Your Model Railway Village - Newsagent collector set

 
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

Saw the first issue of this new build your own train village set today at a local newsagent.

Not sure how many issues/parts there are, Part 1 $7.99 usual price $19.99.
http://www.modelrailwayvillage.com/index.html

It actually looks good, but the final price would be the real killer.

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  popey Train Controller

Location: Werribee, Vic
I had a quick look around the net and this thread on rmweb.co.uk (link) seems to indicate there are 120 issues!  That's about $2400 for the whole thing without the engine or controllers being offered.  I'm not sure I'll spend $399 for a small loco without DCC or sound.  I might grab the first issue as the carriage looks like reasonable value for $8.

Nathan
  macey Assistant Commissioner

Location: Looking for where you live....
My newsagent had this on the shelf.
I bought all of them.
Now i have a british 5 car train for less than $40.
Cant beat that.
Isnt bachmann or new hornby quality but still quite decent. Metal wheels it appears and NEM couplers.
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
On the back of the card, it does say 120 issues total; cost $2386.80.  The coach wheels are fine plastic like some of the early Hornby or Railroad range- with plastic axles but they run OK through Peco Code 75 turnouts.

Issue 2 on subscription will cost $12.99 with issue 3 free

Both the coach & track is not branded & the track appears to be steel.
Certainly buying Issue 1 in bulk will get you a reasonable train for cheaper than full price of a single Hornby coach from Australian retailers.
  DullanPlain Station Master

Hmmm, might buy a few Issue 1's just to get a rake of coaches for the kids' to run behind their Thomas stuff.

Oh who am I kidding, half the time I couldn't be bothered swapping all the Thomas stuff for my NSWGR stuff and I just run the Thomas stuff myself.  Once I pretend the locos don't have faces I have a lot of fun.

Oh who am I kidding, I have fun regardless of the locos having faces...

Dullan Plain
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Great stuff Dullan. I bought x3 pretending that they were for my daughters. They couldn't care less!

Great price for a coach though, even if you dump the literature and the proposition it comes with
  Piston Train Controller

Great kudos for the company spending money for promoting model railways. I saw an add on prime time tele last night.

Even if this venture fails to make the company money, it has helped to promote model railways as a hobby.

Lets hope John Eassie is watching, he might do something similar and be able to offer the ultimate S truck for $5.00 each.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Went out this morning to get some of these part ones got 4 of them actually as the coach is not a bad model for $8 outlay especially considering it has metal wheels, interior detail, flush glazed windows, clip in NEM shank type couplers with standard British type hook and loop, and has a close coupling system as well on it that widens out on curves. Detail is a bit lacking on the outside and fully lined but not numbered. numbers can be easily added to it though so at least you do not have the same numbered car twice, you can number them what you like. Number stickers or decals do not come with them though!

For $32 i got 4 brand new British cars that comparable ones are over $50 or so today. They appear to be Bachmann ones though but are unbranded in any way.

Even the steel track sections that come with them will not be wasted remove the track joiners on them and stack and chain them down to a flat car for prefabricated track panels or something!
  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one
I wonder which issue it will be when we get to see how to make the benchwork? And how will we get a locomotive? I hardly think that's going to come on the front of one magazine for $20.
  DullanPlain Station Master

I wonder which issue it will be when we get to see how to make the benchwork? And how will we get a locomotive? I hardly think that's going to come on the front of one magazine for $20.
chironex

According to the website, you can get a special offer on a Bachmann Jinty tank loco and controller.  I guess that adds to the total price of the subscription or purchases.  I agree, I doubt they'd bung a loco onto the front of the magazine for $20, or a controller/transformer for that matter.

Adds weight to David's suggestion that the coaches look like Bachmann.

Still, it might be worth keeping an eye on each issue to see if there is anything that can be used, like buildings for low relief scenes (especially if you model British 00, which I don't, except the aforementioned kids' Thomas stuff).

As for benchwork, issues 4-12 come with an A3 sheet of MDF.*

Dullan Plain

*I'm joking about that bit.  Smile
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Also if you read carefully the fine print so to speak not every edition comes with something on the cover, like a coach. There is reference in part one that some issues will contain articles on converting proprietary models to use on this! And as a bit of a help to those that have these coaches and want to add some more detail inside here is how to take one apart.

Turn coach upside down on some soft foam or something.
Un-clip both of the bogies.
Carefully lift up and put to one side the coupler pieces each end. Leave them attached to the spring on them.
Under these coupler pieces you will find two more screws one each end.
Remove all three screws completely.
Now carefully ease the sides and the roof away from the underframe, the ends are part of the underframe! Be careful as the metal weight inside just sits there!
Now you slide the interior of the car out of one end of the roof and sides, be careful though.
Add your people or whatever else you are going to do and then reassemble the car the opposite to the above.

I think going by the dismantling that they might be unbranded Bachmann cars as the construction is almost the same.

