Whilst last year was certainly a challenging one for not only us, but everyone around us. If one thing was proved last year is that the Model Railway Community has certainly gained and grown in strength. We can't wait to start planning our exhibition later in the year.
For now some of you may have seen that we put feelers out asking for interest in our mugs that we sold last year at our exhibition.
Well, it’s taken a while but they are here! We now have available a run of mugs & pens.
£10 gets you a mug and a pen posted 2nd class to a UK address, international orders will be at cost.
To order please send us a message on the MAIN facebook page (Not the group page) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order & your address,
We will get back to you with our PayPal account details or other options if need be. Using the message function on the main page is the best way for me to manage any requests rather than have to trawl though responses to this post or clogging my personal FB account up.
Depending on demand it may take me a day or two to respond but I will and will endeavour to get them out to people asap. Given the current COVID restrictions I intend doing one run to the Post Office per week
Hurry though as we only have a limited run of 100! Once they're gone, theyre gone!!
Thank you to everyone who tuned in over the weekend to our Live event. If you missed anything it is all available via the video section on this page and also our YouTube channel.
A quick round up of the amazing announcements made this weekend
Class 26 (3 versions)
A first look at the improved Class 43 HST
Cowan's 76 ton crane
MK1 based Car-flats
As you can see it has been an amazing weekend for the future of Modern image O gauge and we would like to thank the manufacturers for taking time to support us and also choosing our weekend to make these announcements as well as the other manufacturers who provided updates on products to keep us all up to date!
If you wish to re-watch any of our weekend you can catch up now via our youtube Channel!
All-new O gauge Class 73/1 electro-diesel will feature plug-and-play DCC
interface, new lighting features and a wide range of authentic detail
variations covering the entire career of this enduringly popular Southern
Bi-mode trains are all the rage in 2020, but HELJAN’s latest O gauge
announcement looks back to a classic electro-diesel design from the mid-
1960s. Now in development is for release in 2022 is a ready-to-run O gauge
model of English Electric’s pioneering Class 73 – our first electric locomotive
in this scale.
Designed to operate on both third-rail electric and diesel power in non-
electrified areas such as yards and depots, the Class 73s lived a relatively
mundane life until they were thrust into the limelight when the new ‘Gatwick
Express’ operation started in 1984. Over the years, the class has worked
everything from express passenger to newspaper and mail, freight and
engineering trains. The advent of Sectorisation in the mid-1980s saw the
standard BR blue livery replaced by a rainbow of liveries, a trend that
Despite a steady decline in the 1990s, these hugely versatile locomotives
have seen a revival in the 21 st century and continue to play a vital role hauling
engineering and test trains for GB Railfreight and Network Rail on the 750V
DC third-rail network and beyond. Now seen over a much wider area than in
BR days, the ‘EDs’ have gained a cult following and 13 locomotives have
even been rebuilt with more powerful diesel engines and modern electronics
transforming them into 1,600hp go-anywhere machines.
Our all-new model is being designed to offer a range of authentic detail
variations covering the entire career of the production batch built in 1965-67,
many of which are still active on the main line network and heritage railways.
These will include locomotives with or without high intensity headlights and
NRN radio aerials, radio pods and optional fibreglass arc shields fitted to the
bogies from the mid-1980s onwards.
Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched
grilles, separately fitted buffing plates, SR 27-way multiple working cables and
hoses, windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details. CAD
work is currently in progress – regular reports will appear on the HELJAN
Facebook page and in the model railway press as the project progresses.
The new HELJAN O gauge Class 73 will feature our proven high-performance
twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately
switchable cab, headcode and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder
interface and provision for DCC sound. Like the new HELJAN Class 26/27,
these models will have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s
LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included).
TEN versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR,
Sectorisation and Privatisation era liveries from 1965 to the present day – see
below for more information. We are currently examining options for models
with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately.
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for DCC Ready models will be £625.00.
Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway
press as this exciting project develops.
