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72 New Product Arrivals for Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Eurorailhobbies latest news - Tue, 2024/02/27 - 15:44

72 products from Fleischmann and Roco were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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New Revolution Trains N Gauge Class 66 livery samples shown

N Gauge News - Sun, 2024/02/25 - 11:20

Seen for the first time at the 2024 Model Rail Scotland exhibition are two more livery samples for Revolution Trains N Gauge Class 66. Adding to the previously seen EWS and DRS liveries are Freightliner and GBRf, both of which feature in the innovative 'Revolution Bespoke' service, which allows modellers to pick the locomotive identity for themselves.

To learn more about the bespoke service, visit the Revolution Trains website.

The model will undergo further refinement to the fit and finish before they enter production, and the livery samples here are not reflective of the final fit and finish being primarily to check colour and scheme accuracy, but the Class 66 is already showing exceptional levels of detail, just like the just released Revolution Trains Class 59.

Revolution are now accepting pre-orders for the Class 66 in both standard issue versions and bespoke numbers via their website.

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138 New Product Arrivals for Friday, February 23, 2024

Eurorailhobbies latest news - Fri, 2024/02/23 - 15:44

138 products from Marklin, LGB, Schuco and Trix were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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Revolution Trains look for expressions of interest in N Gauge Alcan PCA wagons

N Gauge News - Thu, 2024/02/22 - 03:57

Revolution Trains has just released OO/4mm versions of the attractive Alcan PCA tanks and they are now inviting expressions of interest in production of these tanks in N Gauge.

 

Revolution anticipate that the tanks would be produced in quad packs and be priced at a similar level to the OO tanks, i.e. £149.95 per pack of 4 wagons, and they would look to offer the same liveries as 00 – original Alcan, Alcan debranded, Rio Tinto, Lochaber Liberty and Alvance – subject to sufficient demand.

These wagons have been used since their introduction in 1987-8 to transport alumina from the bulk sea terminal at Blyth to the UK’s only remaining aluminium smelter at Lochaber, near Fort William in Scotland.

When introduce they operated in shortish rakes of around 12 wagons. These were often marshalled into Speedlink or Enterprise services, and in the hands predominantly of class 37s, though class 26, 56 and 60 locos were also used. Following privatisation, the contract was won by EWS (now DB) and 66s began to be used.

Since 2010 the contract has been in the hands of GBRf and, while 66s continue to dominate, occasional traction shortages have seen 37s, 57s and even a class 55 Deltic step in.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of Alcan PCA tanks in N please complete the expression of interest form (it isn’t a commitment to purchase but please be realistic!).  The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 April 2024.

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REVIEW - Revolution Trains N Gauge Mk.5A coaches

N Gauge News - Mon, 2024/02/19 - 23:00

Revolution Trains first announced the CAF Mk.5 coaching stock back in 2019, with both the Caledonian Sleeper Mk.5 and TransPennine Express Mk.5A coaches being produced. The Sleepers arrived a few months ago, and now the striking TPE sets have landed with those who pre-ordered and in this review NGN takes a close-up look at these very impressive models.

The Prototype

It perhaps says something about modern rail system, that in the time since these models were announced the prototypes have both entered and retire from regular passenger service with TransPennine. Orders for new locomotive hauled stock is a rarity, and so it came as a surprise when TPE announced they were to take delivery of 66 new coaches from Spanish manufacturer CAF, however First Group, the operator of TPE at the time, had also ordered new coaching stock for their Caledonian Sleeper service from CAF, and so the TPE order was tacked onto this. Motive power was to be provided by Class 68 locomotives provided by Direct Rail Services and the sets were branded as Nova 3, with Nova 1 being Class 802 units and Nova 2 CAF 'Civity' Class 397 EMUs.

Uncertainty around electrification schemes over the routes the new stock was expected to operate on also drove the decision to order loco hauled stock, with the Class 68 replaced by electric traction should the wires have gone up in the future.

Although both the sleeper and TPE coaches appear to be of an identical basic design, the TPE stock is in fact fractionally narrower due to gauging requirements and earned them the designation Mk.5A.

