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Update 18 May 2021

49XX/59XX/69XX Collett Halls and 6969/79XX Modified Halls
28XX/2884(38XX) 2-8-0 Freight Locomotives

2838XX assembly

We recently received this picture of the 28XX/2884(38XX) chassis under assembly at the factory in Incheon, South Korea. The factory owner’s brother Mr Kwon is shown in the photograph assembling the aerospace grade coreless electric motors that we use in larger locomotives on to our helical gearboxes. The locomotive wiring is attached to our patented magnetic couplings that link the locomotives to the decoders. The decoders are fitted in the tender tank spaces together with an additional loudspeaker. In the locomotive there is also a loudspeaker fitted behind the tubeplate at the back of the smokebox.

In the picture the magnetic switch is shown by the orange arrow, the helical fully enclosed gearbox by the red arrow and the aerospace grade coreless motor is indicated by the purple arrow.

Similar fitting work is also being carried out on the Collett Hall and the Hawksworth Modified Hall chassis.

John Borkowski
18 May 2021

Halls, Modified Halls and 28/38XX reach the paintshop

BR Green Halls

Earlier this week we received some interesting pictures of the Collett Halls, the Hawksworth Modified Halls and the 28XX/28XX freight locomotives all at the paintshop. As you know these are complicated builds with very different liveries for the GWR and BR locomotives in each grouping. 

Green Halls28 38 on rackThe locomotives are now all painted in their primary livery colours, but detailing such as lining and painting nameplates and number plates is still under way at the paintshop. 

When the primary painting process is completed, the bodies and detailing parts will be fitted together and then the bodies chassis and tenders will be assembled as complete locomotives. This work realistically will probably take several more months to complete. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our build programmes due to the need to take care to stop the spread of the virus in South Korea. Spread of the virus there is taken much more seriously than in the UK with very strict and effective procedures to control it. 

The vaccination programme started in South Korea in February this year, but is a long way behind the programme in the UK. I am sure that you will understand that the safety and health of our builders and their employees and contract labour is paramount. Our builders are working as best they can within all the prevailing constraints.

John Borkowski 29 April 2021

BR Black 28 38

Final tweaks for the Western Diesel

Desert Sand

For the last few weeks the builder producing our Western Diesel Hydraulic locomotives has been busy with the requests for changes that we made following receipt of the two sample models earlier in the year. The work was mainly concerned with the lighting circuits (the engine room lights and the red and white marker lights), some painting details and improvements to the windscreen wipers. This doesn’t sound like much in terms of scope of work, but with 140 engines in the build and reduced resources due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it has proved quite a time-consuming task!

Golden Ochre

Rail Blue

This work is now edging towards conclusion and we hope to ship the models to the UK in May. We thought we ought to share a few more pictures of some of the Western production models in other colours than BR Maroon and BR Green that you have already seen on the website. So here are some more photos from the factory workbenches, this time of Westerns in Desert Sand, Golden Ochre and of course the much more common BR Rail Blue colour schemes.

WipersThe windscreen wipers have been replaced with much improved versions (please note that the protective film is still in place on the windows of these models as they pass through the factory).

We think these pictures give you some more feeling and sense of presence of the models in other liveries. They really are something special.

In terms of livery availability, we have now sold out of Golden Ochre engines, but we still have a good choice of engines in all the other liveries. We also have a few other named engines available in Maroon with the early yellow buffer beams. The standard Maroon and Green Small Yellow Ends and Blue Full Yellow Ends are also available with a good choice of names.

We hope you will enjoy the pictures as much as we have.

John Borkowski 20 April 2021

Specification and pricing for LBSCR and GNR 'Atlantics'

H1 Atlantic 2

We are pleased to announce that after considerable research and deliberation, notwithstanding the factory fire in Korea, we have now finalised the specification and pricing for our forthcoming build of LBSCR and GNR 'Atlantic' 4-4-2s which we hope to complete and deliver during 2022. Due to all the challenges we will only be building a limited quantity of these models and many have already been reserved, so don't miss this chance. For all the details CLICK HERE to visit the main Atlantic page.

John Borkowski / 7 April 2021

Western C-C Diesel Hydraulic Further Update

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Our two Western sample models are now on their way back to Korea for some minor tweaks, including the fitment of better windscreen wipers, but pending their return we thought you might like to see a few more photos of them.

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When you see these models for real – in their three-dimensional metal glory, there is a presence about them that can't be captured in even the best photographs. It's so sad that for the moment we are unable to show you these models 'in the flesh', either at an exhibition or trade show. Maybe social distancing will change later in the year to enable this to take place. Who knows?

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We feel the builders really have captured the essence of the real locomotives in a remarkable way not seen on any other Western models in any scale.

We have updated the availability list HERE. We have now sold out of golden ochre engines, but we have a good choice of locomotives in all the other liveries.

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All the maroon examples of the first engine, D1000 Western Enterprise, have been sold. We now have one blue full yellow ends version remaining, although models of this engine in desert sand livery are still available.

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There is still a very good choice of maroon engines with small yellow warning panels and we also have a few other named engines available in the early maroon livery with yellow buffer beams instead of the yellow ends.

We hope you will enjoy the pictures as much as we have.

John Borkowski 24 February 2021

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