Monthly Archives: June 2013

Railway Modeller and Continental Modeller price rise

We have today received the following from Peco:-

“With effect from the August issues the cover price of the Railway Modeller will increase to £3.95 and the Continental Modeller to £4.45.

The Railway Modelller August issues goes on sale on Thursday 11th July
Featured articles include Lincaster – a Gauge 1 garden railway, “Pen-Y-Bont”, with its mixture of standard and narrow gauge in O, and Bath Mayfield, an HO Midland/S&D themed layout.

The Continental Modeller August issue goes on sale on Thursday 18th July
This issue carried articles on a large Austrian HO exhibition layout, “Mallee”, an HO Australian layout based on operations in South Australia, and a featue on the Riffelalp trams in Switzerland.”

Mystery photo – update


“I found this picture in a recent magazine and the only caption was “N Class”. My first reaction was that it was taken at Faversham station and the train is standing in Platform 3. The large building at the London end of the platform is the main clue plus the chimneys of the station buildings.

The loco is N Class No 31407 which as allocated to Ashford (74A) during the 1950’s and the photo was obviously taken well before electrification reached Faversham in 1959. I would say the photo is pre 1958.

On the headcode disc is “490” which was Ramsgate Diagram 490 and booked for a L Class 4-4-0 loco, so Ramsgate Shed must have borrowed 31407 on the day in question. From a book that I have, Diagram 490 starts as the 07 07 Ramsgate to Gillingham; 10 46 Chatham to Faversham; 13 13 Faversham to Dover Priory; 16 18 Dover Priory to Faversham; 20 05 Faversham to Ramsgate. All local stopping services thus the 3 coach Birdcage set, which Bachmann are going to produce.

Now my obvious choice is that the photo is of the 13 13 Faversham to Dover Priory, but that train was booked to start from Platform 4 as it gave connection of the 11 35 Victoria to Ramsgate service due at Faversham 13 07 – 13 10.

On that basis I reckon the photo is of the 10 46 Chatham to Faversham after its arrival at Faversham. Anyway a nice photo of a complete Birdcage set.”

Thanks to JC for sending this one in… If you can shed some light on the photo and the service it is heading, please leave a comment below.
To follow on from the above “mystery photo” JC sent in the photo below taken from the same position. Interesting how things change but ultimately, stay the same…
Faversham 19.06.13 083

Tamiya Summer releases

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Model maker Hornby reports loss

Hornby, the model making firm that owns brands including Corgi and Airfix, has reported an annual loss, blaming the economy and supply problems.

The UK company reported a pre-tax loss of £3.4m for the 12 months to March, compared with a £4m profit a year ago.

But chairman Roger Canham said Hornby’s “strong brands” made him optimistic that the firm could be turned around.

Hornby also announced plans to increase production in the UK, including a new line of Airfix models.

Airfix Quickbuild model kits were launched last year, and Hornby plans to produce them in Sussex as part of plans to have 10% of its manufacturing in the UK

Currently the majority of its manufacturing is done in India and China.
Olympics ‘distraction’
Hornby’s brands include Hornby model railways, Scalextric, Airfix, Humbrol and Corgi.

It sells models in the UK, mainland Europe and the US, although the UK represents nearly two-thirds of its revenue.

Hornby said sales in the UK were down 5% on a year earlier.

Sales of models related to the London 2012 Olympics were particularly disappointing, Hornby said. Before the games, it had hoped that its line of Olympics merchandise would provide a boost.

The shape of the High Street is changing rapidly, our traditional wholesale customers are changing their retailing models” Quote Roger Canham Hornby chairman

In the event, the company said the venture was “not only loss making but was a distraction from the core business for both our consumers and management”.

But it also blamed broader economy and supply chain problems.

“This year was one of challenging economic conditions in all of our major markets that were exacerbated by continuing disruptions to the model railway supply chain,” it said.

“We estimate that across the group, more than 10% of product ordered was not delivered during the year with our European subsidiaries faring worse than the UK business.”

Hornby said it had written down the assets of its Italian business by £2.4m which had been “particularly affected by supply issues and the economic downturn”.

The company also said it had incurred £0.7m in restructuring costs.

When one-off costs were stripped out, underlying profits were £0.15m, compared with £4.5m a year earlier.

“Consumer confidence in all our major markets continues to be weak,” said Mr Canham, who took over as chairman in November.

“We have a broad portfolio of strong brands and we are optimistic that with a more reliable supply chain, we will see a return to growth.”

He added that online retailing would become a bigger part of the business.

“The shape of the High Street is changing rapidly, our traditional wholesale customers are changing their retailing models, and we in turn are seeing the routes through which consumers purchase our products become increasingly digital and multichannel,” he said.

EFE releases on the May order form


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