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September 2021 News

Rolling Stock News

Three Jeco tank wagons arrived at the beginning of the month, one each in Gulf, Mobil and Nynäs liveries. Unfortunately, the running numbers have been changed from the ones advertised and all three have incorrect UIC control digits. (They would have been correct with the original numbers!) We now have seven of this style of tank wagon, and unless something especially interesting is produced, we don’t intend to get any more. We look forward to the time when we can run them as a train (all seven).

Manufacturer News

HNoll reports that the motor vehicles (motorvagnarna) are ready for tool making. But, we do not know what this refers to (we were aware of the Ma-loco, but that is something else). Of the Ma loco HNoll has said very little other than that it is coming along nicely and maybe some photos will be available before the end of the year. Deliveries of the next passenger carriages can hopefully take place at the end of 2021. The Blue X carriages (IC-11) A11 and B11 have been moved to 2022 (March-April-May) together with the B4 carriages when they will make a tool for the extra window panes on B11. The special carriages (type S1) will take a while longer due to a production and costing misunderstanding! They are not removed but paused for a short time.

Brekina has released models of the Volvo 66 sedan alongside the Daf 66 version. They note that the Daf is a 1972 year model, and the Volvo is 1975. As usual, there is an assortment of liveries. The kombi (estate) version is also offered in post livery and for Sweden’s neighbours, in Norwegian police (“Politi”) livery. The post version should of course have the steering wheel on the right, but the model doesn’t!
You won’t need many of either for a Swedish or other Nordic diorama; being produced in Holland, in the Daf factory, they never did become at all popular, and the same dislike was shewn to the Volvo 343, which also came from the Dutch factory, despite being designed by Volvo. But plenty were made!

Other News

We had planned to investigate a model railway event at Kårsta at the beginning of the month (and which was on our forthcoming events page), but public transport to the event was terrible. Kårsta has a railway station (the northernmost point on the remaining Roslagsbanan), but it was closed due to engineering. Instead of providing a rail replacement bus to serve the route, SL provided an assortment of busses to serve different parts of the route, and some to serve also areas not even reached by the railway! At least two changes would have been necessary; so we decided to give it a miss. Hopefully, next year will be OK; and we’ll get to sample a ride in a new X15p train at the same time. Well, maybe!

Stockholm’s Cultural Society for Steam and Railways (or correctly, Stockholms Kultursällskap för Ånga och Järnväg) – SKÅJ had an open event at Krylbo locoshed, and a special train was run from Stockholm with electric loco F 701, of which the FLMJ has a model. So, we went out to catch (film and photograph) the train whizzing through Häggvik on its outbound journey. You can see it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=psVK3o0JMV0 in a video from the mobile phone because we forgot to fully charge the Go-Pro!

Do check our events listings; especially if you happen to be in Sweden. MJ-Hobby is having an open day of sorts on October 2nd, and there is a two day event proposed at Uppsala. And then at the end of November, there is the Hjulmarknaden, which was often visited from the UK because it is such a worthy event!

Finishing on a personal note, the former Director General of the FLMJ secured employment during September, and this means that the light is in sight for the process to restart searching for a new home for the Railway. A lot of expenditure needs to be recovered first, so it will not be before next year. However, we intend in one way or another, to ‘mark’ the 30th anniversary of the opening of the original KRBJ (from which the FLMJ emanated) on 25th July next year. Maybe just an announcement (to be realistic), but who knows?

Nyheter, september 2021

Rullande Materiel

Tre Jeco ‘Uh’ tankvagnar anlände i början av månaden, var och en i Gulf, Mobil och Nynäs. Tyvärr har löpnumren ändrats från de som annonseras och alla tre har felaktiga UIC-kontrollsiffror. (De skulle ha varit korrekta med de ursprungliga siffrorna!) Vi har nu sju av den här tankvagnstilen, och om inte något särskilt intressant produceras, tänker vi inte få mer. Vi ser fram emot den tid då vi kan köra dem som ett tåg (alla sju).

