Dapol Confirms N Gauge Prototype HST Production
Production of the prototype HST set is to go ahead in N gauge with Dapol having received sufficient pre-orders to make the long-mooted project a viable proposition. This will see the two prototype power cars tooled up along with an accurate prototype Mk.3 to portray the first and second class vehicles. However, the new tooling will not extend to the two buffet cars, which will employ existing models re-liveried to match the rest of the set.
The models will only be available directly from Dapol with pre-orders still being accepted. The power cars are available in two forms, these covering their original look when numbered 41001 and 41002 or in their later 1980s departmental form with full yellow cabs when they carried ADB975812 and ADB975813. These twin packs are priced £150 each. Meanwhile, the Mk.3 coaches are spread across three packs, two of the sets featuring two first class and two second class vehicles with different numbers (£120 each) with a third pack containing the two buffets (£50).
Visit the Dapol website to place a pre-order www.dapol.co.uk
Railtec Releases TransPennine Class 68 Numbers
Another useful 4mm scale release is a transfer sheet for detailing DMU and EMU cab interiors, this providing overhead line warning flashes printed in reverse so they can be applied to the inside of cab glazing along with non-multi ‘X’ coupling restriction signs and window blinds. Two versions of the sheet are available, one with the 1980s-90s red/white overhead warning flashes and the other with the post 1998 yellow/white versions, both sheets costing £3.90 each.
Finally, there are explosive warning labels for containers and wagons involved in Ministry of Defence traffic, such as VAA, VEA and VGA vans. In 2mm and 4mm, these cover the 1.1 to 1.4 categories (£4.50 each) while the 7mm sheet just has those for 1.2 (£4.50). All three sheets also feature respirator warning symbols.
For these and other new releases, visit: www.railtec-models.com
Bachmann Class 37 Sales Allow Charitable Donation
January 25th saw Bachmann Europe make a cheque presentation for £3,709.90p to the Leicestershire-based charity Loros, the donation coming from sales of Colas Rail-liveried 37099 Merl Evans 1947-2016, which was released in OO gauge last year. The loco was named in 2016 in memory of Bachmann’s head of research and development, who retired two years earlier, and is now a popular sight on the network, particularly on test train duties. The hospice charity provided care and support for Merl and his family during his final months. The cheque was presented by Merl’s widow, Maureen Evans to Adrian Walker, Senior Fundraiser & Community Lead at Loros, and were joined by Bachmann Europe’s Communications Manager, Richard Proudman, and Product Researcher, Steve Smith.
Read more about this story, here: www.bachmann.co.uk or to order your OO gauge model of 37099, visit: hattons.co.uk
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