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October 2014
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Friday 31 October
Confirmed B-T Release
The following N scale lorry has now been released by B-T Models.

N Scale

N042 M.G. Williams (Coal Merchants) - Karrier Bantam Dropside Lorry

Thursday 30 October
Photograph of Another Forthcoming B-T Model
A photograph of one of the three forthcoming B-T Models N scale Duple Dominant Coaches has been published today.

N Scale

NB004 Grey Green (XYK764T - route 083 Yarmouth via Ipswich) - Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant II Coach

Thursday 30 October
Three Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released and should be available from all the normal outlets.

20648 Brighton & Hove (route 33) - Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Single Deck Bus
28908 East Kent (route 605) - GM Standard Leyland Atlantean Double Deck Bus
38115 Western S.M.T. - Bristol VRT Flat Screen Double Deck Bus

Wednesday 29 October
Photographs of Three Forthcoming B-T Models
Photographs of two N scale Leyland Atlanteans & a G.W.R. lorry have been published. All the models are currently scheduled to be released before the end of the year.

N Scale

NAN004 Ribble N.B.C. (1393/NRN393P - route 158 Blackpool) - Leyland Atlantean Double Deck Bus

NAN005 Tyne & Wear P.T.E. (Northern General) (3466/AUP366W - route 522 South Shields) - Leyland Atlantean Double Deck Bus

N023 G.W.R. - Foden DG Ballast Tractor & Low Loader Trailer

Tuesday 28 October
Corgi Classics Release
Corgi has released the first of a pair of planned 1/50th scale Routemasters. The latest model ref C25910 depicts RM1737 on route 11 bound for Liverpool Street Station. The model carries the livery and advertisements from the 1980s era. A second planned model depicting the first production vehicle built, RM8, has been delayed until 2015 and will reproduce the vehicle in its as delivered condition with special "Routemaster" advertisements.

CC25910 London Transport (RM1737 / route 11) - AEC RM Class Routemaster 1/50 scale

Monday 27 October
Latest EFE Newsletter
The latest EFE Subscriber's newsletter arrived today and the first thing to say is the optimism expressed in the last newsletter that model production was getting back on track in China has somewhat been dashed with EFE reporting several model completion dates have once again slipped, the order in which they are being shipped has also changed.
EFE have had to revise the release dates shown on the last release sheet, changed the pattern of releases and will bring forward some un-announced models to maintain a smooth flow of new models.

A new subscriber's model has been announced and depicts East Kent Leyland Titan TD1 double decker JG1622 on route to Faversham. It carries the company's traditional red & cream livery with gold underlined fleet names.
The models are priced £30 inclusive of UK p&p and are expected to be ready for dispatch in late October A subscriber's order form was enclosed with the newsletter.

27316 East Kent (JG1622 / Faversham dest'n) - Leyland Titan TD1 Double Deck Bus.

There one previously un-announced model is listed in the forthcoming model releases section.
27704 London Transport green - AEC STL Bus no roof box. (No other details given)

The following models are currently expected to be released during November.
36204 BEA Sovereign Holidays - RMA Airport Coach & Trailer
29704 Bristol N.B.C. - Leyland Olympian Double Deck Bus
32308 West Yorkshire - Bristol RELH ECW Coach
37602 London Brick Company - AEC Ergo 2 Axle Flatbed
20649 Arriva London South (route 130) - Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Single Deck Bus
31708 Green Line (route 719) - AEC RMC Routemaster Coach

Courtesy of EFE, scans & PDF of Release Sheet 8 & 9 front & rear.
Releases Issue 8 & 9 2014 Scan East Kent TD1 Subscriber's Model
You can view a PDF version of the release sheet HERE (4.8mb).

Monday 27 October
Next Corgi Catalogue Due in December
Corgi has announced that they will release details of all the new models scheduled for release between January & June 2015 during December. Corgi hasn't as yet given an exact date on which they inteand to publish the information.

Saturday 24 October
Release Date For OOC Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Models
Corgi has announced the release date for the first issues of their latest OOC tooling of the Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 double deck buses. The model are scheduled for release in the week ending the 29th November.