NEW HELJAN CLASS 73/1 O GAUGE MODELS
7300: BR Blue E6008 (small yellow panels/grey solebar) WEATHERED
7301: BR Blue E6020 (small yellow panels)
7302: BR Blue 73137 (full yellow ends)
7303: BR Large Logo Blue 73114
7304: InterCity Executive 73102 Airtour Suisse
7305: BR Civil Engineers ‘Dutch’ grey/yellow 73108
7306: Revised Network SouthEast 73126 Kent & East Sussex Railway
7308: EW&S red/gold 73128
7309: Network Rail yellow 73212
7310: GB Railfreight blue/orange 73107 Tracy
All-new O gauge Class 27 will feature plug-and-play DCC interface, new lighting features and a wide range of authentic detail variations covering 1960s, 1970s and 1980s locomotives.
The first engineering samples of HELJAN’s next new O gauge diesel locomotive – the much-requested BRCW Type 2/Class 27 – are expected to arrive in the UK for review shortly. These exciting new models have been developed in parallel with our new BRCW Type 2/Class 26, with which they share many common components.
Due for release in late-2021, this previously unannounced all-new model has been designed to offer a wide range of detail variations including boiler-fitted and non-boilered locomotives, two different designs of bogie footsteps, boiler roof grilles or plates, air tanks in the cab roof for dual-braked locos, sandbox/sandpipe variations and original or modified battery boxes.
Other detail options will include three-piece miniature snowploughs and bufferbeam pipes/hoses appropriate for each version. As per the full size ‘27s’, one engine room window per side has been designed to be removable for extra ventilation.
Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched metal grilles, separately fitted windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details.
The new HELJAN O gauge Class 27 will feature our proven high-performance twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. Like the new HELJAN Class 26, these models will have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included).
EIGHT versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green AND blue era liveries from the early-1960s through to the late-1980s – see below for more information. Suggested Retail Price will be £599.00 for DCC Ready models. We are currently examining options for models with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately.
Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press as this exciting project develops.
NEW HELJAN CLASS 27 O GAUGE MODELS
2770: BR Green unnumbered (small yellow panel)
2771: BR plain green 5370 (full yellow ends) WEATHERED
2772: BR Green unnumbered (cream lining/full yellow ends)
2773: BR Blue unnumbered (non-boilered)
2774: BR Blue unnumbered (boiler fitted)
2775: BR two-tone green D5382 (small yellow panels)
2776: BR early blue D5389 (small yellow panels)
Return of the McRat!
All-new O gauge Class 26 will feature plug-and-play DCC interface, new lighting features and a wide range of authentic detail variations covering 1960s, 1970s and 1980s/90s locomotives.
The first engineering samples of HELJAN’s latest new O gauge diesel locomotive – the much-requested BRCW Type 2/Class 26 – have arrived in the UK for review. Under development since last year, these new models are now at an advanced stage.
Due for release in late-2021, this previously unannounced all-new model features a large number of improvements over the original HELJAN O gauge Class 26 released a decade ago. Unlike that model, our new BRCW Type 2 has been designed to offer a wide range of detail variations including three different bodyshells depicting locomotives with or without a tablet catcher recess and, for the first time in ‘O’, refurbished ends without headcode discs.
However, perhaps the most exciting development is the first ever ready-to-run model (in any scale) of the legendary Inverness Class 26s with twin headlights, as used in the Far North of Scotland in the 1970s and 1980s.
Dependent on era and livery, models will be delivered with original boiler water tanks in place or with the later style air tanks and distinctive cradle between the bogies. Other detail options will include original or plated-over cab doors, three-piece miniature snowploughs, boiler vent grilles or plates, Inverness-style round radio pods and later NRN radio pods with square cowls. As required, models will also be supplied with a set of open or folded headcode discs, separately fitted etched metal horn cowl covers and a set of optional Class 26/0 style tapered bogie footsteps allowing customers to tailor their models to individually modified locomotives. As per the full size ‘26s’, one engine room window per side has been designed to be removable for extra ventilation.
Standard features will include sprung buffers, wire handrails, fine etched metal grilles, separately fitted windscreen wipers, sandpipes, bogie and bufferbeam details.
