Ro‑rail ‘Landie’

Ox­ford Diecast Land Rovers – with a dif­fer­ence.

Model Rail (UK) - - Reviews -

Some­times you see a mod­el­ling ac­ces­sory to which the only ad­jec­tive ap­pli­ca­ble is ‘cool’, as in “now, that’s re­ally cool!”. That was the first phrase that sprang to mind when Ox­ford Diecast an­nounced that it would pro­duce a road-rail ver­sion of its 1:76 scale Land Rover De­fender 110 Sta­tion Wagon. Ox­ford has de­vel­oped the model in con­junc­tion with Aquarius Rail­road Tech­nolo­gies, which builds real road-rail Land Rovers. And the re­sult is a lit­tle cracker. The model has axles front and rear with tiny rail­way wheels to 16.5mm gauge. These can be raised or low­ered to en­able the model to be posed on ei­ther ‘OO’ gauge track or a minia­ture road. The Land Rover isn't pow­ered but it can be pushed around a lay­out, although it can strug­gle around tight ra­dius curves. Ox­ford has cho­sen to fit the road-rail gear to its De­fender 110 two-door hard­top, although an in­ter­net search re­veals that most Aquarius con­ver­sions are 110 crew-cab pick-ups, and that the regis­tra­tion T562MEC is car­ried by a De­fender 90 pick-up! It also ap­pears that most Net­work Rail road-rail Land Rovers carry all-over yel­low; any white ones ap­pear to have only a yel­low end, but not the bon­net. How­ever, these crit­i­cisms are purely aca­demic – these lit­tle Land Rovers re­ally are ex­cel­lent, and with plenty of change from a ten­ner, they're an ab­so­lute bar­gain. Oh, and you get some sep­a­rately sup­plied ac­cess ramps which al­low your 'Landie' to drive onto the rail­way track.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.