The 13 sets of five Mark 5A coaches that make up the Nova fleet comprise one DT Driving Standard Class with 64 seats. One T1 which is the First Class catering/wheelchair coach with 36 seats, two wheelchair spaces and PRM toilet facility. Two T2 Standard coaches with 59 seats, plus an area that offers six tip-up seats or bike storage and one T3 standard coach with 69 seats.

One of the main differences between the Mark 5 and Mark 5A sets is that, instead of Dellner couplers, Mark 5A coaches have inter-coach bar couplers, with buckeye couplers and buffers provided at each end of the five-coach set. The TPE sets also required a Driving Trailer to allow for push/pull operation.

The first set ran in revenue service on 24th August 2019 from Liverpool to Scarborough, but staff shortages and high training demand resulted in slow roll out and high under utilisation. Despite having 13 sets, TPE could only reliably field 3-4 per day, and in early 2023 cracks were also discovered where the yaw dampers and anti-roll bars are attached to the vehicle body which added to their woes. Despite a quick resolution by CAF, the decision was made to withdraw the Mk.5a fleet from service in December 2023, and to place them into storage until TPE's lease expires in May 2024.

Currently their future is unknown however it's likely they will find further use somewhere on the network in some form, with Chiltern and Scotrail being the two most likely candidates as future operators.

The Model

We first saw EP samples for the Mk.5As back in 2021 and it was immediately clear that these would be impressive models, and they certainly don't disappoint!

Arriving in the usual high quality Revolution Trains bookset style packaging, first impressions are that this is some of the best looking N Gauge rolling stock produced yet. It must certainly be a contender for N Gauge rolling stock of the year in the polls! Contained within the bookset are the five coaches which make up a TPE Mk.5A set, the Driving Trailer (DT), Standard trailer with Guard's compartment, two standard trailers and the first class trailer. This represents four different body toolings in a five car train!

Starting with the Driving Trailer (DT), Revolution have captured the distinctive look of the nose perfectly. It's not what you would describe as pretty, but the model looks just as striking as the real thing. There is a lot going on at the front of this coach and the buffer beam area is awash with separately fitted details, including the buffers, couplings, anti-climbing plates, debris deflector and jumper cables. A fine, etched windscreen wiper is also fitted.

The separately fitted headlight covers fit well with no light leakage, and the destination screen cover is also a separately fitted part. This has the destinations printed to the reverse side, however due to the curvature of this part it doesn't quite capture the look of the flat screen behind the glass cover of the real thing as the destination also has a curve to it as a result. The roof mounted cab air-conditioning unit is a neat separately fitted item, as are the drivers door handrails.

Passenger door handles, bodyside destination screens, grills, door interlocking lights and coach identifying screens are all represented by moulded details and are all finely done, with nothing looking out of place or over scale. Roof detail is prototypically sparse, but what is there is neatly moulded.

Coach B represents the T3 Standard Class coach which includes the cycle storage area at one end. This is another unique body tooling as a result of the unique window layout and shares the same high levels of detail and finesse as the DT. The wide gangway bellows are a fine and accurate representation of the those fitted to the prototype.

Coaches C and D represent the two T2 Standard Class coaches, and are the only coaches in the set to share the same body tooling.

The T1 First Class coach features the non-corridor end usually found behind the locomotive. As modelled it represents the stock in service, there being some changes to the positioning of cables and modifications to the anti-climb plates. Handrails initially fitted were also removed and Revolution have made the logical decision to represent the coaches in this condition. Both the T1 and DT correctly feature finley moulded body mounted steps.

The underframe detail is excellent throughout with full depth relief and all of the equipment found on the real coaches faithfully reproduced on the models. They even featuring some delightful etched grills through which relief detail can be clearly seen. The DT also features separately fitted wire sand pipes on the inner bogies.

The bogies are lovely representations of the inside framed type fitted to the real coaches, and include electrical pick up on all axles for the lighting. The prominent dampers are a nice separate moulding fixed to the chassis, however this does not impinge on the ability of the coaches to negotiate tighter curves down to 2nd Radius.

