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  • Accurascale KUA Update September 2020 - Check out the decorated Samples!

    These colossal wagons have been the subject of great interest since Accurascale announced them at Warley 2019

    These beasts have certainly generated significant interest among modellers, with pre-orders flooding in since launch!

    Accurascale received their first engineering prototype during Chinese New Year, and spent a number of weeks assessing the sample for corrections and critique before planning to progress to the next stage of decorated samples after Chinese New Year ended and the factories re-opened. Unfortunately, COVID-19 had kicked in by then which lead to delays.

    While this disrupted the delivery plans of late summer 2020, they had already made significant progress on the project. As you can see in these images, the decorated samples have now arrived and have been assessed by the design team ahead of manufacture. They are generally very happy with the decoration and look of the model, but there are still some areas ripe for improvement. 

    Accurascale say "The walkway thread for instance, was added after we received the first sample and is too large, coarse and of the wrong pattern. The brake shoes on the bogies are also receiving attention as they are quite wrong and were not updated from EP1. The buffer heads will be darkened for production and they will also be corrected to stop them spinning around in their shanks. All these issues have been corrected by the factory and were minor issues overall". 

    As you can see below, our friends at Hornby Magazine have taken a closer look at the KUAs and put them through their paces. Check out their exclusive first look video!

    With the COVID19 impact and tooling corrections the KUAs are now due in December 2020, with production already underway. You can place your order now to avoid disappointment. These giants are bound to be a talking point on any layout or in any collection, make sure you don't miss out! Order here >>>

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     Heljan Class 02 Diesel Image

    Diesel successor to the legendary LYR ‘Pugs’ now in preparation for O gauge with a OO gauge version to follow. BR and industrial liveries planned in both scales.

    Design work is well advanced on HELJAN’s latest ‘O’ gauge locomotive project – the BR Class 02 0-4-0DH built by Yorkshire Engine Co. for dock shunting and goods yard duties in northern England. CAD has already been approved and tooling work is underway with a view to first releases reaching the UK in the final quarter of 2021.

    CAD work is also progressing well on a OO gauge Class 02 for release in late-2021/early-2022. This model will be available in a wide range of BR and industrial liveries covering the life of the class from 1960 onwards. Full details of this project will be announced shortly.

    These tiny four-wheeled shunters were designed to reach the places other locomotives could not; with a wheelbase of just 6ft they were able to tackle sharply curved lines in streets, docks, warehouses and factories and even use traditional wagon turntables. They were a direct replacement for the legendary Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway ‘Pug’ 0-4-0STs working dock lines in Liverpool, Manchester and beyond. Around 50 similar locomotives were built for industrial railways, in many cases with electric rather than hydraulic transmission. 
    As the work they were built for vanished in the 1960s, many of the 20-strong class found further work in industry, with some surviving well into the 1980s before being rescued for preservation. Highly regarded by crews for their Rolls-Royce engine, all-round visibility and unique (for a BR locomotive) rear platform for shunting staff, they continue to play a useful role in shunting and engineering work at heritage railways. One locomotive, D2860, was even claimed by the National Railway Museum as the perfect shunter for its Great Hall in York.

    The new HELJAN O gauge Class 02 will feature a high-performance chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, switchable cab lights, LED marker lights, a 21-pin DCC decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. External features will include authentic detail variations, a highly-detailed cab interior and underframe, separate handrails, door handles and pipework and etched Yorkshire Engine Co. worksplates.
    Eight versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green, industrial and preserved liveries from delivery in 1960 to the present day – see below for more information. Our Price will be £288.95, saving almost 15% off the RRP of £339.00 for DCC Ready models. Heljan are currently examining options for models with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately.

    Factfile: Class 02

    Built: 1960-61
    No. built: 20
    Numbers: D2850-69, 02001/003/004
    Withdrawn: 1969-75
    Current Status: Seven preserved – D2853/54/58/60/66-68

    HELJAN CLASS 02 O GAUGE MODELS - click on the item below to order

    2870: BR green unnumbered (wasp stripes)
    2871: BR green D2860 (wasp stripes)
    2872: BR green 02004 (wasp stripes, no BR logo) WEATHERED
    2873: BR blue (wasp stripes) 02003
    2874: Redland Khaki (ex-D2867)
    2875: Industrial all-over yellow with wasp stripes
    2876: NCB Staffordshire Area pale blue No. ND3 (ex-D2862)
    2877: Industrial green ‘SAM’ (ex-D2868) WEATHERED

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  • Our exclusive Ex LSWR / SR Diagram 1541 10T Road Van first engineering prototype received

    We have received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) from the tooling for the much-anticipated ex LSWR / SR Diagram 1541 10T Road Van.

    First introduced by the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1884 they were later classed as Southern Railway Diagram 1541. Almost 500 of these were built between then and 1905 making them the most numerous LSWR Goods Brake Van. Brake Vans with side doors through which parcels or other goods could be loaded were known as road vans.

