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At locoyard we try to keep track of 00 scale model announcements – which change rapidly in these exciting times. There are many manufacturers and special commissions from different vendors, with announcements made at various events and through different media. As ever, hopefully this will summary will not be outdated too soon, but I have no doubt that it will! Midland Region It is fair to say that there are fewer known Midland Region releases in progress than other regions at present. Firstly in the pipeline from Bachmann is an upgraded chassis for their Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T, that will feature DCC compatibility and prototypical motion and valve gear. The venerable original Royal Scot model is also due for a chassis upgrade that will give the model a 21 pin DCC socket. In fact, as far as we are aware, Bachmann are the only manufacturer developing new midland region models in 00 scale. Stanier’s 2-6-0 mogul will be appear in model form (with Fowler tender, unlike the example pictured above,) as will LNWR Webb 0-6-2T Coal Tank. North Eastern Region There are a plethora of new and upgraded eastern region prototype’s on their way to 00 scale layouts. Two will be new eight-coupled north eastern locomotives. One is to be produced by DJ Models, the Raven Q6 0-8-0. Heljan meanwhile are working on Gresley’s Tango 02 class 2-8-0.
The most recent announcement from Locomotion Models has been GNR 4-2-2 Single No 1. This model will be built on their behalf by Rapido Trains is planned for release in the Autumn of 2016. For more details, please click here. Two new 0-6-0 tank engines are in development with a third receiving a new chassis. The first is J94 Hunslet Austerity class (including it’s industrial siblings) that is the subject of a forthcoming DJ Models release that is likely to be a big improvement on Hornby’s ex-Dapol offering (click here for the review.) The Second tank engine is the Gresley LNER J50 tank engine in development by Hornby. Third we have the J72 tank engine from Bachmann, that will receive an upgrade with a new DCC (6 pin) compatible chassis. Bachmann are upgrading a further three eastern region models. The Gresley V2 class model body from Bachmann will be brought up to modern standards to The model recently received a chassis upgrade, an improved newly tooled body is to follow. Finally for the North Eastern modeller will be a welcome DCC upgrade for Bachmann’s V3 2-6-2T and J39 class 0-6-0. Southern Region Southern region modellers have recently been blessed with a number of new models and there is more to come. The most recent Southern announcement has come from Hornby, who plan to produce a 00 scale model of the first batch of ten unrebuilt Merchant Navy class locomotives in 2016 (click here to read more.) Of LSWR origin, Dapol are to produce the LSWR B4 0-4-0T following Kernow Model Rail Centre’s (with DJ Models) Adams LSWR 02 0-4-4T. There are two manufacturers working on the LSWR Adams Radial tank, with Oxford Models (click here for more) to produce their first ready to run model that will compete with an offering from Hornby.
Western Region As with the Adams Radial Tank, there are two manufacturers developing new models of the GWR King class. Hattons have announced that in collaboration with DJ Models, they will be producing a high-spec new model of the King class. Within a few days, Hornby also announced their intention to upgrade their old model (reviewed here by Simon.) It will be interesting to see how comes out on top with these two new models. Meanwhile Heljan are working on a different pannier tank, the outside cylinder 1366 class. As surprising as the 1366 announcement was, even more unusual is Kernow Model Railway Centre’s decision to produce a model of the saddle tank 1361 class in collaboration with DJ Models. Hattons have commissioned DJ Models to produce an updates version of the classic GWR 14xx/48xx/58xx 0-4-2T. For more info on versions to be produced go to www.ehattons.com/14xx. Finally, in the distant (2016) Horizon, Heljan plan to produce a model of the 47xx Night Owl 2-8-0. Industrial Locomotives Due in late 2016, Hornby are also bringing industrial steam into everyday model layouts with the Peckett & Sons W4 class 0-4-0ST. Miscellaneous Bachmann’s 2015/16 range is to include the Ransomes & Rapier 45 Ton steam powered crane. This should add plenty of interest to many people’s layouts! Lots of Models! I haven’t touched on 009 gauge ready to run models either, which are being produced by Peco (for rolling stock), Heljan and Bachmann. That is the icing on the cake because as you can see, there are many models on their way! It is a very exciting time with new announcements being made more and more frequently. I wonder what will come next… time will tell! Click here to read more about Locomtion/Rapido’s Great Northern Railway Single model. Click here for more on DJ Models J94 and Kernow 02 class models in development. Click here to find out about the announcements that were made at Warley in 2014. Click here for more on Hornby’s 2015 range as announced on 17 December 2014. Click here for more on Hornby’s announcement to produce the unrebuilt Merchant Navy class. Click here for more on Bachmann’s 2015/16 range announced on 2nd March 2015. Click here to find out about Hornby’s announcement of them producing Hornby Announce SR 58’ Maunsell Rebuilt (ex-LSWR 48’) Coaches.