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December 2015
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Christmas Day 25 December
Happy Christmas

Wishing all site visitors a very happy & healthy Christmas.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the site over the past year, all your help has been much appreciated.

Christmas Eve 24 December
Final EFE Subscriber Newsletter Of The Year.
EFE's 8th and final newsletter of 2015 arrived today along with release sheet 10 and the now customary new year calendar.

EFE are pleased with the response to their open weekend last month, however they acknowledge that the short notice given for the event prevented a large number of people attending.
Following requests, they will consider having another one in the coming year and if this goes ahead will announce the planned dates much earlier so people have more time to plan their visit.

EFE are currently experiencing manufacturing delays which are affecting the release dates of some models and where delays occur other models that are ready are being brought forward to maintain the flow of models. This is the reason that some models have appeared in the news letter listings "out of the blue" with very little prior notice.

Some recent models including the Subscriber special RCL driver training bus 32006), First Manchester GM Standard Atlantean (28608) and the Hants & Dorset Bristol LS Coach (16230) have all sold out. Meanwhile there is only low stock left of the Norfolk Green Plaxton Minibus (24823) and Wilts & Dorset Daimler Utility bus.

No previously unannounced models are listed in the newsletter.
Courtesy of EFE, a scan & PDF of Release Sheet 10 2015.
Releases Issue 10 2015 Scan
You can view a PDF version of the release sheet HERE (8mb).
EFE Release Sheet Archive

Monday 21 December
Confirmed OOC Releases
The following pair of OOC models have now been released by Corgi. These models complete the OOC releases from the July to December 2015 catalogue.


OM46507A Delaine (Route 101) - Wright Eclipse Gemini II Double Deck Bus
OM46507B Delaine (Route 102) - Wright Eclipse Gemini II Double Deck Bus

Monday 21 December
Sunstar Routemaster Release Imminent
The first of the two 1/24 scale Heritage Routemaster models is expected to be released by Sunstar very shortly.


H2918 London Transport (Heritage route 15 / RM2089) - AEC RM Class Routemaster Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Monday 21 December
Contacting The Site
It been brought to my attention that the contact forms on the site have not been functioning. I have discovered this was due to the off-site provider of the form processing service suddenly ceasing the operation without notice recently.

I've now found a replacement service, but unfortunately it requires Catcha authorization before messages can be sent. There's an option to use spoken codes should the default photographic verification prove a problem.

Only the subject & message fields need to be completed on the form. I've decided not to make an email address a required field, but please note that if an email address isn't provided I won't be unable to send a reply.

Update 21st December
Slight amendment has been made to the form as it turns out trying to submit a message without an email address causes an error, thus the email field is now a mandatory item. I've found however simply entering "A@A" will pass as a valid entry should you not wish to include your real address.

You can also email using any of the email addresses shown on the various contact pages, these are also able to accept attachments up to 10mb.

Wednesday 16 December
Confirmed N Scale Oxford Release
Oxford Diecast have released the first version of the new N scale Leyland Royal Tiger Coach.

NLRT001 Ribble Motor Services - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach

Wednesday 16 December
Five EFE Models Released
EFE have released the following models in the UK.


14017 Bristol Omnibus Co (route 187) - Bristol Lodekka FLF Double Deck Bus
16539 City of Manchester (route 60 - MCW bodied Leyland Atlantean
17511 Highland Scottish - Long Leyland National Mark II Bus
17707 Colchester Transport (route 1) Long Leyland National Mark II Bus
22914 British Rail Express Parcels - Bedford TK Box Van Lorry
Information kindly supplied by


Tuesday 15 December
New Corgi Catalogue Contains Sixteen OOC Models
Corgi has revealed details for sixteen new OOC models in its new January - June 2016 catalogue published today. There are nine new models, all but two are offered with the now standard choice of two different destinations.
OM46310 & OM46613 will form part of the Corgi 60th Anniversary Collection and will have special anniversary packaging.
The RRP for all the OOC models has been increased to £34.99 after the drop to £29.99 in the previous catalogue.

Unfortunately once again there are no new OOC model toolings to report, it's now well over two years since the last new model, the Wright Eclipse Gemini II double decker, was announced.

Also listed below is other bus & coach related model from the catalogue to mark the Queen's 90th Birthday
The release dates quoted are current estimates, and as always may be subject to change.

