australian Modeller
8 December 17
SDS Models have announced that their original panelled versions of the NSWGR EHO brake vans will be available in two different paint schemes
The 1920s tuscan with gold lining and white lead roof will be available along with the 1940s version that was painted Venetian red with light straw lining and Navy dressing on the roof.
SDS Models will also be releasing the same body liveries with a weathered roof option.
Full details will be available on their website.
8 December 17
Another Aussie model that’s not far away
SDS Models shared this photo of the pilot model of their 81 Class project back in September so it won’t be long before the production run arrives and it’s something for Aussie modellers to look forward to.
Modern image modellers will get a loco that might have started off in NSW but can now be found anywhere from Brisbane to Perth and plenty of places in between and with all that detail this loco is going to have plenty of appeal.
SDS models have also worked to keep this model’s speed compatibility and haulage capability in line with the earlier 81 Class that was produced by Austrains. That’s a great move because there are a lot of those earlier models still in use today.
6 December 17
If you like your steam locos to be a little quirky … different … out of the box … then this little vertical boilered steam loco in On18 scale from Railway Recollections is right up your alley.
It’s a fairly simple kit but a couple of small parts do require a little sanding but at $US35.00 it’s a bargain.
You can contact Railway Recollections via their Facebook page by clicking here
4 December 17
Road and Rail Resin’s latest release of the HO version of the 1968-1971 ACCO truck brings back memories … not of driving them but of often getting stuck behind them on the long climb up from Murrurundi.
They had a lot of grunt but it didn’t seem to transfer into speed and a pushbike rider could even pass one going up that hill.
Production of the single drive prime mover kit has commenced, as well as the first parts for an 8 wheeler version, and a second run of the 20′ Tray kit because the first run has sold out.
You can pre-order yours here
1 December 17
Signals Branch has just released something that almost every NSW modeller who models in HO needs for their layout … the 2-bay concrete signal relay hut.
Almost without a doubt this type of building outnumbered every other type of railway building on the New South Wales Railway and the kit is available in both the frame-mounted and ground level variants.
SDS Models have announced that they currently have a range of early model 20′ containers in production and they are expected to arrive in February 2018.
Most Australian modellers probably wouldn’t recognise the codes for these containers but they will certainly recognise the containers from photos SDS Models have supplied.
You will find those photos along with diagrams and a link to an order form here.