NEWS FROM AROUND & ABOUT
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.
The French group LR Presse (who publish Voie Libre magazine) are now selling a box of (predominately) 3D parts to make up four French WD wagons, including an interesting-looking water wagon. It looks as if they may be HO scale like the Minitrains 2-6-2. They are relatively expensive (139 euros + postage) and you need to allow six weeks between order and delivery, according to the website. David and Stephen have both had problems with “quality control” - mis-cast or missing parts.
Tomytec Japanese 4-wheel diesel and freight wagons, supplied as a dummy set requiring TR02 chassis and TT03R metal wheel pack. Metal wagon wheels (and 009 couplers) still to be fitted.
Bachmann US Rheneas, alongside GEM Dolgoch. It may be just possible to get a Rheneas from 009 Sales, if you are very quick. The rear coupler has now been remounted right side up!
The first Bachmann WD wagons are now becoming available. Here are the weathered WD version and the ‘pristine’ Nocton Estates wagon (correctly with only one brake handle)
Here are the two new Minitrains locomotives - the Schneider diesel and the Decauville “Progres” 0-6-0. Both are available in three colours - green, red, grey (diesel) and black (Decauville), and both are near enough 4mm scale. They run superbly, the only downside being the simplified valve gear on the steam loco. Both have front headlights. They are £118 (postage extra) from 009 Sales.
Fourdees reliveried version of the individual Peco GVT coach: limited numbers now available. The matching (but freelance) brake van is also now available in this livery.
The early-livery Heljan Lynton & Barnstaple 2-6-2s are now available. Other versions are not expected until January 2018 earliest. Some owners have reported that the valve gear can break or bend, leading to the chassis locking up. Members of this group with that problem are invited to take their loco to Brian Key, who has quite a knack of repairing them.
The RT Models de Winton kit was not after all available at EXPONG: Robert Thompson reports extreme difficulty in obtaining reliable sources of gears and motors.
David has taken delivery of some new 009 Society kits and re-runs of some old ones. You can find out more by volunteering to help him with sorting the parts and packing them!