This past weekend was the first Diesel & Electric show in Telford.
The show has been put on by Mortons Media Group that publishes a range of magazines including: Rail Express, Heritage Railway and The Railway Magazine.
First livery sample of Dapol's OO Gauge Class 68 in Chiltern livery. Other liveries due to be shown in March.
Front detail on the Class 68. Including handrails and windscreen wipers. Versions without handrails will be made available.
Dapol had the first painted sample of their upcoming Class 68 on display in Chiltern livery.
There are still some amendments to be made but already it's looking very good. The DRS and Scotrail versions are due over for checking in March.
Dapol have presviously mentioned that both short and long fuel tanks will be catered for, where relevant.
They have also produced tooling for the handrails on the front of the cab as can be seen in the above image. Versions will be produced with and without these in due course.
They are available to pre-order HERE.
Dapol also had the first engineering samples of the highly-anticipated Class 122 (and 121) railcars. As you can see from the above image they're coming along very nicely.
However, as usual with any model at this early stage, there are obviously going to be amendments and improvements as development continues.
All versions of the 121 and 122s are available to pre-order HERE.
To round off the triology of Dapol news, they also had their GWR Railcar on display. The model on display did include the valances which simply clip in to place on the body sides.
We were informed that even with the valances in place that negotiating 2nd radius curves is possible.
The streamlined railcars are available to pre-order HERE.
Bachmann were also in attendance which meant we got to see production samples of their Wickham trollies which are due in to stock within the next 2 months.
Bachmann 32-991 & 32-992 due in to stock before the end of April. 32-992 in yellow with wasp stripes also due in during this time.
Bachmann 32-119 which is due in to stock between April & May this year.
Bachmann will be holding an event down in London on Tuesday 1st March where they will be announcing new models as well as giving updates on their existing projects.
We'll be sure to be there and keep you all updated as things are happening.
Now, on to some of the layouts that were in attendance.
There were a good spread of layouts covering BR Green & Blue all the way through to present day.
Below is a small assortment of those on show.
Worcester Road (Gauge 1)
Portchullin (P4 Gauge)
New Bryford (OO Gauge)
Dubmill Sidings (O Gauge)
Loftus Road (OO Gauge)
Roundtrees Sidings (EM Gauge)
All in all it was a very good show. There was plenty of space between stands and layouts to appreciate what was going on and the layouts were all of a good quality.
The only down side was the lighting within the main hall. It became quite tricky to photograph layouts unless they had their own lighting rig set up.
However, this was a relatively minor thing and something that can easily be remedied for future shows.