October to December 2017 - News

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NEW EFE MODEL ANNOUNCED BY BACHMANN
Many thanks to Chris at TTC Diecast for advising me of a new EFE model announced by Bachmann. CLICK HERE to visit the TTC Diecast website:
20458 Bristol VR - Midland Fox
Bachmann Retailer Exclusive
Fleet no: 1122? TBC
Registration no: VDV112S? TBC
Route no: - 185 
Destination: Countesthorpe via Blaby 
Due March/April 2018

CONFIRMED RELEASE OF EFE MODEL
I can confirm that the following model has now been released:
99938 Aldenham Works - Twin Titan Gift Pack CLICK HERE

Thursday 14th December 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models are now on sale on the Oxford Diecast website so will be on sale in the shops in the near future:
NSEA001 Burlingham Seagull - Wallace Arnold CLICK HERE
76IR6005 Scania Irizar - Guideline/England Team Coach CLICK HERE
76IR6002 Irizar i6 - West Coast Motors CLICK HERE

Monday 11th December 2017


NEW EFE MODEL ANNOUNCED BY BACHMANN
The latest copy of the Bachmann Collectors club magazine "Bachmann Times" arrived today and has details of a  new model. The model features a BET AEC Reliance in South Yorkshire livery, details are:
Stock code: 24332
Fleet number: 1087
Registration number: 336NKT
Route number: 256
Destination: Killamarsh

This model will feature wing mirrors which Bachmann advises is "one of the enhancements Bachmann is making to existing EFE models" CLICK HERE to view a scanned image of the page from the magazine with photographs of the models.

The magazine also confirms that the Aldenham Gift Set is due to release "shortly after this issue goes to press"

Tuesday 5th December 2017


BACHMANN COLLECTORS CLUB AT EPPING AND ONGAR RAILWAY
The Bachmann Collectors club will be at Epping and Ongar Railway (North Weald) on Sunday 10th December, they advise:

"On Sunday 10th December members of the Bachmann team will be at the Epping Ongar Railway (North Weald) as we launch the first EFE models in the brand new packaging. The 1983 Aldenham Spectacular Titan Twin Pack, item No. E99938, will be launched in the presence of preserved Leyland Titan T66 which features in the pack. A limited stock of Aldenham sets will be available to purchase on the day from the railway shop. Bachmann Collectors Club members can enjoy free rides on T66 around the local area, simply turn up on the day from 10am and present your Bachmann Collectors Club membership card. We are also offering members a free train ride aboard the 16.25 departure from North Weald - complete with complimentary mulled wine and mince pie! Please call the club office on 01455 245565 to book your train ticket as spaces are limited".

PHOTOGRAPH OF BEXLEYBUS LEYLAND NATIONAL YYE294T LS294
Please see below photograph of Bexleybus Leyland National LS294 (YYE294T) on route 269 courtesy of Phil Hambling. This is the actual bus to be represented by EFE model 16609 as commissioned by Invicta Model Rail. See News release dated 26th October for details of how to order:

 

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Monday 27th November 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF TWO RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Please see below photographs of two recently released Oxford Diecast models:
76BI002 Beadle Integral - Maidstone & District 
NWFA001 Weymann Fanfare - South Wales

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Sunday 26th November 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF TWO RECENTLY RELEASED CORGI OOC
Please see below photographs of two recently released Corgi models:
OM46513 Wright Gemini 2 - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Shuttle Bus
GS89202 Corgi Best of British New Bus For London

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Thursday 23rd November 2017


A BUSY TWO WEEKS
After a very busy couple of weeks at work, I need to catch up on some news.

NEW EFE COMMISSIONED MODEL TO BE ANNOUNCED BY TTC DIECAST
TTC have advised me that they will be announcing their second EFE commissioned model in the very near future. TTC Diecast have advised that the new model to be announced will be the second in a series of Bachmann/EFE commissions and they hope to be able to release a new EFE commissioned model every two months.

CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM ATLAS EDITIONS
Released late October:
4642128 Scania Vabis D11 - Sweden - No fleet names
Fleet number: SJ0168
Registration number: DAG500
Route number: 738
Destination: - 

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Released mid November:
4642129 Volvo B616 - Sweden  - No fleet names
Fleet number: - 
Registration number: Y169
Route number: - 
Destination: Abonnerad

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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM BUS BY BONO
TTC Diecast has contacted me and told me that they have now taken delivery of the latest Bus By Bono model to be released. The model is now available from the TTC Diecast website CLICK HERE :

100104 Dennis Dart Northern Paladin -  Stagecoach Northwest CLICK HERE
Route: 68
Destination: Lea Post Office Ashton
Registration: N657CHF
Fleet: 32924
Limited to 300 pieces.

