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NEWS 4th December 2013
Reading 'O' Gauge Show.
We will be attending Reading 'O' gauge show on Saturday the 7th of December. We will only be using one van and therefore have limited capacity with regard to what we can carry. As always, we would ask any customer who is planning to make a purchase to just give us a call or drop us an e-mail prior to the show so that we can have the required items ready for collection. This ensures the customer gets what he wants and takes some of the guess work out of the job for us.
We will be leaving the shop for the show Friday Lunchtime so the shop will be closed on Friday afternoon. The shop will be open on Saturday though only manned by the part-time staff.
If anyone requires anything that is not 'O' gauge, then it will definately be necessary to pre-order the items as we are not planning on taking anything On30, 'OO', Gauge 1 or 'G' gauge with us but would do so subject to it being ordered. Also please remember that stocks of the Heljan Class 52, 37 and 20's are now very low, as are stocks of many of the Tower Brass, San Cheng Brass and Finescale Brass locomotives.
Help us to have what you want ready for collection and avoid any potential for disappointment.
We have received today 3 brand new 'O' gauge private owner wagons from Dapol and are now available for immediate despatch. Individual images of these can be found on the specific pages for Dapol in the 'O' gauge section of the website in this rapidly growing and superb range of ready to run wagons.
NEWS 3rd December 2013
Brass Loco & Painting Service Price Increases.
It has always been our aim to give customers advance notice of any forthcoming price increases whenever possible. This enables customers to order early and avoid the increases.
We will be increasing the prices of some of the locomotives in the Tower Brass, San Cheng Brass and Finescale Brass ranges by between £50.00 and £100.00 each. The increases do not apply to the tank locomotives and will not affect all items in the ranges.
We have not increased the cost of our painting service for five years. We will therefore increase both our painting charges and weathering costs from the 1st of January 2014.
All orders for locomotives already passing through our workshops will not be affected. All new orders for locomotives received and paid for by the close of business 31st December will also not be affected. However, orders received after the close of business on the 31st December 2013 will be charged at the new prices. We will also increase the prices of fully finished locomotives available off the shelf to reflect the new charges.
NEWS 2nd December 2013
Last Chance Updates.
We can now confirm that we have completely sold out of the Heljan Blue Class 37's and Bachmann Brassworks Class 101 DMUs. We can also confirm that we are also down to the last of the following items:
Tower Brass Jinty..............................................only
We are also running low on all versions of the Westerns and the Limited Edition all Green Class 55 Deltic.
Finescale Brass Duchesses, 3 types........only 4 in total which we will fully finish through our workshops
NEWS 27th November 2013
DCC Sound Chip Fitting Service.
Please note, we have now extended our service to cover supplying and fitting DCC sound chips to locomotives from the Tower Brass, San Cheng Brass, Finescale Brass, Bachmann Brassworks, Heljan and Ixion Hudswell Clarke locomotives. We can offer this service on new locomotives as they are ready for despatch or retrospectively on locomotives already supplied, though in this case there is a postage delivery charge.
NEWS 22nd November 2013
'O' gauge stocking fillers for Christmas.
Looking for low cost 'O' gauge items for Christmas presents?
Can we suggest the following:
Wagon kits from Slaters or Parkside for around £30.00 each.
We have now also received the brand new Peco signal box kit LK709 which is suitable as a free standing or platform mounted signal box for only £24.75
NEWS 15th November 2013
Heljan 'O' Gauge production schedule
This morning we have had an update from Heljan of the preposed production schedule for forthcoming projects in 'O' gauge for the next 8 months:
AC Railbus March/April 2014
OAA / VAA & Tank B March/April 2014
BGs & GUVs June 2014
Class 40 June/July 2014
Obviously these are all subject to change but are a better guideline than what we had before and Heljan hope to update us further on this in the middle of December following a trip to China.
