Model Rail July 2021

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If, God forbid, my number was called up tomorrow, a slight career regret would be that I haven’t constructed anywhere near enough model buildings in my lifetime. In four decades of active modelling, the quantity of trains passing across my workbench probably runs into the thousands. Buildings have been relatively few in comparison, and most of them have been created for other people. Accordingly, I have an endless list of subjects that I’d love to recreate in miniature one day, from humble cottages to complex factories. Almost all of them would demand a completely scratchbuilt approach, which probably explains why they’re still on the ‘to do’ list, owing to the likely amount of time involved. Apart from Crosfields Crossing signal box (right), which featured in MR275, I haven’t created a purely…

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bachmann’s summer schedule: all-new class 24 tops the bill

Bachmann has revealed a list of products scheduled to arrive in the next three months, as part of its summer British Railway Announcements 2021. The undoubted star of the show is a newly tooled Class 24 in ‘OO’ gauge. To complement the high-spec four-character headcode box-equipped Class 24/1, released to great acclaim last year, Bachmann will complete the original Sulzer Type 2 fleet by offering a fully revamped version of the original disc headcode-fitted Class 24/0 and Class 24/1 locomotives. Offering a significant uplift in fidelity and specification to its existing ‘24/0’ tooling, the new models will include separately fitted roof panels, etched cab ventilator grilles, highly detailed bogies and numerous era-specific parts. Sound-fitted versions of each will also be available, while standard versions will contain a pre-fitted speaker and a 21-pin DCC…

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rolling stock

The Mk 1 POT Post Office stowage van gets another outing in blue/grey livery along with the 24t iron ore hopper and anchor-mounted tank wagon, plus the ever-popular TTA 45t tank in classic Esso grey livery. ♦ 39-755A Mk1 POT Stowage van, blue/grey, £59.95 ♦ 37-510/1 24t Ore hopper wagon, £25.95 each ♦ 38-778A 14t Anchor-mounted tank wagon, £34.95 ♦ 37-576D 45t TTA tank wagon, £32.95 NEW COACHES FOR ‘OO9’ ‘009’ narrow gauge modellers haven’t been left out of the latest announcements, as a new steel-bodied bogie coach has been revealed in two liveries. BACHMANN NARROW GAUGE THIRD CLASS BOGlE COACH ♦ 394-001 Steel bodied Third, maroon/cream ♦ 394-002 Steel bodied Third, lined green Price? £44.95…

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new ‘n’ gauge ‘9f’ from dapol

Dapol has revealed that it is producing the BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 in ‘N’ gauge. Designed by Robert Riddles as a heavy freight locomotive, 251 ‘9Fs’ were built at Crewe and Swindon between 1954-1960, representing the final steam locomotives to be built by BR. The new ‘9F’ is expected to feature Dapol’s usual tender-drive system, complete with ‘super creep’ motor, painted cast metal wheels, sprung front pony truck and a separate bag with spares and optional extra detail parts. As well as a number of unlined black versions, with early or late BR emblems, Dapol will also be offering No. 92220 Evening Star in lined Brunswick green livery, with a set of four maroon Gresley coaches in a ‘Pines Express’ trains pack. Decorated samples are awaited, and the model is expected…

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hornby livery previews

Hornby has recently received a raft of livery and production samples for some of the 2021 range of locomotive releases, including the ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T, Ruston & Hornsby 48DS and BR Class 31, plus the die-cast-bodied Hornby-Dublo ‘Merchant Navy’. First to appear in the shops is likely to be the Class 31, which may well be in stock as this issue hits the shelves. The Brush Type 2 is being offered in the popular BR ‘Dutch’ grey/yellow plus BR green with small yellow warning panels. Availability: Hornby stockists or More Castle Cement PCAs from Accurascale For those of us who missed out on Accurascale’s Castle Cement PCA wagons a few years ago, the wait will soon be over, as a second production run has been announced. Further good news is that the original…