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM RUBY TOYS
Ruby Toys have now released their 1:48th scale tin plate style model, stock code AEC Bus 49 - AEC Regal T Class with a Mann Egerton body - London Transport (Green), fleet number T792 (HLX462) on route 393 to Welwyn Garden City. The models can be purchased direct from Ruby Toys via their website www.rubytoys.co.uk or via post at Ruby Toys, The Priory, Little Wymondley, Herts SG4 7HD. Price £110.00 + £4.50 postage (UK). 

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CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
76BI002 Beadle Integral - Maidstone & District  CLICK HERE
NWFA001 Weymann Fanfare - South Wales  CLICK HERE

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM TINY BUS HONG KONG
Tiny Bus have released their latest New Routemaster model. I initially reported that Tiny Bus would be producing three 1:110th scale New Routemaster models on  23rd September. The first of these models has now been released. Stock code UK2 features London United New Routemaster LT150 in all over silver livery with route blinds displaying “Year of the Bus” has been released in Hong Kong. This model can be ordered direct from Tiny Bus or via eBay where a number of the models are currently on sale. CLICK HERE

Wednesday 22nd November 2017


BT-MODELS IN ADMINISTRATION
Peter at Yardley Wood has advised me that during a conversation with John Ayrey this morning, he was advised that "BT-Models have gone into Administration so there will be NO further models from this company". Peter goes onto say that "It's a shame as the new packaging that they have used for their last ever produced model B117A & B is much better than the previous packaging, it's much stronger and more appealing". No further details are known at this time.

Wednesday 8th November 2017


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS OF NEW MODELS
Further to my News of Friday 3rd November, The Northcord Model Company have sent me high resolution copies of the photographs that were sent out with the News release. They advise me that the images shown are the proposed buses to be modelled together with the proposed route number and destination, however all details are subject to final confirmation from each operator.

Please note: The photograph showing the nearside view of the National Express West Midlands bus shows fleet number 6134 (SN15LHD), the actual vehicle to be modelled is 6126 (SN15LGV) as shown in the front end view:

 

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CANCELLATION OF BT-MODELS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED MODELS
Many thanks to Peter at Yardley Wood who has advised me that John Ayrey have today told him that the following models previously announced by BT-Models have been cancelled and will no longer be released:
B203C Bristol MW - Wilts & Dorset (Salisbury)
B204A Bristol MW - Red & White (Aberdare)
B204B Bristol MW - Red & White (Cardiff)
B207A Bristol MW5G (bus) - United Automobile
B207B Bristol MW5G (DP) - United Automobile

Monday 6th November 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale in the shops:

OM46513 Wright Gemini 2 - Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Shuttle Bus CLICK HERE

Sunday 5th November 2017


ATLAS EDITIONS GREAT BRITISH BUS COLLECTION
Peter at Yardley Wood has written to me advising that he has taken stock of a number of items that were only previously available from Atlas Editions as part of the "Great British Bus Collection". Peter advises that the models will be on sale via the Yardley Wood Bus Club website at £10.00 each plus P&P:

JB02 Bristol Lodekka FS - Southdown (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655502) CLICK HERE
JB03 Bedford OB - Wallace Arnold (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655503) CLICK HERE
JB04 Q1 Trolley Bus - London Transport (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655504) CLICK HERE
JB13 Balloon Tram - Blackpool (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655513) CLICK HERE
JB20 Bedford VAL/ Plaxton Panorama - West Riding (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655520) CLICK HERE
JB25 Feltham Tram - Metropolitan (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655525) CLICK HERE
JB28 Weymann Trolleybus - Hull Corporation (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655528) CLICK HERE
JB29 BET Federation 600 - East Yorkshire (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655529) CLICK HERE
JB30 Leyland Lynx - Midland Red West (Atlas Editions stock code: 4655530) CLICK HERE

Saturday 4th November 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM BT MODELS
Many thanks to Peter at Yardley Wood for advising me that the following models have now been released and are on sale:

B210A Bristol MW6G - Southern Vectis
Fleet No: 806
Reg.No: FDL927D
Route: 5
Destination: East Cowes, Trinity Wharf
(circa 1966 -1995)

