February 2003 - News

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CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following models have been released and are now on sale, I hope to publish pictures within the next few days:
10132 AEC RT LT
17213 Leyland National West Midlands Travel
23205 AEC RF Greenline
25105 Bristol RELL Southern Vectis
28805 Leyland Titan 2 Door Reading Buses
28901 Leyland Atlantean (GM Standard) Type Maidstone & District

Wednesday 26 February 2003


CORGI OOC CLUB 2003 CLUB MODEL OM45507 BMMO CM5 MIDLAND RED
I am advised by the Corgi Club that the above model will be available provisionally end of March. I will advise the exact date as soon as it is known

Tuesday 25 February 2003


LT MUSEUM MODELS
I have updated the LT Museum section of the Expected Releases page with the latest anticipated release dates. As previously mentioned on this site a number of these have "sold out" prior to release due to the number of orders received. Please contact the Museum Directly CLICK HERE if you require further details.

CORGI OOC CLUB 2003 CLUB MODEL
I am able to give additional details as follows:
The model is the same vehicle previously released as OM 45503 i.e. fleet number 4780 (780 GHA) and will be on route to New Brighton. I understand that the real bus is preserved in Northampton and is currently being returned to the refurbished livery which has a maroon (not black) roof with long white centre panel. Completion is due in time to celebrate Midland Red's centenary in 2004. The club model will carry this livery.

I have not been able to acquire a photograph of the real bus for use in the Gallery. Can anybody assist? please email me (click here) if you have a photograph that I could use.

CORGI OOC OM44102 OPTARE SOLO STAGECOACH NORTH WEST - A CORRECTION
Further to my news article of 20 February I am very grateful to Clive a driver with Stagecoach North West who is based at Fleetwood for advising me that it is route F3 that has been withdrawn NOT route F4 as represented on the model. He advises me he has been driving Route F4 over the weekend and is also doing so today.

Monday 24 February 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
OM41006 AEC 4Q4 Malta
OM44006
Brush Rail Car Blackpool Royal Mail, Special Edition
OM44102
Optare Solo Stagecoach North West

I hope to publish photographs of the above tomorrow.

PROPOSED RELEASES FROM EFE WEEK COMMENCING 24 FEBRUARY 2003
The following model are scheduled for release this coming week:
10132 AEC RT LT
17213 Leyland National West Midlands Travel
23205 AEC RF Greenline
25105 Bristol RELL Southern Vectis
28805 Leyland Titan 2 Door Reading Buses
28901 Leyland Atlantean (GM Standard) Type Maidstone & District

CORGI OOC CLUB 2003 CLUB MODEL ANNOUNCED
The Corgi Collector Club have announced that this years OOC club model will be a BMMO Coach Midland Red stock number OM45507 limited to 1000 pieces. The model will be available to club members priced at 22.50 (UK) and 25.00 (overseas) including post and packing. Further details will be given as soon as they are known

NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD
CMN have announced that their next Dennis Trident ALX400 stock number UKBUS1010 will feature a vehicle in the livery of Arriva The Shires and Essex see picture of PP sample below. No other details are known at this time.

 

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Photograph Campbell Morrison

Saturday 22 February 2003


CORGI OOC OM44102 OPTARE SOLO STAGECOACH NORTH WEST
Just as Corgi are about to release the above model, I am grateful to Rob Brockie for advising me of the following which may be of interest to you, he states "Stagecoach have pulled out of all their services based on their Fleetwood depot and route F4 is no more! Some provision for services to Fleetwood has been provided by extending the trunk Preston/Blackpool services, but the vast majority of provision in the Thornton/Cleveleys/Fleetwood area has now been taken over by a re-arrangement/extension of several Blackpool Metro Coastlines routes.
Stagecoach Northwest continue to operate Solos on their Blackpool/Wesham service which has a different version of their route branding style."

LONDON BUS PRESERVATION TRUST - COBHAM BUS MUSEUM
I am very grateful to the LBPT for giving this web site a mention in the latest edition of their members journal. If you would like to find out about the work of the Trust and how to become a member, please CLICK HERE to visit their web site.

Thursday 20 February 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF EFE GUY ARAB SUBSCRIBER MODEL
I am grateful to Graham Smith for advising me that the second subscriber model 26204A Guy Arab 1 LT has now been released, his arrived in the post this morning.

EFE 1ST SUBSCRIBER NEWSLETTER 2003
I have received my copy of the 1st subscriber newsletter of 2003 it contained no news in relation to new bus releases that has not been previously reported on this site. 