OM46501A Metroline (route 52 Willesden Bus Garage) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
OM46501B Metroline (route 52 Victoria) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
OM46502A Brighton & Hove (route 7 Brighton Marina) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
OM46502B Brighton & Hove (route 7 Hove George Street) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus

Thursday 23 October
Confirmed Oxford Die-cast Release
The following Omnibus range model has been released by Oxford Die-cast.

76LRT004 Maidstone & District - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach

Monday 20 October
Confirmed Resin Specialist Release
The London Bus Museum released their latest commissioned Resin Specialists CR Class single deck bus model at the TransportFest event yesterday.
The new model features red central area CR47 (registration FXT 153) on route 213 bound for Sutton LT Garage and is a limited edition of 260 pieces.

The model can now be ordered from the Museum's online shop and is priced £70.00 plus P&P.

Fridayv 17 October
New C.I.E. Model From B-T
A second ancillary vehicle from the Irish C.I.E. fleet has appeared on the John Ayrey Die-cast site. This is the second release in BT's IE series and follows last year's release of a similar model which was initially released at an Irish model exhibition before going on general sale.
There's also a new photograph of one of the recently announced N scale models.

1/76 Scale

IE02 C.I.E. - Leyland Comet Articulated Flatbed Lorry

N Scale

N040 British Railways - Foden DG Ballast Tractor & Low Loader Trailer

Thursday 16 October updated 17 October
Six New EFE Models Announced
The following models have been announced by EFE today. The models are due for release between November & January
>br> Update 17th October: EFE have supplied revised photographs of 31708 & 36204 which show the correct RMC 1500 fleetnumber and a slightly revised advert on the BEA RMA.

Cat No. 14410
Vehicle Short Leyland National Mark I 1 Door
Operator Greater Glasgow
Fleet No. LN 1
Registration GGE 156T
Route 69 Hillpark
Expected December 2014
Cat No. 14902
Vehicle Short Leyland National Series II 1 Door
Operator Ribble N.B.C.
Fleet No. 849
Registration JCK 849W
Route 646 Penrith
Expected December 2014
Cat No. 20649
Vehicle Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer
Operator Arriva London South
Fleet No. LDR 5
Registration N675 GUM
Route 130 West Croydon
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 31708
Vehicle AEC RMC Class Routemaster Coach
Operator Green Line
Fleet No. RMC1500
Registration 500 CLT
Route 719 Hemel Hempstead
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 36204
Vehicle AEC RMA Class Routemaster & Trailer
Operator B.E.A. Sovereign Holidays
Fleet No. --
Registration KGJ 623D
Route --
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 39001
Vehicle Foden S24 Short 2 Axle Tipper
Operator Limmer & Trinidad
Fleet No. --
Registration HOR 203E
Cargo --
Expected January 2015
Courtesy of EFE, a scan of the October Trade Order Form
Trade Order Form October 2014 Scan

Wednesday 15 October
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are due to be released during the week ending the 2nd November.

20648 Brighton & Hove (route 33) - Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Single Deck Bus
28908 East Kent (route 605) - GM Standard Leyland Atlantean Double Deck Bus
38115 Western S.M.T. - Bristol VRT Flat Screen Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Wednesday 15 October
Exclusive EFE Eastern National VR For Bachmann Retailers
EFE have supplied some hi-res photographs of a further exclusive model for Bachmann appointed retailers. This follows the release of a pair of C.I.E. Leyland PD2 buses last week.

The latest model depicts Eastern National WG 3005 (registration SMS 31H) in the blue livery of its former owner Alexander Midland. The bus is working on Wood Green depot's route 400 bound for London Victoria.
The model is similar to a previous release (38101A) produced for members of the Exclusive First Edition Subscrition Service in January 2013.

Hi-res Photo 1
Hi-res Photo 2

The new model, ref no. 38118, is expected to be available from Bachmman appointed retailers is due course.

Monday 13 October
New Oxford Models Announced
Oxford Diecast has announced the following models which are part of the programme for the period between now and the second quarter of 2015.
Only the bus related N & 1/76 scale models are listed below. There's one new tooling of a 1/76 scale Leyland PD2/12 double deck bus and a first for the Omnibus range, a plain white Scania PB Irizar coach which is clearly aimed at those wishing to repaint in their own liveries.