The full list of all the other models in the new catalogue can be found on the www.corgi.co.uk site.
Cat No. OM41230A
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini
Operator First West Yorkshire
(Yorkshire Rider Leeds)
Fleet No. 7674
Registration YJ58 RTV
Route 33 Leeds
Expected March 2016
Cat No. OM41230B
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini
Operator First West Yorkshire
(Yorkshire Rider Leeds)
Fleet No. 7674
Registration YJ58 RTV
Route 87 Morley
Expected March 2016
Cat No. OM41417A
Vehicle Daimler Roe Double Deck Bus
Operator Glasgow Corporation
Fleet No. D200
Registration SGD 184
Route 45 Rouken Glen
Expected January 2016
Cat No. OM41417B
Vehicle Daimler Roe Double Deck Bus
Operator Glasgow Corporation
Fleet No. D200
Registration SGD 184
Route 48A Priesthill
Expected January 2016
Cat No. OM41418A
Vehicle AEC Regent V Roe
Operator Ipswich Corporation
Fleet No. 84
Registration HPV 34
Route X Ipswich Station
Expected April 2016
Cat No. OM41418B
Vehicle AEC Regent V Roe
Operator Ipswich Corporation
Fleet No. 34
Registration HPV 34
Route 3 Rushmere Heath
Expected April 2016
Cat No. OM41913A
Vehicle Leyland PD3 'Queen Mary' Open Top Bus
Operator Southdown Motor Services
Fleet No. 402
Registration 402 DCD
Route 197 Eastbourne
Expected June 2016
Cat No. OM41913B
Vehicle Leyland PD3 'Queen Mary' Open Top Bus
Operator Southdown Motor Services
Fleet No. 402
Registration 402 DCD
Route 197 Top of Beachy Head
Expected June 2016
Cat No. OM46310
Vehicle AEC RM Class Routemaster Bus
Operator London Transport
Fleet No. RM1692
Registration 692 DYE
Route 2 Golders Green Station
Expected Januaty 2016
Cat No. OM46510A
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Operator The Witch Way
Fleet No. 2766
Registration BF63 HCE
Route X43 Manchester Chorlton Street
Expected January 2016
Cat No. OM46510B
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Operator The Witch Way
Fleet No. 2766
Registration BF63 HCE
Route X43 Burnley Bus Station
Expected January 2016
Cat No. OM46613
Vehicle New Routemaster Bus (Standard livery)
Operator London United
Fleet No. LT71
Registration LTZ 1071
Route 9 Hammersmith
Expected January 2016
Cat No. OM46614A
Vehicle New Routemaster Bus (Silver & red livery)
Operator Go-Ahead London General
Fleet No. LT189
Registration LTZ 1189
Route 453 Marylebone
Expected February 2016
Cat No. OM46614B
Vehicle New Routemaster Bus (Silver & red livery)
Operator Go-Ahead London General
Fleet No. LT189
Registration LTZ 1189
Route 453 Deptford Bridge
Expected February 2016
Cat No. OM46615A
Vehicle New Routemaster Bus (Coca Cola livery)
Operator Arriva London
Fleet No. LT341
Registration LTZ 1341
Route 137 Streatham Hill
Expected May 2016
Cat No. OM46615B
Vehicle New Routemaster Bus (Coca Cola livery)
Operator Arriva London
Fleet No. LT341
Registration LTZ 1341
Route 137 Oxford Circus
Expected May 2016
Cat No. CC82326
Vehicle Routemaster Bus (Corgi Toys)
Operator Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday
Fleet No. -
Registration -
Route t.b.a.
Expected April 2016

Monday 14 December
Isle of Man Winter Saloon Tram Model
Oxford Diecast have produced a 1/76 scale model of the Manx Electric Railway Winter Saloon Tram No.21, the model has been commissioned by IoM Railways and is priced £31.95 including UK P&P.


A second model of MER Locomotive No. 12 Hutchinson has also been produced by Oxford and is available for £26.95 including UK P&P. Both of the models are non-motorised.
A small discount is available when both models are purchased together for 49.00 including UK P&P.

The models can be ordered on-line from the Official Isle of Man Government Website, or from today will be available from the Welcome Centre in Douglas Sea Terminal, Ramsey Bus Station and Port Erin Railway and Douglas railway station.

Saturday 12 December
Eight New Models Announced By EFE
The following new models have been announced by EFE and all are currently scheduled for release in January.
Cat No. 15111
Vehicle Long Leyland National MK I 2 Door
Operator Plymouth City Transport
Fleet No. 63
Registration WDR 663M
Route 9 City Centre, Efford & Laira
Expected January 2016
Cat No. 23406
Vehicle Bedford TK 2 Axle Flatbed Lorry
Operator British Railways
Fleet No. 5871 BO M
Registration 423 PRO
Cargo Tarpaulin covered load
Expected January 2016
Cat No. 24331
Vehicle 30 BET Bus
Operator Hebble
Fleet No. 196
Registration PCP 804
Route Bridlington
Expected January 2016
Cat No. 26329
Vehicle Guy Arab II Utility Bus
Operator Burton Corporation
Fleet No. 28
Registration FA 8034
Route 10 to Acorn Inn
Expected January 2016
Cat No. 28828
Vehicle Leyland Titan 2 door
Operator Bexleybus
Fleet No. T952
Registration A952 SYE
Route 229 Foots Cray
Expected January 2016
Cat No. 29635
Vehicle Leyland Olympian Bus
Operator Tees & District
Fleet No. 226
Registration AEF 226Y
Route 270 Redcar
Expected January 2016
Cat No. 34112
Vehicle AEC RT Bus
Operator London Transport
Fleet No. RT2177
Registration KGU 106
Route 12 Oxford Circus
Expected January 2016
Cat No. 38125
Vehicle Flat Screen Bristol VRT
Operator Lincolnshire Road Car
Fleet No. 1904
Registration JVL 619H
Route 103 Scunthorpe
Expected January 2016
Courtesy of EFE, scans & a PDF of the Trade Order Form for December 2015
Trade Order Form December 2015 Scan
You can view a PDF version of the trade order form HERE (2.7mb).
EFE Release Sheet Archive

Friday 11 December
Confirmed EFE Releases
EFE are now posting out the following Collectors Association exclusive model to those who ordered it.