Tillverkarens Nyheter:

HNoll rapporterar att motorfordonen är redo för verktygstillverkning. Men vi vet inte vad detta betyder (vi var medvetna om Ma-lok, men det är något annat). Om Ma-lok har HNoll sagt väldigt lite men kanske kommer det några foton innan årets slut. Specialvagnarna (typ S1) kommer att försenas på grund av ett missförstånd med produktionskostnaderna! De tas inte bort utan pausas en kort stund.

Brekina har producerat modeller av Volvo 66 sedan dess tillsammans med Daf 66-versionen. De noterar att Daf är en 1972-modell, och Volvon är 1975. Som vanligt finns det ett sortiment av färger på modellerna. Kombi-versionen erbjuds också i postleverans och för Sveriges grannar, i norsk polis (“Politi”). Postversionen ska naturligtvis ha ratten till höger, men det gör inte modellen! På bilden (se nyheter på engelska) är den blå modellen Daf, men silvermodellen är Volvo.

Andra nyheter:

Vi hade planerat att undersöka en modelljärnvägshändelse på Kårsta i början av månaden (och som fanns på vår kommande evenemangssida), men kollektivtrafiken till evenemanget var hemsk. Linjen till Kårsta stängdes p.g.a. underhåll. Istället för att tillhandahålla en järnvägsersättningsbuss för att betjäna sträckan, gav SL ett sortiment av bussar för att betjäna olika delar av sträckan, och vissa för att betjäna också områden som inte ens nås av järnvägen! Man skulle behöva byta minst två gånger för att komma dit; så vi bestämde oss för att inte gå. Förhoppningsvis blir nästa år OK; och vi får prova en åktur i ett nytt X15p -tåg samtidigt. Kanske!

Stockholms Kultursällskap för Ånga och Järnväg – SKÅJ hade ett evenemang på Krylbo lokstallet, och ett specialtåg kördes från Stockholm med ellok F 701, varav FLMJ har en modell. Så vi gick ut för att fånga (filma och fotografera) tåget som susade genom Häggvik på sin utresa. Du kan se den här: www.youtube.com/watch?v=psVK3o0JMV0 i en video från mobiltelefonen eftersom vi glömde att ladda Go-Pro helt!

Kolla våra evenemangslistor. MJ-Hobby har en MMM-dag den 2 oktober, och det finns en järnvägsrelaterad händelse som föreslås i Uppsala ganska snart. Och sedan i slutet av november finns det Hjulmarknaden, som ofta besöktes från Storbritannien eftersom det är en så värdig händelse!

Och slutligen: FLMJ:s tidigare generaldirektör fick anställning under september, och det betyder att ljuset är i sikte för processen att börja söka efter ett nytt hem för järnvägen. Många utgifter måste återvinnas först, så det kommer inte att vara innan nästa år. Vi avser dock på ett eller annat sätt att ”markera” 30 -årsjubileet för öppnandet av det ursprungliga KRBJ (från vilket FLMJ kom) den 25 juli nästa år. Kanske bara ett tillkännagivande (för att vara realistiskt), men vem vet?

August 2021 News

Rolling Stock Updates

We have no stock updates this month, but there is a fair possibility of some news here, next month!

Manufacturer News

A number of new items have appeared on MJ-Hobby’s website as items commissioned by them (MJ-Hobby in the manufacturers’ lists).  These are train heating posts (old type and current), train heating transformers, TBFH cabinets, ATC balises, and modern point motors.  They are also available on Tradera under a different seller’s name (at the same prices).

Train heating posts are used to supply stationary railway vehicles with electricity for heating and battery charging. They are often found alongside preparation tracks at each end, but can also be on station tracks. Both carriages and locomotives are connected to train heating.

The transformers are used to convert the 16kV AC of the overhead contact line to 1000V into train heat posts. One train heat transformer can supply several train heat stations. They are often found in relative proximity to the train heating stations that they feed.