The new HELJAN O gauge Class 26 will feature our proven high-performance twin motor/flywheel chassis with all-wheel drive and pick-up, separately switchable cab, tail and engine room lights, an ESU XL pin decoder interface and provision for DCC sound. This will be the first British outline ‘O’ gauge model to have ‘plug-and-play’ DCC and sound capability using ESU’s LokSound 5 XL high-power pin decoder (Ref. No. 58515, not included).
NINE versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green, blue and Sectorisation era liveries from the early-1960s through to the 1990s – see below for more information. Suggested Retail Price will be £599.00 for DCC Ready models. We are currently examining options for models with factory-fitted DCC sound, details of which will be confirmed separately.
Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press as this exciting project develops.
2675: BR Green unnumbered (tablet catcher recess)
2676: BR Green unnumbered with small yellow panel (tablet catcher recess)
2677: BR Blue 5338 (early version)
2678: BR Blue unnumbered (Inverness headlights)
2679: BR Blue 26027 WEATHERED
2680: BR Blue unnumbered (dual braked)
2681: Railfreight Red Stripe unnumbered (white cantrail stripe)
2682: BR Civil Engineers ‘Dutch’ grey/yellow unnumbered
2683: Railfreight Red Stripe 26025 (orange cantrail stripe) with Eastfield dog logo WEATHERED
We're pleased to announce our Road-map for the next 18 months and its an exciting action packed one.
Starting off with MIOG Live on the 24th/25th October 2020, we'll be hosting a 2 day online live event from Simon Georges Heaton Lodge Layout. You'll be able to watch all of this from the comfort of your own home! It will be a completely free event put on for your enjoyment, and wont have any cost to you other than the electric to charge the device you choose to watch us on!
Featuring various other layouts live & pre-recorded segments. Alongside the fantastic Heaton Lodge. Ben Jones from Heljan will be joining us for a Question & Answers session, giving you the viewers at home to ask them questions that you've not yet had the chance to ask this year. We'll be adding more details to this and a full timetable of events in due course. You can find more details out about this on this page here
Our First announcement for 2021 will be something different from our usual audience, and that is our very first trade show. This will be a 1 day event on the 28th March 2021. This will take place at the Crewe Heritage Centre, in Crewe as per our original plans for our 2020 exhibition.
The idea behind this is to make it as cheap as possible for traders to attend, to help draw in and support the cottage industries that have suffered over the last 3 or 4 months due to the recent pandemic. Alongside this MIOG will be choosing 2 charities of its choice to split the door money made on the day between. So the more people that attend the more thats raised for charity!
We will be releasing more details on this event in the future, such as a list of traders attending and finer details are still yet to be confirmed. We really hope that you'll come along and support the traders and the charities no matter how big or small.
The second and final announcement for 2021 will be our exhibition. Featuring a mix of trade and exhibition layouts this will take place on the 23rd/24th October 2021 again at the Crewe Heritage centre.
This will feature a mix our traders that supported us in 2019, and were down to support us in 2020 but couldn't, and the layouts (subject to agreement) that were booked for 2020. Offering a free bus service from Crewe Station, and access to the Heritage centre and all of its attractions valid in the entrance price it will be an exhibition not to be missed. When we have more finalised details to start shouting about they'll be added to our website.
Obviously this last year has been a difficult one for most people, including ourselves, especially the cancelling of our 2020 exhibition.
We'll be making 3 announcements this evening at 1930 GMT over on our Facebook and You tube channel. We hope you'll join us for this very special video and announcement. Straight after this video has premiered we'll be doing a live Q&A with MIOG Member Cameron, who'll be on hand to answer all questions that you've got regarding the announcements tonight.
We can't wait to talk to you all and we hope you'll join us for this very excited evening.
Just over 8 hours to go at the time of writing!
Revolution Trains is teaming up with Heljan to offer its first 0 gauge/1:43 scale model – a
limited run of 37405 in Direct Rail Services attractive “Compass” livery.
This release builds on the launch of Heljan’s successful and award-winning Class 37/4
locomotive and offers Revolution a chance to assess demand in the O-gauge market. If
successful, Revolution will examine options for upscaling other models to the “senior scale.”
This release is not crowdfunded but is being backed by an angel investor to offer DRS fans
and 0-gauge enthusiasts a much sought-after livery. The DRS “Compass” livery is being
produced under licence from DRS and numbers are limited.
