As it does every year, Marklin has released a Christmas car for the 2017 Holiday Season. The car features a wintery landscape with Santa and his reindeers, as well as the the expression, “Frohe Weihnachten”, which means Merry Christmas in German.
For those running a Marklin train around their Christmas Tree, they may be a good addition to complement their existing rolling stock. Produced in H0 scale, the car is priced at $49.99.
Plarail locomotives will soon return to Japanese Happy Meal’s (known as Happy Set meals in the land of the rising sun). All eight of the trains included in the collection are of the Shinkansen (bullet train) variety, as compared to the more mixed assortment seen in previous years. A special edition freight car sporting a McDonalds Cheeseburger will also be available. The collection of eight Shinkansen locomotives (pictured above) will be available starting the 10th of October while the Cheeseburger car (pictured below) will be made available a day after on the 11th.
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The village of Wroxham in the East of England is now home to the largest model railway layout in the British Isles. Encompassing an area of 15,000 Square feet, Wroxham Miniature Worlds as it is called features layouts depicting Europe, Japan and Britain. A LEGO layout, a slot car layout and a garden railway layout are also part of the attraction. In addition, Wroxham Miniature Worlds will also see a display of dolls and vintage toys. Wroxham is just the latest large scale model railway attraction to open in Europe. Hamburg, Germany has Miniature Wunderland, Berlin has Loxx am Alex while Grand Market is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. The United States is also home to one of the world’s largest railways in New Jersey: Northlandz.
A three car Plarail Shinkansen train traveled 6.3km (roughly 3.9 miles) on a single battery at an event at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Plarail Railroad Challenge, as the event was called, was held to promote the Evolta battery produced by Japanese firm Panasonic and to enter into the Malaysian Book of Records. The Plarail run took place on multiple towering collars of track and was held by Panasonic in conjunction with Takara Tomy, the manufacturer of Plarail.
N-Scale modellers will now have a new way to view their layout; from the perspective of their locomotives. Kato has started selling a line of trains set that feature a locomotive with a camera inside that allows for the wireless transmission of composite video to a display of your choice. Ranging in price from ¥27,000 to ¥42,000 (roughly $265 to $415) the camera equipped sets consist mostly of commuter trains. Unfortunately, the iconic and highly popular Shinkansen does not have a train set currently available with the video camera feature. The train sets are currently available at the Hobby Center Kato store in Osaka, Japan.
Faller has has added a host new additions to its line of structures and accessories for HO scale model railway layouts. Two of the standouts include, a 361 piece Bio gas plant (pictured above), which consists of an open bunker silo, two fermenters, and a block heat and power plant. Faller has also introduced a 34 piece Automated parking barrier kit (pictured below) that can be motorized with a servo motor and utilzied with the Faller car system. Both kits are now available.
Marklin has added a new refrigerator car to its lineup featuring a design scheme inspired by the popular German biscuit produced by Griesson – de Beukelaer GmbH & Co. KG the Prinzen Rolle. Part of the Start up assortment, the item number for the Prinzen Rolle refrigerator car is 44210.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of doing business in Europe, Bachmann has decided to release a limited edition anniversary pack. Available in OO Scale and N Scale, each anniversary pack will include a Jubilee and Class 47 locomotive with 1977 Silver Jubilee liveries. The Jubilee locomotive features a British Rail Lined green livery with an early emblem while the Class 47 locomotive features a British Rail blue livery with yellow ends and a bold Union Jack decal on the side. The Bachmann Branchline (OO Scale) will have a limited production run of 1000 while Graham Farish (N Scale) will be limited to a production of run of 500. Both the OO and N Scale anniversary packs are due out in either July or August of this year.
Disney is best known for its iconic cast of characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh. It is no coincidence that it is these characters that will now be the literal face of a new line of Plarail sets from Takara Tomy. The new line, called Disney Dream Railway, consists of 5 Plarail sets: Mickey Mouse Western Locomotive, Winnie The Pooh Honey Cargo Locomotive, Donald Duck Marine Shuttle, Mickey Mouse Magical Express and the Mickey Mouse Colorful Railway Set. Each set is priced at ¥2,700, with the exception of the Mickey Mouse Colorful, which is priced at ¥5,000. To see the trains in action, check out the following video:
No longer the province of LEGO, nanoblock will soon be offering a new line of brick-built train sets and accessories. Aptly named nanoGauge, the new line is fully electric and not powered by batteries like that of LEGO’s power function train sets. nanoGauge is already available in Japan with a wide selection of Japanese shinkansen (bullet train) as well as commuter train and a steam powered train. Other building sets and accessories such as a train platform, additional track, train motors and power transformers are also available. nanoGauge will be making its way to American shores this holiday season. To see the system in action, check out the video below: