Model Rail April 2021

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13 Números

en este número

2 min.

As I’m among friends, I have a confession to make… back in 2010, I started taking train numbers again. I hadn’t done it since I was about 15, but the urge came upon me as I neared middle age. Was it a looming crisis? Should I have bought a sports car instead? Who knows. But it began a little furtively, noting down locomotive numbers while I was out and about or commuting to the office, just for fun and to help pass the many, many hours I was spending in transit. But then it grew into buying the modern versions of the Abc pocket books, neatly underlining my ‘spots’, to keep a record of every train I saw in a calender year. I knew I had it bad when I began…

1 min.
model rail essential information

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8 min.
revolution trains announces tri-mode

Revolution Trains has announced plans to produce a ‘OO’ version of the all-new Class 93 tri-mode locomotives being built for Rail Operations Group by Stadler Railin Valencia. ROG has ordered ten locomotives, with options on a further 20, and the first is to be delivered in early 2023. Designed to operate on 25kV overhead power, the locomotives also feature a diesel power unit and powerful batteries. The model will feature a high level of detail, prototypical lighting arrangements, 21-pin DCC socket and NEM couplers. Full provision will be made for DCC sound, although factory-fitted DCC-sound versions will also be available. The models will be offered in the stylish green of ROG and, potentially, further client liveries are yet to be unveiled. It is understood that the locomotives are to be named…

1 min.
in brief

POINT CARRIER CONVERSION PARTS Remorphic Models has produced a laser-cut framework to assist in the conversion of a ‘OO’ intermodal ‘spine’ wagon to a Network Rail point carrying vehicle. A fleet of these wagons was converted to carry prefabricated points and crossings to worksites, with the loads pitched at an angle to keep them ‘in gauge’. While the wooden framework also requires extra parts and materials to complete the conversion, the kit gives wagon bashers a handy headstart. Web: ‘OO’ FIGURES AND MORE FROM OSBORN’S Osborn’s Models of Bideford has produced a pack of six ‘OO’ Edwardian figures, rendered in 3D-printed resin (£9.00). The pack includes three seated and three standing figures, and they’re an ideal accessory for the Hornby and Hattons four/ six-wheel coaches, along with Peco’s ‘009’ Lynton and Barnstaple stock. Osborn’s…

2 min.
show & tell

What lies beneath... I read with interest Paul A. Lunn’s article ‘Railway Hay Days’ in the September copy of Model Rail, and I was particularly interested in Paul’s mention of the Alton to Basingstoke light railway in Oh Mr Porter. This now-defunct railway is very close to home – literally in my case. My house, along with a row of houses in Whitedown Lane, Alton, sits on the track bed of the railway and my garden has part of the old embankment leading on to Bridge No. 9, which still exists and is partially buried in my neighbour’s back garden. The land on which my house stands was purchased by the builder from the British Railways Board during the early 1970s. Here are a couple of interesting points about the railway: the…

3 min.
modelling lives

Like most clubs, Twickenham & District MRC has faced many problems since the arrival of Covid-19, the two biggest being the loss of income from its open days and, perhaps more importantly, the need to retain members... Clubs like ours basically offer members two things: (1) access to the construction, operation and exhibition of layouts, and (2) companionship and membership of a community with shared values and interests. The pandemic has rendered access to layouts out of the question, and so the club’s attention turned to fostering that more elusive and ‘spiritual’ sense of community. Yet such community, it could be argued, is a real ongoing asset, especially if one remembers that modelling projects come and go, or, as is the case right now, stall all together! The club therefore began the…