NEWS 8th November 2013
Ixion Fowler In stock
We have now received the Ixion Fowler diesel shunters and have despatched them all to advance order customers. We still have stocks available off the shelf of both the plain green and GWR version for anyone who wants to order one and can arrange for a suitable delivery day. Must say they run superbly and are a little gem of a locomotive.
NEWS 5th November 2013
Heljan Western Update
Today we received our last delivery of the Heljan Class 52 Westerns and Heljan have now completely sold out of all versions. For the time being we still have stocks of all five types but not many of the two Tower Models Limited Editions are left. If anyone has not advanced ordered one and would like to get hold of one of the beautiful new locomotives then just give us a call and we can arrange for immediate despatch; post free to mainland UK addresses.
Westerns which are being sent for naming, numbering and weathering will take a few weeks to complete. Anyone who wants to use this service needs to tell us now as it takes a month or so to obtain the plates and there is a queue in our workshops already.
NEWS 25th October 2013
Dapol have today delivered to us the last batch of the Tower Models Exclusive series of Colliers and Train Makers wagons in 'O' gauge. As an experiment we have had a very small number of these weathered by Dapol to see how popular this will be. There is only 2-3 of each available with the exception of the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon which have already been sold. Obviously these are on a first come first served basis; subject to their success we may well go on to offer weathering as standard on the future series of wagons to be released in 2014 and 2015.
NEWS 21st October 2013
Heljan Tower Models Limited Edition Desert Sand Class 52 Western
Please note, we have been short delivered on the Limited Edition Desert Sand Western. This is only a temporary problem and we will be able to fulfil all outstanding orders.
Quite simply, the factory produced the three standard versions first, then the Golden Ochre and finally the Desert Sand. It was only then that they found they were short of motors. Rather than delay the whole shipment it was decided to despatch the bulk of the order and follow on with the balance as soon as possible.
This only affects nine of our customers and we have written to them today and will keep them informed. The balance of the order is expected in approximately 8 weeks time. It must wait to be despatched along with the next big Heljan shipment as sending it as a stand alone shipment would not be economic.
Customers still waiting for their Desert Sand locomotives will not be charged until despatch has been made. We still have ten unsold Desert Sand Western locomotives in the outstanding batch, so anyone wanting to obtain one should place an order now whilst we still have a few available.
NEWS 4th October 2013
We have today taken delivery of nine out of the twelve new wagons in this range. We have replaced the photographs of the test samples with photographs of the production models. The real keen eyed might spot the "tweaks" we have made. The outstanding three wagons should be with us in approximately 2 weeks time. We have completed as many orders as we can and will complete those outstanding once the remaining three types arrive.
Gauge 1 8F's
We are down to our very last Gauge 1 8F factory painted black with a rivetted tender and have just one remaining example fully finished available off the shelf. With the closure of the factory earlier this year there is no way we can obtain re-stocks so it is really the last chance to grab one of these lovely locos.
NEWS 25th September 2013
Heljan 'O' gauge Mk1 BG & GUV Colour Layout
We have now received from Heljan the colour layout image for the forthcoming Mk1 BGs and GUVs in Maroon exclusive to Tower Models. These along with the standard versions of the GUV and BG are due for release March / April 2014 and we are taking advance orders for all types now for immediate despatch as soon as they become available. It is also worth mentioning that we are only producing 100 each of both the BG and GUV in maroon and these should be especially popular given the fact they can be added to a rake of coaches, used in parcels trains or even added to a freight train.
NEWS 19th September 2013
Heljan 'O' gauge 2 track engine sheds.
Today we have received from Heljan a very limited number of their 'O' gauge 2 track engine shed kits produced in plastic. As you can see from the image they are a lovely model though obviously, as a kit, it requires assembling. We have a limited number of these in stock and are selling them at only £59.95 each plus £6.00 postage and packing (Mainland UK). It is worth mentioning the kit is over 2 kilos and will be shipped via Interlink Courier rather than the Post Office due to the weight. For those people who have enquired, the footprint of the building is 71cm x 40cm and height 29cm.
