News in brief

  • Following the closure of the Ian Allan book and model shop in Birmingham in September 2019, former staff member Mike Wren has opened Tornado Books and Hobbies in the City. Located at 68-70 Dalton Street in Birmingham, the new store is open Tuesday to Saturday and stocks books on rail, road, air, maritime, transport and military subjects as well as kits, diecast, modelling materials and more. Visit for more information.
  • Brimal Components has designed a selection of free templates aimed at helping modellers position point motors and other equipment to the underside of baseboards. Each A4 sheet contains instructions and a series of templates that can be printed, cut out and used as a guide when installing point motors and the like. Products featured so far include DCC Concepts Cobalt iP Gaugemaster PM1PM4, Gaugemaster GMC-PM10, Hatton’s HAT-PM-01, Hornby R8015, Peco PL10-PL11 series of point motors and more. Visit for more information.

  • Revolution Trains’ exclusive ‘N’ gauge Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers (APCM) Cemflo/PCV wagon has moved another step closer to production with the arrival of the first Engineering Prototype (EP) sample for assessment. First introduced in the 1960s, these wagons worked with steam and diesel traction, most famously on the Cliffe to Uddingston flow via the East Coast Main Line. Manufactured for Revolution by Accurascale, two versions of the wagons are planned in pre-TOPS condition with Blue Circle name boards and in TOPS condition following their removal. Having been checked over thoroughly, the models have now been approved and will progress to the decorated sample stage of the process. Available in a selection of triple-packs, they are priced at £79.50 per pack. A delivery date has yet to be confirmed. Visit for more information.