Model Railway News Roundup
Diesel and Electric Era News
Irish A Class Unveiled in OO
In a major step forward for the company, Irish Railway Models is to produce its first OO gauge powered model in the form of the CIE/Irish Rail A Class diesels. Later becoming the 001 Class, Metropolitan-Vickers built 60 examples of the Co-Co design at its Manchester works between 1955/56 as part of the dieselisation of the Irish system. A mixed traffic design, they also saw use on cross-border trains.
The locos were originally fitted with a 1,200hp Crossley power unit but this proved highly unreliable, leading to CIE turning to General Motors for all future loco builds. As part of this arrangement, replacement GM power units were procured with re-engining of the A Class taking place at Inchicore Works between 1968-71, this resulting in a slightly more powerful loco. With reliability much improved, the last members of the class remained in traffic until 1995.
Notable aspects of the model’s specification include the use of a tungsten chassis block, metal helical gearboxes, pre-fitted twin speakers and a stay-alive capacitor. The model will also feature a five-pole motor with twin flywheels, a full lighting suite including driver’s desk and engine room, rotating axlebox covers, and a huge amount of plastic and metal separate parts. Provision will also be made to allow the model to be re-wheeled to suite 21mm gauge track.
Both the Crossley and General Motors engined versions will be produced with appropriate detail differences on the roof and around the cabs. The full range of liveries carried by the Metro-Vicks will be produced, ranging from the original silver through to versions of both green and black and then on to black/tan, Supertrain and Irish Rail orange/black.
The more popular liveries will see several versions produced with different numbers, all priced €189.95, while a special presentation set will feature pioneer A1 in as delivered silver, this costing €219.95. CAD work has been completed with a late 2019 release currently expected.
Pre-orders can be placed now via IRM’s website: www.irishrailwaymodels.com
A39 at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway. Photo by Fran Burke.
Data for the A Class model has been gathered by surveying the Irish Traction Group’s superbly restored A39.
Cavalex BBA Steel Wagon Makes Progress
Announced a few months ago, Cavalex Models is making rapid progress with its second OO gauge ready-to-run model, this portraying the long-lived and highly useful BBA steel wagons as operated by British Rail, EWS and now DB Cargo. CAD work has now been completed on the model, which has been designed to cater for many of the variations seen on the wagons over the years. In due course, the company will release details of how to order the models along with pricing.
Meanwhile, production of Cavalex’s first OO gauge wagon, the Redland/Lafarge PGA aggregates hopper, has been completed in China with the models now on the way to the UK. Most of this production run has been assigned to pre-orders but a few retailers will also be receiving supplies.
Find out more on the Cavalex Models website: www.cavalexmodels.com
Second Batch of Bulleid Diesels on the way
With the first wave having sold out, Kernow Model Rail Centre is to produce a second batch of its Bulleid-design Southern 1Co-Co1 prototype diesels. Due in early 2019, there are six models this time around, four of which are repeats of the first batch. However, these have the added attraction of each being supplied with a different headboard for the customer to fit and limited to just 150 certificated examples. All finished in BR black/silver will be 10201 with a ‘Bournemouth Belle’ headboard, 10202 with the ‘Golden Arrow’ and 10203 on the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’. The last of this trio also reappears in BR green partnered with a ‘Royal Scot’ headboard.
Completing matters are new versions of 10201 and 10202, these appearing in BR green with late crests and a grey roof for the first time. This duo are not limited editions and will have a higher production run. As usual for the retailer, pre-ordering attracts a discount with all six models currently available to pre-order at £169.99 each or £294.99 for DCC sound fitted.
Find out more on the Kernow Model Rail Centre website: www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com
Accurascale Unveils Modern Bufferstops
Rawie bufferstop with Scharfenberg coupling box attachment.
In an intriguing development, Accurascale is to expand its range of 4mm scale accessories with the addition of the Rawie bufferstop. The design that the company is producing first appeared in the early 1990s and has gone on to be widely used across the network. With tooling already completed, three versions of the fully finished model are due to be released by the end of this year.
Rawie bufferstop with Scharfenberg coupling box attachment and working LED stop lights.
Available in packs of two will be the basic version with traditional buffer pads along with a variant with a Scharfenberg coupling box attachment, both priced £5.95. A third release will be the bufferstop with a Scharfenberg attachment and functional LED lighting pole, this being powered from the track. Supplied as a single pack, this will cost £6.95. In all cases, representations of the friction pads laid behind the bufferstops will be included while the models will fit both Code 75 and Code 100 OO gauge trackwork.
Find out more on the Accurascale website: www.accurascale.co.uk
CAD image of Rawie bufferstop with buffer pads and friction pad layout.
Clockwork Ideas Ballast Regulator Machine Kit
Clockwork Ideas has announced that its next 4mm scale track machine kit will cover the Plasser & Theurer USP5000C ballast regulators, as introduced in the early 1980s with a few examples still in service today. This follows on from the company’s 08-16 tamper kit that was released a few years ago. The kit will be predominately whitemetal and will allow several versions of the regulators to be modelled. A built and running test sample is expected to be on show at Warley while a 2019 release is planned with an anticipated price around £100-£120. Once the kit is ready for sale, full ordering details will be released.
Stenson Models Etched Walkways & Ladders
Newly released in 4mm scale by Stenson Models are replacement etched walkways and ladders to suit the Bachmann ‘Metalair’ PCA bulk cement wagon. These are etched in brass and require folding up using a ‘hold and fold’ tool with each pack containing enough parts for two wagons (SM43D, £7.50).
Find out more on the Stenson Models website: www.stensonmodels.co.uk
Railtec Models Northern Class 150 Transfers
Now available from Railtec Models in 4mm scale are waterslide transfers for Northern Class 150 DMUs in the current white and blue livery. Two packs are available covering the Class 150/1 (5290, £13.90) and Class 150/2 (5291, £13.90) sub-classes with each one providing enough transfers for a two-car unit along with spares. All of the livery elements are included along with a choice of two unit numbers.
Find out more on the Railtec Models website: www.railtec-models.com
Revolution Trains Class 320/ 321 Update
After several months of uncertainty, Revolution Trains is to go ahead with the production of its Class 320 and Class 321 EMUs in N gauge. However, the ready-to-run model will now be produced in partnership with a different manufacturer rather than Rapido Trains. With the design work already completed, tooling is due to begin shortly. The order book, with a new deposit option, remains open with liveries currently due for production being ScotRail, London Midland and Network SouthEast but others may still be added if there is sufficient demand.
Find out more on the Revolution Trains website: www.revolutiontrains.com
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