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It seems that we post the same message every year on this blog. I should copy past last year’s post and change 2011 to 2012.....

We have been informed that there are going to be a large number of Scalextric cars and Hornby trains that are not going to make it to the shelves in 2011. As yet we have not have confirmation of the exact cars and trains that are going to be affected but as soon as we have information we notify you.

We have had details from the rep that next year they are reducing their range of cars that are going to be released in 2012 as an attempt to rectify the problems that they have been experiencing over the past 3-5 years. We hope that with a more realistic set of releases there will be fewer problems with release dates as we would think that 50%-75% of this year’s releases did not even make it in the correct quarter date that they were meant to arrive.

By 1938, the Marklin’s 00 Scale was already well established with the 700 series locomotives and train and was ripe for technological improvements. One of these improvements would be found in the reversing system of the locomotives. The locomotives of 1938 were equipped with the “Perfect-Reverse” system which allowed for remote reversing without the need of a separate devise. The 280 A transformer had a small red button on it which, when pushed, would change the direction of the locomotive. The 800 series reversing a system is shown below:

New 800 Series Reversing System

Teeny Trains - Big Secret Revealed

by teenytrains




For generations, people have collected model trains in hopes that their collection would be passed down from one family to the next. And this vision has held true to most collectors, as their train sets live on in the homes of their families. Whether the collectible trains sit on a fire mantel, glide around the Christmas tree each year or simply sit perfectly on a shelf in a child’s room, these sets continue to tell a story of generations past.

Whether you’ve just started collecting trains or are looking to update your collection with something new, Teeny Trains may be the perfect way to spruce up your anthology. Teeny Trains are known for being the world-smallest trains and they are powered by IDL Motors. IDL Motors specializes in thin and ultra-thin radial and linear motors and has received over 120 patents to date. With these quality motors, you know that Teeny Trains have extreme power and are quality made.

But it’s not just the powerful motors that make these magnetically propelled model trains unique. Although small, these miniature trains do not lack in detail. In fact, you can study these trains over and over again, only to find new details each time. For example, the Nano Christmas sets include flashing LED lights on the trees, as well as hand wrapped foil packages. The Mountain Transport sets include miniature cars and taxi cabs that exude the utmost precision and detail for endless hours of entertainment.

Small and mighty, these collectible trains are made from silver and come secured in Styrofoam nests and decorative boxes. This makes the miniature trains easy to store, while keeping them protected at the same time. However, the smart design of these world-smallest, magnetically propelled trains makes it possible to keep them out year-round. The Ghost Nano Express Train and the Nano Mountain Transport for example, are featured in hand-blown glass domes that keep the contents protected from dust and debris. The glass dome is perfect for viewing the model trains; enjoying the movement and sounds they have to offer.

In order to make the collectible trains as unique as possible, some of the sets are powered by random electronics, meaning that the cars move unexpectedly. These unpredictable patterns make the miniature trains even more enjoyable to watch and will keep visitors and grandchildren excited to view the collection. Of course, no sophisticated train set would be complete without authentic sound effects. These magnetically propelled collectible trains feature locomotive sounds that can be silenced for a quiet operation. 

If you’re interested in expanding your model trains collection, look no further than the exclusive sets offered through Teeny Trains. Powered by IDL Motors and radiating the finest quality details, sound and movement, you’ll never get bored with these collectibles. And, they leave room for those that enjoy building their own train tracks, as the Teeny Track includes assorted track pieces and a power adapter. More importantly, you will be building a lifelong collection that is made right here in the USA.

I can remember vividly the time I saw my first 'Merchant Taylors'.  I was in America travelling to the deep South on business in 1972, and I made a stop in Pennsylvania “for business purposes”, which was actually a visit to the affable and incredibly prolific Maerklin collector, John Boyle.

I had visited him once previously in 1969, and was once again dazzled by his magnificent collection.  When I browsed into the Maerklin for the British market section, I spotted a new piece:  An exquisite electric 4-4-0 and tender called ‘Merchant Taylors’ (which I was later to own).  The paintwork was deep and bright, the coarse scale sense of balance and attention to certain details seemed to be ‘just right’ and very compelling, and I of course was hooked.  When he ran it on his demonstration layout I was mesmerized. The only problem I saw was the nickel-plated side frames and the small wheels.  Surely, I thought, “they cannot be right.  Perhaps the mechanism had been replaced.”

About  6 years later, after I had bought my first clockwork ‘Merchant Taylors’, I saw and admired John's electric version again.  This time, after I had stared at it for quite a while, and because he knew that I very much wanted an electric version to run on my layout, he asked me if I wanted to buy it.  He mentioned what was then a rather stunning price.  I told him I had to think about it for a day or two, and asked him to hold it.  After saying my goodbyes, I rushed to a phone box (yes, remember them?) and called an older, more experienced collector friend of mine who had a small but fine Bassett-Lowke collection and quiet a bit of experience with Maerklin.  He said “Paul, its right, I know that piece in his collection, and have seen one other just like it in Germany (where he was born). Don’t worry about it, don’t argue with me, you’ll find out I am right.  Buy it and buy it now. You of all people should know that they only come up every few years.”

With the same old story of supply problems with Hornby and Scalextric in 2011, its pleasing that finally the year’s top releases are making their way to suppliers shelf’s in June.

Scalextric have released the MG MGB C3143 car, it’s one of the two top releases of the year. We are suitably impressed with the finish of the car. The interior is finishes very well as well as the external details. If you were looking to race the car then you may find it a little hard to get it anywhere near you lap records due to the very skinny tyres that are on the car. We wonder is Scalextric could have sacrificed a little scale details and fitted some wider tyres on the car, but that’s the double edged sword they have to play with. Collectors are looking for accurate scale and details and racers wanting track performance. We would say that with this car the collectors get the better deal with the MG.

Slow Slow Quick from Hornby and Scalextric

by LD Discounts

Its seems to be the same old story from Hornby and Scalextric, they promise to improve supply of their wears year after year but nothing seems to change.

Over the past 12 weeks we could count the number of items on one hand that they have released. From now till the second week of June we are expecting around 30-40 items from them.

There are around 15 new cars that are expected from Scalextric and loads of trains and wagons from Hornby. We are updating the release dates for all pre order items on our site as best we can to keep you informed of the imminent releases.