Originally numbered D6982, the locomotive was built at English Electric’s Vulcan Foundry
and entered service in 1965. In 1985 it became one of a number of Class 37s rebuilt and
fitted with electric train heating at Crewe Works and was renumbered 37405. Following
privatisation it was sold by EWS to Direct Rail Services in 2011, overhauled at Barrow Hill
and re-entered service in 2013.
Today, 37405 remains in the DRS operational fleet (XHAC – Kingmoor 37/4), retaining its
iconic ‘Compass’ livery. The locomotive has worked a variety of trains including passenger, charter, test trains, empty stock moves and nuclear flasks, across the UK.
The Heljan model is highly detailed, digital and sound-ready, and features a 5-pole motor on each bogie, rotating roof fan, directional head, tail and head code lighting and detailed cab interiors. The livery has been extensively researched and the model will be painted and printed to artwork generated by Revolution.
Revolution Trains would like to thank Direct Rail Services for their assistance in producing
Artwork has been approved and the model is available to pre-order now for £599 including
Delivery is expected in December 2020/January 2021.
For more information see www.revolutiontrains.com
Given the world crisis with Corona-virus we have had numerous discussions amongst the MIOG team and from theses discussions we feel that we now have no alternative but to cancel the show for the;
24th/25th of October 2020.
We feel that we will not be able to offer an exhibition that would be not only safe, for exhibitors & traders, but also safe for visitors to the exhibition. We also have to think about our small dedicated Exhibition team, that would be involved in the set up and running of the show. Most of our families are involved with running the exhibition, it doesn't seem fair to ask them to step into a situation that isn't potentially safe. We don’t have the space to allow us to comply with social distancing regulations that are currently being enforced by the government. All be it that these may have been reduced by the time of our exhibition, but at this current time we can't afford to take chances when money is involved. We’ve been exploring various options regarding this, and unfortunately we feel that it would not be safe to hold the exhibition at the end of the year, and deliver the great standard of exhibition you would expect without making sacrifices. Combined with the none guarantee that the tourism trade will be back open. Which could make booking exhibitors and traders into nearby hotels difficult. It could also affect visitor numbers to the exhibition, and would mean the show could potentially run at a loss, and traders would be out of pocket.
We hope that everyone who was signed up and planned to attend the show in 2020 will understand the difficult decision that we’ve had to make. It’s certainly not one that we’ve taken lightly. (We've certainly not enjoyed making it)
We endeavour to work with our sponsors Avocet Travel, traders & exhibitors to confirm a new date for 2021 this will likely be the same weekend in October, at the new venue of Crewe Heritage Centre. Once its safe to restart the planning process and running of exhibition in a safe manner. We will be contacting Traders & Exhibitors later in the year to book for our new 2021 exhibition once we have confirmed these details with the venue.
We hope that you’ll understand our decision and continue to support the Modern Image O Gauge show & venture. If you have any further questions regarding this year's show, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
In the mean time we will endeavour to bring you more content, guides and more exciting plans for the rest of the year! We'd like to thank all of our supporters, and most importantly stay safe!
from all of the MIOG Team
We're pleased to announce (better late than never) our 2020 exhibition. Due to unforeseen circumstances we've been forced to move our venue from the School in Rawtenstall & also change of date
This years exhibition is planned to be held at the Crewe Heritage Centre. A place rich with Railway culture and history. The planned date for the Exhibition will be the 24th/25th of October 2020.
We've already confirmed a comprehensive list of Trade & Manufacturer support for this years Exhibition, including the likes of;
-Northumbrian Painting Services
-Made In Manchester
-Telford Steam Railway
-Todmorden Model Supplies
We'll be confirming more details on a dedicated post soon! We'll also be kicking off 2020's Roadshow with Bristol O Gauge Show on the 26th January so don't hesitate to come along and find out more information from the guys.
**Attached MIOG Flyer & Banner**
As promised, HELJAN is announcing a new O gauge diesel at the Modern Image O Gauge (MIOG) show in Rawtenstall. Appropriately for a show in the north-west of England, it's a class that was closely associated with that area. Our popular English Electric Type 4/Class 40 is back by popular demand, but this time as the centre headcode variant, as seen on the last 55 members of the class (D345-399).
