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PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED CORGI MODELS
Photographs of 3 recently released Corgi OOC models:

OM46619A New Routemaster - Go-Ahead London (General livery) - Destination: Camden Town. Limited to 1150 pieces

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OM46619B New Routemaster - Go Ahead London (General livery) - Destination Clapham Common. Limited to 1150 pieces

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CC89203 New Routemaster - Paddington Bear

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Monday 15th January 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
Many thanks to Chris at TTC Diecast for advising me that the following models have now been released, Chris took stock of both this morning:
16540 Leyland Atlantean - Ribble Motor Services Ltd CLICK HERE
99938 Leyland Titan Aldenham Works Gift Set CLICK HERE

Friday 12th January 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS OF BRIGHT & HOVE WRIGHT GEMINI 439 (BF12KXS) BRIGHTON PRIDE
Many thanks to Gethin Donaldson for sending me photographs of Brighton & Hove 439 in Brighton Pride livery as represented by Corgi OOC models
OM46515A & B as announced this morning by Corgi. Also shown are photographs of 439 in a different Pride livery alongside Stagecoach LT239

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2nd posting Monday 8th January 2018


CORGI ANNOUNCE JANUARY TO JUNE 2018 CATALOGUE
Corgi have announced 8 new bus models (4 with dual destinations), please see the bottom of this New article for images of the models.

OM40821A Bristol Lodekka - Wilts and Dorset 
Fleet number: 646
Registration number: 684AAM
Route: 38A
Destination: Bournemouth Limited Stop
Due date: Apr-18
RRP £38.99
Bristol Lodekka, Wilts and Dorset. Established in Salisbury in 1915, Wilts & Dorset Motor Services Ltd operated regular services throughout South Wiltshire, East Dorset and North Hampshire, operating a diverse fleet of vehicles. Surviving ownership under the Tilling and British Automobile Traction (T&BAT) Group, Southern Railway and Nationalisation in 1948, in 1969 the company was absorbed into Hants & Dorset under the National Bus Company. In 1972 the Wilts & Dorset name disappeared, but was revived in 1983. In January 1966, Bristol Lodekka 646, registration 684 AAM, was painting into a unique cream and maroon livery for operation on the Salisbury to Bournemouth limited stop service, retaining it until May 1969. The limited stop 38A route between Salisbury and Bournemouth ran via Fordingbridge, Ringwood and Ferndown (the Bournemouth Spur Road from Ashley Heath to Cooper Dean having not yet been built), and did the journey in 78 minutes. There were two journeys in each direction on weekdays, with timings suitable for people commuting to Bournemouth, or making day visits to Salisbury.

OM40821B Bristol Lodekka - Wilts and Dorset
Fleet number: 646
Registration number: 684AAM
Route: 38A
Destination: Salisbury Limited Stop
Due date: Apr-18
RRP £38.99

OM43917A Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation 
Fleet number: 34
Registration number: FA7978
Route: 6
Destination: Anglesey Rd via Station & Uxbridge St
Due date: Jun-18
RRP £38.99
Guy Arab II Burton Corporation, Burgundy and Cream. From 1903, Burton Corporation’s municipal transport system relied exclusively on the tram system, but in January 1924, with more residents living away from the tram network, the decision was taken to bring in two ‘B’ type motorbuses with Guy B20F bodywork. In 1930, trams were entirely replaced by buses and in 1943, Burton received its first double-deck vehicles, two utility Guy Arabs with Weymann H56R bodywork, built to wartime specifications, which included wooden slatted seating. Eight more were delivered in 1944, including Burton Corporation No. 34, a Guy Arab II 5LW, registration FA 7978, which was fitted with a Park Royal body. The double-deck vehicles proved more popular than the single-deck vehicles, which were becoming heavily overcrowded, but the wartime utility buses had been built using poor quality timber and were prone to premature deterioration. Some were rebuilt by the Corporation themselves, whilst others went to Merthyr Tydfil bodybuilder D. J. Davies, including FA 7978 which was rebuilt in 1951.

OM43917B Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation
Fleet number: 34
Registration number: FA7978
Route: 6
Destination: Calais Rd via Station & Belvedere Road
Due date: Jun-18
RRP £38.99

OM46313A Routemaster - London & Country
Fleet number: RM1183
Registration number: 183CLT
Route: 406
Destination: Epsom
Due date: Mar-18
RRP £38.99
AEC London & Country, Two-Tone Green. As a consequence of bus deregulation in 1986, many new operators outside of London, as well as several traditional operators, took to the iconic AEC as a cheap and reliable vehicle to protect, or develop, their routes and services. By 1990, London Country South West had adopted the fleet name of ‘London & Country’, but the name of the company was not officially changed until 1993. London & Country acquired RM1183 from Southend Transport later that year and used it on Surrey Schools’ route 418 initially, whilst still in Southend livery. Graduating to Christmas shopper services on routes 406 and 408, the full London & Country two-tone green livery was applied, in probably the finest livery carried by an AEC. Operating on a Leatherhead based routes 406, 408, 410, 414 and 473 during 1994, as well as the Surrey Hills leisure buses, at the end of 1994 183 CLT was overhauled and repainted into Lincoln green. Sold on to Nostalgiabus for use on route 306, Kingston to Epsom, it was destroyed in an arson attack during December 1997.

OM46313B Routemaster - London & Country
Fleet number: RM1183
Registration number: 183CLT
Route: 406
Destination: Reigate L.T Garage
Due date: Mar-18
RRP £38.99

OM46515A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Brighton & Hove (Brighton Pride)
Fleet number: 439
Registration number: BF12KXS
Route: 29
Destination: Tunbridge Wells
Due date: May-18
RRP £38.99, 

Please note: Regarding the two Brighton models, on one piece of information released by Corgi to the trade and on their website, the routes and destinations of these modelshave been reversed. The details shown by me are as per the Corgi website.

Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company. It was in 1884 that the Brighton, Hove & Preston United bus company was formed, a consequence of the amalgamation of a number of smaller horse bus companies and it soon became the main transport operator for the area, the forerunner to today’s Go Ahead Group owned Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company. The company has invested heavily in vehicles from Wrightbus, with seventy-seven second generation Wright Eclipse Gemini II vehicles on Volvo B9TL chassis being in the fleet, as of June 2017, all of which carry the names of people that have made a significant contribution towards the life of the local area during their lifetime. Bus No. 439, BF12 KXS, has carried the name of Phil Starr since July 2015, when it was transferred from Bus No.401 (latterly 919). Phil Starr, who died aged 72 in 2005 shortly after his last show, performed on stages across the world as a Drag Queen for more than 50 years and raised thousands of pounds for charity, including an orphanage in Thailand.

OM46515B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Brighton & Hove (Brighton Pride)
Fleet number: 439
Registration number: BF12KXS
Route: 21
Destination: Brighton
Due date: May-18
RRP £38.99

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Monday 8th January 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
Many Thanks to Neil at Time Tunnel Models for advising me that the following models have now been dispatched from the Corgi warehouse and will begin arriving with retailers from Monday:
OM46619A New Routemaster - Go-Ahead London (General livery) CLICK HERE
OM46619B New Routemaster - Go Ahead London (General livery) CLICK HERE
CC89203 New Routemaster - Paddington Bear CLICK HERE

CORGI JANUARY TO JUNE 2018 CATALOGUE
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Saturday 6th January 2018


CORGI ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR THEIR 2018 CATALOGUE
Corgi have advised today that their new catalogue will be released at 10:00am on Monday 8th January 2018. No clues have been given as to the contents of the catalogue.

Thursday 4th January 2018


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