• Ben Jones

Product Update - September

Now that the summer holidays are over, it’s time to get on with the serious business of delivering our latest new models. It’s already been a busy few months with the arrival of our superb OO9 model of Lynton & Barnstaple Railway ‘LYN’, the OO gauge GWR Railcars and the new refurbished Class 31s and centre headcode Class 40s in O.


Like many other industries we are currently being affected by disruption to international shipping and the sharp increase in costs for moving containers. This situation is expected to affect the reliability of deliveries to Europe for many months and, unfortunately, is already causing upward pressure on prices. We are doing everything we can to absorb the extra costs, but some new and forthcoming products will be more expensive than anticipated.

However, better news is that several long-awaited new models are finally en route from the factory and will arrive in the UK over the next couple of months.


O GAUGE CLASS 47s

Expected next are our superb new O gauge Class 47s, which are now scheduled for November delivery (international shipping issues permitting). New from the ground up, these highly-detailed Brush Type 4s feature a wealth of improvements over our previous Class 47 released more than a decade ago. Three variants cover 1960s/70s locos with glazed headcode panels and steam heating equipment, 1980s/90s freight/departmental Class 47s with plated headcode panels, headlights and no heating equipment and 1980s/90s Class 47/4s with with plated headcode panels, headlights and electric train heating (ETH) equipment.

No fewer than 11 liveries have been produced, ranging from original two-tone green to InterCity and Network SouthEast (see below). Standard features include LED lighting, sprung buffers/screw link couplings, a DCC Ready chassis with screw terminal PCB, twin motors/flywheels, fully detailed cab interiors and a wealth of additional detailing parts, including snowploughs and a choice of headcode panel inserts. Suggested Retail Price is £699.

Several versions - notably the BR blue and Large Logo blue liveries - are already close to being sold out at the warehouse, so early ordering is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.


O Gauge Class 47s

1960s/70s locos with glazed headcodes/steam heat

#4850 BR green 47/0 (small yellow panels)

#4851 BR green 47/0 (full yellow ends)

#4852 BR blue 47/0 (full yellow ends) - see below

#4853 BR green D1670 Mammoth (small yellow panels) - KERNOW MRC EXCLUSIVE


1980s/90s locos with HI headlight

#4860 BR blue Class 47/4*

#4861 BR Large Logo blue Class 47/4* - see below

#4862 Railfreight 'Red Stripe' Class 47

#4863 Railfreight Sector grey (unbranded) Class 47

#4864 BR 'Dutch' grey/yellow Class 47

#4865 BR Parcels red/grey Class 47/4*

#4866 InterCity Executive Class 47/4*

#4867 Network SouthEast Class 47/4*

*Model with ETH equipment


O GAUGE CLASS 60s

Following the ‘47s’ will be a very colourful rerun of O gauge Class 60s, scheduled for delivery in late-November (international shipping issues permitting). These himposing Brush-built heavy freight diesels feature a wealth of fine detail and will be offered in a much wider range of liveries than the previous release.

Five liveries have been produced for general release, ranging from original Railfreight grey to contemporary DB red, GB Railfreight blue/orange and DC Rail/Cappagh blue. Two further liveries will be available via Gaugemaster stockists - GWR green 60081 and DC Rail grey - although both of the latter are close to being sold out on pre-orders. Standard features include LED lighting, sprung buffers/screw link couplings, a DCC Ready chassis with screw terminal PCB, twin motors/flywheels, fully detailed cab interiors and optional detail parts. Suggested Retail Price is £699.

Several versions - notably the GBRf and Loadhaul liveries - are already close to being sold out at the warehouse, so early ordering is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.


CLASS 60 - NEW RELEASES

#6000 Trainload Freight grey

#6003 GWR lined green 60081 Isambard Kingdom Brunel GAUGEMASTER COLLECTION

#6004 DB traffic red/grey unbranded (see above)

#6005 Colas Railfreight 60087 (original logo) KMS RAILTECH EXCLUSIVE

#6006 GB Railfreight blue/orange 60021 Penyghent

#6007 Loadhaul 60059 Swinden Dalesman WEATHERED

#6008 EWS/British Steel blue 60006 Scunthorpe Ironmaster KMS RAILTECH EXCLUSIVE

#6009 DCRail grey 60046 William Wilberforce GAUGEMASTER COLLECTION

#6010 DCRail CAPPAGH blue 60028

#6011 Colas Railfreight 60096 (later logo) KMS RAILTECH EXCLUSIVE

#6012 EWS/British Steel blue 60033 Tees Steel Express KMS RAILTECH EXCLUSIVE

#6013 Railfreight Coal Sector grey unnumbered TOWER MODELS EXCLUSIVE

#6014 ---TO BE ANNOUNCED----


OO IGA Cargowaggon bogie flats

Also en route is the latest batch of our highly regarded OO gauge IGA Cargowaggon bogie flat. Available in pristine and weathered Cargowaggon livery, with typical timber/pipe loads or without a load, these models are suitable for air-braked freight operations from the 1980s onwards. This latest production run brings the story right up to date with a pair of IGB barrier wagons in RailAdventure livery, used for deliveries of new trains from mainland Europe to the UK. Finally, the wagons will be available once again in Corus Rail blue (see below for the full range).


IGA Cargowaggon flats - NEW RELEASES

#5105 Corus Rail blue

#5109 CARGOWAGGON blue (new number)

#5110 CARGOWAGGON blue (alternative number)

#5111 CARGOWAGGON blue (weathered)

#5112 CARGOWAGGON blue with Pipe Load

#5113 CARGOWAGGON blue with Pipe Load (weathered)

#5114 CARGOWAGGON blue with sawn timber load (weathered)

#5115 RailAdventure grey IGB barrier wagons TWIN PACK (concrete panel loads)


Product Update

Several other new models are currently progressing towards completion. Delivery schedules are currently uncertain due to the issues mentioned above, but we hope to see these models in Q4 2021/Q1 2022.


OO Gauge

Class 45 ‘Peak’ - final pre-production samples expected for review in late-September.

Class 86/4 - in production. Delivery late-2021


O Gauge

Class 56 - production due to start in October. Delivery TBC

Class 117/121/122 DMUs - final pre-production samples expected for review in late-September. Delivery Q1 2022 (TBC)

Class 50 Batch 3 - awaiting decorated samples. Expected Q1/Q2 2022 (TBC)

Class 37/4 Batch 3 - awaiting decorated samples. Expected Q1 2022 (TBC)

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