The wheel sets run in metal bearings and whilst the mk.5a models underwent some modifications to address the stiff running of the sleeper mk.5s, these are not the freest of runners straight out of the box. That said, a Dapol Class 68 easily coped with the 5 coaches, and no doubt they will further improve after a longer period of running. The wheels feature separate inserts representing the axle ends complete with the four prominent fixing bolts. On the real coaches the wheel centres are painted grey all the way to inside edge of the tyres, however they are blacked metal on the model. For those wanting fully painted wheels, it should be easy enough to find a suitable match for the grey and accomplish this with a fine brush.

To access the Next18 decoder socked for the direction lighting, the body of the DT must be removed. A little bit of patience is required as this is not the easiest body to remove being a very tight fit and is held in place by three locating clips on each side. A thin piece of plastic to act as a wedge was necessary to prevent the clips from re-engaging as the chassis was separated from the body, but care must be taken not to snag the light strip on the cab fittings. A full interior can be found inside, with the layout being correct for each coach. Table tops are picked out in white, but modellers will have to paint the grey leather headrests on the seats themselves!

The Next18 socket is located on the underside of the PCB , and it may be necessary to remove the screw holding the PCB to the rear bulkhead so the blanking plate can be removed and a decoder fitted. There isn't a great deal of clearance between the tops of the seats, so decoders much thicker than the blanking plate may cause problems.

The interior lighting itself is some of the best we've seen in N Gauge recently, not too bright and giving off just the right colour temperature for modern rolling stock. The only niggle we had with the lighting was due to the black window frames being printed onto the clear plastic inserts there is some light bleed around the edges of the windows when viewed directly side on. This was most noticeable around the cabside window. Those feeling brave may want to remove the glazing strips and paint the around the edges black to block this out.

The cab and saloon lighting in the DT can be controlled via DCC in addition to the provided magnetic wand, however as there is no through electrical connection in the four other coaches the saloon lighting can only be turned on and off using the wand.

Directional headlights are fitted and again the brightness levels are about spot on with no evidence of light leakage. When fitted with a decoder the head and tail lights can be controlled via DCC. Running around a small test circuit, there was no evidence of flicker of either interior or exterior lighting.

Finish

There is no doubt the Trans Pennine Express livery is striking however it is also extremely complex. Possibly some of the worst features to reproduce in small scale like N Gauge are metallic finishes and fading colours, and the TPE livery has both in abundance! It's fair to say that Revolution have done an outstanding job replicating it, they really have, so it feels slightly churlish to point out any issues. The light blue on the nose is not metallic, and consequently doesn't quite capture the varying tones of the prototype and ultimately looks a little on the light side. It's a problem shared with the Dapol Class 68, although the end result is that happily they don't look out of place together. The grey used on the doors, window bands and chassis also feels a fraction on the dark side however it is vastly improved over the very dark grey seen on the first livery samples, so we're pleased this area was addressed. These are really the only niggles we had with the livery, and it will be interesting to see how the Farish TPE Class 360 compares when that is released.

The multitude of various angled stripes and colours applied to the nose of the DT have been excellently done with crisp printing and a nice smooth finish and the fading effect of the dark to light blue recreated the real thing nicely. The finer printed details are all sharply applied and the multitude of warnings, information panels and logos present on the prototype are are all present and correct.

If the complex main livery wasn't enough, Revolution have also picked out all of the underframe detail in the relevant colour, including jumper cable sockets in orange, and step edges in yellow. The finer printed details are all sharply applied and the multitude of warnings, information panels and logos present on the prototype are are all present and correct.

It really would have been easy to take one look at this livery and say 'nope', but Revolution not only accepted the challenge, they tackled it head on and pulled it off with style....

Summary.

This is definitely a set of models that makes you smile when you open the box! There is no doubting that they are truly excellent models, complete with an excellent representation of a very challenging livery, and we really had to go to nit-picky levels to find any niggles and even then they are few and far between.

Revolution Trains have produced a truly stunning set of N Gauge coaching stock representing a striking prototype should easily be a contender for N Gauge rolling stock of the year in our book!

