Our Newsletter used also to include details of forthcoming products and general narrow gauge ‘news’ from outside of our Group activities. We hope to continue something of that tradition, making sure that our Group are well-informed, on this present page.

This is the new Minitrains LKM Nsf2 diesel, available from 009 Sales at £95 (postage extra). It is made in four colours - green, blue and yellow are also produced - and it runs excellently, aided by the flywheel and by a remarkable amount of weight. The loco is an 0-4-0 with a central crankshaft, and it has a directional headlamp at the front. The Nsf2 diesel is a relatively small beast (it appears also in the Busch Hof 6mm-gauge range) and Minitrains have enlarged it so that it is greater than 4mm scale. Nevertheless it fits in well with existing Minitrains stock and with existing small diesels from Roco, etc.

David Gander took these photographs of the pre-production Bachmann Baldwin 2-6-2 and WW1 rolling stock at the 009 Society AGM on 1 April, running on the “Owen’s Bridge” layout from Phil Parker. At least one version of the loco will have a working headlight, and the bogie van has opening doors on both sides, revealing an interior set up to receive stretchers with wounded soldiers.

The models are expected to be available before the end of this year.

If you are very quick, the third ‘JGF’ wagon is now available from the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland shop at Harbour Station, Portmadoc. The Peco L&B bogie open wagon has been reissued as a limited edition in (fake) F&WHR livery.

Talyllyn style slate wagons now available in the US Bachmann Thomas range (enquire from Tootally Thomas). The price (seriously!) is £20 each.  “Rheneas” is the next loco expected.

Fourdees reliveried version of the individual Peco GVT coach: limited numbers now available. It is also available as part of a train set.

Looks as if the early-livery Heljan Lynton & Barnstaple 2-6-2s are now available. Other versions are not expected until January 2018 earliest.

Apart from the railcars (see last page) Tomytec are planning to introduce a diesel freight set that looks rather promising.

RT Models are now taking orders for their de Winton kit, delivery expected at Swanley EXPONG.