B210B Bristol MW6G - Southern Vectis
Fleet No: 804
Reg.No: FDL925D
Route: 39 
Destination: Ventnor
(circa 1966 -1977)

B117A Bristol Lodekka LD6G - Southern Vectis
Fleet No: 520
Reg.No: KDL416
Route: 16
Destination: Blackgang
(circa 1954 - 1969) 
Now in hard plastic display case

B117B Bristol Lodekka LD6G - Southern Vectis
Fleet No: 563
Reg.No: SDL268
Route: 8 
Destination: Ryde Esplanade
(circa 1959 - 1974) 
Now in hard plastic display case

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2nd Posting Friday 3rd November 2017


PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
The following press release has been received from The Northcord Model company this morning, photographs of the first shot castings and buses to be represented are shown at the bottom of this news article. Please note: only low tresolution photographs are available at this time.:

NEW CASTING

UKBUS6500 ADL Enviro400 MMC update

Northcord Model Company is pleased to update the progress of the development of the captioned, brand new casting. The First Shot models have just been released from the factory and photos of some of these are appended, below. The pre-production prototype models in operators’ liveries will be prepared shortly. 

In the meantime, Northcord Model Company is releasing its plans for the initial six production models as follows :

UKBUS6501 : 
Go-Ahead London (E400H) 
EH108 – YY66OZP
January 2018

UKBUS6502 : 
National Express West Midlands 
6126 – SN15LGV
January 2018

UKBUS6503 : 
Stagecoach London
10347 – SN16OLO
February 2018

UKBUS6504 : 
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire
10684 – SN66WHC
February 2018

UKBUS6505 : 
Reading Buses
758 – YX64VRU
April 2018

UKBUS6506 : 
First Bristol
33960 – SN65ZCU
April 2018

The above planned models are awaiting pre-production samples to be made and / or final operators’ authorisation.

The newly developed, comprehensive casting will include the following versions of Britain’s best-selling double-deck buses:

1. 10.3 metre 1 & 2 door Enviro400 MMC and Enviro400H MMC
2. 10.3 metre 1 & 2 door Enviro400 City and Enviro400H City
3. 10.9 metre 1 door Enviro400 MMC

Northcord Model Company strives to ensure that authenticity is paramount in the new castings. Therefore, although the models within a classification may appear identical, often NMC has adapted the basic toolings to represent special features that are operator-specific and these differentiated items can include tree deflectors, interior seating plans, destination equipment, lights and door arrangements.

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

Friday 3rd November 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale on the Oxford Diecast website so it will be in the shops very soon:

76SB001 Leyland Tiger Cub Saro Bus - Ribble
Fleet number: 452
Registration number: FCK884
Route number: 500
Destination: Coniston

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Thursday 2nd November 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
GS89202 Corgi Best of British New Bus For London CLICK HERE

Wednesday 1st November 2017


NEW EFE COMMISSIONED MODEL ANNOUNCED BY INVICTA MODEL RAIL
Invicta Model Rail, Sidcup, Kent have contacted me to advise news of a new EFE model they have commissioned:
Model 16609 will feature Leyland National, Mk1 - Bexleybus YYE294T on route 269. The model will be limited to 500pcs and will be available during 2018. The price is to be confirmed.
2018 marks 30years since the start of the Bexleybus network, and the closing of Sidcup garage and the reopening of Bexley
Heath Garage, Bexleybus was short lived, being a memory by 1990.

Orders can be made online at www.invictamodelrail.com, or by contacting the shop on 0208 302 7774

I will publish further details and photographs as soon as I receive them.

Thursday 26th October 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENT ADDITIONS TO MY COLLECTION
I have published below a selection of images of new models to my collection from Corgi OOC, Oxford Diecast and Tiny:

Corgi
OM46618A - New Routemaster - Stagecoach London  - Route 8 - Bow Church
OM46618B New Routemaster - Stagecoach London - Route 15 - Trafalgar Square

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Oxford Diecast
76PD2005 Leyland PD2/12 - Edinburgh 
76PAN006 Plaxton Panorama - Bere Regis & District

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Tiny Bus
Member exclusive model. No stock code

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Tuesday 24th October 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Please see below photographs of two recently released Oxford Diecast models:
76MW6003 Bristol MW6G - Eastern Counties NBC
76RM112 Routemaster RM - London Transport (Bow Centenary)

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Thursday 19th October 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF IRISH COMMISSIONED JOTUS RESIN MODEL
Further to my news of Friday 22nd September 2017, Derek Farrelly has written to me advising:
"I have now received my 200 piece CIE Leyland Atlantean Models from Jotus. 
These are now available for Purchase from me at €160 + P&P. 
PayPal is accepted & Safe Registered Tracked Parcel Service is provided. Anyone with interest can contact me via email derekfarrelly@hotmail.com. 
Availability is quite limited having 176 Models already pre sold". 