Design and tooling work was completed recently and the first running samples will be delivered to the UK for testing in early-November. Five liveries will be available from mid-2020, covering the entire BR career of the class. The models will feature a ‘DCC Friendly’ chassis, LED lighting, a heavy duty chassis with twin motors and flywheels and fine detail specific to these later-built EE Type 4s.
#4060 BR green 'as delivered' unnumbered
#4061 BR green (small yellow panels) unnumbered
#4062 BR green with full yellow ends unnumbered
#4063 BR blue with full yellow ends and headcode display unnumbered
#4064 BR blue 40155 with 'domino' headcodes
Prices will be confimed shortly.
The Dapol Class 66 O Gauge model will have the following features:
Class 66 66001 EWS Livery
Class 66 66001 EWS Livery DCC Fitted
Class 66 66001 EWS Livery DCC Sound Fitted
Class 66 66504 Freightliner Powerhaul Livery
Class 66 66504 Freightliner Powerhaul Livery DCC Fitted
Class 66 66504 Freightliner Powerhaul Livery DCC Sound Fitted
Class 66 66709 GBRF Sorrento MSC Livery
Class 66 66709 GBRF Sorrento MSC Livery DCC Fitted
Class 66 66709 GBRF Sorrento MSC Livery DCC Sound Fitted
Class 66 66421 New DRS Livery
Class 66 66421 New DRS Livery DCC Fitted
Class 66 66421 New DRS Livery DCC Sound Fitted
Class 66 66789 GBRF 'British Rail 1948-1997' BR Blue Large Logo
Class 66 66789 GBRF 'British Rail 1948-1997' BR Blue Large Logo DCC Fitted
Class 66 66789 GBRF 'British Rail 1948-1997' BR Blue Large Logo DCC Sound Fitted
Class 66 66783 GBRF Biffa 'The flying Dustman'
Class 66 66783 GBRF Biffa 'The flying Dustman' DCC Fitted
Class 66 66783 GBRF Biffa 'The flying Dustman' DCC Sound Fitted
Advanced CAD Stage—Going to tooling soon Dapol reserve the right to adjust the price and details
Well the times here folks. The exhibition floor plan is here. Whilst working tirelessly to finalise every last detail of the exhibition, we've finally signed off a finished floor plan. We've tried to create a plan that gives something to see in every room, and that will mean there's a great mix of trade and layout balance across the entire show!
We have also added an additional stand in the form of a Bring & Buy stand which will be located in the drama hall. So don't forget to pack your unwanted hidden treasures. Please follow the following guidelines
-Please have a price ready for the product.
-Please make sure it's as described working or not.
-We need a contact number for you incase an offer is made.
-There is a 10% surcharge for sale when completed.
So get your shopping list planned and your layout view list at the ready! Just over a week to go till the doors open! We hope to see you there!
Alternately you can download the file from here
We're now less than 2 weeks away from the exhibition, and things are entering the final stages, before opening the doors to you the public! We've got a great line up of traders & layouts, supported by two great manufacturers of Ready to Run O gauge. We've also got announcements for new products at the exhibition from both of these which we're really excited about!
We've received the tickets for our exhibition today, but you'll have to wait until the saturday of the show to get your eyes on them!
We're in the process of finalising a bus for the exhibition which will be running between Rawtenstall Station (East Lancs Railway) & the exhibition venue. This will also give you the opportunity to ride the line as-well as visit the exhibition. More details of locos that are out in traffic that weekend will be available from there website. We will also be publishing a full timetable for the bus that'll coincide with the services that they're running.
Alongside finalising everything for the exhibition we're also pleased to announce that Richard from New junction will be attending and following the journey of our first exhibition and all of the antics of the first day of the show!
On-top of him attending the show we've given him a set of tickets to give away to his followers! So keep an eye on his facebook page & youtube channel for further information. These can be found here for facebook and here for is youtube channel.
As we are just over a month away we've been busy working away behind the scenes finalising and preparing everything for our first exhibition.
