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March 2015
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Tuesday 31 March
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are scheduled to be released during the week ending the 18th April.

27318 Wilts & Dorset (Wilton destination) - Leyland Titan TD1 Double Deck Bus
28011 West Midlands P.T.E. (route 9) - Single Door Diamler Fleetline DMS Double Deck Coach
28824 London Transport (route 87) - Leyland Titan Dual Door Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Friday 27 March
Confirmed Corgi OOC Releases
The Yardley Wood Bus Club have informed me that the following OOC models have now been released by Corgi. YWBC will be attending the Manchester Transport Museum event this weekend and will have these latest OOC models available for 23.00.

OM46503A Go Ahead London General (route 74 Baker Street Station) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
OM46503B Go Ahead London General (route 74 Putney High St) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Friday 27 March
EFE Out & About
EFE will be attending the South East Bus Festival at the Kent Showground on Saturday the 28th March. The event is open from 10am to 4pm and admission is £8. Last year over hundred buses & coaches attended, there will also be a large display of cars, commercials, & motorbikes.

Further information about the event can be found HERE.

Wednesday 25 March
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released in the UK.

18014 Greater Manchester Transport (route 82) - MCW Daimler Fleetline Double Deck Bus
23323 Valliant/Silverline - AEC RF Single Deck Coach
36903 East Kent N.B.C. - AEC Renown Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Saturday 21 March
Atlas Editions European Coaches At Discount Prices
The Yardley Wood Bus Club have secured stock of three of the models that were previously only available to residents of mainland Europe as part of Atlas Editions European buses collection.
The 1/72 scale models which have a normal RRP of £29.99 are being offered for just 9.99 each plus P&P.

The following models are currently in stock:

MAG-01 Van Hool 306 - Belgium 1958


MAG-03 Bussing D2U - Germany 1951


MAG-04 Mercedes Benz 0-3500 - Germany 1949

For further details check out the
YWBC site.

Saturday 14 March
Planned EFE Releases For Late March
The following EFE models are scheduled to be released during the week ending the 28th March.

18014 Greater Manchester Transport (route 82) - MCW Daimler Fleetline Double Deck Bus
23323 Valliant/Silverline - AEC RF Single Deck Coach
36903 East Kent N.B.C. - AEC Renown Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 12 March
Fake Tower Transit EFE Models
A number of fake Tower Transit EFE Routemaster models have been offered on eBay, Barrie Davis has sent me details of one such model. The Visit Australia advertisements, Tower Transit company logo's and destinations have all been copied although the spelling of Trafalgar is unfortunate.

In this case, one of the original 156 series RM models has been used and is packaged in an old style EFE black box. The genuine models are based on the retooled version of the EFE Routemaster that has driving mirrors & flush glazing. They also have a large Tower Transit label covering the whole of the rear of the fawn map style EFE box. The Visit Australia advertisements on the model are professionally printed and have a glossy finish.

The fake model has the destination displays & registration plates printed on stickers whereas on the real EFE model these are all tampo printed directly onto the model. Finally the real models have small Tower Transit names & legal address behind the front near side wheel rather than London Transport, 55 Broadway ones.

Below are links to some eBay photographs showing one of the copied models which to be fair to the seller was advertised as a "code 3 copy of the original", but none the less could be passed on by a less scurplus seller as a genuine model.
Box & model
Model front
Model rear
Box label & model
Model front

Photographs of the genuine EFE produced model.

Wednesday 11 March & Updated 12 March
Latest EFE Newsletter
The latest EFE subscriber's newsletter arrived today.

EFE are planning to release further models to mark this year's centenary on both Southdown & Wilts & Dorset. In addition to the recently announced Southdown Bristol VR II in the Queen's Silver Jubilee livery, a Southdown East & Mid Sussex Open Top Bristol VR III and a Bedford OB Coach are also being prepared. After the already announced Leyland TD1, the next model in Wilts & Dorset livery will be a Daimler Fleetline DMS in the operator's red livery.

EFE report that the much delayed Greater Glasgow Alexander bodied Leyland Atlantean (23805) sold out within a week of its release back in February.