We have heard today from the HMRS that sheet 23 (BR coach lining) in 'O' gauge should be back in print and should be finally with us around the 14th of October. Quite a number of people have been patiently awaiting this sheet and have advance orders in for despatch as soon as it becomes available. If you have not already done so and would like us to get one off to you as soon at it become available then just give us a call or email and we can add you to the list.
NEWS 10th September 2013
Final call for 'O' and Gauge 1 Brass locomotives and coaches.
Since the closure of the San Cheng factory we have, as predicted, seen our stocks reduce very quickly. All the items below are now close to selling out. We have decided to only offer the items below fully finished in our workshops. Regardless of whether the items were once available in either all brass, brass with a factory painted black chassis or factory painted, we will now only sell them fully finished. Listed below are the stocks of items still available for finishing. It is also worth checking the list of fully finished items available off the shelf shown on the website.
We also have one single 'B' set coach which is brass with a black chassis for sale "as is" at £245.00 or fully finished at £420.00.
It should be noted that in 'O' gauge Castles, Patriots, 8Fs, Late 14xx's and 4575's are all running low and will soon be added to the above list. In Gauge 1 we are low on 8Fs, Jubilees, Halls and Black Fives.
We are also still taking on painting commisions through our workshops for items customers have already purchased from us from these ranges and have not got round to painting themselves.
We have now received the brand new 'O' gauge wagon from Parkside Dundas. their new offering is the long awaited LMS / LNER / BR Gunpowder van. The RRP of these is £33.90 but as always were are discounted these to £30.50 each. There is also our 6 or more special deals available across the Parkside 'O' gauge range bringing the cost of these down further. Details of these offers can be found on the relevant pages of the website
NEWS 3rd September 2013
New Peco 'O' Gauge setrack curves and straights
Peco have finally released their long awaited setrack curves and straights in 'O' gauge and thus having joiners pre-attached. Both track pieces have been produced with bull-head nickel silver rail, and will match the existing bull-head rail we use in the Streamline range. Both track sections are supplied in cartons of 8: the Setrack curve has a 22.5 degree angle so 8 pieces make up a half circle of track. The straights are 400mm long (15.5") and the curves 410mm long (16 inches) with a radius of only 1020mm (40.5").
Please be aware, that in our opinion, this is a very tight curve and will not suit larger steam outline locomotives. Virtually all of the Heljan locomotives will run quite happily on these curves, but, if coupled to bogie coaches then buffer locking will be inevitable. One answer is to add an extra link to the couplings. Smaller steam locomotives such as the Ixion range, Tower Brass Pugs etc. will also run quite happily on these tight curves but larger steam locomotives such as the Bachmann 4MT and the Finescale Brass Duchess are not likley to negociate this tight a radius.
Having said this, for anyone running small locos in tight spaces then this
track will be extremely useful.
NEWS 23rd August 2013
The brand new section of the website covering the range of secondhand items we have in stock is now basically up and running and is being updated daily. The list includes ready-to-run items, un-built kits and parts. The second half of the collection that we have recently purchased has now been uploaded. There is a good number of quality ready to run locos and coaches along with a selection of locomotive and wagon kits. There is so much it will take at little time to sort through the last few bits and upload them to the website.
NEWS 5th August 2013
San Cheng Stocks.
Since the closure of the San Cheng factory stocks have been gradually reducing though we still have some of most items but no great numbers now. I can confirm that today we have sold our last 'O' gauge short firebox Jubilee. In total we have just 4 BR green long firebox examples of the Jubilee all with rivetted tenders and once these have gone there will be no more.
NEWS 2nd August 2013
At the NMRA show in Atlanta recently Bachmann have announced a forthcoming On30 50 ton centre-cab Whitcomb Diesel along with a sound module to suit. I have now created relevant pages for these in the On30 section of the website and hopefully these should become available either October or November. We are already taking advance orders for these now along with the sound cards for despatch as soon as they become available. Demand is expected to be high and as usual we expect Bachmann to sell out quickly leaving it months before we get any re-stocks once we have sold out of the initial batch. Therefore advance ordering is highly recommended to ensure you do not miss out on one of these rather attractive locos. As soon as I have further details and images we will update the website with the latest images of the various liveries.
