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  1. LB&SCR LIVERIED TERRIER LOCOMOTIVES AN UPDATE FROM LOCOMOTION MODELS & RAILS OF SHEFFIELD As expected, we have now received the advance production livery samples of the LB&SCR versions that were air freighted to us during the Christmas /New Year holidays. These were received for final approval earlier this week before we authorised the bulk delivery to be air-freighted to us. We hope you will agree that they do look stunning and that they will be worth the wait but we do apologise sincerely for the delays. The firebox glow also adds significantly to the appeal when running smoothly on the compensated chassis. All models now come complete with a factory fitted speaker, with simple push fit decoder fitting for those of you not ordering sound or dcc fitted. The agreement we made at the start of this project with Dapol was that we would produce museum standard, high fidelity models and at no stage have we been prepared to compromise on that despite the protracted wait. That resolve continues and we are not prepared to accept anything short of that goal Unfortunately, a boiler band registration issue was identified on the production batch sent from the factory at Christmas which had not been present on signed off livery samples. They have therefore been rejected and new bodies are to be produced as soon as possible. This cannot be easily rectified with a fully assembled working model. Please note this applies only to the LB&SCR versions for both the Locomotionmodels and Rails of Sheffield ‘Boxhill’. The NRM version is as preserved with the shorter toolbox and some minor livery differences compared to the Rails version which is as built in service livery with the longer toolbox Unfortunately, the requirement to do this coincides with the shut down ready for Chinese New Year (25th January until 8th February). Production will not likely recommence in full until the third week of February and we regret we are unlikely to see these particular versions until April 2020 (possibly late March). As soon as they are ready they will be airfreighted to the UK. We would rather delay delivery than release something that falls just short of the exacting standards we have set the manufacturer and you expect of us. We can only apologise for the disappointment that this further delay to these variants will cause. We hope you will agree with our decision to not accept any compromises after the effort which has been put into achieving the most accurate model of a ready to run Terrier yet seen. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotion Models
  2. We are pleased to share below images of the livery sample recently received from the factory. Please note the model shown is a sample from the factory and is not the final production model (any errors or issues have been reported to the factory as noted on the Rails of Sheffield thread relating to the range of A1 / A1X models being produced by the Dapol / Rails of Sheffield / Locomotion Models partnership). 'Boxhill' can be preordered for a £30 deposit through the Locomotion Models website at www.locomotionmodels.com Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotion Models
  3. We have now fully investigated the non delivery of ef57's Stirling Single. The order was processed, packed and collected on 26th June (within two days). The non arrival is down to an issue with the courier company which we are now following up. A replacement was packed and sent from Shildon yesterday (16th July). I can only apologise that the problems experienced by ef57 - which were outside our immediate control. I would appreciate it if ef57 could acknowledge receipt in due course - so that we can bring this one to a close. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotion Models
  4. Once we had established that the date was June 24th rather than a year ago, we have been able to interrogate our system and have established that for some reason the order was not picked up for processing. For this I can only apologise, it is not good enough and new measures are being put in place to make sure it does not happen again. We have ef57's order and payment. The order will be processed on Tuesday when our mail order operation reopens. Again, I can only apologise but if it had been brought to our attention earlier, then we could have resolved it. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotion Models
  5. As a member of the Locomotion Models team, this is the first we have heard of this. We did ask anyone through this forum with any outstanding issues to contact us. My only surprise is it has taken 12 months to make us aware of the issue. Now we are we can resolve it. Please PM with your contact details and I will get someone to contact you. Having thought we had resolved all the outstanding issues from the inherited distribution problems, it is clear that we haven't! However, we can only resolve problems if they are brought to our attention, clearly 12 months is a long time and as the issues were well publicised on this forum and elsewhere, I am amazed ef57 did not scream before today. A new team was put in place at Locomotion Models at the end of last year. Since then we have worked hard to resolve issues and to rebuild the brand to its previously high standing within the model railway community. Stirling Singles are now almost sold out - so if anyone else ordered one and has not received it please contact us without further delay. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotion Models
  6. Rob Firstly apologies for replying to this is the Hornby Dublo thread rather than the Locomotion Models section. Secondly I was sorry to hear about your problems regarding the Stirling Single. I thought we had resolved all of the inherited problems - obviously not. Please PM with any issues outstanding and I promise to sort them for you. In the meantime if you would like a Stirling Single I can sort that too. However, we don't have that many left so please do not leave it too late to acquire one. I can only apologise for the problems you have encountered and I will be on the case in the morning to find out the background to this. Clearly it falls well short of the standards you and I expect and we have badly let you down. Fortunately I have a long standing interest in Hornby Dublo or I may not have picked up your post. Now that I have we can sort it. