January to March 2018 - News

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Do you have any news or information not listed here, if so please e-mail me

 

HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER - FOLLOW MY PROGRESS CONSTRUCTING THE MODEL BY CLICKING HERE

 

NEW BOOK FROM VISIONS INTERNATIONAL
Nothing to do with models, but may be of interest to London Bus enthusiasts. My copy of the 2017 edition of Visions International's "Red All Over - The London Bus Review of 2017" arrived a couple of days ago. I always look forward to the arrival of this superb book which I think makes excellent reading. This years edition features news from all months of 2017 and other interesting topics such as Branding of Barkingside, Green all over, Oxford Street Stage Zero and one I always find interesting Endangered Species (types of bus which might disappear from the streets in the not too distant future), plus there are many more subjects. This years book contains 250 photographs, 30000 words and 128 pages and is available direct from Visions International at http://www.visionsinternational.biz/ priced at £18.95.

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Sunday 18th February 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF BRITBUS COMMISSIONED MODEL
Further to my News of 21st January 2017 and 2 March 2017, Adrian Lemon has written to me this evening advising that "it gives me great pleasure to announce my commission has finally arrived!! Its the last Britbus/Irbus Olympian and will complete the Dublin Bus range of Olympians. This specially commissioned 1/76th scale bus model is of a Leyland Olympian with Alexander "R" bodywork in the special Wedding Bus livery, at the peak, there was 12, 3 at Phibsboro of which RH39 (90 D 1039) was based all its life. The livery was applied usually from new rather than repaints, and were always a very well maintained part of the fleet... This is the last Olympian model to have been produced for Britbus (& was also my commission). This is a limited edition of 504 models. Price is €70 per piece plus €5 postage. The model is available exclusively only available from myself, email me for info at lemon1970@eircom.net and I hope to attend several swapmeets too".

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2nd posting Wednesday 14th February 2018


MODEL 1 - RECENTLY ANNOUNCED MODELS
Courtesy of Model 1, please see below photographs showing the real buses to be represented by their recently announced models. Model 1 have not yet confirmed the actual vehicle details to be displayed on the models, although they do say that the photographs of the Alexander PS are "for illustrating purpose only. Route/division/fleet number is yet to be confirmed," 

ADL ENVIRO200 MMC
Abellio (London)
Fleet number: 8848
Registration number: YX16NZW
Route number: C10
Destination: Canada Water

Stagecoach London
Fleet number: 36604
Registration number: YY15OWX
Route number: 499
Destination: Heath Park Estate

Stagecoach Chesterfield
Fleet number: 26085
Registration number: YY16YJP
Route number: 74
Destination: Duckmanton via Staveley

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ADL ENVIRO400 MMC
Abellio (London)
Fleet number: 2500
Registration number: YY64TYZ
Route number: 109
Destination: Croydon Town Centre

Stagecoach London
Fleet number: 12369
Registration number: YX16OGH
Route number: 53
Destination: Whitehall Horse Guards

Stagecoach Manchester
Fleet number: 10611
Registration number: SN16OWO
Route number: 203
Destination: Piccadilly

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Alexander PS
Model 1 advise that the photographs shown are "for illustrating purpose only. Route/division/fleet number is yet to be confirmed," although they do say they will be focusing on Stagecoach for their first releases

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Wednesday 14th February 2018


BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER - WEEK 2 DETAILS AND PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED
I have added photographs of my build of week 2 to my dedicated "Build your own Routemaster" page CLICK HERE or on the link at the top of this page.

BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER - WEEK 3 DETAILS AND PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED
I have added photographs of my build of week 3 to my dedicated "Build your own Routemaster" page CLICK HERE or on the link at the top of this page.

Monday 12th February 2018


ATLAS EDITIONS CLASSIC COACH COLLECTION NOW FINISHED
My Atlas Editions Classic Coaches account is now showing as collection complete, so it appears to have ended. My World of Stobart collection ended and I knew I had not received all the models that had been released (4 short). After apparently ignoring a number of emails, I wrote an email of complaint and received a reply that does not make much sense in very broken English: 

"We are very sorry to tell that we can not send you anymore items from this collection. It depends when you create the collection. It is collection for few years and we are upgrading our collection every 6 months. We can stop to produce some items or start producing some new models. For example, If someone starts collection in 2015 he may have a different models than customer who starts in 2017. Time is passing by and we are still trying to do our best. In this moment, In January 2018, we are not producing items which you are missing anymore".

