Peco announces 2016 new items programme

Peco – which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year – has revealed its plans for several new products in its 2016 Spring Report, which was published to coincide with the manufacturer’s presence at the recent Nürnberg Toy Fair in Germany.
    The manufacturer’s headline announcement is that it is developing brand new code 75 Streamline bullhead track for OO. The new flexible wooden-sleeper track (ref.SL-108F) will be representative of the type which was commonplace across the UK rail-network throughout the steam era, seeing use on both mainlines and secondary routes. Indeed, bullhead track can still be found today on some parts of the national network.
    The new bullhead track will be fully compatible with the firm’s existing code 75 flat-bottom Streamline range, but will feature proportionally greater spacing between the sleepers.
    Only plain track has been announced initially. However, if there is a positive reaction to its release then Peco may consider releasing pointwork in the future.
    The manufacturer’s pioneering range of ready-to-run OO9 rolling stock is to be further bolstered with the addition of a third Lynton & Barnstaple bogie coach design (the exact prototype is yet to be confirmed), a generic style slate wagon (above, ref.GR-320) and side-tipping skip wagon (below, ref.GR-330).
    Decorated samples were recently received for the previously announced Glyn Valley Tramway coaches in OO9, examples of which are illustrated here. Production samples (which will be subject to some minor printing revisions) are expected to be with Peco retailers very soon.
    4mm scale palisade fencing (ref.SSM 316) will be a welcome addition to the recently introduced Wills Modern range and will ideally complement the industrial and retail structure kits.
    The Ratio range of 4mm scale plastic kits will see the introduction of a Nissen Hut (ref.558).
    A new item in the Peco Lectrics range will be a turntable motor (ref.PL-55), which will be compatible with the manufacturer’s ever-popular turntable kit (LK-55). The turntable kit tooling will be revised to provide fixing points for the self-contained mechanism, which will offer easy route selection (eight positions) and will be suitable for either analogue or digital control.
    All items are illustrated here with CAD renderings except the GVT coaches. Prices and release dates are to be confirmed.

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