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  7. I initially responded in the Locomotion Models New Releases thread relating to the N Gauge market on March 1st. It is repeated below; Catering for the N Scale market is far more difficult. Experience gained in my previous employment taught me that it takes far longer to sell N Scale limited edition models than it does OO Scale ones, N Scale limited edition models taking years rather than months to sell. There is not the same potential market for limited edition releases in N Scale at the present time as there is in OO, although that may change in future. Whilst we will continue to monitor the N Scale situation, it is not a market that Locomotion Models has on its radar currently. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  8. We will have the last few remaining HST Power Car packs comprising No. 43238 named 'National Railway Museum 40 Years' accompanied by Virgin Trains East Coast No. 43312 on the Locomotion Models stand at Alexandra Palace this weekend. No. 43238 was named on 23rd September 2015 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of The National Railway Museum at York in 1975. These twin pack HST power cars were produced exclusively for us by Hornby (R3502). Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  9. Please remember that this is an EP sample and that some corrections will need to be made before the model goes into production. These have been highlighted already in the thread on Terriers in the Rails of Sheffield section in Products & Trade. We hope to have the sample on show on our stand at Alexandra Palace this weekend. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  10. I get plenty of emails from factories in China all wanting to do direct business with Locomotion Models. The point I was making was that rather than extract revenue from the companies I listed and putting them at risk, we are in fact supporting them by commissioning models through them. Some of these involve new tooling (DP1 Deltic, Stirling Single etc.) whilst others utilise existing tooling from those suppliers catalogue ranges ('Mallard', 'Flying Scotsman' etc.). Companies serving the British (not all are British based) ready-to-run market all have very experienced research, development and design capabilities. Having worked for one of them, I am very aware of the many challenges it takes to get a model from the concept stage and into the shops. The experience, knowledge and professionalism each of them bring to the table is invaluable to a small operation such as Locomotion Models. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  11. In response to the point raised by Jol Wilkinson "It seems that Hattons, Rails, Kernow, NRM/Locomotion and others are trying to have their cake and eat it. Presumably they still want to buy in RTR products, rely on Hornby and the others to produce the complimentary items, etc. while they cherry pick the "popular" and more profitable products in the loco centric RTR market." Can I clarify that all models produced of items from the National Collection and released under the Locomotion Models brand have been commissioned from leading manufacturers that serve the British ready-to-run market namely - Accurascale, Bachmann, Dapol, Hornby, Oxford Rail and Rapido Trains. This includes items produced in partnership with Rails of Sheffield such as the Dynamometer Car (Rapido Trains) and the forthcoming LB&SCR Terrier (Dapol). We work very closely with all the manufacturers and their own branding appears alongside ours on the boxes. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  12. The new team at Locomotion Models is currently looking at the options available from the various GNR vehicles both inside and outside the National Collection. Initial discussions with the Great Northern Railway Society confirmed that there is no easy fix to producing suitable vehicles to run behind the Stirling Single or the Atlantic. We are of course undertaking further research from the material available to us but at the present time there is nothing beyond that to report. Once we have suitable prototypes identified then we will look at costings etc. with our established manufacturing suppliers. Whilst we still have plans on the table, this is likely to be a long term rather than a short-term project. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  13. Several reserved Stirling Single locomotives produced last year for us by Rapido Trains remain unclaimed. Despite the best efforts of the Locomotion Models team to complete outstanding orders by telephone and email using the contact details supplied to us, we have been unable to complete these orders. Anyone who believes they have an order outstanding for an OO Scale Stirling Single with Locomotion Models and have paid the deposit are advised to contact us without delay. Models will be despatched on payment of the outstanding balance. Any items not claimed by 15th April 2019 will be placed back into stock and offered for sale both on-line and at the York Exhibition over Easter. If you have not yet received your model please contact us on 01904 685785 or by using the contact us facility at www.locomotionmodels.com Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  14. Thank you for your suggestions which have been noted. We have two new locomotives scheduled for release this year in the form of the Terrier 0-6-0T 'Boxhill' and Class 55 Deltic 'Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry'. These are being produced in partnership with Rail of Sheffield and in the case of the Terrier with Dapol whilst the Deltic is being produced by Accurascale. Other models will be added to the National Collection in Miniature series over the next two to three years. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
  15. We do take notice of requests for new models which form part of the National Collection and we have a list of suitable subjects for potential future production. Catering for the N Scale market is far more difficult. Experience gained in my previous employment taught me that it takes far longer to sell N Scale limited edition models than it does for OO Scale ones, N Scale limited edition models taking years rather than months to sell. There is not the same potential market for limited edition releases in N Scale at the present time as there is in OO, although that may change in future. Whilst we will continue to monitor the N Scale situation, it is not a market that Locomotion Models has on its radar currently. Dennis Lovett Exclusive Models Marketing Executive Locomotionmodels.com
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