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.
via Takara Tomy
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.