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NEWS OF A COMMISSIONED CODE 3 MODEL FOR THE SAMUEL LEDGARD SOCIETY
Phillip Stephenson has written to me to advise me of the following:
"To celebrate the events marking the 50th anniversary of the demise of the Samuel Ledgard bus business, the Samuel Ledgard Society commissioned a code 3 version of the recently issued Oxford Leyland PD2 in Ledgard livery. Details in the attachment and the model as well as the DVD shown are available from the society. Any Email queries to Barry Rennison - rennison@cc-email.co.uk"

To view a copy of the flyer PDF CLICK HERE

Wednesday 18th October 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE OXFORD DIECAST SOUTHDOWN MODELS RELEASED LAST WEEK
Please see below images of the Southdown models released last week:
NSET003 5 Piece N Gauge Set - Southdown (including on the left of photograph model NWFL001 Weymann Fanfare - Southdown which has not yet been released as an individual model)
NWFL001 Weymann Fanfare - Southdown (from the Gift set)
NAEC014 AEC Matador Wrecker - Southdown

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Monday 16th October 2017


OXFORD DIECAST MODEL RELEASED
The following model is now on sale on the Oxford Diecast website so will be in the shops soon:
76SB001 Saro Bus - Ribble  CLICK HERE

Saturday 14th October 2017


SHOWBUS 2017 REPORT
I am very grateful to Bob belcher for compiling a report on this years event and sending me photographs of a small selection of buses that caught his eye:

"A good day overall though it became showery after lunch, just like last year after a sunny mid/late morning period. Once we were allowed in amongst the vehicles (see comment below), it was possible to get a fine view of vehicles entering "up the hill" and when the sun came out towards mid-morning, the lighting was perfect (see photos).

Before being allowed in amongst the vehicles, at the start of the day, visitors were kept behind barriers, away from the vehicle exhibition areas. A line of barriers enforced this and provided only a limited length to get a view of arriving vehicles. We were informed that this would be the case until 10:30 until "after they had all arrived" - apparently vehicles owners/drivers had been told that they had to arrive by this time, though in reality, stragglers were still arriving an hour later, which was still earlier than some years. In the event, this policy was changed as the crowd built up, with many vying for a position by the barrier to get their photos, so, sensibly, we were allowed through the barriers to mingle with the vehicles as normal, after a warning from a steward that it would be "entirely at our own risk".

In conversation with some of the other visitors this was clearly a very unpopular and unexpected change from previous years and potentially actually more risky from a "health and safety" point of view as if people think that this will be the case in future years, then it could lead to local main public roads being congested with photographers wanting to see the vehicles arriving. 

The signs were still lacking, however, the advance publicity had made it clear that the event was at Donnington Park, not Donnington itself and this distinction is made on all of the local road signs. This, combined with the fact that the public entrance was via the "Paddock Car Park", which coming from the M1 direction was the first of the entrances, with the vehicles entering by the next entrance (the one that was used for their departure last year), i.e. up the hill where the Barton vehicles were displayed, made thing easier. Cars were parked on grass near the "Paddock" entrance to the circuit (there was a race event on as well, just like last year) and pedestrian access was along the route that the vehicles used to enter last year. I guess that a large percentage of visitors were also "repeats" from last year and now know broadly what to expect. The result was that traffic management was generally good with no significant delays or tailbacks onto the local roads.

I also felt the number of retailers was down, again subjective as I have never counted them from year to year, though most of the ones that were present were doing a good trade and a number of bargains were to be had, particularly for earlier EFE and OOC models which had highly optimistic production quantities even for the time and have thus never become rare. For the first time ever, I came away with no models! TTC Diecast provided the most interest as you had suggested - they had posters displayed for their "first ever EFE commission" - an East London Leyland National. Also the already announced Bus By Bono Stagecoach Dart/Northern Counties.

On the catering front, improvements had been promised in the advance publicity following feedback from last year and this proved to be the case with a much wider selection of food and drink stalls.

