What’s New

Check out the latest news and some of the latest releases from large and small model railway manufacturers

14 July 2018

New BR coaches from Hornby
Hornby have just received a shipment of Collett ‘Bow Ended’ corridor coaches in BR crimson and cream.

These handsome coaches lasted in BR service until December 1962 / January 1963.

The models include:

  • a corridor third class coach,
  • a corridor composite (right-hand) coach
  • a corridor composit (left-hand) coach
  • a corridor brake third (right-hand) coach and
  • a corridor brake third (left-hand) coach.

The model in the photo below is a corridor brake third (left hand) coach.

Click here for more information on the Hornby website.

New Collett

12 July 2018

Tank cars and more tank cars
SDS Models  have just received batches of 6 Vacuum bitumen cars and 6 weathered versions of the 38′ VR rail tank car. 

Both types of tank car are available in sets of 3 and you will find them at the end of this link.

Bitumen tank cars from SDS models
 6 weathered versions of the 38' VR rail tank car from SDS Models

11 July 2018

A new OO Scale loco from Heljan
Heljan have announced a new model of British Rail’s Class 25/3 loco.

This particular version of the Class 25 was built between December 1963 and April 1967 and the model will be available in 10 versions of the prototype as well as 2 unpowered versions that were rebuilt as train heating units.

Heljan is becoming known as the leader in producing highly detailed loco models and it looks as though the Class 25/3 will be no different.

The only bad news is that it’s not going to be available till some time in 2019.


Class 26/3 in OO scale by Heljan

8 July 2018

Small country town cop shop
Head out into the bush here in Australia and sooner or later you come on a small town with a police station that looks just like this and now your small country town can have it’s own one or two-man station.

You’ll find it on the Model Train Buildings website in the next couple of days


Small town Australia's typical cop shop

8 July 2018

Yosemite Shortline Caboose
Coming soon from Railway Recollections is this rather neat little caboose.


Yosemite Shortline Caboose in On30

1 July 2018

A different coaling facility in HO
When most modellers think of coal facilities they think of either something quite simple or something that has a very large footprint that includes an incline for coal wagons to be shunted to a spot above where the locos would stop to top up their tenders.

The loco depot in Orange, New South Wales needed something with a lot more capacity than a simple coaling stage but didn’t have enough room for something with a large footprint so a coal hoist was installed. It gave a lot of capacity with a very small footprint.

While the old loco depot in Orange is still in existence the coaling hoist has long gone but now you can have a model of it thanks to Model Train Buildings.

You will find more information about the kit here

You can catch Stuart at an exhibition or you can order direct from his website


The Orange coaling hoist in HO scale

1 July 2018

WAGR Prospector Cars in HO
Latitude 32 Models have been  at it again and their latest release is a model of the WCA and WCE Prospector cars in HO.

You will find more images of the model here

And if you want to order the model give Latitude 32 a call on 0419 016 735


Latitude 32 Models' version of the WAGR Prospector cars

21 June 2018

Hopper wagons for SA and NT modellers
Marbelup Models have released a model of the ENH/ENHA hopper wagon in kit form 3 different scales.

It is available in Sn3½, HOn3½ and TTn3½ and even modellers of the NAR will be interested because these wagons first saw service carrying iron ore in the Northern Territory from about 1966.

During the late 1970’s the wagons were transferred to South Australia for use on the Eyre Peninsula where they were used to carry ballast, gypsum and superphosphate.

Kits for this interesting wagon are available from Westrail Models the link will take you straight to the order page.


ENH / ENHA wagon kit from Westrail Models available in Sn3.5 - HOn3.5 and TTn3.5

20 June 2018

VR U Class Vans in N Scale
Coming very soon from Spirit Design are two 4-wheel variations of the VR U Class louvered van in N Scale.

These are exquisite models … just look at the crisp detail on U1501 … but then you would expect nothing less from this manufacturer.

Head over to the website and check out what he has to offer.

U Class 4-wheel louvre van in N Scale from Spirit Design
U Class 4-wheel louvre van in N Scale from Spirit Design

5 June 2018

New Tank Wagons from SDS Models
SDS Models have received a batch of 4 new models in their 10,000 gallon tank car range just in time for the Epping club’s exhibition at Rose Hill.

