Durham Trains of Stanley & DJModels

APT Crowdfunding offer close date announced!

APT Press release 1st May 2018

Dear Modeller,

As we get closer to the APT scanning party on the 2nd June at Crewe Heritage Centre, we can now tie down the 'shut down' date of Crowdfunding orders. This will be May 30th at 11.59pm. After this date and time it will still be possible to order all APT versions but each set will then cost a higher RRP.

The prices listed below only affect new non existing crowdfunded orders from the 31st May onwards. Existing crowdfunders will still be able to top up their order with new orders at the original Crowdfunders price until tooling starts, and this date will be advised at a later date.

Set 001 will rise from £699.95 to £ 933.27

Set 002 will rise from £649.95 to £ 866.60

Set 003 will rise from £749.95 to £ 999.93

Set 004 will rise from £749.95 to £ 999.93

Set 006 will rise from £895.95 to £1,194.60

Set 007 will rise from £995.95 to £1,327.94

The raised price will be in effect until tooling is started. Once tooling has started the order book will close permanently.

OO gauge APT, all systems go!!

APT Press release 20th March 2018

APT-P at Crewe Heritage Centre

With the recent upswing in more orders for the OO gauge APT, DJModels & Durham Trains of Stanley have decided that as we are only 22 sales short of the break even figure, we should go ahead and make a full start on this iconic train. By doing this more crowdfunders will sign up and push us over the line.

So with this in mind, we are getting all main groups to agree on a date on Saturday 2nd June 2018 when we can have the ‘Scanning Party’ at Crewe Heritage Centre. Access will be for press and crowd funders only

The day will consist of the scanning of 3 / 4 coaches of the train that is on site, with the cloud scan visible for viewing almost immediately. The scanning company will have representatives on site to talk to anyone interested in the process, and will be giving (subject to availability) a presentation on scanning, its accuracy, and how the initial scan is turned into something that can be used for conversion into a scale model.

There will also be a presentation by Dave Jones (DJModels) about the process involved in getting the model to the modellers layouts, design, specifications etc.

Michael Worral from Durham Trains of Stanley, who’s idea this originally was, will also be in attendance to answer questions.

Crewe Heritage Centre’s own APT expert, Brian Porter, will be on hand to chat about the trains ongoing preservation, and the new power car received recently from the closed Coventry Rail Centre.

Kit Spackman (Mr APT) will also be on hand to talk about the real thing, and testing / design

We also hope that Peter Purves, of BBC Blue Peter, will be giving a short talk on the APT.

A small Lunch with hot and cold drinks will be served from the buffet of the APT for ‘lunch on the train’ while afterwards a demonstration with everyone on board will take place of the tilt system.

You will also have full and private access to the Crewe Heritage Centre, and balcony overlooking Crewe Station and approaches from an elevated vantage point, so don’t forget your camera!

Mike Lenz of Crewe Heritage Centre will also be attending and will be free to answer any questions you may have about the Centre and their forthcoming celebrations for their anniversary.

The day will start at around 10.30am, and will finish at approximately 4.30pm and only be available to OO gauge crowdfunders and there will be no charge for entry, but you will need to book in before hand and check in with the entrance upon arrival so that we can confirm numbers attending.

APT-P in both N and OO gauges

APT Press release

Durham Trains of Stanley are proud to announce a NEW and exciting crowdfunding venture for the 'Holy Grail' of modern era N gauge models…

The APT-P !

This model will be made by the worlds most successful RTR Model Railway Crowdfunder, DJModels Ltd, with exclusive help from Crewe Heritage Centre, who have allowed us exclusive rights to measure, laser scan, and photograph their APT train, the last one in the world.

The models basic design work has started and as such we already know what we will strive to feature on this train, and it will be available in 5,6,7,10 and 14 car sets all with authentic paint and interior finishes including decalled depiction of Red and Blue tartan seat finishes for first and second class.

Tilt will also be possible we believe and will work to a maximum of 5-10 degrees and be damped to avoid coach wobble.

We hope to include internal carriage lighting as well that uses a capacitor to keep lighting alive in the train when operating on DC and stopped for a short period of time!

The train will have provision for a single Next18 decoder and also be fully sound compatible.

Directional lighting as standard, no gap close coupling and electrical transfer.

Lifting nose with NEM pocket behind for 'dragging'.

Auto levelling pantograph mechanism for when tilting. (Final specifications to be confirmed)

Crowdfunding for this project will be via the Durham Trains of Stanley web site from Saturday 25th November. It will remain open for six months or close before this date if the required sign-ups are reached.

Please note, monies are not required until the threshold is reached and only then a deposit will be needed.

Once the threshold is reached each customer will be invited to a scanning party exclusive to Durham Trains of Stanley at Crewe Heritage Centre where you will get to see it all take place, get a design briefing and presentation from DJModels plus get a light lunch and hot drink on the train itself to get a feel for this iconic train. Tilt may also be operational on the day for you to experience.

Durham Trains of Stanley APT-P

To order visit the Durham Trains of Stanley website.

Discuss the N Gauge Model and the OO Gauge Model on RMweb.co.uk.

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Last Revised: 02.05.2018 13:44
by R G Latham
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