This is a far from satisfactory response, so it means I have to hunt down 4 models on the open market if I want a complete collection. Recently Atlas seem to have dumped large quarantines of Stobart models, British buses, trams and Classic Coaches onto the market over recent months, I do not know the reasons for this.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED EFE MODEL
Please see below photographs of the following EFE model:
16540 Leyland Atlantean - Ribble

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Sunday 11th February 2018


HACHETTE PARTWORKS ROUTEMASTER  - FOLLOW MY BUILD OF THE MODEL
I have added pages so that my construction of the Routemaster model can be followed from start to
finish. Please see the  link in the header of this page, which will be displayed on the header of each News page for the duration of the project. After you click on the link, you will see I have created an Index page from which you can view the various stages of the project. For each issue, I intend including a number of photographs showing the cover pages from the magazine, the instructions for that week and the completed pieces from that week. Having indicated in my news of 1st February, that my next issue would be received in approximately 28 days time, I received a parcel this morning containing issues 2 and 3 together with my first free gift. I will add photographs later this week.

Monday 5th February 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED ATLAS EDITIONS MODEL
Please see below photographs of the following Atlas Editions model:
4642131 Neoplan NH 9L - Hamburg - No fleet markings

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Friday 2nd February 2018


NEW BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER RM MODEL FROM HACHETTE PARTWORKS
On 22nd April 2015, I reported Hachette Partworks had released a build your own Routemaster model in 1:12th scale parts of which would be released with a weekly magazine. On 8th June 2015, Brett Colley wrote to me advising the had been contacted by Hachette Partworks and advised that the production had been temporarily suspected. Brett recently wrote to me advising that the model has now been re-released and that full details can be found on the Hachette Partworks "Build your own Routemaster" website. Full details are on the website CLICK HERE

The model will be released in 130 weekly issues, with full instructions on how to build. The first magazine costs £1.99, the second £4.99 and the subsequent 128 issues @ £8.99 each. The total cost of the model when finished will be in the region of £1150.00.

The model represents RM857 (WLT857) on route 11 to Liverpool Street. The website states: "Made of durable materials and including working elements such as headlights, your model is the ultimate celebration of a classic design. Careful attention to detail has been paid to ensure your model is as close as possible to an exact replica of the original 1966 Routemaster RM 857, plus no glue is needed and parts are pre-painted making it easy-to-build, even if you have no modelling expertise".

The website lists the benefits of subscribing to the series "Each month you will receive 4 issues delivered to your door with free P&P. Each issue costs £8.99, with the exception of issue 1 at £1.99 and issue 2 at £4.99. As part of your subscription benefits, one of your issues in your first delivery will be FREE and  you will also receive 5 FREE gifts during the course of your collection".

After much deliberation and soul searching, I have decided to subscribe to the series and will photograph each weeks magazine and construction to show the complete build from start to finish. I will also feature each of the free gifts that you receive as a subscriber which are featured on the website.

Having set up my subscription and direct debit, I should receive my first consignment in approximately 28 days time. I understand that the second magazine has now been released and is in newsagents now if you do not want to subscribe.

I have shown below, the real RM857 which I photographed at the North Weald Bus Rally on 21 June 2015, a photograph from the Hachette Partworks website and a couple of photographs of magazine issue 1 which I purchased from WH Smith to see what it was like.

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Thursday 1st February 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED TINY BUS NEW ROUTEMASTER MODELS
Further to previous news articles regarding the three New Routemaster models announced by Tiny Bus Hong Kong, all three models have now been released and my three models arrived at the weekend:

 

UK1 New Routemaster - London General LT60 (LTZ1060)

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UK2 New Routemaster - London United LT150 (LTZ1150)

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UK3 New Routemaster - London General 2 LT50 (LTZ1050)

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Tuesday 30th January 2018


NEW MODEL FROM OXFORD DIECAST
Many thanks to Mike Harvey who has advised me of a new model on the Oxford Diecast website which was not included on the recently announced list of new models. Oxford Diecast have today confirmed details to me:

76FT031 Ford Transit Mk5 SWB Low Roof - London Underground CLICK HERE
Fleet number: -
Registration number:  LR13WHU

Monday 29th January 2018


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6501 ADL E400H MMC GO AHEAD LONDON - PHOTOGRAPHS
Photographs taken by me this afternoon of my UKBUS6501 ADL E400H MMC - Go Ahead London