Availability

The initial production run has now sold out, so if you missed out and would like to see a second run contact Revolution Trains and express your interest!

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Dapol N Gauge Class 87 EP samples revealed

N Gauge News - Mon, 2024/02/19 - 04:22

Dapol have revealed EP samples for their new N Gauge Class 87, announced last year.

The first and most complete 1st shot represents locomotives similar to 2D-087-003 Class 87 Robert Burns 87035 Virgin Trains:

The second 1st shot represents locomotives similar to 2D-087-005 Class 87 Stephenson 87101 BR Blue:

The third 1st shot is a body shell only and represents locomotives similar to 2D-087-006 Class 87 Royal Sovereign 87002 Caledonian Sleeper:

The forth 1st shot is again a body shell only and represents locomotives similar to 2D-087-001 Class 87 Hal'o 'the Wynd 87031 BR Blue:

Specifications

 

  • Finely detailed body & roof with many extra fitted detail items 
  • 5 pole Super Creep motor with incredible controllable slow running speed 
  • All wheel drive and pick up 
  • Finely detailed (posable/non functional) High-Speed and Cross-Arm pantographs (as appropriate) 
  • Accessory bag with optional fitted parts
Proposed Liveries

The images below are of the provisional artworks and are shown for illustration only - they are subject to change and or correction where necessary.

2D-087-001 Class 87 Hal'o'the Wynd 87031 BR Blue 

 2D-087-002 Class 87 Iron Duke 87017 Intercity Swallow 

2D-087-003 Class 87 Robert Burns 87035 Virgin Trains  

2D-087-004 Class 87 87022 DRS   

2D-087-005 Class 87 Stephenson 87101 BR Blue    

2D-87-006 Class 87 Royal Sovereign 87002 Caledonian Sleeper     

2D-087-007 Class 87 Twin Pack City of Glasgow 87006 Coeur de Lyon 87012

Dapol state that The design team are currently reviewing the 1st shots and preparing comments to help the factory to make any necessary improvements. One area that is being particularly scrutinized is the pantographs. We expect to have finished models in stores by Q3 2024.

Pricing is £155.00 RRP for DCC Ready versions, £190.00 RRP for DCC fitted versions and £300.00 RRP for the Twin Pack. For more information visit the Dapol website.

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Graham Farish Spring 2024 N Gauge announcements

N Gauge News - Wed, 2024/02/07 - 11:52

Bachmann have revealed the Spring 2024 line-up for the Graham Farish N Gauge range, with 2 new tool items taking the headline spots.

First up are the LMS D16/1 10000 & 10001 'Twins' diesel locomotives. For the full details on these impressive looking new tool models see our separate article here

The second newly tooled item to be released is the SECR 'Dance Hall' brake van. Full details on these can be found here

Also announced were the following new items joining the range during next few months:

374-807A BR Mk1 RFO Restaurant First Open BR Crimson & Cream £47.95

374-808A BR Mk1 RFO Restaurant First Open BR Maroon £47.95

374-810A BR Mk1 RFO Restaurant First Open BR (WR) Chocolate & Cream £47.95

374-818A BR Mk1 FO First Open BR (WR) Chocolate & Cream £47.95

374-820 BR Mk1 FO First Open BR InterCity Charter (Executive) £47.95

374-820A BR Mk1 FO First Open BR InterCity Charter (Executive) £47.95

374-821 BR Mk1 FO First Open 'DIANA' WCRC Maroon £47.95

374-821A BR Mk1 FO First Open 'ALEXANDRA' WCRC Maroon £47.95

374-476B BR Mk3 SLEP Sleeper with Pantry ScotRail (Caledonian Sleeper) £34.95

374-476C BR Mk3 SLEP Sleeper with Pantry ScotRail (Caledonian Sleeper) £34.95

374-477A BR Mk3 SLEP Sleeper with Pantry BR Blue & Grey (Inter-City Sleeper) £34.95

374-477B BR Mk3 SLEP Sleeper with Pantry BR Blue & Grey (Inter-City Sleeper) £34.95

