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August 2018
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Wednesday 29 August
OOC Model Release
The Corgi website is now indicating that the following models have been released, these should be available from UK model retailers in the coming days.

OM43917A Burton Corporation (Route 6 Anglesy Road destination)- Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus
OM43917B Burton Corporation (Route 6 Calais Road destination)- Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus

Saturday 25 August
Confirmed Northcord UK Model Release
The following Northcord model has now been released by the UK distributor of the range, and should be able from UK model retailers imminently.

UKBUS6504 Stagecoach in Oxford - ADL Enviro400 MMC Double Deck Bus
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Wednesday 22 August
Confirmed EFE Release
Bachmann have now released the EFE Bus Garage and accompanying Plaxton Panorama Elite coach to their appointed stockists.

EFE Bus Garage E996600 free coach model included with the garage
E99660 Art Deco Style Bus Garage & EFE Coach Model (1/76th Scale)

I can read my review of this product HERE.

Tuesday 21 August
Bachmann Announced Several New Models & a New Bus Tooling
Bachmann have sent me the following press release relating to a number of new models & tooling that they announced at the Buses Festival at Gaydon on Sunday.

New Releases from EFE announced at Buses Festival

At the Buses Festival held at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on Sunday 19th August 2018, Bachmann Europe Plc, the owners of Exclusive First Editions (EFE), announced several new models that are currently in development. They include the first all-new tooling to be announced since the company acquired EFE in October 2016.


All-new tooling is being developed for a 1:76 scale Volvo Olympian/Palatine I with single door which will appear in three liveries.

These buses were built at Volvo’s Irvine plant in Ayrshire, Scotland between 1992 and 2000 and saw service with many operators both in the UK and overseas.

E41001 – Volvo Olympian/Palatine I – in London Central livery on route 51 to Orpington Station [TFL Official Licensed Product]

E41002 – Volvo Olympian/Palatine I – in London Central Docklands Express livery on route D1 to Waterloo [TFL Official Licensed Product]

E41003 – Volvo Olympian/Palatine I – in Metrobus livery on route 64 to Thornton Heath [TFL Official Licensed Product]


Under Bachmann ownership several EFE models have been upgraded by adapting the tooling to add body side ribs and wing mirrors and these enhancements have featured on several recent releases.

In addition to these enhancements, a new top deck tooling is being developed for use with the existing Leyland Atlantean lower deck tooling to allow models of the ‘Sea Dog’ Leyland Atlantean Open Top bus to be produced.

Nine of these vehicles were built new for Devon General in 1961 for use on their coastal routes such as those around Torbay. They were transferred to the Western National Bus Company who took over Devon General in 1971 and they remained in service with them until 1982. They were subsequently acquired by other operators and remain popular for excursion work in tourist areas.

The model will be available in three liveries:

E40602 – Leyland Atlantean Open Top in Ribble livery – Reg. 927 GTA

E40801 – Leyland Atlantean Open Top in Round London Sightseeing Tour (Holman) livery – Reg. 933 GTA [TFL Official Licensed Product]

E40802 – Leyland Atlantean Open Top in Cityrama blue livery – Reg. 933 GTA


Four existing models will be appearing over the coming months in new liveries:

E25006 – Bristol RELL Flat Front Type A in Devon General NBC livery on route 374 to Exeter – Reg. POD 825H. This model will be available in late September 2018

E16611 – Leyland National (Mark 1 short body, 2-door) – in London Transport Golden Jubilee livery on route 234A to Purley – Reg. THX 194S [TFL Official Licensed Product]

E34115 – AEC RT in London Transport livery on route 75 to Catford Garage – Reg. LLU 652 (Limited Edition of 800, supplied with certificate) [TFL Official Licensed Product]

E34116 – AEC RT in Brown’s Blue livery with blinds for Coalville via Barwell – Reg. KLB 596 (as preserved)

These vehicles are now available to pre-order from Bachmann stockists.


The individual model specific press releases below are PDF documents and these will open in a new window/tab in your browser.

Thursday 16 August
LBRT Model Transfers New Online Store
Nigel Mitchell has contacted with details of a new online store he has just opened to sell his remaining stock of 1/76th scale waterslide model bus transfers. The LBRT range is strongly focused on vehicles & routes operated London Transport,London Country & their successors, but there is also a large selection of bus adverts that would also sort many non London vehicles.

Nigel is also selling a selection of EFE, Britbus & Corgi models which were originally purchased to be used as base items for his former code 3 bespoke models.

The site which has over 2,000 products can be found at and is linked to Paypal for secure online payments.

Nigel has asked me to point out that he has now retired and no longer produces any bus models, once the current limited stock of transfers has sold out, no further batches will be produced.

Sunday 12 August
Northcord Model Released In Hong Kong
Model bus retailer M80 Bus Model Shop is indicating that the following Northcord Model has now been released in Hong Kong.
The UK release is expected to follow probably during September.

UKBUS6506 First Bristol - ADL Enviro400 MMC 10.5m Double Deck Bus

Saturday 4 August
Images of OOC Pride In The City Model Published
Corgi has published photographs & video on the site showing the forthcoming Brighton & Hove Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 models in Pride in the City livery.

OM46515A/B Brighton & Hove (Pride in the City livery) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus - Expected December

Thursday 2 August
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Releases
The following bus and coach model have now being released to UK retailers.

76PAN007 Ribble - Plaxton Panorama Coach (1/76th scale)

NSEA002 Stratford Blue - Burlingham Seagull Coach (N scale)

NDEF002 Royal Mail Post Bus - Land Rover Defender (N scale)

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