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Sunday 28th January 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM ATLAS EDITIONS
I can confirm that the following model has now been released in the Classic Coaches collection:
4642131 Neoplan NH 9L - Hamburg - No fleet markings
Fleet number: -
Registration number: K-AA487
Route number: - 
Destination: -

TINY BUS NEW ROUTEMASTER MODELS RECEIVED
I have heard from a number of visitors who have received the three Tiny Bus New Routemaster models that they ordered direct from Tiny Bus. My three models also arrived this morning, many thanks to David Arnold for sending me a photograph of his models. I am hoping to photograph my models tomorrow and will publish photographs after I have done so: CLICK HERE to view David's photograph.

2nd posting Saturday 27th January 2018


THIRD NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY HONG KONG COMPANY MODEL 1
Model 1 has announced a third new British model casting on their Facebook page: Their news release states:

"A completed built-up model of Alexander PS bodied Volvo B10M has been asked by many collectors over the years, and it would be our third new casting for UK. Our first range of release will be focusing on Stagecoach’s. Stagecoach is the biggest operator of the Alexander PS bodied Volvo B10M in the UK. They could be seen from Dover to the Highlands and a number were still going strong in Stagecoach’s fleet in 2015".

Photographs of three buses are shown accompanying the article but they go on to say "Photos for illustrating purpose only. Route/division/fleet number is yet to be confirmed".

Saturday 27th January 2018


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
The following press release has been received today from Northcord Model Company

NEW CASTING

ADL Enviro400H MMC - UKBUS6501 Go-Ahead London

"Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS6501, the first release of the long awaited new casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom.

The first livery to be carried on the brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC model, is Go-Ahead London with standard London red livery.

UKBUS6501 represents fleet number EH108 (YY66OZP) that has 10.3 metre, dual-door bodywork and was new to Go-Ahead London in 2017. EH108 has a Euro6 hybrid driveline and is based at Go-Ahead London’s Camberwell Garage where it operates on busy route 14 which runs between Putney Heath and Warren Street.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC UKBUS6501 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the UKBUS6501 model is its dual individual tree protectors at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.

Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400H MMC, such as the additional ventilation equipment on the upper deck ceiling, and the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

The brand new Enviro400H MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6501 model is limited to 1500 pieces worldwide."

Northcord Model Company (NMC)
------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

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Friday 26th January 2018


HONG KONG MANUFACTURER MODEL 1 ANNOUNCES SECOND NEW CASTING
Model 1 have announced a second new casting on their Facebook page this afternoon:

"A must-have for the collectors of the modern-era buses, our second casting is the ADL Enviro200MMC, also officially licensed by the operators and TfL, in London and provincial specification. Very much like our other products, a detailed interior, including individually moulded seats and realistic decals, is the standard for Model 1's model buses. The diecast ADL Enviro200MMC is in 1/76 scale, making this a great companion of our Enviro400MMC".

Three photographs accompany the post showing three Enviro200MMC:

Abellio (London)
Fleet number: 8848
Registration number: YX16NZW
Route number: C10
Destination: Canada Water

Stagecoach London
Fleet number: 36604
Registration number: YY15OWX
Route number: 499
Destination: Heath Park Estate

Stagecoach Chesterfield
Fleet number: 26085
Registration number: YY16YJP
Route number: 74
Destination: Duckmanton via Staveley

Thursday 25th January 2018


NEW RANGE OF BRITISH MODELS ANNOUNCED BY HONG KONG MANUFACTURER MODEL 1
The following announcement has today been published on the Model 1 Facebook page:

"Model 1's first UK model bus was released in 2011, since then we have been receiving suggestions for our next release. We are pleased to announce that we are now developing three castings for the UK buses, with the first one being the ADL Enviro400MMC in London and provinical specification. Our model buses are welcomed by collectors for its detailed interiors and authentic appearance. These will be reflected in all of our UK releases, with the features of individually moulded seats with moquettes and preceisely reproduced decals, whilst the price will stay competitive. We have already received approval from various operators, and the first release is expected at the third quarter of this year".

