Rumours from Warley National 2016 indicate that Model Rail magazine are considering commissioning a Wisbech and Upwell J70 Steam tram, famously associated with Toby the Steam Tram from The Railway Series ( and the Thomas and Friends TV series).
Model Rail are requesting feedback on livery options and whether to produce a version with opening doors, sounds and removal sideplates!
I know what I’d choose (all of the above).
These models will be more than welcome on Brewery Pit, so I look forward to hearing further news. Pictured below are my J70 and Y6.
The Model Rail Y1/3 Steam Sentinel RTR loco produced by Dapol has a wonderful mechanism and I confess to having a few too many of these little locos.
While at the Warley show in November, I noticed that Model Rail were offering one of the Y1 Sentinels at a considerably reduced price, so I quickly snapped up the model. This model will provide the chassis for my Y10 super sentinel (just don’t tell the Y1 that, he’ll get upset).
I have not visited the Warley show at the NEC for a number of years. My last visit (some 3 or 4 years ago) was quite exhausting.
I am pleased to say that this years show was my most enjoyable visit to the exhibition, with some very impressive modelling on display.
‘Cliffhanger’ was a very impressive layout; constructed on a steeply angled base board. More on this superb layout can be found here.
Another great layout was ‘Veldhoveh 1935’. Positioned in a picture frame and viewed from a fixed perspective. This super small layout gives the impression of looking along a busy street in 1935 to a photo-realistic finish. It is all achieved with the clever use of different scale buildings and trains, not to mention the novel idea of creating a ‘skewed’ train that appears to be driving off into the distance.
If you can understand Dutch and fancy reading more about it, visit here.