October to December 2017 - News

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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 Ä160 + 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 Diecastís 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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