There is news of a Code 2 which has been commissioned from EFE by Pearsons Department Store based in North London. They have commissioned 1000 Lincoln Green RT buses to commemorate their centenary. The model will represent RT1023 on route 396 to Bishops Stortford. The model will be available in March from Pearsons stores at the following locations:
11/14 The Town, Enfield
175 High Road, Wood Green
5/7 Church Hill, Barnet
15/17 North Street, Bishops Stortford.
Alternatively it can be purchased mail order from:
S Alderman, 7 Heath Farm Court, Watford WD17 3TT
The cost will be 21.00 or 22.75 mail order. Please note Cheques ONLY mail order.

COBHAM 2003 OPEN DAY MODELS
To celebrate their 30th anniversary open day on 6th April 2003. I understand the Cobham Bus Museum have commissioned two special code 2 AEC RF models from EFE.  The models will represent two vehicles from their vehicle collection namely RF 534 a Central liveried London Transport Bus (route and destination not yet finalised) and limited to 550 pieces and RF168 a Modernised Green Line Coach, displaying 30th Anniversary route boards which will be limited to 500 pieces. Further details will be given as soon as available.

MODEL BUS FEDERATION MEMBERS FORUM
I am grateful to John Booth for advising me that the MBF members Forum is now back on line. You will find a link from the MBF website home page.

 Tuesday 18 February 2003


I have just returned from a short break in Scotland. On my return I found 20 emails waiting for me which I now need to go through. The next news update will appear tomorrow evening.

Monday 17 February 2003


EFE SUBSCRIBER MODELS - LEYLAND TITAN RELEASED
I have spoken with EFE this morning who confirm that they have now begun to despatch the subscriber offer 28802A Leyland Titan (Ken - a visitor to the site received his this morning). Once all the Titans have been despatched they will begin despatching the Guy Arab.

Wednesday 12 February 2003


NEW CASTING FROM CORGI OOC?
I have received various reports that Corgi OOC are in the process of developing the "new" East Lancs. body as a new casting for possible release 2nd half 2003 to compliment the "old" East Lancs. models in the current catalogue. I understand this vehicle comes in various body types and chassis in both single and dual door. The rumours suggest that all variations may be modelled as there are minimum tooling changes to produce the different variations. Further details will be given as soon as I hear anything.

CORGI OOC AEC 4Q4 MALTA
I am grateful to Mike Harvey for advising me that the above model was on sale today at the Bromsgrove Toy Fair priced at 16.00

Sunday 9 Feb 2003


CORGI OOC RELEASE WEEK COMMENCING 17 FEBRUARY 2003
The following models are scheduled for release week commencing 17 February 2003
OM41006 AEC 4Q4 Malta
OM44006
Brush Rail Car Blackpool Royal Mail, Special Edition
OM44102
Optare Solo Stagecoach North West

Saturday 8 February 2003


CORGI OOC CONFIRMED RELEASES
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale. Full details to follow:
OM40807 Bristol Lodekka FS (open top) Southdown
OM43603
Plaxton Palatine 2 Blackpool Transport
OM45113 MCW Metrobus Mk II Wolverhampton Corporation

Thursday 6 February 2003


MODEL BUS FEDERATION WEB SITE
The Model Bus Federation have announced that their new web site is now "live" and can be found at http://www.model-bus-federation.org.uk/. The site gives detailed information about the MBF including how to become a member. Some areas of the site are members only areas which require a password to enter.

Wednesday 5 February 2003 (2nd posting)


EFE SUBSCRIBER OFFER MODELS
I have today spoken with EFE regarding the following models that were offered to subscribers before Christmas:
26204A Guy Arab Utility London Transport
28802A Leyland Titan London Transport
I am advised that they hope to begin despatching orders next week.

Wednesday 5 February 2003


GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHS
I would like to thank all of you who send me photographs for inclusion in the Gallery. This is a very popular section of the site and it's success is down to those who contribute to it. Over the last few days I have received photographs within a matter of hours of publishing details of a model. These being the TWM Metrobus, GM Standard Fleetline and Leyland Titan whose photographs I am publishing today. Yesterday I received the Titan photograph from Mark Colegate less than 1 hour after publishing the EFE release sheets!

If any of you have photographs (of buses that have been represented in model form) that you have taken and would like to share with other visitors, please email them to me. If your photographs are in print form and you do not have access to  a scanner and would like to contribute, please contact me via email and I will let you have my address. I will be very happy to return original photographs after use and refund postage.

Tuesday 4 February 2003


EFE RELEASE SHEETS FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2003
Please click on the links below to view the release sheets. Please note these are large files and may take a while to download:
February 2003 CLICK HERE
March 2003 CLICK HERE

Monday 3 February 2003


February 2003 - News

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