There's good news on our GWR 175th anniversary project as all approvals are made and the production of the green Class 57 model begins in China.
The Brunswick Green Class 57/6 model, commissioned from Bachmann last year by RAIL EXCLUSIVE and the Didcot Railway Centre is, at long last, in production. The final painted sample model of the GWR175 celebrity loco arrived for comments last week and, after a number of minor oberservations were communicated, manufacturing has now begun in China. The model itself looks suberb with its orange and black lining standing out well on the dark green body. The running gear features white bogie piping and white walled tyres. Etched brass name and numberplates are on their way and special presentation boxes are currently being made up.
As some of you will have already realised, there's good news to spread with the arrival of our long awaited Class 37/7 models from Bachmann. Despatch is now in full swing but see below for a couple of important messages.
GREAT NEWS! Our special edition Class 37/7 'Heavyweight' model twinpacks have arrived and we are busy sending out pre-orders as fast as we can. Despite being six months overdue, we are delighted to finally have these superb looking models in our hands. We can now confirm that all pre-orders that were paid for by cheque or credit card have now been sent by recorded delivery. If you are yet to receive your models and you think you have already paid then please contact us immediately as we do have a number of packages waiting to go but for confirmation of updated card details. It's natural that during the wait many credit and debit cards have been replaced, expired or changed bank so do let us know as soon as possible by calling 01780 470086.
LIve reporting from the Hobby & Model trade event at Coventry Ricoh Arena
UPDATED 15.40 WITH MORE PICTURES. With Bachmann Europe providing the majority of our base models for limited editions, there is plenty of anticipation surrounding the 2011 catalogue, revealed this morning at the trade-only Model & Hobby Show. As one of the company's largest customers, RAIL EXCLUSIVE was priviledged to be invited to attend and reports live from this trade-only event. We will provide a brief overview and product listing, updating our posting throughout the day with images of any noteworthy products on display, so please remember to refresh your page.
A BUZZ OF EXCITEMENT fills the air prior to any major manufacturer's range enhancement announcement as we wait to see what surprises, if any, are in store. After Hornby's Christmas Day announcement's, which recieved some strangely critical reviews despite the current economic situation, Bachmann's day has now come. As is now traditional, the new catalogue is revealed to trade customers on the first day of the Model & Hobby Show, which this year is again being staged in the exhibition centre housed inside Coventry Football Club's impressive Ricoh Stadium.
According to Bachmann, our long-awaited Class 37/7 special edition twinpacks should be with us in the next few weeks!
Yes, after months of waiting, Bachmann Europe has advised that our Class 37/7 'heavyweight' locos are finally en route and should be with us by the end of March. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and can realistically say it will be worth the wait. Unfortunately Bachmann's well publicised production delays in China are out of our control and there is little we can do to speed things up.
An amusing interlude from Germany as Deutsche Bahn promotes a new rail and air through ticketing arrangement by painting two aircraft in railway liveries!
GERMAN RAILWAYS has joined forces with low-cost airlie Tui-fly to promote a new 'Rail & Fly' intiative that lets travellers purchase combined train and airline tickets, allowing seamless connections to and from most destinations in Germany. A nice publicity stunt to launch the service was the recent re-livery of two Boeing 737 jet aircraft in railway colours! Of course, here at home, we are used to such schemes going in the opposite direction with Virgin, but it still would be nice to see what First Capital Connect or Gatwick Express colours would look like on an airliner...
RAIL EXCLUSIVE visits the 2011 ‘Spielwarenmesse’ International Toyfair in Germany to keep in touch with latest innovations in the world of model railways and takes the opportunity to talk with the major UK market players. Delays and price rises are headline stories but there's some good news too!
THE TRADE ONLY NURNBERG TOYFAIR, which this year runs from February 3 to 8, is where the European model railway manufacturers traditionally reveal their new ranges and promote products to visiting retailers from all across the globe. The German and Austrian organisations, like Fleischmann, Märklin, Brawa and Roco, go all out to impress. However, British interest is growing with Hornby International now having many famous European brands under its wing and Bachmann’s UK business forming a significant part of its European operations. Heljan and ViTrains are also regular attendees.
Our new on-line shop is now open for business allowing you to purchase and pre-order items securely over the internet 24/7.
AS WE CONTINUE to expand our mail order business (the products listed on this site are available exclusively from us and nowhere else), it became obvious we should make the purchasing process as simple as possible, especially for those who may have difficulty in telephoning during normal working hours. To this end, we have today launched our on-line shop - just click on the 'visit shop' link at the top of the page.
There's been a big rush on Class 03s but stocks still available of both BR blue examples
WE HAVE NOTICED, over the last couple of weeks, a rush on Class 03 shunters with several customers purchasing both of our special edition BR blue locomotives. Apart from the uniqueness of our models, it is clear that the blue livery is proving exceptionally popular.
It is worth noting that Bachmann's own catalogue item is out of stock at its warehouse and a number of the major retailers are listing this item as 'sold out'. With production delays and no indication when, or even if, a re-run will be produced, our Nos. 03160 & 03371 look doubly attractive.
SOME MODELLERS HAVE clearly started 2011 with a resolution to get the trains running, perhaps treating themselves using Christmas money. The DRS Class 37/5s (comprising Nos. 37510 & 37688 Kingmoor TMD) are proving to be a particularly popular choice. Having been reduced to single figures already, we can inform you that recent sales have been such that we have now SOLD OUT!
Bachmann informs us it is now busy manufacturing our Class 37/7s in China after we approved - with minor amendments - the first painted samples. Unfortunately pressure of work on other products has seen the factory schedule slip back with a delivery date of February 2011 now being advised.
THERE’S GOOD NEWS and bad news to report on our Class 37/7 project. Getting the bad news out of the way first, Bachmann have now provided a revised delivery date of February next year. We pretty much expected this since there will be very little making it through from China to the UK before the New Year, with the Christmas holiday shutdown getting in the way. We can only apologise if anyone hoped to have these in their Christmas stocking and Bachmann have done the same, citing pressure of work. This does have a significant impact on us because of the VAT rate change. However, we will NOT be putting the prices up to reflect this, instead absorbing the rise ourselves.
It’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for! Didcot Railway Centre is to join with us to commission a special commemorative model from Bachmann to mark the 175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway. There’s also the chance to win a trip on the ‘Night Riviera’ sleeper.
IT’S BEEN AN EXTREMELY BUSY few months since we launched the RAIL EXCLUSIVE brand. Lots of exciting developments are in the pipeline but the first to come to fruition is this ‘OO’ gauge limited edition Class 57.
We’ve been given the opportunity to have a good look over the first samples of our new Class 37/7s in order to approve the new tooling that will debut on these models. The four locos all passed with flying colours, exhibiting the correct combinations of roof, sides and grilles as can be seen in our video.
RAIL EXCLUSIVE takes pride in making sure our models are as accurate as possible. That’s not only because our reputation is on the line every time we launch a product but because we think our customers deserve the upmost attention to detail. Our new Class 37/7 twin packs are a prime example of this as these images of Bachmann’s test mouldings (known as ‘EP’ or ‘Engineering Prototype’ samples) show.