1/76 Scale Models
** No Photograph Published Yet**
76CA025 Post Office - Bedford CA Minibus - Q1/2015

76CMP007 Southdown - CMP LAA Tractor - Q1/2015

76COM003 BEA - Commer Commando Coach - Q4/2014

76COM004 Billy Smarts Circus - Commer Commando Coach - Q4/2014

76COM005 Australian National Airways - Commer Commando Coach - Q4/2014

76IRZ005 Plain white livery - Scania Irizar PB Tri-axle Coach - Q1/2015

76MJ009 Devon General Parcel Service - Morris J Van - Q4/2014

76PAN002 Flights - Plaxton Panorama Coach - Q1/2015

76PD2001 Maidstone & District - Leyland PD2/12 Double Deck Bus - Q1/2015 (NEW TOOLING)

76SET38 100 Years of Southdown Set - Leyland Royal Tiger & Weymann Fanfare Coaches - Q2/2015

76WFA002 Grey Cars - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach - Q1/2015

and a few new photographs of some forthcoming releases announced previously.

76IRZ002 Wilfreda Beehive - Scania Irizar PB Tri-axle Coach - Q3/2014

76IRZ003 Ulsterbus - Scania Irizar PB Tri-axle Coach - Q1/2015

76LRT004 Maidstone & District - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Q2/2014

76LRT005 Cumberland - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Q3/2014

76OWB010 Bristol Tramways - Bedford OWB Utility Bus - Q4/2014

76PAN001 Southdown - Plaxton Panorama Coach - Q3/2014

76WFL002 Truimph (Southdown) - Weymann Fanfare Leyland Coach - Q4/2014

N Scale Models

NCOM002 BOAC - Commer Commando Coach - Q1/2015

NOWB004 Southern National - Bedford OWB Utility Bus - Q1/2015

NPE007 Scottish Citylink - Plaxton Elite Coach - Q1/2015

NPP003 Neath & Cardiff - Plaxton Panoramma I Coach - Q1/2015

Saturday 11 October
Five Confirmed B-T Releases
B-T Models have released five lorry models. The N scale model was announced back in 2013.

1/76 Scale

DA76 National Coal Board - Commer Bulk Tipper Lorry
DA82 British Rail Express Parcels - Leyland FG Van
DA83 British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulted Dropside Lorry
DA84 Glover's Transport - Albion Bulk Tipper Lorry

N Scale

N033 RAF - Karrier Bantam Dropside Lorry

Saturday 11 October
Another Corgi Release Date Announced
The Corgi "Best of Britain" version of the New Routemaster bus is scheduled to be released during the week ending the 16th November.
This new model is to a slightly larger scale than the existing OOC version of the vehicle.

GS89201 Best of Britain - New Routemaster Double Deck Bus

Friday 10 October
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released.

16537 Wallasey Corporation (route 3) - Leyland Atlantean MCW Double Deck Bus
20456 First Eastern National (route 70) - Bristol VRT Series III Double Deck Bus
34207 Midland General - AEC Regent III RLH Class Double Deck Bus

Thursday 9 October Updated 12 October
Mirror Image Models Kit Update
Mirror Image Models have released a number of new kits, including a pair of Lothian 33 foot Alexander Olympians and a Alexander RL which is available in five different versions.

There is also a new selection of parts for the Alexander RL offering a number of additional front grilles, destination boxes, doors & rear roof domes.

Mirror Images Models are now able to accept card payments over the phone and can be contacted on 07788 106064.
The models can also be ordered online via the A's Models of Bolton site.

MIM M28S Alexander RL bodied MCW Metrobus (Small grille) £45.00
MIM M28H Alexander RL bodied MCW Metrobus (High grille ) £45.00

MIM M29A Alexander RL bodied Olympian (SBG front) £45.00
MIM M29B Alexander RL bodied Olympian (BET screen) £45.00
MIM M29D Alexander RL bodied Dennis Dominator £45.00
MIM M29E Alexander RL bodied Olympian (4 piece screens, later front) £45.00
MIM M29F Alexander RL bodied Olympian (flat screens, later front) £45.00

MIM M30A Lothian 33 foot Alexander RH Olympian (4 leaf doors) £45.00
MIM M30B Lothian 33 foot Alexander RH Olympian (2 leaf doors) £45.00

Update 12th October: Apologies to Mirror Image Models for mixing up the photographs of M28 & M30, they are now correctly shown above.