A TBFH cabinet is used to control signal boards, request train paths and more. These are set up at platforms at both large and small stations and are available in several designs. MJ-Hobby’s version is inspired by the cabinets available at Stockholm Centralstation. Depending on the length of the platform, there may be several cabinets in each direction distributed along the platform. TBFH cabinets are often mounted either on the platform roof pillars or on overhead line poles, but can also be free-standing on their own pole.

ATC balises are found at each signal and speed board. The balis transmits signal image / speed message to the train’s ATC equipment, which has the purpose of monitoring and preventing the train from running too fast or passing a signal at a stop, applying emergency braking if necessary.

Point motor gear drives are found at electrically driven points and contain a gearbox, electronics and mechanics to be able to determine if the point’s tongues have assumed the correct position and an external electric motor. This is the most common modern version and can be found everywhere in the country. The iconic design with the yellow lid makes it an easily recognisable detail.

NMJ has released a Snälltåget Restaurant car R7 in two version, one in red, one in blue.  These are too modern for us, but should be popular among current epoch modellers.

Other News

One of our PCX87 Volvo 740 models is now a Volvo 760!  To achieve this, we had to paint some black parts in chrome; front grille, door trims, bodyside trims, window frames; and the mirrors in body-colour.  Having chosen the metallic beige estate model for this conversion, we matched the body colour by mixing one part brass metallic with one part ‘crème-gul’ – the yellow used on the SJ railbuses.

To break the monotony whilst waiting for a suitable opportunity to build a new railway, a small building kit was purchased and assembled.  It was good to keep the skills relevant, especially the little alterations that we usually adopt to make the models better for internal lighting (a layer of matt black paint inside)!  The shop name is one we created ourselves, very Swedish and quite local!  But the whole construction was completed too quickly, and we’re bored again!

Thus, on 28th August, a trip was made to Malmköping, to the tram museum there for their end of season open weekend, when it seems that everything that could run, did run.  The adjacent bus museum also provided a few buses for rides, all included in the 100:- day ticket.  Even though the weather was not conducive to an outdoor event (the curse of the FLMJ, perhaps?), the event seemed to be well patronised and was most enjoyable.  It was also the day of the first run with a newly restored tram from the former south Lidingö line (SSLidJ), clad in timber planking and fitted with a whistle in addition to the traditional bell!  A cab-ride in their electric loco HRRJ 2 was particularly enjoyable, and the last part of the journey southbound towards Malmköping can be seen in a videoclip, here: https://youtu.be/hN20Rp0UQ30.

Nyheter, augusti 2021

Våra nyheter på Svenska

Vi har inga aktieuppdateringar denna månad, men det finns goda möjligheter till lite nyheter här nästa månad!

Tillverkarens Nyheter:

Ett antal nya artiklar har dykt upp på MJ-Hobbys webbplats som artiklar beställda av dem (MJ-Hobby i tillverkarlistor). Dessa är tågvärmestolpar (gammal typ och ström), tågvärmetransformatorer, TBFH -skåp, ATC -baliser och moderna punktmotorer. De är också tillgängliga på Tradera under ett annat säljarnamn (till samma priser).

NMJ har släppt en Snälltåget Restaurangvagn R7 i två versioner, en i rött, en i blått. Dessa är för moderna för oss, men borde vara populära bland nuvarande epokmodeller.

Andra nyheter:

En av våra PCX87 Volvo 740-modeller är nu en Volvo 760! För att uppnå detta var vi tvungna att måla några svarta delar i krom; främre galler, dörrbeklädnader, karosser på sidosidan, fönsterkarmar; och speglarna i kroppsfärg. Efter att ha valt den metalliska beige fastighetsmodellen för denna konvertering matchade vi kroppsfärgen genom att blanda en del mässingmetallic med en del ‘crème -gul’ – den gula som används på SJ-rälsbussarna.

