ESU, known for their digital components and electronics, entered the G scale market for rolling stock with their new ‘Pullman’ brand.
Pullman starts with a Rhaetian Railway ABe 4/4 II, which might look familiar to you. The Pullman team has acquired the designs from Kiss Modellbahnen, who have focused solely on metal models after their reorganisation last year. Pullman will bring the ABe 4/4 II in plastic, while promising a high level of quality. The Swiss railcar comes with a ESU digital sounddecoder with an integrated power buffer. The front and rear lighting switch with the direction of travel, the cab and interior are equipped with LEDs as well. The pantographs are equipped with servos, and automatically lower/raise with the direction of travel in analog operation as well!
Pullman will also develop new models entirely themselves, with a first effort being a range of Swiss ballast cars. The type Fd ballast cars are modelled in 1:22,5th scale, and come in different liveries for the RhB, MGB and FO.
Link: Pullman New Items 2015
In a press release, Massoth announced several new items for 2015. According to Massoth, additional items are still in development and will be announced when ready.
– EN: Massoth New Items 2015
– DE: Massoth Neuheiten 2015
The full new items leaflet or 2015 catalogue will be available later.
LGB published their MSRP pricelist for 2015.
Link: http://www.gscalenews.com/pdf/lgb/lgb-pricelist-2015.pdf (PDF – 31,3 KB)
ZIMO is currently working on a new version of their large scale decoder, named ‘MX699′. Compared to the current MX695 decoders, the new MX699 has expanded from 2×12 rows to 2×14 rows to support the Märklin/LGB decoder interface. There are more changes, which I will go into further detail about in a later post.
The first deliveries of the MX10/MX32 digital system from ZIMO took place in December, further deliveries will start mid February.
Bachmann’s latest additions to the Thomas & Friends range are a red open wagon and a cream tanker. They feature international-style hook and loop couplers and metal wheels. Both items are now shipping, and cost 89,00 USD (~ € 79) (MSRP) each.
Link: Bachmann Trains