    The CADs, based on a laser scan of the preserved example at the Isle of Wight steam railway, were approved for tooling earlier this year.

    Graham Muspratt, the new Development Manager advised: “The first Engineering Prototype samples have been carefully evaluated and we are very pleased with how the EP has turned out. We are currently discussing directly with the factory a very small number of slight modifications before the next stage of livery samples can be produced. The production of the livery artwork is in progress.”

    LSWR Road Van 1st EP Image

    The picture shows the high level of detail and multitude of separately fitted parts including: flush glazing, hand rails, brake gear with pull rodding, step board and lamp irons to accurately portray a number of different versions of the prototype.

    These options include alternative buffer shanks with a ribbed option as fitted to preserved No. 56046 on the Isle of Wight steam railway and either straight or cranked step board supports, the latter as fitted to the majority of those transferred in 1925 to the Isle of Wight.

    In light of further research, a small number of the available versions have been changed with corrected running numbers and liveries as BR Bauxite would not be appropriate for the available options of this road van.

    Details of the ten versions and additional images of the EPs can be found here >>>

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  • New Development Manager for Kernow Model Rail Centre

    We are pleased to annouce the appointment of Graham Muspratt to a new position of Development Manager effective from 1st October 2020.

    The new role is responsible for the research, development, and project management of our commissions along with some aspects of PR, Social media, website development and, once they are taking place again managing our presence at exhibitions.

    Chris Trerise, Managing Director said: “We are delighted to have Graham as part of our team, he has already helped us in the background on a number of our model commissions in the past so is already familiar with our projects.”

    Chris continued: “Graham with his layouts and knowledge of the Southern Railway is already well known to many in the model railway fraternity, he will also bring with him a wealth of experience and transferable skills from his previous roles in project and product management, engineering, marketing and sales within other industries.
    His appointment provides us with additional resource to develop and manage the wide range of our ongoing and planned projects.”

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  • We announce a DAPOL CLASS 50 GBRF PACK

    We are pleased to announce we have commissioned Dapol to produce the GBRf Class 50s in N Gauge.

    The pair at Eastleigh on 20th March

    50 007 “Hercules” and 50 049 “Defiance” were unveiled on 20th March 2019 at Eastleigh following their repainting into GBRf colours. 50 007 was revealed to have 50 014 “Warspite” on one side, much to the delight of Tim Shoveller and Darren Ward who unveiled the change of identity!

    Our model will reflect this dual-identity, as well as faithfully re-creating the small but important differences between the livery of the two locomotives.

    GBRf worked closely with the Class 50 Alliance, the owners of 50 007 and 50 049, in enabling a return to the mainline for their locomotives in 2017 and subsequently through a programme of railtours during 2018 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Class 50s.

    The decision to repaint the locomotives into the striking new livery was a recognition of the developing relationship between the two organisations and marked a new chapter in the story of the Class 50s.
    Over the past couple of years, GBRf has invested in a programme of driver training to enable Class 50 operation over most of the UK rail network.

    The repaints were carried out by Arlington Fleet Services at Eastleigh. The first outing for the GBRf-liveried Class 50s was on Saturday 23rd March when they worked Pathfinder Tours’ Teminator-Phoenixed railtour from London Paddington to Penzance and return to Waterloo. This marked 25th years since the final BR operated Class 50 railtour over the same route, The Terminator, which was also promoted by Pathfinder.

    Following the repaints, the locomotives have been available to operate selected GBRf trains on a ‘spot-hire’ basis. This work includes movement of locomotives between heritage railway gala events, and future railtours.

    The locomotives will continue to be based at the Severn Valley Railway, but will have easy access to the national network, thanks to the 24-hour connection at Kidderminster,

    Expected in mid 2021, the price for the pack (both models motorised) will be:

    £249.99 for DCC Ready >>>,

    £299.99 for DCC Fitted >>>

    £449.99 for DCC Sound Fitted.>>>

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  • Kernow Model Rail Centre open for business Covid-19 Safe

    We continue to closely follow the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation

    The team are excited to welcome you to both our branches.

    Our Guildford branch is fully open to customers. Please follow the 2 metre social distancing guidelines inside, and outside if waiting to enter, the shop. There is a maximum number of 2 customers in the shop at any one time.

    Camborne is operating a 'Click & Collect' or 'Phone & Collect' service from a designated collection point. It is located to the left of the shop (if standing facing the front of the shop). Please look for the signage!

    In all cases You MUST wear a face covering which should cover the nose and mouth and be self-supporting. Certain medical conditions are exempt.

    Opening hours for both shops will be Monday to Saturday 0930 - 1700 and Sundays 1000 – 1600.

    If placing your order for 'Click & Collect' on our website, please select the Click and Collect option for the store of your choice. Please remember to bring the payment card used to place your order with you when making the collection. You can also make a phone and collect order by calling us on 01209 714099.

    For more detailed information click here >>>

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