The weather was cloudy initially giving way to bright sunshine through mid and late morning before becoming progressively cloudier, culminating in an initial downpour at around 13:50. There is little shelter on the site and many of the retailers were inevitably outdoors and had to hastily cover over their stalls. Some retailers were using the one building on the site and were thus spared the worst of the weather and presumably experience a boom in visitors during the rain. I left around 14:30 having seen the vehicles in the best of the weather. The forecast for the remainder of the day was for more heavy showers in many respects then the weather was pretty similar to last year.

Personally I didn't feel it was quite as good as last year, as it lacked the "special" feel that the Barton display provided. The "grassy hill" was not used for a display this year ( I had expected it to have had a Plaxton display- lots of Plaxton built vehicles were present and some grouped together but not in a readily identifiable segregated area. I wonder if an opportunity was missed here to make more of the Plaxton theme, especially for those visitors (of which a significant number, albeit a minority) who are not steeped in history and detail pertaining to the bus industry.

Difficult to judge the actual vehicle attendance relative to last year, but it somehow felt less, with quite a lot of empty numbered spaces with the "up side" of making for better photos of some vehicles, but suggested quite a lot of "no shows". If it was the case that a 10:30 latest arrival time as stipulated whether this may have put off some of the potential visiting vehicles, particularly from further away (just a thought). In terms of the vehicles, I was aware more than ever this year of the pride that vehicle owners were taking - I don't think I have ever seen so much polishing going on concurrently as soon as vehicles had arrived and felt sorry for the owners when their parade was literally rained on later in the day!

One of the clear stars of the show was Ensign's MCI "Amercuiser 2" Greyhound coach - a real monster with much discussion on how many "gallons to the mile" they got out it on its journey north! Themed blocks of vehicles were in evidence again this year, besides Plaxton, with a nice line up of Optare Excels, Leyland/ECW Olympians and Bristol RE/ECW, for example as well as operator groupings, which provided some nice photo opportunities. Although many of the vehicles are "regulars" at rallies in the region and beyond, there were a number of rarer or new visitors.

I would be surprised if Donnington Park does not remain the venue for future years as it seems ideal from the perspective of the capacity for both visitors and vehicles and clearly has the potential to develop further in terms of both logistics and themes."

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AEC Regal - Vallances Coaches KNU446
Austin CXB with Plaxton Coachwork - Beestons BCF802
Bristol RE selection
Leyland Olympian - East Yorkshire C537DAT
MCI Amercuiser 2 Greyhound coach - Ensignbus

 

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Tuesday 10th October 2017


HORNBY PLC APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
I found the following news, which will be of interest to many, on the Reuters press agency website. They report that Mr Lyndon Davies (Taff) from Oxford Diecast has been appointed the new CEO of Hornby PLC (owner of the Corgi OOC brand). It will be interesting to see if the appointment brings any noticeable differences to our hobby over the coming months:

"(Reuters) - Hornby Plc (HRN.L) appointed Lyndon Charles Davies as its chief executive, the maker of Thomas & Friends model train sets said on Tuesday. Steve Cooke, who stepped down as chief executive last month, will quit the board with immediate effect, Hornby said. Cooke stepped down last month, shortly after the company warned that trading for the financial year to date had been lagging its expectations. Cooke remained as CEO for a transitional period.

Davies is the chairman of Oxford Diecast, a supplier of diecast model vehicles. He is the majority shareholder of LCD Enterprises, Oxford Diecast’s owner. Hornby said it would explore the opportunity to invest in LCD Enterprises".

Sunday 8th October 2017


OXFORD DIECAST MODELS NOW IN THE SHOPS
I can confirm that the following models have now been released by Oxford and are on sale in the shops:
NSET003 5 Piece N Gauge Set - Southdown CLICK HERE
NAEC014 AEC Matador Wrecker - Southdown CLICK HERE
76MW6003 Bristol MW6G - Eastern Counties  CLICK HERE

Saturday 7th October 2017


OXFORD DIECAST MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
Further to my News of this morning (see below). Many thanks to Jacksons Models who have just advised me that the following Oxford Diecast models are now scheduled for release and will be in the shops this coming week:
NSET003 5 Piece N Gauge Set - Southdown CLICK HERE
NAEC014 AEC Matador Wrecker - Southdown CLICK HERE
76MW6003 Bristol MW6G - Eastern Counties  CLICK HERE

2nd posting Sunday 1st October 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models are now on sale on the Oxford website so should be in the shops very soon:
NSET003 5 Piece N Gauge Set - Southdown CLICK HERE
NAEC014 AEC Matador Wrecker - Southdown CLICK HERE

Sunday 1st October 2017


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