September 2002 - News

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NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY C'sM
C'sM have announced a new version of their Metrobus in LT Airbus livery as follows:

MCW Metrobus MKI DD LT Airbus
Stock number: MCW-73102
Fleet number M1009
Registration number: A709 THV
Route number: A2
Destination: Kensington Hilton, Notting Hill, Queensway, Lancaster Gate and Heathrow
Quantity 100 Pieces

Anticipated release date October 2002

Monday 30 September 2002


NEW FEATURE COMING SOON TO THIS WEB SITE
I am aware that many of the abbreviations/terms used in the Bus and Model world can be very confusing. What do they mean? e.g. Code 1, Code 2, AEC, BMMO, etc. I am frequently contacted by people asking the answers. To assist everybody I have decided to compile a "Glossary" page. Have you ever had abbreviations or terms that have confused you in the past? If they have confused you then they undoubtedly will have confused others. 

Please CLICK HERE and email me with abbreviations and terms together with their meaning, that you think would assist others. Please also email with items you would like to see the answers to. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday 29th September 2002


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
I can confirm the following models have now been released and are on sale:
16605 Leyland National Cardiff
20629
Pointer Dart Chester
24812
Plaxton Mercedes Mini Arriva Herts & Essex
25513
RML Metroline (Showbus 2002 adverts)

Saturday 28 September 2002


LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM RELEASE UPDATE
The following information is an updated release schedule for the models previously announced by the Museum and includes some additional ones.

EFE Golden Jubilee Bus Set No 11 will comprise:
RT 4712 (LT Museum, operated by Arriva)
RM 6 (Arriva)
T 172 (London Central)
All the above in gold livery, expected early 2003.

The Golden Jubilee RMLs will now be produced in 7 versions, to reflect each of the operators, the first 4 expected from October (mail order only, fully sold out already) with the remaining 3 available in the Museum on a date to be advertised (I understand these will be shop sales only on a first come first served basis and will not be available mail order).

Early in 2003, an individual RT 4712 with Route 73 blinds.

The red and green STLs have been delayed until early 2003 but are all pre-sold.

The two green RTs are still expected early 2003, mostly pre-sold, some will be available at the Museum.

Friday 27 September 2002


50,000 HITS

The site recorded it's 50,000th hit yesterday, and I continue to be overwhelmed by the response to it .It has and continues to far exceed my initial expectations. For those of you not aware, the site was only launched on 6th December 2001 so this figure has been achieved in just over 9 1/2 months. I am very grateful for all for the support you have given me over this time. I am particularly grateful to everyone who has sent me information over this period. The quality and sheer volume of the information I have received and published is one of the keys to the success of this site, thank you.

I take a great pride in the quality of information I provide to you, therefore if you know something I have not published or see errors please let me know. To mark the first anniversary of the site I am hoping to include a visitor survey questionnaire to enable me to improve the site further. In the meantime however, if you have any suggestions for improvements please contact me and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday 25 September 2002


JOTUS qb BUSES
On display at on the Jotus stall at Showbus were 3 pre production samples of qb caricature buses based on the DMS in London Transport liveries. It is anticipated that these models will be available in approximately two/three months time. Further details will be given as soon as they are known. CLICK HERE to go to the Showbus Report page for close up pictures of the individual models

 

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Photograph Graham White

THE LADY BEHIND THE LIVERIES
This picture shows Marilyn who works for Travel West Midlands in their Central Engineering Department.
Marilyn is responsible for designing most of the TWM branded liveries including the Golden Jubilee for the Dennis Trident ALX400 (UKBUS1005) and the Route 33 for the Wright Volvo (27608) she is shown holding a sample of the later.

 

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Photograph British Model Buses

C'sM NEW MODELS
C'sM have advised that the models mentioned in yesterdays news article will be MCW Metrobus MK2 single door. Further details will be given as soon as they are available.

Tuesday 24 September 2002


SHOWBUS REPORT
CLICK HERE to be taken to the Showbus report page with pictures of new releases and full details of models concerned.

C'sM NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED
C'sM have announced four new models. Two 1/50th scale and two in their Peak Horse Mini series as follows:

COL 73203 Travel West Midlands Airport Link (1:50)
COL 73204
Travel West Midlands Pershore Road (1:50)
MMC 27701
Travel West Midlands Pershore Road (Peak Horse Mini Series)
MMC 27702
Travel West Midlands Airport Link (Peak Horse Mini Series)

No further details are known at this time.

