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Iv'e just read a posting over on Facebook which indicates that the Model Bus Federation have purchased the moulds and castings marketed by ABS.  They were asked if they knew what was to happen to the railway side but did not know.  Does anyone else have any information about this development?

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There is no solid information on the future of any of the railway products at the present time but I am aware interest in acquisition of the ranges is being sought.

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Tram related items have already been taken up by KW Trams.

 

Good news that Adrian is sorting this out. As Martin says, so many good products there that could have been lost.

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I did one of these kits (7mm GWR Open) almost by accident.  The kit was given to me.  I was very impressed by the casting fidelity and the kit went together very well.  I would definitely look for more of these.

 

John

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14 minutes ago, ScRSG said:

A V4? Yes, please!

 

Please don't start premature wishlisting. Even if anyone else were to take over any parts of the range it would probably be a significant period of time to transfer assets, collate parts and information and produce any parts required to complete any products before anything could come back to the market.

 

Just to repeat, no pointless speculation or frothing.

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9 minutes ago, AY Mod said:

 

Even if anyone else were to take over any parts of the range it would probably be a significant period of time to transfer assets, collate parts and information and produce any parts required to complete any products before anything could come back to the market.

 

Having been to Adrian's house, I will be very impressed when anyone gets something to market!

The one thing that isn't transferrable is Adrian's vast knowledge (and let's not start on about the man himself please).

 

Mike

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13 hours ago, Joseph_Pestell said:

Tram related items have already been taken up by KW Trams.

 

Good news that Adrian is sorting this out. As Martin says, so many good products there that could have been lost.

 

From information on another forum where a similar discussion has been about the Wrightlines narrow gauge range, it is reported that Adrian is quite poorly and in a nursing home. It seems the transfer of tram kits, vehicles and figures to KW Trams was negotiated with other family members.

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Following the sad passing of Adrian the Zero Zepher range of Steam Locomotives has been purchased by CSP Models and some of the items will be reintroduced in the fullness of time.

Please visit cspmodels.com to check for updates.

Philip

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The 4mm kits have been acquired but I don't yet know by whom. It is inevitable that it will take some time to sort everything out and get production underway. I don't know if Adrian did his own casting or sub-contracted it. The new owner may have to find someone who will carry that out.

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9 minutes ago, Jol Wilkinson said:

The 4mm kits have been acquired but I don't yet know by whom. It is inevitable that it will take some time to sort everything out and get production underway. I don't know if Adrian did his own casting or sub-contracted it. The new owner may have to find someone who will carry that out.

 

I'm pretty certain that Adrian did his own casting - in fact, I believe that he acted as a casting contractor for quite a number of well known brands; (W&T springs to mind immediately).

 

John Isherwood.

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1 hour ago, Blue Max said:

Dan Pinnock once told me that he used Adrian for some if not all of his castings

 

That may have been possible, but I know Dan did some of his own casting (on one of my last visits he was doing some)  but I wonder that it was the smaller items for coach kits rather than the WM wagon kits which Adrain eventually took over.

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