Wednesday 8 October
Two Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have been released to Bachmann appointed stockists.

16136 C.I.E. (Bot`ar na Tra Salthil destination) - Leyland Titan PD2 Highbridge Double Deck Bus
16137 C.I.E. Dublin (route A78) - Leyland Titan PD2 Highbridge Double Deck Bus

Monday 6 October
London Bus Museum TransportFest 2014
I've recieved the following press release from the London Bus Museum in regards to the frothcoming TransportFest event.
The event is expected to see the release of a special Red London Transport CR model (see the 30th September news item for details.


The London Bus Museumís close of season event, Transportfest, is on Sunday 19th October between the hours of 10.00am and 5.00pm. The theme this year is World War 1 and we will be having an unprecedented line up of period vehicles in the Paddock outside the Brooklands Club House. In addition to the Chocolate Express(1924), S464 and the Tilling Stevens(1922), along with our own D142(1925), we are delighted to have joining us from the London Transport Museum their Battlebus from 1910 and used in the 1914-18 War. The appearance of this bus will really help in reminding us of the anniversary we are commemorating this year. On August 3rd in the London Bus Museum, the commemorative plaques of those who worked for AEC and who died in two World Wars were dedicated and now form part of our permanent display.

In addition to the Museum displays in Cobham Hall, we will be running our horse bus rides(additional charge), with other attractions including a jazz band, Punch and Judy shows and a roundabout for our younger visitors, rides on vintage, classic and modern buses and of course the many stallholders who also attend this event. Catering for all tastes is also available on site.

Engineering works that weekend means that there are no train services to Weybridge, so our 462 bus service will meet the railway replacement buses at Weybridge Station and in addition we will be running extra services in the morning and late afternoon to and from Leatherhead Station, the nearest operating rail station to Brooklands. And as we near the end of the Year of the Bus and RT75 and RM60, our own RT1 will be making an excursion out in the afternoon for which there will be an additional charge for those who wish to travel on this iconic vehicle.

Further details are available on where you will find details of the entry charges to the Brooklands site. We look forward to seeing you at our event with so many important historic events to remember.

Simon Douglas Lane, Event Organiser.

You can view the flyer for the event HERE (PDF document)

Monday 6 October
Next Corgi Releases
Corgi will release the following model during the week ending 25th October. The release of the second planned 1/50th Routemaster CC25909 based on the first production vehicle RM8 has been delayed until next year by Corgi.

CC25910 AEC Routemaster RM Double Deck Bus (RM1737 / Route 11 Liverpool Street Stn) - 1/50 scale

Information kindly supplied by

Sunday 5 October
Twelve New N scale B-T Models Announced
Twelve new N scale models have been listed on the John Ayrey Diecast site, no photographs have been issued of any of these as yet, but all are currently scheduled for release during Q4/2014.

Bus & Coach Models
NAN003 London Country NBC - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus
NAN004 Ribble NBC - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus
NAN005 Tyne & Wear PTE - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus
NB003 Ribble - Duple Dominant II Coach
NB004 Grey Green - Duple Dominant II Coach
NB005 Maidstone & District - Duple Dominant II Coach

N047 National Carriers - Karrier Bantam Artic Van
N048 BRS Sheffield - Leyland Octopus Flatbed
N049 BRS Birmingham - AEC Monarch Dropside
N050 British Rail - Leyland FG Crewbus
NP009 Chocolate & Cream - Albion CX Flatbed
NP010 Chocolate & Cream - Albion CX Boxvan

Thursday 2 October
Latest Oxford Releases
The Oxford Diecast has released the following N Scale Omnibus range models.

NPB004 Crosville - Commer PB Minibus
NUT004 Birmingham City Transport - Guy Arab Utility Double Deck Bus

Wednesday 1 October
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are scheduled for release during the week ending the 11th October.

16537 Wallasey Corporation (route 3) - Leyland Atlantean MCW Double Deck Bus
20456 First Eastern National (route 70) - Bristol VRT Series III Double Deck Bus
34207 Midland General - AEC Regent III RLH Class Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by

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