Rolling Stock Updates
TGOJ van ‘Gre’ 11003 arrived during July. This is the fourth and final wagon in this series, and will run in the set with the other three. This model had been searched for, for a long time, until being found on ‘Tradera’, the Swedish ‘eBay’.
Halling (www.ferro-train.com) has produced a model of the Göteborg type M33 tram; static for €379 or fitted with a motor and drive (analogue with NEM 568 decoder) for €439. Minimum curve permitted is 180mm.
Linie 8 GmbH (www.hoedl-linie8.de) in cooperation with Rietze (www.rietze.de) has produced a static model of the Adtranz GT6 tram marked for use in Norrköping. The model costs €90, but a driving kit is available for €40.
Modeltech (www.modeltech.uk) has produced a ‘pro-track rail aligner’ for gauges 9, 16,5, 21mm for use at baseboard joins to ensure that the tracks line up. Four pairs come in a pack for ±£10. Whilst these seem excellent for flat alignment, it does assume that you have the heights standardised! (Obvious to many, but third-party experience differs!)
Brekina has announced models of the Daf 66 sedan in four colours. We wonder if the chassis is interchangeable with the Volvo 66 estate (for the larger bumpers). If it is, then we’d only need to add the diagonal bar on the grille to get a Volvo 66 sedan! Or, maybe we should wait – just in case!
PCX87 models seem to be very limited editions, produced in single batches. Their Volvo 240 and 740 models came and went very quickly, and it was only by chance we found that the 740 had been produced. It had been our intention to get a couple of each model when they were produced and then ‘top up’ once funds were more readily available. This will not be possible. We have been able to complete the intended Saab purchase (four 900 coupés and one 900 cabriolet), but not the Volvo 240 or 740 ranges. (We have enough to not be totally disappointed!)
It seems that virtually nowhere in Sweden is advertising these models because traders don’t seem to know about them. Maybe PCX87 doesn’t want to survive the pandemic-induced downturn in business? These models have a great sales potential, if only they were more widely known about and available.
We commented on a faux-pas with the Volvo 240 estate in our March update, but both versions of the 740 don’t look quite right, and therefore needed a closer look. The boot on the sedan is a bit too low, and the rearmost pillars on the estate are too straight (but not as badly as on the IMU version) and not tapered! Nevertheless, they are nice and very welcome models.
We have seen at Stockholm City station and Stockholm Odenplan station, train location boards, giving an indication of approaching trains, as well as the ones that you’ve missed. It is a ‘real-time’ indicator, similar to one in use on the Great Cockcrow Railway (7¼” gauge), but not known elsewhere in the UK.
18th July was the 150th anniversary of the opening of Centralstation at Stockholm (from 1871). Sadly, its owners ignored this milestone and it was not commemorated in any way; a poor show Jernhusen, for one of Europe’s most significant stations! (It is not unfair to speculate that if SJ still owned the building, then there would have been a fanfare-worthy event organised!)
There is a new train operator in Sweden; FlixTrain is a subsidiary of FlixBus, operating mostly in Germany, but now in Sweden also; the trains are on the route between Stockholm and Göteborg, with a low-budget fare. Unfortunately, their timetable seems fictional because several attempts were made to see the trains to take photos, and not only were the trains not there, but there was no mention of them on the arrivals or departures boards at the station (not even shewing as ‘cancelled’). We did find one on a Wednesday, and that is the subject of a few photos that we captured.