We've now added a finalised list of traders/exhibitors & societies to our website page, this is obviously all subject to change during the weekend (The Weather playing a major factor)
Details of our planned menu will be released soon, along with a timetable for our shuttle bus which will be running from the East Lancs Railways station at Rawtenstall.
A couple of things that have been asked for is a list of comprehensive directions on how to get to the venue, we've now added this onto our exhibition page which can be found here.
Along side this we plan to be releasing a finalised plan of the floor plan in due course so that you guys can plan your shopping trips! We've also finalised the design of tickets and various other artwork which you'll have to wait until the weekend to see!
We've also been asked about if we are doing weekend tickets. We'd initially planned that we wouldn't be doing but after a long consideration we are pleased to tell you that we will now be offering Weekend Tickets. These will be purchasable on the Saturday of the exhibition and valid for both days for a fee of £10 this will give you a massive saving of £2. If you were to attend both days.
Any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us via the Facebook Page or email us at ; firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you soon!
Whilst we've been busy squirrelling away getting ready for our Exhibition which is just over a month away! We are now proud to announce that we'll be teaming up with the newly re-formed 'Rail-Riders' We've attached a press release from the guys at Rail Riders as to what it has to offer, and what to look forward to! They'll be at hand to answer any questions that you might have! Also keep your eyes peeled for our exclusive Rail-Riders Polos with the MIOG branding on at our show worn by our members! We'd like to take the chance to wish Simon Buxton of Buffer-beam all the best with his new venture!
'Rail Riders is returning
After 29 years away Rail Riders will be returning in February 2020
The owners of Bufferbeam (supplier to preserved railways and locomotive groups) have set up a new company Rail Riders Ltd to bring back the former British Rail children’s club which ran from 1981 to 1991. Bufferbeam has been selling merchandise with the former club logo on for over a year and the feedback about the club generated the idea to bring it back.
Bufferbeams parent company applied for and obtained Trade Mark protection on all Rail Riders logos to insure that the club could retain the original name and the distinctive logo due to the fond memories held by former members.
The new Club will be available to all age groups this time, compared to the original club that was available to 5 to 15 year old children. Rail Riders has already got the cooperation of various Preserved Railways wanting to offer discounts to club members and also various model railway shops and a railway book publisher.
The aim is to make Rail Riders a general Railway club available to everyone and to promote the hobby, in doing so help preserved railways increase ridership and hopefully generate some volunteers for them as well. We hope to get as many railways wanting to be part of the club as well as other railway themed businesses too.
Rail Riders will be bringing back the Rail Riders Express magazine for members of which there will be 4 a year, these will have lots of features and competitions, with the emphasis on making the hobby fun. There will also be a passbook that members will get stamped at various locations participating to encourage ridership or visits at participating outlets and railways.
It is also planned once membership gets to a healthy level that event days will be planned and eventually even railtours.
The original club had at its peak 80,000 member and is fondly remembered, Simon Buxton one of the people bringing the club back was a member of the club in the late 1980’s. While setting up the club, Rail Riders has fond one of the original membership secretaries, Angela and has agreed to give an interview to feature in an addition of the club magazine.
At the moment Rail Riders is having their website built which will feature a members section which will feature events, news, photos, competitions and merchandise. There is a Facebook page open to everyone that is live www.facebook.com/railridersclub and a twitter www.twitter.com/ridersrail
A quote from Simon Buxton “As a lad I can fondly remember going to Rail Riders World at York and watching all the trains on the layout. Getting the famous wall chart with the spaces for the stickers we got from various places that issued them and waiting for the magazine to come through the post. I decided to add the logo to my range of railway images last year and could not believe how many remembered it and the seed was planted to bring the club back, the response since going public with our plans has been fantastic and I see this as a way to bring people together and promote the hobby. We plan to go live with membership in February 2020 and hope old members and people that were too young or not even born would like to join”.'
Whilst we may have slipped off the radar a little we've all been extremely busy getting things prepared for the show. We had two shows that we attended both Doncaster & DEMU, which proved extremely busy with questions and feedback about what we're doing. So if we saw you at either of these shows thank you for making the time to come and speak to us.