NEWS 17th July 2013
'O' gauge brass BR Mark 1 bogies.
As part of the tidying up prior to closure at the San Cheng factory we unearthed some BR Mark 1 bogies as used on the Bachmann Brassworks and Tower Brass 'O' gauge coaches. We are selling a pair of fully assembled bogies including screws, washers and springs for £50.00 per pair or six pairs for £250.00
NEWS 8th July 2013
Change in Post Office Regulations
Over six months ago now the Post Office banned the shipping of enamel paints overseas. Now the Post Office has also changed it's regulations on the posting of enamel paints within the UK and we can no longer send any enamel paints via the Post Office. However, as part of large orders where we end up using our Courier service it is still possible to ship paint to the UK as this is not a Post Office service. Sadly still unable to send paint to overseas addresses due to these regulations.
NEWS 5th June 2013
New Heljan ‘O’ gauge products announcement.
Heljan, working in close association with Howes of Oxford and Tower Models of Blackpool wish to announce a new range of ‘O’ gauge locomotives for release 2015 subject to sufficient orders being received in advance to make the manufacture economic.
CLASS 42 WARSHIP.
To be supplied un-named, un-numbered and in a choice of liveries. Usual specification of twin motors, working lights and fans, sprung buffers and couplings.
Three standard versions will be available, these being:
A definite Limited Edition of around 100 pieces will be available only from Tower Models, this being original green without the yellow warning panels.
There are no plans to produce a Class 43 Warship.
There are so many options with Class 25’s that collectively it has been decided to look at two major variants.
Class 25/1, with gangway doors.
All locomotives would be un-numbered and feature the usual specification of twin motors, working lights and fans, sprung buffers and couplings.
The featured locomotive would be as built with split headcodes boxes. The
two standard versions would be:
The Class 45’s would be supplied un-numbered and un-named. At this point no decision has been made as to whether the model will have gangway doors or not. This will depend on what orders are received.
There should also be a Tower Models Limited Edition of just 100 pieces depicting the Class 45 as built all green without the yellow warning panels.
At this stage Tower Models are requesting anyone that is likely to want to purchase any of the potential models listed here to contact them. It must be stressed this is not a dreamlist. Only people who are seriously likely to make a purchase should register with Tower Models. The reality of the situation is that this will involve Tower Models in a considerable amount of time, effort and cost so no timewasters or dreamers please.
At this stage the prices cannot be confirmed but are likely to be in line with existing products in the range with an allowance made for a couple of years inflation. No deposits will be taken and once sufficient orders have been received the the decisions regarding production will be taken and prices set. At this point Tower Models will re-contact everyone concerned to ask them to confirm their order. Again, no money will be taken until despatch is made but it will be necessary to secure the advance order by supplying credit or debit card details ready for the release date.
Anyone seriously interested needs to contact Tower Models and make known their requirements whilst supplying name, address, telephone number and email contact.
I have created webpages for these new products but obviously at this early stage their is not too much detail. As and when we have further information I will update the relevant web pages. Hopefully first additions to these pages will be images.
NEWS 4th June 2013
Skytrex 'O' Gauge Wagon Offers
I have just updated the Skytrex pages in the 'O' gauge section of the website to take into account the brand new special offer that has just come into effect. We now have 2 BR Standard 12 ton vans available with an additional deal available on 6 of these vehicles. Stocks are limited and is on a first-come-first-served basis whilst stocks last
NEWS 27th May 2013
Heljan 'O' Gauge Wagon Test Samples
We have today received from Heljan the first test sample images of all three of the forthcoming O gauge wagons that are due for release either very late 2013 or more likely early 2014. Further images can be found on the web pages for these products and we are taking advance orders for all three types of despatch as soon as they become available.