För att bryta monotonin i väntan på ett lämpligt tillfälle att bygga en ny järnväg, köptes en liten byggsats och monterades. Det var bra att behålla färdigheterna relevanta, särskilt de små förändringar som vi vanligtvis använder för att göra modellerna bättre för intern belysning (ett lager matt svart färg inuti)! Butiksnamnet är ett vi skapade själva, väldigt svenskt och ganska lokalt! Men hela konstruktionen slutfördes för snabbt, och vi har tråkigt igen!

Således den 28 augusti gjordes en resa till Malmköping, till spårvagnsmuseet där för deras säsongsöppna helg, när det verkar som om allt som kunde köras gick. Det intilliggande bussmuseet gav också några bussar för åkattraktioner, allt ingår i biljetten på 100:- dag. Trots att vädret inte bidrog till ett utomhusevenemang (FLMJ:s förbannelse, kanske?), Verkade evenemanget vara mycket välskött och var trevligast. Det var också dagen för den första körningen med en nyrestaurerad spårvagn från den tidigare södra Lidingöbanan (SSLidJ), klädd i träplankning och utrustad med en visselpipa utöver den traditionella klockan! En cab-ride i deras elektriska loco HRRJ 2 var särskilt trevlig, och den sista delen av resan söderut mot Malmköping kan ses i ett videoklipp, här: https://youtu.be/hN20Rp0UQ30.

March 2020 News

As probably expected, new models from China are delayed due to the current global health situation! Once the situation has improved, there may then be investment issues affecting the ability to produce and pay; so the situation is very volatile right now

Another international issue is that of Brexit, and the need to pay customs duty on imported goods, but also to be able to claim back the VAT. During the transition period, this has already got very messy with traders not yet required to deduct the VAT, but Royal Mail (in the UK) is already charging import duty and handling fees!

There has been some exciting news from Nürnberg, this year!
NMJ seems to have finally acknowledged modellers’ desires by producing a prototype model of SJ cafe carriage type RB1 from the 1960s series. However, if delivery (or lack thereof) of the Y1 is anything to go by, we shouldn’t get too excited!
Dekas is bringing out the SJ ‘Hbis’ covered sliding door wagon in six different versions, for epoch IV and V.
Minichamps has announced models of the Saab 900 Turbo 16S coupe and convertible from 1987, the Volvo 240 GL sedan and estate car from 1986 and Volvo 740 GL sedan (and possibly estate car) from 1986.
Busch is bringing out a Land Rover Discovery of a later-year model, labelled as a Swedish police car.

Considering the exciting news from NMJ, what else would suit the 1960s range?

  • The RBo2 (later R2, then R1 very soon after) dining carriage would be a very suitable model, preferred over the RB1, actually. (Märklin has produced a poor 1:100 scale length model for many years.)
  • The DFo28 (later DF28, then D38, then D48) postal carriage would be very interesting because even during epoch IV they had different liveries. Several of these alone would make an authentic train (so various running numbers would be required).
  • The WLABo1 (later WL1) sleeping carriage is the only 1960s design that SJ has left in traffic, so again, there would be more livery options, but not all-over black—yet!
  • (This leaves the F5/F6 short baggage carriage, but there are many Lima models still available second-hand, and the later ones were of very good quality, complete with NEM couplings.)

MJ-Hobby intends to organise a small model railway event during the Halloween weekend in Västberga, instead of the big event at Älvsjö. They will have some activities and displays in their shop and some on the other side of the road; as it was several years ago. This event has always been popular with the customers!

Modelleisenbahn München GmbH (who owns both Fleischmann and Roco) has announced that the production of Fleischmann Profi-glis track has been discontinued forthwith. This is because a few of the tools for production have broken down and repair is not possible and new production is not considered economically justifiable. Thankfully we did not use this track on the FLMJ, and we have none in store.

