This past weekend, as well as being Mothers Day, also hosted the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace in London.
Most of the major manufacturers were in attendence and had some exciting updates to show with a number of their upcoming projects, including:
If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest developments of newly announced projects then you can keep an eye on our Project Updates page.
We keep track of where products are up to in the development cycle so you don't have to.
Bachmann had several samples, both painted and first EP stage to show off.
The first "reveal" was the first EP (Engineering Prototype) of the first OO9 locomotive in Bachmanns UK range.
The Baldwin Class 10-12-D 4-6-0 was built in the USA for the British War Department Light Railway system in France.
Left to right: First EPs of 391-025 Baldwin No.778 in War Department Black livery & 391-027 Baldwin 'Peggy' in Ashover Light Railway Crimson livery - Available to pre-order HERE
Also on show were the accompanying first EPs of the OO9 wagons.
First EP of 393-025 and 393-026 Covered Goods Wagons. Available to pre-order HERE.
Next up were painted samples of the upcoming Warflat wagons in OO gauge which will make a perfect partner for our very own Warwell Wagons.
Painted sample of 38-727 - Warflat Bogie Flat Wagon in BR Grey without tank
Painted sample of 38-725 - Warflat Bogie Flat Wagon WD Khaki Drab Livery with tank
Painted sample of 38-726 - Warflat Bogie Flat Wagon WD Bronze Green with tank
Last, but by no means least, from Bachmann were the painted samples of the very highly anticipated Birdcage coaches, initially shown in BR crimson livery.
I'm sure we will be able to see the SECR dark lake and Southern Railway olive green versions before too long.
Painted sample of 39-602 - 60' ex-SECR Birdcage brake third lavatory S3500S in BR crimson
Painted sample of 39-612 60' ex-SECR Birdcage composite S5468S in BR crimson
Painted sample of 39-622 60' ex-SECR Birdcage brake third S3428S in BR crimson
We're looking forward to seeing all these projects continuing and can't wait to see Bachmanns other projects coming to fruition this year.
Dapol had one completely new announcement as well as some nice painted samples to show off.
The new announcement was the BR 20T brake van in O Gauge.
This is sure to be an incredibly popular model and will no doubt become a mainstay of several O Gauge layouts.
The versions announced are as follows:
To view them all, click HERE.
Also on show were painted samples of the Class 122 "Bubblecars".
We're currently awaiting images from Dapol on these but as soon as we have them we'll be sharing them on the website.
Keeping true to their word, Hornby have been out on the road a lot this year, giving people a great opportunity to talk to them and see their products "in the flesh" more than ever before.
This weekend was no exception. They had their stand including pre-production samples of all their upcoming new items.
The latest update to this line-up was the painted sample of the GWR ''Toad' Brake van.
Painted sample of R6824 - GWR AA15 'Toad' 20-ton brake van W68571 in BR livery. Available to pre-order HERE.
There was another painted sample available as well. This time not in the form of a new tooling but impressive nonetheless.
The new GWR green liveries Class 43 HST power car looks incredibly attractive in this contemporary livery.
Painted sample of R3510 - Class 43 HST Power Cars in GWR green livery - Limited Edition. Available to pre-order HERE.
All in all, the London Festival of Modelling seems to have been a great show for all involved and we've been lucky enough to get updates on a lot of upcoming products.
Out of the updates from the weekend, which are you most excited about?