NEWS 16th May 2013
New 'O' gauge catalogue
The brand new Tower Models 'O' gauge catalogue for 2013 is currently at the printers and should be with us in about 7-8 days time. All mail order customers who have been active since January 2011 will automatically be sent a copy. Anyone not on our mailing list can obtain a copy either from the shop, from our trade stand at exhibitions or by sending us an A5 stamped addressed envelope with a note requesting our 'O gauge catalogue.
In the meantime for those people who cannot wait a copy of the 'O' Gauge catalogue in PDF format is now available to download here.Tower Models new 2013 'O' gauge catalogue Obviously the website has much more detail and also many more images but thought some people might like to have the option to download it.
NEWS 10th May 2013
Heljan 'O' gauge stock situation
We have now bought all of Heljan's remaining stocks of the Class 33 and Class 26 locomotives. This means we have now cleared Heljan of all 'O' gauge stock except for the standard green and pre-tops blue Class 31's. All other stock now belongs to us. We can still supply the following but remember stocks are now very low on many lines:
Class 20 Standard Green with yellow warning panel
In regard to the Mark 1 coaches in 'O' gauge please see the relevant section of the website for the current stock situation. To date, Heljan have never repeated any sold out item, this means that once we are sold out, we cannot obtain further supplies. With so many new items in the course of development it is highly unlikely that the above range will be repeated so for many this is probably the last chance to obtain one.
NEWS 28th March 2013
Tower Models New On30 catalogue.
Our brand new On30 11th edition catalogue has now been printed and we will be sending out to all current On30 customers on Tuesday . Anyone not on our mailing list can obtain a copy of this by sending us a stamped self addressed A5 envelope and a note saying On30 list and we will send one at no charge.
A copy of the On30 catalogue in PDF format is now available to download here.Tower Models 2013 On30 catalogue Obviously the website has much more detail and also many more images but thought some people might like to have the option to download it.
NEWS 25th March 2013
Bachmann 'O' gauge Scenecraft buildings.
We can now confirm we have bought all the remaining stocks of the following 'O' gauge buildings from Bachmann. Once these have been sold there will be no more.
San Cheng update.
The factory is due to close in the next few weeks. The final shipment, containing the second batch of 'O' gauge Granges is due to dock on Friday, so we will receive them a week or so later. The only items we expect to receive from the factory after this is a supply of spares and a few odd Gauge 1 items that are still in the storerooms.
We can now confirm that we have sold our last 'O' gauge Terrier and we are down to just one 'O' gauge Jinty; which is a fully finished late BR loco in medium weathered condition. We are running very low on a number of other products in the San Cheng and Tower Brass ranges and will not be able to obtain any further supplies.
NEWS 11th January 2013
Tower Models New Gauge 1 catalogue.
Our brand new Gauge 1 17th edition catalogue is now at the printers which we will be sending out to all current Gauge 1 customers once it is ready. Anyone not on our mailing list can obtain a copy of this by sending us a stamped self addressed A5 envelope and a note saying Gauge 1 list and we will send one at no charge.
A copy of the Gauge 1 catalogue in PDF format is now available to download here.Tower Models 2013 Gauge 1 catalogue Obviously the website has much more detail and also many more images but thought some people might like to have the option to download it.
Bachmann Scenecraft Buildings.
We have now completely sold out of the 'O' gauge Bachmann Scenecraft Water Tower. Stocks are also running low on several of the other buildings now including some of the Hornby 'O' Gauge buildings which have been equally as successful.
Above is a nice image of both an 'O' gauge and Gauge 1 examples of the
impressive San Cheng Duchesses, one of their last projects and well worth
investing in. Stocks of these are very limited.
Ready to Run available off the shelf updated.
The workshops have delivered over the last few days the last of the items that will be completed before Christmas for both customers and items available off the shelf. Therefore the R-T-R list for both 'O' gauge and Gauge 1 have both been updated.