HNoll has announced that work is underway to develop a model of SJ´s and TGOJ´s Ma locomotive in all versions (400, 700, 800 and 900 series). It is scheduled for 2021, but with the current global situation this cannot be relied upon. The price is not known either! Contrary to earlier news, HNoll has now said that they will not pause operations. It would have negative consequences in the factory in China and would have a negative impact on Hobby traders. They will instead reduce the volumes and thus create demand with a smaller supply of models. This clearly means that customers should pre-book models at hobby shops to ensure delivery of the first stage of restaurant cars. The Blue-X Concept and InterCity Concept products have been discontinued because the product as it was presented cannot be delivered as intended. Conversations with Roco did not result in anything constructive, not even an answer. There is a possibility of developing a model of the Rc locomotive or having a conversation with another manufacturer on the matter!
HNoll has also advised that due to the circumstances prevailing in China, it has been decided to temporarily close the factories. This means delays in the delivery of the Restaurant Carriages but also future models. One cannot predict how long the delay will be!

And finally … returning to the theme of emergency messages by mobile (see the last paragraph in our news update from 03.01.20): It happened on Tuesday 24th March; many mobile owners received a short text implying that it was from the government. It said very little (nothing of any help), and contained a link; exactly what scammers and spammers do; so most people simply deleted it! (The text read: “GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT. New rules in force now: you must stay at home. More info and exemptions at gov.uk/coronavirus Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”) The government had to work with the operators to get the message sent because an emergency alert system, trialled seven years ago, was never put into practice. If it had been, the government could have bypassed the operators and sent messages directly to mobiles, as has happened in other countries and is what happened in Sweden with the contaminated water. The report on the trial said it would be possible to send alerts to the public within 15 minutes of making a decision, but in the event, some alerts took 24 hours to reach the mobiles. It was suggested by the BBC that the system was not put into practice because cost was an issue!

January 2020 News

In our update on 01.06.19, we welcomed the HNoll brand into production, with the reservation about the boxes not accommodating ‘close coupling’ heads. HNoll has listened (or read), and subsequent boxes have had their inner trays modified to allow for this consideration. Full marks to them for listening and responding to their customers. (Roco, take note!)

And another follow-up: in response to our question about emergency texting in the UK, a correspondent has said that technically, the functionality does exist, it is just with the politics of how the system is set up in the UK. So, at the risk of being seen as comedians, here’s how it might work… The emergency is identified, and an internal message is sent for the emergency notice to be issued. Naturally, this will be somewhere within the Civil Service, and the authorisation lies with a manager who is in a meeting. Once the manager has been consulted, form XQZ.v1 needs to be completed, but form XQZ.v1 cannot be found. So the form is ordered, and it arrives two weeks later. In the meantime, half of the population has been poisoned … but, good news for everyone else, the emergency has been lifted. So the request goes out for the follow-up text to go out, which requires form XQW.v1 to be completed … you get the picture…? It won’t happen!

The Lokstallet D-loco body and Jeco D-loco chassis were matched in January, and although a tight fit, they went together very well. We have paused in order to conduct a bit more research regarding the placement of the tail-lamp. The chassis comes with working lights, but the body is designed for no lights. Fitting lenses over the open lamp apertures (instead of the ‘plugs’) should be fairly straight-forward, but the body does not seem to have any provision for the tail lamp, and it would be a shame to waste the working lamp. It will not receive the number 597 (as mentioned last month) because loco number 597 never had a timber body, so 174 is more likely. The book on the D-loco doesn’t seem to indicate pantograph type, so further research will be required there. But the book did indicate which way round the body goes; a look at roof shews that the fittings are different along its length, and this of course has to marry-up in relation to the drive shaft.

Brekina has announced some new model cars which are especially suitable for a Swedish or other Scandinavian layout. The Volvo 66 was developed by Daf, and produced by Volvo when they took over that Dutch firm. The Volvo 343 replaced it. The Saab 92 was Saab’s first production car and a model has been available from some time by VV Modelle, and sold exclusively by the Stockholm Model Railway Club. That model is in the original green livery used for the first three years; the Brekina model has later liveries. The Saab 99 was a revolutionary car when introduced, incorporating many features ahead of its time enabling people to take the brand more seriously; the previous model, the 96 was becoming quite dated.