EFE are reporting low or very low stock remains of the following recent releases:
18015 Nottingham City Transport - MCW Fleetline (low)
38116 Crosville N.B.C. - Bristol VRT (very low)
34004 London Transport WWII (route 28) - AEC 2RT2 Single Headlamp (very low)
29632 Northumbria (route X26) - Leyland Olympian Bus (very low)

Finally EFE is preparing the next Subscription Service member's model, this will feature an open top Bristol VRT III in the Hampshire Pullman livery. Further details will be enclosed with the next newsletter.
I believe the model is likely to be based upon the vehicle indicated below.
Hampshire Pullman Bristol VRT VDV140S Photograph.
Update 12th March
There are a few errors on the printed version of the latest Release Sheet relating to the three of the model reference numbers quoted; 28905 should read 28910, 26621 should be 26626 & 27315 should be 27318. EFE have supplied an updated digital version of sheet which can be viewed by using the links below.
Courtesy of EFE, scans & a PDF of Release Sheet 2 2015 front & rear.
Releases Issue 2 2015 Scan West Midlands PTE Fleet Focus
You can view a PDF version of the release sheet HERE (7.9mb).
EFE Release Sheet Archive

Tuesday 10 March
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released in the UK.

28909 Yorkshire Rider Leeds (route 44A) - GM Standard Leyland Atlantean Double Deck Bus
38302 Lincolnshire Road Car - Alexander Y Type Single Deck Bus
39001 Limmer and Trinidad - Foden S24 2 Axle Short Tipper Lorry
Information kindly supplied by


Friday 6 March
Model Errors List Update
The Model Errors page has finally been updated, a new picture viewer has been added to allow easier browsing of the 300 plus photographs. Around 20 new entries have been added along with 50 new photographs for the new & previous entries.

Click HERE to open the list.

Wednesday 4 March & Updated 5 March
Six New Models Announced by EFE
EFE have announced the following six new models scheduled for April or May release on their News Blog today.
Cat No. 15718
Vehicle Plaxton Panorama Elite Coach
Operator C.I.E. Coach Tours
Fleet No. PL 33
Registration NZO 33
Route Columbus Tours
Expected April 2015
Cat No. 18110
Vehicle Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Bus
Operator London Transport
Fleet No. XA 3
Registration CUV 3C
Route P3 Peckham via Nunhead Lane
Expected May 2015
Cat No. 20307
Vehicle Bristol VRT Series II Bus
Operator Southdown N.B.C. (Queen's Silver Jubilee)
Fleet No. 566
Registration GNJ 566N
Route 740 Southsea Limited Stop
Expected April 2015
Cat No. 25814
Vehicle Daimler Fleetline DMS 1 Door Bus
Operator Western Scottish
Fleet No. JR 14
Registration THM 656M
Route 605 Kilbarchan
Expected May 2015
Cat No. 27629
Vehicle Wright Renown Volvo Bus
Operator C.M.T. Buses
Fleet No. 2045
Registration S456 KCW
Route 79 Liverpool
Expected May 2015
Cat No. 29633
Vehicle Leyland Olympian Bus
Operator Go North East
Fleet No. 3665
Registration C665 LJR
Route  1 Tow Law
Expected May 2015
Courtesy of EFE a scan of the March 2015 Trade Order Form.


Wednesday 4 March
French London RT Bus Model
Now widely available in France is this model of a London Transport AEC RT Bus. The model is made by IXO for Hachette depicts RT2921 on route 229 to Orpington Station, it carries authenic looking period advertisements. The model retails in France for around 20-30 pounds and I believe it is 1/43rd scale.
Thanks are extended to Barrie Davis for supplying the photographs below.


Wednesday 4 March
Next Corgi OOC Releases
The following models are expected to be released during the week ending 4 April.

OM46503A Go Ahead London General (route 74 Baker Street Station) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
OM46503B Go Ahead London General (route 74 Putney High St) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus

Monday 2 March
Confirmed Oxford Die-cast Releases
Oxford Die-cast has now released the following bus & coach related models to UK retailers.

76CA025 Royal Navy - Bedford CA Minibus
76CMP007 Southdown - CMP LAA Tractor
76SET38 Southdown Centenary Set - Leyland Royal Tiger & Weymann Fanfare Coaches
76WFA002 Grey Cars - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach
76WFL002 Triumph Coaches (Southdown) - Weymann Fanfare Leyland Coach

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