374-478 BR Mk3 SLEP Sleeper with Pantry BR InterCity (Swallow) £34.95

374-478A BR Mk3 SLEP Sleeper with Pantry BR InterCity (Swallow) £34.95

374-997 BR Mk3 'Night Riviera' 2-Coach Pack GWR Green (FirstGroup) - Pack A £69.95

374-997A BR Mk3 'Night Riviera' 2-Coach Pack GWR Green (FirstGroup) - Pack B £69.95

374-997B BR Mk3 'Night Riviera' 2-Coach Pack GWR Green (FirstGroup) - Pack C £69.95

373-502D BR HEA Hopper Wagon BR Bauxite £20.95

373-502E BR HEA Hopper Wagon BR Bauxite £20.95

373-506C BR HEA Hopper Wagon BR Railfreight Coal Sector £20.95

373-506D BR HEA Hopper Wagon BR Railfreight Coal Sector £20.95

Bachmann Collectors Club Exclusives

The Collectors Club celebrates 60 years since BR’s XP64 Train was launched with a new model of Class 47 No. D1733 in its Experimental Blue livery. The new Club model takes advantage of recent upgrades to the Graham Farish Class 47, allowing sound fitted versions to be offered alongside the standard versions. All models feature a coreless motor, Next18 DCC decoder interface, pre-fitted speaker and include directional lighting, switchable on/off at either end, and cab lights for DCC users. Both versions are available now and Club members receive a 10% discount on the RRP of an equivalent main range item, making the standard model (371- 825K) £161.96 whilst the sound fitted model is priced at £251.96 (371-825KSF).

The second N Scale model this Spring uses the new ‘Dance Hall’ Brake Van from Graham Farish and depicts No. DS55466 which was based at Stratford Motive Power Depot in London. The van was the last of its type operating on the national network and carried the attractive Olive Green livery with Yellow Ends as depicted by the Club model until withdrawal. Priced at £31.46 and in stock now, this price again includes a 10% discount on the RRP of an equivalent main range item.

For more information on all of the above, visit the Bachmann website

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N Gauge SECR 'Dance Hall' brake van from Graham Farish

N Gauge News - Wed, 2024/02/07 - 03:35

During their Spring 2024 announcements, Bachmann have revealed they are adding the SECR 'Dance Hall' brake van to the Graham Farish N Gauge range.

These 25 Ton Good Brake vehicles were nicknamed ‘Dance Halls’ due to the spacious cabins provided for the guard and this new Graham Farish model captures all the hallmarks of the prototype, from the finely-moulded planked body to the prominent handrails which are separate metal components fitted to the model. On the chassis, the long footboards are separately fitted, and brake gear has also been included on the underside of the model.

The Graham Farish ‘Dance Hall’ will be available in four liveries, each with a choice of two running numbers and includes the sole-surviving example of this particular ‘Dance Hall’ type – No. 11902 which is preserved at the Whitwell & Reepham Railway.

378-025 SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van SE&CR Grey £34.95

378-025A SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van SE&CR Grey £34.95

378-026 SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van SR Brown £34.95

378-026A SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van SR Brown £34.95

378-027 SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van BR Grey £34.95

378-027A SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van BR Grey £34.95

378-028 SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van BR Departmental Olive Green £34.95

378-028A SE&CR 25T 'Dance Hall' Brake Van BR Departmental Olive Green £34.95

For more information visit the Bachmann website

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Bachamnn announce N Gauge LMS Twins for N Gauge from Graham Farish

N Gauge News - Wed, 2024/02/07 - 02:49

During the Spring 2024 Bachmann announcements, Bachmann revealed brand new tool models of the D16 LMS Twins 10000 & 10001 for the Graham Farish N Gauge range.

The ‘Twins’ operated between 1947 and 1966 and the Graham Farish models depict both locomotives at various point in their careers, including the modifications that were made when the pair were trailed on the Southern Region – the fitting of two additional lamp brackets and marker lights at each end. Water scoops were also fitted later on, and this is another option catered for on these the new N scale models. 