'O' gauge fully finished.
We currently have 98 fully finished brass locomotives and 8 fully finished brass coaches.
Gauge 1 fully finished.
We can offer off the shelf 13 fully finished brass locomotives and a rake of 5 BR maroon Mk1 fully finished brass coaches.
NEWS 26th October 2012
DCC Sound Fitted Ixion Hudswell Clarke Locos.
We are pleased to be able to offer Ixion Hudswell Clarke locomotives fitted with ESU LokSound chips and ESU LokSound 20mm speaker. We are trying to keep a supply of all three livery locomotives fitted with sound units in our own workshops available off the shelf. The additional cost of supplying and fitting the DCC sound system is £150.00, making a total price for the sound equipped Ixion locomotive just £375.00.
NEWS 7th August 2012
Heljan 'O' gauge gears, A statement.
There appears to be a rumour going around model railway websites that there is a widespread problem with gears splitting on Heljan 'O' gauge diesels. As the largest stockist of Heljan 'O' gauge and with consistantly high sales since the range was first introduced we feel it essential to present the facts to the public rather than destructive "Chinese Whispers"
On the very rare occasions we have seen split gears it is only with Class 35 Hymeks and Class 47 diesels. In all cases the locomotives had considerable amounts of running and it must be stressed that replacement gears are available from Heljan's service agent; Howes of Oxford. Unlike certain other model railway manufacturers, Heljan have always tried to provide spares.
Tower Models are not the service agent, so we do not carry a full range of spares. However when there is a known problem such as broken vacuum pipes on the Class 33's we obtain spares from Heljan and provide them to our customers. ( Note this is our customers; anyone buying elsewhere should contact their supplier. )
Overall we have had very few problems with any of the Heljan 'O' gauge range. If there were on going problems then Heljan would not of won "Model of the Year" competition so many times, or have so many repeat customers. It is a pity that such vindictive rumours can be spread and accepted by so many as true. Anyone with a split gear should contact Howes of Oxford. Anyone who has not got a split gear should stop worrying about something that probably will never happen. As we have said, it is an incredibly rare event given the total numbers sold.
NEWS 7th June 2012
Bachmann On30 deleted items.
With the issue of the new On30 catalogue there are now several items that may not appear in the latest version as they have now been discontinued. I have now updated this list of the few remaining stocks of items that are no longer available. It is therefore the last chance to get some of these.
First come first served on these as we cannot get any more.
NEWS 17th May 2012
Bachmann G Gauge clearance list
Last year we took the decision to stop selling the Bachmann G gauge range. As such we have a clearance offer on the last few remaining pieces of Bachmann G we have in stock at cost prices. The updated list can be found in the G gauge section of the website under the Bachmann heading. Stocks are very limited with at most threes of the Billboards Reefers. At these prices they are a bargain for anyonje modelling American G gauge.
NEWS 10th February 2012
Tower Brass Patriot Review.
This months copy of Railway Modeller has a 2 page article on the Tower Brass Patriots and thankfully The Railway Modeller and photographer both Craig Tiley have allowed us to feature the images from the magazine.
You can follow this link Railway Modeller Patriot images to see this beautiful series of images of the brand new Tower Brass Patriots which have recently been completed through the workshops.
If youy are interested in commisioning a Patriot just give us a call and we can discuss your requirements.
Bachmann Scenecraft 'O' Gauge Buildings.
We have just received the brand new Hampton Hill Platelayers Hut priced at £24.95 and provender Store priced at £49.95. All advance orders should be despatched to customers today. Images and details of this range can be found in the 'O' gauge section of the website under the Scenecraft buildings heading. Just call us if you wish to place an order for any of the building now availble or to advance order the buildings due for release later in the year.
NEWS 16th January 2012
NEWS 13th January 2012
Tower Brass 'O' gauge Un-Rebuilt Patriot.