We've now fully booked out our venue which means a finalised list of Layouts & Traders will be announced very soon. Please keep an eye on our Exhibition page which can be found here
Our next intended show will be the Telford Gauge O Guild show. We will be in attendance with a whopping 12ft display full of goodies for you to look at. So don't forget to pop along and say hello!
Finally, our latest and one of our biggest announcement is that we are proud to announce that Heljan will be attending our show in November. The well known manufacturer will be joining the names of Dapol & Easy-build on the list.
They have also told us they are planning to make an announcement at our show! So thats one think to make sure you coming along to the show and find out what they'll be unveiling!
We have today received images from Ben Jones at Heljan, with the painted mockups for the new forthcoming Class 50, Heljan are producing the model in refurbished form and with no less than 7 liveries will be available for purchase.
- Highly detailed exterior model.
- Highly detailed cab interior.
- Two powerful 5 pole motors with new drive system to enable the grills
- Directional changing lights (Headlights/Taillights)
- Designed with sound easy fitment of sound.
The product codes for the locos are as below;
HJ4020 English Electric Class 50 -BR Blue £699.00
HJ4021 English Electric Class 50 -BR Blue Large Logo £699.00
HJ4022 English Electric Class 50 -Network South East (Original) £699.00
HJ4023 English Electric Class 50 - Network South East (Revised) £699.00
HJ4024 English Electric Class 50 -GW150 50007 "Sir Edward Elgar" £699.00
HJ4025 English Electric Class 50 -Railfreight 50149 "Defiance" £699.00
HJ4028 English Electric Class 50 - GB Railfreight 50049 "Defiance" £699.00
Alongside this Hattons have commissioned a further two liveries. Which will include the Dutch livery carried by 50015, and also the livery 50008 carried during the end of its working career with BR.
We have been asked by Ben at Heljan if anything strikes your attention as wrong, or any details you notice that are out of place or factually incorrect to point these out. We can't stress enough that if you don't mention it now for us to feed this back theres a high chance they wont be corrected before release.
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While we've been very quiet on the website/Facebook front we've been busy working away behind the scenes getting important things ready for our show in November, we thought it was time for a small update.
So with the saddening news last weekend of the horrific break in to the Stamford Show, its left us re-assessing our safety and security. We now feel that we have plugged that loop hole and all of our traders/exhibitors have received emails this week regarding this.
We've got two shows that we will be attending in June with our Road-show teams, which are both actually the same weekend. So we've had to split our team in two!
Weekend of the 1st/2nd of June we will be attending DEMU's annual showcase exhibition which this year is at a new venue in Swadlincote, more details about the show can be found in the link below;
We felt that this show would make for a good and interesting weekend getting to meet people that perhaps haven't heard of us before now. This also means that the DEMU team will be attending our exhibition which will add another dynamic towards the exhibition, and allow more networking between the two groups.
Our second show that we are attending will be the Doncaster O Gauge Show, on Saturday the 1st June, this is one thats been confirmed for some time now, and we are looking forward to attending and being there to answer for all your modern Image questions and needs. A link below with all the event details is below;
Please don't be afraid to approach us with any questions regarding anything Modern Image.
We've also been working away on producing some much anticipated Merchandise, that will hopefully be available for Pre-order very soon priced £14.99 for the Polo shirts, these will feature a unique logo that is very similar to ours but incorporates , We've attached a couple of images for you below. Feel free to contact us via the Facebook page/group or via email to register your interest in these.
I know a lot of you are probably thinking what has this got to do with Modern Image O Gauge, well... We've been asked recently what we could consider to be 'modern image' and the guys have agree'd that we aren't anti steam, and that we would welcome any layout/steam loco that is currently preserved or made it to work on the mainline after the 1968 'BR Farewell to steam'
Hattons are attending the Alexandra Palace this weekend for the London Festival of Railway Modelling this weekend, and they've taken along with them the first painted samples of there commissioned LNER A3 & A4 loco's and we've attached some photos of 'The Flying Scotsman' below so you can see these fantastic models in there true form.
Hattons have these listed on there website for pre-order now from there website here, with an RRP of £750 they certainly look like they're shaping up to be worth the money!