Oxford Diecast Land Rovers – with a difference.
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.