2015 Modelling News Wrap
|The summer, autumn and early winter of 2015 was an exceptionally busy period for the SEG Webmaster and Modelling Officer (=same person). So with profuse apologies, due to severe shortage of time the modelling section was not updated even when there were some significant reports to be made. This is a belated catch-up of major modelling news from the latter part of 2015.
Towards the end of August and during early September the final three Hampshire DEMU models from the Kernow Model Rail Centre appeared, and, thanks to significant inflation in costs of production in China since the first batch, with a 40% increase in price. The three new issues are featured here.
(above) Kernow's Bachmann 31-236x, 2H unit 1121 in BR(S) green with small yellow warning panel.
(above) 31-238Z 2H unit 1122 in BR Blue
(below) 31-239Z 2H unit 205001 in de-branded late Network SouthEast colours
|The next significant electric stock models to appear, in late Sepetmber - maybe the most significant electric models of recent years - were not of Southern Electric prototypes at all, but of London Underground stock. First was a range of Metropolitan Bo-Bo electric locomotives from Heljan, one of which (below) was Heljan 9004 London Transport number 5 "John Hampden".
(above) Second, produced by Bachmann exclusively for the London Transport Museum Shop, was a sub-surface S8 unit. The minimum model unit length is four car, but additional cars are available to form scale length S7 and S8 formations. Because of the interior mouldings, only the 8 car version is totally accurate.
Whilst these are not of direct relevance to this group and modelling the Southern Electric system they are closely related and did/do at various locations run alongside Southern Electric stock. Which is why we are drawing your attention to them here!
|Around October Hornby released two new versions of its satisfying 2Hal model. Both were new liveries, (above) R3340 BR(S) green with full yellow warning panels and (below) R3341 BR Blue.
Finally, just before Christmas there was an avalanche of Dapol's much awaited Class 73 Electro-Diesel models, both standard production run models and limited editions for certain retailers. There were far too many versions released to feature here, so please read our comprehensive review.
(below) Dapol OLIV002 73205 "Jeanette" in GB Railfreight livery. Note the see-through grilles!