Monday 23 September 2002


SHOWBUS NEWS
I have just returned from Showbus where I spent a very enjoyable day on the Jotus stall with Sindy, Joe and Graham White. I really enjoyed meeting everybody and putting faces to names.

I will publish a fuller update tomorrow:

New from EFE are the following models (release date not known at this time):
20128 Bedford OB Standerwick
25104 Bristol RE West Yorkshire
27307 Leyland TD1 (closed) East Kent
I hope to bring pictures of these buses tomorrow.

No new casting was announced by EFE although on display was a set of wooden tooling masters for a new model the ECW Leyland Olympian. I understand this will be available in 3 different windscreen versions. A member of EFE staff indicated this model is likely to be available from March next year. I hope to publish a photograph of this tomorrow.

Jotus announced 3 London Transport versions of their qb caricature buses based on the DMS (If you are unfamiliar with these buses please visit the Jotus web site to see the two Hong Kong Citybus models currently on sale). I hope to bring pictures of these buses shortly.

Sunday 22 September 2002


SHOWBUS
A reminder that I will be attending Showbus tomorrow. I will be on the Jotus stall with Sindy and Joe. Also on the stall will be Graham White from the Oriental Model Buses site. We expect to be located near to Hangers 4 and 5. Please come along and say hello.

Saturday 21 September 2002


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CREATIVE MASTER AND CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following models are now on sale:

CMN
UKBUS1007
Alexander ALX 400 Trident Travel West Midlands
UKBUS1006 Alexander ALX 400 Trident - East Yorkshire

CORGI OOC
OM40902 Leyland PD2 / Orion Edinburgh Corporation
OM41002 AEC Q Single Deck London Transport - Wartime
OM40504 Feltham Tram - Metropolitan
OM43305 Plaxton Premiere National Express (British Legion)

 

EFE 6TH SUBSCRIBER MAILING AND SHOWBUS

SUBSCRIBER MAILING
The 6th subscriber mailing of the year arrived this morning. No additional models were announced that have not previously been reported on this site. Other items include:
An update on the London Transport Museum Gold models states that Transport For London have just confirmed the final requirements and the models are to go into production shortly.
The Gold RML 25513 with Showbus adverts will NOT be available until the week after Showbus due to an unavoidable delay. The Subscriber Newsletter states this will be limited to 2400, the September release sheet states 2200 models.
The Showbus RF Premier Travel (see picture below) will be on route to Victoria Coach Station. The Classic Bus DMS will be on route to Wimbourne. No further details were given on either model.
An application form is included for subscribers who are unable to attend Showbus to purchase the Premier Travel RF at a special low price of 14.00 (UK) 15.00 (Europe) and 16.00 (Rest of World) price includes postage.

SHOWBUS
Features of the day will include:
Approx 450 visiting coaches and buses
Clash of the Titans: A display of Titans from the 1920s to present day
First Group: A display of First buses from all over the UK
40 Years of the Bristol RE
30 Years of the Leyland National
Buses from Holland and Abroad including Hong Kong

The Showbus site at Duxford opens at 8.00am and entry costs 8.00 Adults, 6.00 OAP, 4.00 Concessions and Children under 16 FREE

 

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Showbus Special Premier Travel AEC RF

Photograph British Model Buses

Thursday 19 September 2002


EFE SHOWBUS "FOR SALE ON THE DAY MODEL"
EFE have announced that the Show model for sale on the day will be an AEC RF in the livery of Premier Travel. No other details are known at this time.

WILL EFE ANNOUNCE A NEW CASTING AT SHOWBUS?
It is widely speculated that EFE will announce a new casting at Showbus. As soon as anything is known I will post details on the site.

Wednesday 18 September 2002


CLASSIC BUS MAGAZINE 2002 SHOWBUS SPECIAL MODEL
Classic Bus Magazine have commissioned a Code 2 model from EFE which will be on sale in their marquee at Showbus. The vehicle is a Daimler DMS in Wiltshire and Dorset livery. No other details are known at this time.

Tuesday 17 September 2002


DETAILS OF NEXT RELEASE FROM C'SM
C'sM have confirmed that their next release of a 1/50th scale Metrobus will be as follows:
Stock no: MCW-73201 MCW Metrobus MKII Single Door
Fleet:  Yorkshire Rider
Registration number: F590 XWY
Fleet number: 7590
Route: X6
Destination: Leeds
Quantity  500pcs only
Availability: Due for release Sept. 02

I will publish pictures of this model tomorrow evening

Monday 16 September 2002


EFE PRICE INCREASE
I have been advised by a member of the trade that there have been price increases on the latest releases from EFE as follows:
Guy Arab & TD1 castings up by about 1-30 + VAT
Titan, GM Standard & RML castings by nearly 2-00 + VAT

These increases are significantly above the rate of inflation and undoubtedly most retailers will have no choice but to pass the price increase onto us collectors.