Three photographs accompany the post showing three Enviro400MMC:

Abellio (London)
Fleet number: 2500
Registration number: YY64TYZ
Route number: 109
Destination: Croydon Town Centre

Stagecoach London
Fleet number: 12369
Registration number: YX16OGH
Route number: 53
Destination: Whitehall Horse Guards

Stagecoach Manchester
Fleet number: 10611
Registration number: SN16OWO
Route number: 203
Destination: Piccadilly

Wednesday 24th January 2018


OXFORD DIECAST CONFIRM DETAILS OF MODELS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY
Further to my news of last evening, Oxford Diecast have today sent me details of the models announced:

76COM008CC Commer Commando Coca Cola Q4/2018
Fleet no: -
Reg no: CC1947
Route: -
Destination: -

76BI004 Beadle Integral Southdown Q3/2018
Fleet no: 861
Reg no: LCD861
Route: -
Destination: RACES

76DR005 Duple Roadmaster Ribble Q3/2018
Fleet no: 1059
Reg no: EFV150
Route: -
Destination: LEEDS

76IR6004 Irizar i6 Galleon Travel Q3/2018 
Fleet no: -
Name: Isla Brooke
Reg no: YN15YTP
Route: - 
Destination: - 

76MW6004 Bristol MW6G Tilling Transport Q3/2018 
Fleet no: -
Reg no: 13DLY
Route: -
Destination: English Lakes & Scottish Highlands

76PAN008 Plaxton Panorama A. Timpson & Sons Ltd Q3/2018
Fleet no: -
Reg no: 552GXX
Route: -
Destination: Folkestone & Hythe

76PD2006 Leyland PD2/12 Stratford Blue Q3/2018
Fleet no: 25
Reg no: MAC572
Route: -
Destination: Stratford-upon-Avon

76SB003 Saro Bus London Greenline Q4/2018
Fleet no: -
Reg no: PTE592
Route: 447
Destination: Reigate via Doods Rd, Meadvale, Redhill

76WFA007 Weymann Fanfare North Western Q3/2018 
Fleet no: -
Reg no: FDB570
Route: -
Destination: PRIVATE

NFDE008 Ford 400E Van Southdown Q3/2018 
Fleet no: V63
Reg no: 8063CD,
Route: -
Destination:-

NNR006 New Routemaster - LT50 General Q3/2018 
Fleet no :LT50
Reg no: LTZ1050
Route: 11
Destination: Fulham Broadway

NSEA002 Burlingham Seagull - Stratford Blue Q3/2018
Fleet no: 57
Reg no: OUE12
Route: -
Destination: RACES

43JM024 Morris J2 Van Skyways Q4/2018
Fleet no: -
Reg no: YKM754
Route: -
Destination: -

Tuesday 23rd January 2018


NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED BY OXFORD DIECAST
Oxford Diecast have just announced the following new 76th scale models for release during the 3rd and 4th quarters of this year:
76COM008CC Commer Commando Coca Cola Q4/2018 CLICK HERE
76BI004 Beadle Integral Southdown Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
76DR005 Duple Roadmaster Ribble Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
76IR6004 Irizar i6 Galleon Travel Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
76MW6004 Bristol MW6G Tilling Transport Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
76PAN008 Plaxton Panorama A. Timpson & Sons Ltd Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
76PD2006 Leyland PD2/12 Stratford Blue Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
76SB003 Saro Bus London Greenline Q4/2018 CLICK HERE
76WFA007 Weymann Fanfare North Western Q3/2018 CLICK HERE

Oxford Diecast have just announced three new n-gauge models for release later this year:
NFDE008 Ford 400E Van Southdown Q3/2018 (No image available at this time).
NNR006 New Routemaster - LT50 General Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
NSEA002 Burlingham Seagull - Stratford Blue Q3/2018 CLICK HERE

One 43rd scale model:
43JM024 Morris J2 Van Skyways Q4/2018 CLICK HERE

Monday 22nd January 2018


OM46515A & OM46515B CORGI OOC BRIGHTON & HOVE WRIGHT GEMINI 439 (BF12KXS) BRIGHTON PRIDE - CONFIRMATION OF ROUTE DETAILS
Further to my News of 8th January, I am grateful to Neil at Time Tunnel Models who has been in contact with Hornby regarding the destinations of the two models. Hornby have advised that the information on the trade sheets was incorrect and that the correct details are as per their catalogue and website:

Details of the two models should therefore read as follows:

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, 

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

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following model is now on sale on the Oxford Diecast website so will be in the shops very soon.
76SHP006 Sherpa Minibus - Wynns
- CLICK HERE
Fleet number: 638
Registration number: CAX59V

Wednesday 17th January 2018


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 BRIGHTON & 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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