CAS Weekly: 07/06/15

Visit Rothley in the new Heritage Journeys series by CAS.

Modelling

  • Bachmann and the London Transport Museum have teamed up to launch a OO-Gauge model of the new S-Stock. They’ve also confirmed they’re suitable for at least 2nd radius curves. ALL THE EXCITEMENT!
  • Hornby have some fancy new graphics of their upcoming GWR Collett coaches.

UK Rail

World Rail

From The CAS Team

– Compiled by Edward Kendall and Andy Carter

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

CAS Weekly 20/02/15

Image by Phil Sangwell

Modelling

  • IC82 is back this Sunday with a new YouTube series.

UK Rail

  • GBRf are enlisted by Serco to haul the Caledonian sleeper for the next 15 years. They’ll be using a mixture of Class 90’s, 47’s and refurbished 73’s during their stint.
  • The East Anglia franchise, currently operated by Abellio, is out for tender.
  • A recent survey highlights the continuing decline of rail customer satisfaction…
  • …And surprise surprise, the rise of Social Media as a tool for passengers to voice this dissatisfaction.
  • But what we really want to know is, which train operator has the best ticket punches?
  • And which train operator went all gooey for Valentines Day?
  • …in a time where critics are calling for the return of nationalisations, the BBC’s Timeshift will take a look at the golden age of BR next Thursday.
  • Speaking of which, The Beauty of Transport is doing a series on British Rail’s corporate identity.
  • London Underground’s D-Stock trains could find a new life for themselves in Manchester.
  • Whilst back home The Victoria Line will be part closed for a month.
  • Danny Dyer has a go at tube announcements. Warning: It’s dreadful.
  • The London Transport Museum will host Londonist’s Matt Brown, who will be talking about Tube Secrets at the Hidden London Treasures Exhibition in April.
  • This article surfaced on Twitter this week, showcasing this rather quirky Brighton curiosity: The first every Electric Railway in Britain.

World Rail

CAS Weekly 13/02/15

Image from Northern Rail

UK Rail

  • Spanish firm CAF win bid to build new sleeper cars for the new Caledonian sets.
  • Manchester Airport has a new platform.
  • Whilst Birmingham Snow Hill is mooted for a rebuild.
  • London Reconnections take you through the Crossrail Launch Plan.
  • Commute London revamp their website. Find out how the capital’s rail franchises are fairing on social media.
  • Abandoned tube tunnels could be turned into cycle lanes
  • …but I tell you why this is dreadful idea.
  • Virgin will replace the East Coast Loyalty Reward system with Nectar when they take over the franchise. Regular customers are upset.
  • A sneak peak of the Class 319’s being kitted out in Northern Rail livery.
  • Diamond Geezer rides a ghost train to West Ruislip.
  • …and Arsenal fans are concerned about their slip down the table after a visit to the Transport Museum.

World Rail

Feature Image by David Chandler.