British Railway Modelling (BRM)
DMG ELECTECH TO IMPORT OO9 AND HO(E) LOCOMOTIVES
Model electronics specialist, DMG Electech, has been awarded UK sole distributorship for the ANE Model range of narrow-gauge diesel locomotives. First to arrive in stock and now available through the retailer are models of the Mitsubishi-built 28T 520hp diesels constructed for the Alishan Forest Railway (AFR) in Chiayi County, Taiwan.
The locomotive is of interest to narrow gauge British-outline modellers, because recently it was announced that locomotive DL-34 of the AFR is to arrive at Llanfair on a three-year loan, providing the narrow-gauge railway with additional motive power. The ability to ship the locomotive from Taiwan to the UK is said to be problematic, but a spokesperson from the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway said that it is hoped that DL-34 will join its fleet "by the end of autumn".
Five variants of the models are available.
Taiwanese manufacturer, ANE Model already has a number of products from its range retailed in the UK via DMG Electech, including its dual DC/DCC command station.
Matthew Geary, Technical Director of DMG Electech said, “[We] never intended to enter the locomotive market with our core market being electronics, but the smooth running of these locomotives and our close association with ANE Model made the decision a 'no brainer'."
Models are representative of the 2ft 6in gauge locomotives from 1972 to 1996 and are said to be capable of negotiating 11in (R282) curves, though a 1ft (R315) gauge curve is recommended.
Locomotives are assembled in a 'ready-to-run' state and boast an impressive specification, including engine compartment side grab irons, an HOe standard coupler, detailed cab interior, finescale handrails, windscreen wipers and a detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, breather pipes, and retention tanks. Sand pipes add further detail, too. Watch videos of these new models in action on World of Railways. Traction is assured via a five-pole skew-wound motor, with precision machined flywheels and a multi-link drivetrain for "trouble-free operation". All-wheel drive and all-wheel electrical pick-up assures better running qualities, while models have bi-directional constant lighting, where headlight brightness remains constant. A heavy die-cast frame offers greater traction for more pulling power.
To see current pricing and availability of models, visit the DMG Electech website.