The specification for the new Graham Farish model includes a coreless motor with twin flywheels driving all axles, al-wheel electrical pick-up, a Next18 DCC decoder interface and pre-fitted speaker, and sound fitted options for every model. The models are fitted with working headcode marker lights at each end, with the option to select either passenger or freight headcodes – with additional headcodes available when used on DCC. Cab lights are also available to DCC users whilst the directional lights can be turned off at each end when operated on both DCC and Analogue Control. 

372-910 LMS 10000 LMS Black & Silver £184.95

372-910SF LMS 10000 LMS Black & Silver £284.95

372-911 LMS 10001 Black & Silver £184.95

372-911SF LMS 10001 Black & Silver £284.95

372-916 LMS 10000 BR Lined Green (Late Crest) £184.95

372-916SF LMS 10000 BR Lined Green (Late Crest) £284.95

372-917 LMS 10001 BR Lined Green (Late Crest) £184.95

372-917SF LMS 10001 BR Lined Green (Late Crest) £284.95

372-918 LMS 10001 BR Green (Small Yellow Panels) £184.95

372-918SF LMS 10001 BR Green (Small Yellow Panels) £284.95

For more information visit the Bachmann website

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Bachmann Spring 2024 Graham Farish N Gauge announcements

N Gauge News - Tue, 2024/02/06 - 11:20

Just NGN tomorrow at 9:30am to find out what Bachmann have in store for the Graham Farish N Gauge range through Spring 2024!

Watch the presentation then check back for a full run down of any N Gauge News!

https://youtu.be/pFUSMwKvelc?si=FP2wBOpuVweOo1c1
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Mill Gondola release from Eastern Seaboard Models brings enhancement and new styles

Model Railroad News - Mon, 2024/02/05 - 22:06

Eastern Seaboard Models offers a new release of its Pennsylvania Railroad G26 mill gondola model. This new edition features a revised coupler pocket design and the fully assembled model comes equipped with the company’s fine-scale metal wheels. In addition, this release adds the ratchet brake style and presents Norfolk & Western’s G3 gondola and Pennsylvania G26a and G26c class mill gondolas (also equipped with ratchet-style brake) are new additions. The ends of the gondolas are positionable. The models sell for $37.95 each. Visit Eastern Seaboard Models website for more information.

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Exclusive Rapido N Gauge Class 44 from MalcS Models/TTC Diecast

N Gauge News - Thu, 2024/01/25 - 23:30

Malcs Models & TTC Diecast have announced a Rapido Trains UK exclusive N Gauge Class 44.

D8 “Penyghent” BR Green With Small Yellow Panel (As preserved) will be available in just 100 models. The prototype Locomotive is preserved at the Peak Rail and is only one of two surviving Class 44s.

D8 was built in 1960 and was one of only ten Class 44s built between 1959 and 1960. They were numbered D1-10 and also named after British mountains leading to this locos name ‘Penyghent’.

It was withdrawn from service in November 1980 and after withdrawal it was taken to Glasgow Works open day in June 1981, from there it was purchased by Steven Woods who had it taken to Aviemore.

It went to Boat of Garten for remedial repairs to get it in working order, but that never happened. It was then advertised for sale in September 1986 and has been owned by the North Notts Loco Group ever since.

Rapido Trains N Gauge Class 44 - D8 “Penyghent”

DCC READY (NOT FITTED)

Limited edition of only 60 models split equally between Macs Models and TTC Diecast

DCC SOUND FITTED

Limited edition of only 40 models split equally between Macs Models and TTC Diecast

All Locomotives will come with a certificate.

The models are expected to be delivered during quarter 1 2025 and will be available DCC ready and DCC sound fitted:

Order from Malcs Models

Order from TTC Diecast

More information on the Rapido Trains UK Class 44 can be found here

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70 New Product Arrivals for Thursday, January 25, 2024

Eurorailhobbies latest news - Thu, 2024/01/25 - 15:44

70 products from Marklin and Trix were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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Dapol N Gauge Class 59 production samples arrive

N Gauge News - Thu, 2024/01/25 - 00:16

Dapol have released images of production samples for their forthcoming N Gauge Class 59 diesel locomotive.