32006 London Transport (Driver Trainer / London Country green & yellow livery) - AEC Routemaster RCL Double Deck Bus

The following pair of models were released at the Manchester Museum of Transport's Christmas Cracker event last weekend.
click to enlarge
26403A Daimler Utility Bus - City of Manchester (route 77 to Mersey Bank)
28604A GM Standard Leyland Atlantean - GM Buses (route 210 to Piccadilly)

The models can still be ordered from the museum's online shop at www.motgmshop.co.uk.

Wednesday 9 December & Updated 11 December
EFE Model Releases For December
EFE expects to release the following models to retailers in the next couple of weeks.
EFE have been experiencing shipping delays in Hong Kong over the last couple months according to their news blog.

14017 Bristol Omnibus Co (route 187) - Bristol Lodekka FLF Double Deck Bus
17511 Highland Scottish - Long Leyland National Mark II Bus
22914 British Rail Express Parcels - Bedford TK Box Van Lorry

Update 11 December
I've been advised by Ace Model Buses that EFE intend to release two additional models along with the above three during the week ending the 19th December.

16539 City of Manchester (route 60 - MCW bodied Leyland Atlantean
17707 Colchester Transport (route 1) Long Leyland National Mark II Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Tuesday 8 December
New Corgi Catalogue Launches Next Week
The next Corgi catalogue (Jan-Jun 2016) is scheduled to be revealed on the Corgi.co.uk site on Tuesday the 15th December, the date is hidden within a interesting article about "The changing face of Corgi catalogues" on the site.

Hopefully there will be some interesting new OOC models to report next week.

Tuesday 8 December
London Bus Museum LT Class Models Now Available
The London Bus Museum Shop has now taken delivery of a pair of London Transport AEC Renown LT class double deck bus models.

The models have been produced as a joint venture between the Museum & Resin Specialists/Jotus Models. Both of the models are limited editions of 250 pieces and feature highly detailed interiors & exteriors. Period advertisements also feature on both versions


LT641
- London Transport LT641 (GP 3599 / route 12 to Shepherds Bush) - AEC Renown LT Class Double Deck Bus


LT668
- London Transport LT668 (GT 5055 / route 63 to Honor Oak) - AEC Renown LT Class Double Deck Bus

The models are available from the shop at Brooklands Museum or via the Museum's on-line shop and are priced £80 each plus P&P.

Photographs of both models can be viewed on the Museum shop site or by using the model links above.

Sunday 6 December
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Release
The following Oxford Diecast Omnibus range model has now been released in the UK and should be available from retailers this week.


76LRT007 North Western Road Car Co (FDB 603 bound for London) - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach

Information kindly supplied by


Saturday 5 December
Confirmed Atlas Editions Release
The second model from the new Atlas Editions "Classic Coaches Collection" arrived today. The model is once again a new 1/72nd scale tooling and depicts Bedford VAL with Plaxton Panorama body.

click to enlarge & view other model pictures click to enlarge & view other model pictures
4642 102 Wallace Arnold Tours - Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama I Coach

The model has driving mirrors inside and outside. There are also clear plastic headlights, but unlike the previous Corgi OOC version there are no internal poles and the front wheels can't be posed.

Additional model photographs
Rear off-side
Front off-side
Rear nearside
Close up of front
Base showing 1/72 scale

The model comes with a certificate of authenticity and a free 68 minute DVD "The British Coach - A Journey Through Time".

The next model will be Ron W. Dew Bedford OB Duple Coach and this comes with a free 64 page book "The Golden Age of Coaching" by Michaal Swift.

In regards to the earlier news item (see 21 November) about the scale of these models & Atlas' claim that they are 1/76 scale, John Bennett has notified me that the European coach models previously released in other parts of Eurpoe by Atlas Editions are also 1/72 scale, a number of these model castings are also to be issued in this latest collection, so it does appear all the models will at least be to the same scale.

Thursday 3 December
New Northcord Model For Brian Collins Enterprises
Photographs have been posted on the Brian Collins Enterprises' Facebook page showing shots of parts for production samples of a new Northcord Dublin Bus Alexander ALX400 in Cityswift livery.

I believe this is another commission for Brian Collins Enterprises. Hopefully this might be a sign that Northcord are gearing up once more for a more regular programme of model releases.

Brian Collins have also exhibited a pre-production sample of their forthcoming commissioned OOC Scania Irizar PB Coach. The model was on display at the Collectors Toy Fair in Dublin last weekend and depicts Bus Eireann SP111 in the red, grey & white Expressway livery.
Facebook link

Thursday 3 December
Upcoming Oxford Diecast Release
The following Oxford Diecast Omnibus range model is expected to be released next week.


76LRT007 North Western Road Car Co (FDB 603 bound for London) - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach

Information kindly supplied by


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