I went and got 4 more today to add to the 4 I already had so for $64 I got an 8 car train of them not bad value at all and something to run behind my Bachmann Tornado model!
  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one


As for benchwork, issues 4-12 come with an A3 sheet of MDF.*

Dullan Plain

*I'm joking about that bit. Smile
DullanPlain

Even if you weren't, I'm not convinced that would be enough. Never mind the frame...
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Done a bit of investigating today and they appear to be Bachmann cars that have not been fully finished off with BR Rondels and numbers on them. Also the one on the Bachmann site is weathered as well when it is available which it is not at the moment! Here is a link to the page it is on you might have to scroll down to find it though! Just as a bit of comparison the car you get for $8 each from your newsagent is sold in the Bachmann range here for $55 each. Quite a huge saving! The car is 39-026H BR MK1 Second corridor Maroon Weathered, if you click on the photo of it you can see a larger photo of it!

http://www.bachmann.co.uk/prod1.php?prod_selected=branchline&prod=6
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
I got Part 1 at the local newsagent yesterday. I am already getting the 'Locomotives of the world' set through the same company but I am considering getting this set as something extra. Yes it will cost a packet in the end but is it really that more expensive than if you were to go into a model shop and buy these items? Something to ponder.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
There is also another one out but not yet in Australia called "Great British locomotives" here is a video of a review of one there are other reviews of these models on you tube though! These are static OO  ( 1:76) gauge models though!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k3wApTMIYw
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

There is also another one out but not yet in Australia called "Great British locomotives" here is a video of a review of one there are other reviews of these models on you tube though! These are static OO ( 1:76) gauge models though!

David Peters

He certainly likes to repeat himself, said the same things about a dozen times
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
My newsagent had this on the shelf.
I bought all of them.
Now i have a british 5 car train for less than $40.
Cant beat that.
Isnt bachmann or new hornby quality but still quite decent. Metal wheels it appears and NEM couplers.
macey






Actually I just checked out the coach. Not only is it nice and heavy, with sharp detail, flush windows and metal wheels. It is fitted with small size hornby couplers that lengthen slightly as the curve sharpens, allowing close coupling and stopping buffer lock, or so it seems. Might go back and buy another coach to test them out
Did I mention they have interiors, seats, corridor partitions as well. Certainly beats the Aussie cardboard cutouts Wink
Cheers
Rod
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Actually I just checked out the coach. Not only is it nice and heavy, with sharp detail, flush windows and metal wheels. It is fitted with small size hornby couplers that lengthen slightly as the curve sharpens, allowing close coupling and stopping buffer lock, or so it seems. Might go back and buy another coach to test them out
Did I mention they have interiors, seats, corridor partitions as well. Certainly beats the Aussie cardboard cutouts Wink
Cheers
Rod
comtrain

Or a simple plastic box, think Lima IP car here for $60 each with no interior detail at all!
  Kevin Martin Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Or a simple plastic box, think Lima IP car here for $60 each with no interior detail at all!
David Peters

Maybe so, but the coach isn't a range of models & never will be. No train ever ran as just SK's (Second class Corridor). No guard accommodation for starters. The prototype Mk1 body shell came out in numerous variations.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Maybe so, but the coach isn't a range of models & never will be. No train ever ran as just SK's (Second class Corridor). No guard accommodation for starters. The prototype Mk1 body shell came out in numerous variations.
Kevin Martin

Kitbash time then?   At that price it wouldn't matter if you stuffed it up.
  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one
The layout design goes nowhere and does nothing.... Should have called it Build Your Own Rail Museum...
I was also collecting the Locomotives of the World series but the newsagents have ceased to stock it now. The military vehicles series seems to have gone the same way.
And I was so looking forward to getting me a QR loco in N...
  Kevin Martin Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Kitbash time then? At that price it wouldn't matter if you stuffed it up.
Donald

Obviously, of course you can. Just making the point that this series is never going to be a range of coaches.

Loved Dullan Plain's quote. He's actually wrong, the pieces would be spread amongst the series, so that you can't complete the model, until you buy the last mag and get the final baseboard section!
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

I was also collecting the Locomotives of the World series but the newsagents have ceased to stock it now. The military vehicles series seems to have gone the same way.
And I was so looking forward to getting me a QR loco in N...
chironex

As with just about any magazine, I suspect you will be able to order it mail order from the local distributor of the magazine.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
As with just about any magazine, I suspect you will be able to order it mail order from the local distributor of the magazine.
kingfisher

That is usually the way they do it you get the first few editions out and in the face of the public with free gifts to entice them to buy it and then to get them all you have to subscribe to the distributor to get them fortnightly. It has been done this way for years now. Actually in the first edition in the booklet there is an insert to subscribe for either Australia or New Zealand, just tear which ever one you want off and fill it out and send it in. You will then get them sent to you rather than trying to find them at the newsagent!
  M636C Minister for Railways

Kitbash time then? At that price it wouldn't matter if you stuffed it up.
Donald

Having seen this model (a friend bought one, I rarely get into newsagents these days) it does indeed look like a Bachmann model or a very good copy of one. If I'd been in the right place at the right time I could have added a couple of SKs to my Branchline maroon Mk1 rake.

If anyone wants to start an OO BR train from this, checking specials at Hattons might be more satisfactory than trying to make anything other than a TSO from that shell. (A TSO was a centre aisle car with exactly the same body).

When I last looked, they had Dapol LMS brake seconds and composite corridors in BR maroon for around ten pounds each. The older Tri-Ang and Hornby Mk I cars were scale models, if a bit coarser than the current cars from Bachmann and I'm sure good condition BR maroon Mk I brake seconds, composite corridors and miniature buffets could be picked up for reasonable prices at shows and dealers. The SK was a car that Hornby never made, although one is listed to appear soon.....

I was in the right place when Fisher Discounts sold off their Bachmann OO stock, and picked up four five car rakes at $10 per vehicle. None of those were maroon, sadly: Mk I and Mk II sets in Network South East, a Mk II set in blue and grey and a six car set of GUV and full brakes in Rail Express Systems.

The real worry was that I already had more than enough locomotives in the appropriate colours already....

M636C

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