The new additions include:

  • a 2 dome Ampol tanker
  • a 2 dome Mobil tanker
  • a 3 dome Shell tanker in silver and
  • a 2 dome Caltex tanker.

The quality and attention to detail looks every bit as good as previous releases and you see more on the SDS Models website.

4 new 10,000 gallon tank cars from SDS Models

1 June 2018

The first passenger carriage
For some years now there has been a group of modellers who have moved well away from the mainstream.

These guys aren’t buying the big diesels … or the small ones for that matter. They aren’t buying modern rolling stock either … these guys are going right back to model the first railways that ran in Australia.

For a long time modelling that era has meant that you had to scratchbuild just about everything but not anymore. Of course we haven’t reached the point where there are highly detailed models that you can buy off the shelf but, thanks to 3D printing, you can now buy a few rolling stock kits from that time period.

The latest … or maybe it’s the first … kit is a model of the first First Class carriage to run in NSW way back in 1855. The model is produced by Traction Scale Models this link will take you straight to the kit on the Shapeways website.

Of course you don’t have to be modelling that early era to find a place for this carriage on your website. Those early carriages hung around for years after they were taken out of revenue service so there might be a call for one on your work train.

This early passenger carriage isn’t the first model to be produced by Traction Scale Models, they have quite a range of Australian and Japanese trams and detail parts and you will find them by following the link to their site on Shapeways.

Early NSWGR passenger car kit

1 June 2018

Hornby’s new milk tanker
Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for anything that’s different or quirky and that’s why Hornby’s new milk tanker caught my eye.

It’s a six wheeler … not something you see a lot of … and the quality looks really good just so long as you don’t think about those horrible couplers.

If you model English prototypes then these milk tankers might look good on your layout. You will find more information and bigger images on the Hornby website

Six-wheel milk tankers from Hornby

23 May 2018

More S wagons are coming
If you’re a NSW modeller of the steam or early diesel eras you’ll know that you can never have too many S wagons and that’s you should start saving now because SDS Models are bringing out more S wagons.

These S wagons are expected in September and they will include:

  • 3 different 5-packs of the S wagons that were used in “wire train” service between Newcastle and Ashfield and
  • 3-packs of the 1945 timber bodied wagons

The wire train versions will carry numbers that were specifically used in that service. They will be fitted with disc wheels and have the buffers removed as per the prototype.

The 1945 versions will be fitted with spoked wheels and buffers.

Check out the SDS Models website to see if you can pre-order them

More S trucks from SDS Models
More S trucks from SDS Models

23 May 2018

A Large Country Farmhouse in N and HO
Model Train Buildings
have released a great look laser-cut farmhouse kit so typical of the main house you still find on many larger country properties.

If you’ve never assembled a wood laser-cut kit before this kit might be a something of a challenge but if you’ve got some experience under your belt then this kit shouldn’t be a huge challenge.

The kit, which the manufacturer calls ‘a mansion’ is available in both N Scale and HO Scale direct from the manufacturer and here are direct links to the kits.

N Scale

HO Scale

Large country farmhouse from Model Train Buildings

3 May 2018

WAGR/Westrail A Class
Latitude 32 Models have released a 3D printed body for the WAGR/Westrail A Class diesel loco.

Latitude 32 Models is a true cottage industry so there’s no website, just a Facebook page with more photos of this model and their previous releases. Orders are taken by phone

Latitude 32 Models have released this 3D printed model of the WAGR/Westrail A Class diesel loco

2 May 2018

Hornby Class 87 Electric
Hornby have announced via their regular newsletter that the newly tooled 87 Class models are not far away.

Hornby have released images of two locos – the standard Era 7 yellow nose/blue body ‘Robbie Burns’ seen in the photo here and an Era 7 Intercity liveried ‘King Arthur’.

The model is “sound ready” and features a 5-pole, skew wound, motor along with separate handrails and roof and body details

The new Hornby 87 Class is available for pre-order from Hornby’s online shop that you can access via this link

The new Hornby 87 Class electric loco in OO scale

1 May 2018

Bachmann’s announces a new Baldwin 2-8-0 with DCC and sound
Bachmann has announced the imminent release of a DCC sound-equipped 2-8-0. It includes our Sound Value SoundTraxx® steam package with authentic prototypical chuff, short and long whistles, bell, air pump, steam release, and blower—all in 16-bit polyphonic sound.