The Class 59 is Dapol's latest Next Generation Diesel model, incorporating Dapol’s re-designed chassis and electronics. The model will also incorporate the same iron cored 5 pole motor used in the N Gauge Class 50 and Class 68 which offers excellent slow running and exceptional pulling power with reliability and robustness.

The following liveries are planned for release:

2D-005-000 - N Gauge Class 59 Kenneth J Painter 59005 Foster Yeoman Silver

2D-005-001 - N Gauge Class 59 Class 59 Village Of Mells 59103 ARC

2D-005-002 - N Gauge Class 59 John F Yeoman 59206  DB Schenker

2D-005-003 - N Gauge Class 59 59204 National Power Blue

2D-005-004 - N Gauge Class 59 59104 Hanson Village of Great Elm

2D-005-005 - N Gauge Class 59 59001 Aggregate Industries Yeoman Endeavour

2D-005-0065 - N Gauge Class 59 Class 59 59201 EWS Vale of York

The recommended retail prices are as follows:

DCC ready: £172.80

DCC fitted: £205.20

DCC sound: £291.60

Dapol state models are now in transit to the UK and are expected in shops around the beginning of March. This may be slightly delayed due to the current complications relating to international shipping.

Rails of Sheffield are also offering 59 206 'JOHN F YEOMAN' in G&W Freightliner orange/black livery as an exclusive model.

This exclusive model can be preordered from Rails of Sheffield now.

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74 New Product Arrivals for Thursday, January 18, 2024

Eurorailhobbies latest news - Thu, 2024/01/18 - 15:44

74 products from Fleischmann and Roco were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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98 New Product Arrivals for Sunday, January 14, 2024

Eurorailhobbies latest news - Sun, 2024/01/14 - 15:44

98 products from Marklin, LGB, Schuco and Trix were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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291 New Product Arrivals for Monday, January 8, 2024

Eurorailhobbies latest news - Mon, 2024/01/08 - 15:44

291 products from Noch were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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MARKLIN TRIX LGB 2024 NEW ITEM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eurorailhobbies latest news - Mon, 2024/01/08 - 01:51

We have now posted all of the 2024 New Item announcements from Marklin, Trix and LGB.  In addition to the amazing products Marklin has teased over the past month, including the Metropolitan train and the vintage Crocodile, there are many many exciting new items to take in!

We will be posting our pre-order pricing program for 2024 shortly!

See all the Marklin Trix and LGB new items here

Download the Brochures in English

Marklin 2024 New Items Brochure (english)

Trix HO 2024 New Items Brochure (english)

Minitrix HO 2024 New Items Brochure (english)

LGB 2024 New Items Brochure (english)

 

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Micro-Trains Line New Mill Gondola in N Scale

Model Railroad News - Fri, 2024/01/05 - 22:33

Review by Tony Cook/photos by the author

Micro-Trains Line (MTL) adds a new body style to its already wide variety of N-scale rolling stock with the arrival of this 107-series mill gondola model.

This Penn Central (PC) release is the second road name for this new MTL model; the first release was a Mineral Red gondola lettered for Santa Fe (107 00 011). The model was included in MTL’s August 2023 Micro-News flyer with Santa Fe road number 170902 and returned in September’s flyer with another Santa Fe release (ATSF 170943); this Penn Central gondola was announced in October 2023’s flyer. This green with white lettering Penn Central offering includes a cast-resin load (as does the prior Santa Fe gondola release).

ABOVE: Above: This view shows the drop-end panel in its down or lowered position. I applied the molded green coupler cut lever and trainline hose to this B-end of the gondola model.

This is a fine model and solid addition to MTL’s product line. It’s a long freight car; I measured this PC sample and observed it was 65 scale feet out to the edges of the gondola’s sides. This is a great-looking plastic and metal model with thin stirrup steps, detailed brake rigging with separate brake wheel, and functioning drop-end design.

The body, including the separate ends, is molded plastic. A cast metal section appears as part of the underframe and does most of the work in supplying this N-scale freight car model with its 0.7-ounce weight. The provided load is a good bonus, as are the details included for the owner to add to the ends. Be very careful in adding the cut lever so you don’t send this tiny part flying, as you need each of the two that are included.