SHOWBUS 2002
Sindy and Joe from Jotus.com have very kindly invited me to join them as their guest on their stall at Showbus on Sunday 22 September at Duxford. If you are attending please come along and say hello. It will be great to be able to meet you and put faces to all of you that I regularly correspond with. I will give further details nearer the time.

Friday 13 September 2002


NEW CASTING FROM A NEW MANUFACTURER
I am able to report that the Model Bus Federation's London Area have commissioned a diecast model for sale to members of the MBF as follows:
Manufacturer: Britbus
Type: MCW Metropolitan (dual door)
Fleet number: MD34
Anticipated release date: March 2003

No other details are known at this time. I will update with further details as they become available.

For those not familiar with the Metropolitan, the picture below shows an example. MD126 (OUC126R) is seen in Central London on route 53 in April 1980. I do not know if the model will be in the same or similar livery

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Photograph Bob Belcher

 

CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:

10130 AEC RT LT (Green)
18006
Daimler Fleetline Nottingham
27609
Wrights Volvo Renown First Manchester
28601
GM Atlantean Greater Manchester

Thursday 12 September 2002


CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD AND CORGI OOC RELEASES NEXT WEEK
The following models are scheduled for release week commencing Monday 16 September 2002:

CMN
UKBUS1007
Alexander ALX 400 Trident Travel West Midlands
UKBUS1006 Alexander ALX 400 Trident - East Yorkshire

CORGI OOC
OM40902 Leyland PD2 / Orion Edinburgh Corporation
OM41002 AEC Q Single Deck London Transport - Wartime
OM40504 Feltham Tram - Metropolitan
OM43305 Plaxton Premiere National Express (British Legion)

Tuesday 10 September 2002


EFE SEPTEMBER RELEASES - PICTURES

I have just uploaded a copy of September's release sheet. Pages for the individual models will be created in the near future. CLICK HERE to view

Monday 9 September 2002


CORGI OOC CONFIRMED RELEASE
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
OM40303 Burlingham Seagull Western SMT (Dodds of Troon)

EFE 28602 GM STANDARD ATLANTEAN FIRST PENNINE 
I am grateful to Phil Howard  for advising that the registration number of the above vehicle should read A658 HNB NOT A658 HMB as given to me by EFE earlier in the week.

Sunday 8 September 2002


EFE 28804SB LEYLAND TITAN UPDATE
I spoke with Frank Joyce this afternoon who advises that the previously announced and advertised  model (as above) is no longer going to be released. It has been replaced by RML 25513 Metroline as per my news article of 3 September 2002

EFE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED MODELS - DETAILS
EFE have confirmed the details of the recently announced models (News 3 September 2002) as follows:

25513 AEC RML Metroline (Showbus 2002 adverts)
Fleet no: RML2620
Registration no: NML 620E
Route no: 10
Destination: Archway via Kings Cross

26312 Guy Arab 2 East Kent
Fleet no: -
Registration no: BJG 462
Route no: 25
Destination: London Road Estate via High Street and Bus Station

27306DL Leyland TD1 Manchester Corporation
Fleet no: 237
Registration no: VR 5472
Route no: 53
Destination: Cheetham Hill Road

28602 GM Standard Atlantean First Pennine
Fleet no: 4658
Registration no: A658 HMB
Route no: 005
Destination: Not known

Thursday 5 September 2002


CHANGE OF NAME FOR DIECAST BUSES YAHOO CLUB
I have been advised by the club organiser Gerry Brown that the club has changed it's name to Diecast Buses Interactive. Click here to visit the club.

Wednesday 4 September 2002


FURTHER MODELS ANNOUNCED BY EFE
The following models have been announced in addition to those previously listed on this site:
25513 RM Metroline (Showbus 2002 adverts)
26312 Guy Arab 2 East Kent
27306DL Leyland TD1 Manchester
28602 GM Standard Atlantean First Pennine

I am currently trying to ascertain the position with regard the previously announced model 28804SB Leyland Titan London Transport. I will let you know as soon as I hear anything

Tuesday 3 September 2002


September 2002 - News

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