This model also features fine-scale detailing and E-Z Mate®Mark II couplers.

Features include:
  • DCC sound-equipped
  • dual-mode NMRA-compliant decoder
  • precision motor
  • operating headlight
  • die-cast chassis
  • completely hidden drive train
  • detailed cab interior
  • separate sanding lines
  • metal side rods
  • builder’s plate
  • die-cast, fine-scale driver spokes
  • crew figures

The model will be released as:

Southern #630

Pennsylvania #7748

NYC #1137

Union Pacific #730

Santa Fe #2508

Bachmann's 2-8-0 with DCC and sound

29 April 2018

Another Shipment of Locos for Ixion
Ixion have been advised that their next shipment of locomotives should arrive in Australia on May 1.

It will take a couple of days for them to clear Customs but as soon as they are available they will be added to the Ixion website and, shortly after that, they will be available from Ixion stockists.

27 April 2018

N-Drive Productions
N-Drive productions has just announced that it has arranged to take over the Backwoods Miniatures range of 4mm Irish stock and the 3 009 contractor loco kits.

Backwoods Miniatures ceased trading in 2016 and the N-Drive website has yet to be updated to reflect the above announcement but, if you want more information there is a contact form on the website.

13 April 2018

Track Planning Software.
Atlas has just released an updated version of its FREE downloadable track planning software

You can download a copy here.

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.

Bachmann's 2018 catalogue

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.

C30 class replacement funnel for the Austrains model

18 February 2018

Hornby’s J36
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.

Pilot model for Hornby's J36 model

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.

Aussie road vehicles from Auscision
Aussie road vehicles from Auscision

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. 

the latest model from Latitude 32 is the WAGR standard gauge WNA wagon

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.

SDS Models 81 Class pilot model

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. 

You can order yours online here

HO scale truck kit of the 1968-1971 ACCO s/d Prime Mover
HO scale truck kit of the 1968-1971 ACCO s/d Prime Mover

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

Sample of the Auscision RUB passenger cars
Sample of the RUB cars from Auscision

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
Golden-White LEDs
Operating front and rear ditch lights
K5Lar24 horn part
PTC Antenna Array
Measured from actual SD60E
Admiral cab

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 O scale there are new paint schemes for the PS-4427 covered hopper and new paint schemes and road numbers for the 50′ PS-1 plug-door boxcar – follow the links for more details.

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.

The latest N scale loco from Atlas - the SD60E

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.

VW Kombi bus from Wiking

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

Shop for them here

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. 

QR 2100 Class loco coming from Quiske Models

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,

metal gears,

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.

An On18 stake-braced baggage car from Railway Recollections

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

What’s this?
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.

The start of an interesting model from Prestige Models Australia

14 December 17

XGAY hoppers in HO
Southern Rail Models XGAY grain hoppers are now available in a range of liveries from Australian Modeller.

Southern Rail Models XGAY Grain Hoppers
Southern Rail Models XGAY Grain Hoppers

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.

Some of the Auscision C class locos due for release in 2018

10 December 17

Atlas have released their product updates for December.

O Scale
New paint schemes for their Trinity covered hopper and new paint schemes and road numbers for their PRR H21A hopper

HO Scale
New paint schemes and road numbers for their EMD MP15AC locomotive and their NE-6 Caboose

N Scale
New paint schemes for their post-war 40′ boxcar with 6′, 7′ and 8′ door

New Atlas products for December 2017

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


The next loco from SDS Models - the VR C Class

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.


Original panelled EHO Guard's Vans from the NSWGR

8 December 17

Not far away now

CGL models from Bundaberg is the newest manufacturer of QR rolling stock to join the fray and their first offering is not far away.

Their HWO and HWOS QR open wagons could still arrive before Christmas.

Find out more at their website or their Facebook page.

CGL Models HO scale model of a QR HWO wagon

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.


SDS Models 81 Class pilot model

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

On18 scale vertical boiler steam loco casting

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

Road and Rail Resin 68-71 ACCO truck

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.

The link to the Signals Branch Shapeways shop is here and you can find more information about the signal relay hut here.

NSWR 2-bay signal relay hut in HO

30 November17

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.