ABOVE: This underside view of Micro-Trains’ N-scale mill gondola shows the detail molded into the metal section making up the bulk of the underbody. The area on the ends where the trucks and coupler attach is plastic. This second release comes with friction-style Bettendorf truck sideframes, and these plastic frames are of a slightly narrower design, allowing them to turn without running into conflict with the gondola’s stirrup steps. Note the left end shows the opening for the trainline hose. I have added that detail and the cut lever to the opposite side of the model (right end in this view). 

A product of the late steam/early diesel era, this gondola is a 70-ton freight car and thus rides on 33-inch wheels. Be aware MTL noted an issue with the first Santa Fe models: the truck sideframes were a bit too wide and could encounter the stirrup steps and cause the gondola to derail. This was noted by the manufacturer online and quickly corrected. Check MTL’s website for details, should you have that first Santa Fe model.

Micro-Trains Line
N-scale 65-foot 70-ton Mill Gondola

Penn Central 595027
107 00 030, $33.95

This review appeared in the January 2024 issue of Model Railroad News. Subscribe Today!

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Rebuilt Well and Tall Container in O Scale from Atlas

Model Railroad News - Fri, 2024/01/05 - 22:23

Atlas delivers a 1:48 rendering of a rebuilt well car and a 40-foot high-cube container to its line of O products; both releases are Master level offerings and are sold separately. The well car measures approximately 16 inches (around 60 scale feet) and the “40 foot” in its label is a reference to what is carried and not the freight car’s length. In the early 2000s, a move toward reducing the variety of sizes in intermodal containers led to the phasing out of 48-foot well cars (and some others) in general use. At the time, single-container well cars built to handle 48-foot containers suddenly had less utility.

As the cars were fairly new, a rebuilding program shortened their length and made their well section able to handle a container up to 40 feet. Atlas offers this great-looking model in 2- and 3-rail versions. This 3-rail model is decorated for TTX with the newer red/black logo and inclusion of the familiar “Next Load Any Road” slogan and red/blue arrows. The other releases in this run include TTX with an earlier logo (white letters on black block) and the service’s “Forward Thinking” logo (which is the same as this review model’s design, but lacks the “Next Load” slogan and adds “Forward Thinking” below the TTX emblem). The other road name is NOKL (red with white lettering).

ABOVE: Nearly all components making up this Atlas O well car are metal. The brake wheel (on the op-posite end), hitch plate for carrying trailers, and stirrup steps are among the only plastic parts I detected in my evaluation of this release. The stirrup steps can be easily knocked off during handling, but I found they snapped back into place with no issues or damage.

The 2-rail well car (MSRP: $114.95) will navigate 36-inch radius curves, while this 3-rail edition (with functioning metal knuckle couplers) can operate on O-54 and wider curves. The roller bearing trucks include rotating bearing caps.

The 40-foot high-cube container (ISO Type 45G1) is a plastic model that arrives ready for placement. Atlas includes a bag of pins for insertion into the top or bottom corner posts on this model to allow for stacking. The end door rails are separately applied and enhance the appearance of this release. The run provides eight looks, including this orange Hapag-Lloyd offering. Atlas splits the container road names into two 8-pack offerings (each retailing for $215.60).

ABOVE: Atlas promotes its 40-foot high-cube con-tainer model as compatible with all its own O-scale well car models. The detailed plastic container comes fully assembled and decorated with a bagged set of pins for stacking models.

The models come packaged in Atlas O’s familiar blue window-display boxing. The well car is secured in a two-piece plastic cradle with film protecting it, and two black plastic posts with pins that go up through the outer corners of the well section to hold the model in place and avoid damage. Be careful when sliding the metal pins on those black posts free from the replica. When paired, this well car and container make for an impressive reproduction of a contemporary prototype. Both models are limited-production releases from Atlas O. Check with your hobby dealer for stock.

Atlas Model Railroad Co.
O-scale

40-foot Rebuilt Well Car
3-rail TTX 458975,
3003028-2, $109.95

40-foot High-Cube Container
Hapag-Lloyd FANU 1443313, 3001143-3,
$26.95

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