S Stock By Bachmann

Needless to say I’m super excited by the announcement of a factory motorised S-Stock set from Bachmann. So much so that this info couldn’t wait for the Weekly to feature on CAS, so here comes it’s own article…

Image From LT Museum Shop

Although 1:76 models of tube trains have been available for a number of years from other manufacturers (notably EFE), none have come pre-fitted with motors. Bachmann will offer a starter 4-car train pack which will set you back £280 or the full 8-car formation for a whopping £439. They’ll also offer a number of intermediate cars for £39.99 each so you can make up S7 and S8 formations from a starter 4-car pack in your own time…

“Why has the Museum commissioned this model?

London Transport Museum is a Registered Charity and all the money raised from the sale of these models (and all other Museum commercial activities) helps to preserve, exhibit and promote our world class collection and support our charitable activities.”

Those might be eye watering prices, and whilst I’m sure Bachmann are going to take a cut, at least your money is in part going to the good cause of railway preservation. It’s also worth considering that the prices are comparable to what you might pay to make up a full HST-set.

There’s nothing in either the Bachmann or LT Musuem press releases to suggest these sets will be limited but they will only be sold exclusively through the Museum Shop so expect them to be popular, with potential to sell out quickly!

Pre Orders are currently being taken and the models will be available from the Museum Shop in early October.

Read the full press release here: S Stock Model Underground Train | London Transport Museum Shop.

– Andy Carter

J15 Red Box Treat

Albion Yard reviews the Hornby J15

Albion Yard

Hornby J15 R3232 Hornby J15 R3232

One of the latest items released by Hornby is the Great Eastern Wordsell designed Y14. The type first entered service in 1883 and was reclassified to arguably its more common designation of J15 after Grouping by the London & North Eastern Railway. The model as received depicts one of the class in their twilight years with the British Railways late crest, the subject locomotive being withdrawn in March 1963. The class was popular with both crew and enthusiasts. With a light axle loading the type was suitable for use on the light branch lines of East Anglia, for example it’s easy to locate images of the class working the Snape Maltings branch in Suffolk.


The model I’ve been poking and prodding is the OO 4mm scale late BR logo J15 R3232. It is supplied in the contemporary packaging of a vacuum formed protective cover which fits inside…

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