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. These are to 4mm scale and come complete with Peco wheels and Roco couplings. 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, but these have been amicably resolved and the results (as seem here) are four distinctive wagons. There are photographs, by the way, of British WD locomotives hauling French stock.
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 Easter 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 is promised for the beginning of April Pre-orders have closed and money is being taken.
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!
New from Minitrains is this “Woli-Bau” set, vaguely military in its decoration. It is a limited edition, consisting of a reliveried traditional diesel and bogie box van, with a new wagon - a bogie well wagon made of metal, to give it a bit more weight than usual, and a Brawa bulldozer to sit on it. The bogie well wagon and bulldozer are available as a separate item, but stocks are running low.