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.
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.
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:
Kato will be releasing a seven car Alpine Glacier Express featuring a UNESCO World Heritage Special Train paint scheme and design. The set is based on the sightseeing train that runs from Zermatt to St. Moritz in the Swiss alps. The train features panoramic windows that allows for passengers to take in the breathtaking views that the train passes on its leisurely 8 hour ride. The set features seven cars, a locomotive, 2 first class coaches, 3 second class coaches and a bar car. Priced at $299.99, the UNESCO Alpine Glacier Express Train will be available in June 2014.