We can now confirm the shipment containing the bulk of our Un-Rebuilt Patriots will arrive here in the first week in February. Customers who have ordered factory painted models will receive them around the end of the first week in February but we will contact everyone to arrange a suitable delivery day. Customers for fully finished Patriots have already been contacted.
Heljan 'O' gauge Class 20 clearance.
Heljan introduced this award winning model in 2009. Tower Models bought all the remaining stocks late last year. As we are expecting two major shipments in the next few weeks we have decided to free up space in our warehouse and put some cash back into the bank.
We are therefore offering the remaining stocks of the Class 20 at unrepeatable prices. We have now only one version of the Class 20 available:
Often Class 20's were used double headed on trains so we are also offering multiple deals:
Whenever we have a clearance offer, we always get asked if we will offer other items in the range at similar prices; to avoid having to answer these questions can we make the situation quite clear. We have bought all of Heljan's remaining stocks of green and blue Class 37's; blue Class 33's.
Please also note that to date, Heljan have never re-issued any sold out 'O' gauge items, prefering to move on and make new items. Therefore, once sold out, it is unlikely to ever be re-issued.You can follow this link Heljan Class 20's through to the Class 20 part of the Heljan web pages for images and details of this locomotive.
Clearance 'O' Gauge Items Update.
We are no longer stocking a number of products and have decided to use the website to clear off the last remaining items. As will not be re-stocking this this is your last chance at bargain basement prices.
Neat fully assembled motor gearbox with fitted flywheel. Suitable for small to medium sized locomotives pulling light to medium loads. Not suitable for large locomotives or for extended axle outside frame locomotives.
GAUGE 1 CLEARANCE ITEMS.
NEWS 12th March 2011
Bachmann 'G' gauge clearance offers.
We have decided to completely clear our existing stock and review the situation regarding re-stocks. We are therefore offering all remaining items at approximately 33% discount off the RRP.
Details of the stock can be found in the G and Gauge 1 section of the website under under the Bachmann G gauge subsection or via this link Bachmann G gauge clearanceThe offer applies only to items on this list. If an item is not on the list then we do not have it in stock and cannot obtain it at these prices. Stocks are limited , in many cases we are down to the last one.
NEWS 8th September 2010
Gauge 'O' Guild Telford Show.
Given the current economic climate Telford show went very well, the stand look very well and was commented upon by several people and we were proud of our display, so much so we thought we would put an image up of the stand. For anyone who is into 'O' gauge and has never attended the show it is the premiere 'O' gauge event of the year and cannot be rivalled for both variety and quality. If there is only one show you can attend in the year, this should be it and if considering coming from overseas this is the show you should aim to attend. The show was extremely well organised had a good atmosphere.
I have now also created the brand new Gauge 1 sections for the website dealing with the new Collett coaches in plain brass and also the painting service for these new coaches which are expected before the end of the year. At the same time I have updated the 'O' gauge section of the website with the first images of the Hawksworth tender that will become available after the collett tendered version. As mentioned yesterday we are now taking advance orders on all new items that we have announced that are due in the next six months including the Heljan Class 33's, 26's and Deltics.
A REALITY CHECK ON CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONSWe offer a wide range of kits and ready-to-run items from a number of sources. our aim is to offer a quality product at an affordable price. This seems to satisfy 99% of our customers. However, there appears to be a growing number of people in the model railway fraternity who expect perfection for a pitance of a price. Let me make it clear that the perfect model does not exist. It is utterly unreasonable to expect full working inside motion on any of the models we sell or any other complex working details that can barely be seen, especially at the price and no, the cab gauges don't really work! All our items are for standard 'O' gauge finescale. They are made from plastic, resin, white metal, pewter and brass. They are powered by electric motors. Real locomotives are made from iron, steel, brass and copper. they are powered by steam, diesel or elctricity. If anyone wants to duplicate all the features of a real locomotive may I suggest he buys a real one. They are much bigger than ours and cost many times more than the ones we sell. At the end of the day model railways are big boys toys and meant to be fun, let's not forget it.