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OO Gauge APT is GO!!!

OO gauge APT, all systems go!!

With the recent upswing in more orders for the OO gauge APT, DJM & DToS 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 (Peter was on the first press run of the ‘P’ train, and his film can be seen on U-Tube).

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.

Please mail your intention to attend to Dave Jones at the following;

With this in mind, within the next 2 weeks deposit invoices will start going out for 25% of each models price to allow work to start in earnest.

Thanks once again to Crowdfunding we have, what will be, only the second fully crowfunded OO RTR model Railway locomotive / Train in the world, and one of an iconic train which despite its’ working life being cut short, has a fond place in most of our hearts.

OO gauge APT update

Durham Trains of Stanley & DJModels
OO gauge APT crowdfunding project update

Hello everyone,
When we announced this project, little did we both know just how popular this project would be, and we are delighted to say that we currently stand just 50 sales short of the total needed to ‘press the button’ and start this magical journey properly.

As mentioned in a previous mail, design work has started, and Dave is busy producing drawings for a few bits and pieces that will feature within the final model, including the tilt mechanism, the articulating bogies, the multiple through wiring connectors, and soft touch (no gap) corridor connections.

It’s all very exciting here to be at this stage, and we hope, that if you haven’t ordered your model or models yet, you do so soon, as we have a lot to do, with the laser scanning party, possibly 2 guest speakers and presentations, plus the taking over of Crewe Heritage Centre for a day, and then not forgetting the finalising of the design etc too.

Once the order book is closed, that’s it! Only existing crowdfunders will be allowed to add sets and at the same price they were originally offered too!

If all goes well, then we both expect something tangible to be seen at Warley 2018, at the latest.

So, with this all in mind, and our stated aim to not make a second batch of these models, you will truly have a model of an icon to cherish, run, amaze your friends, wonder at, that is exclusive to you and a select few.

Yes, there will be a very few spare sets made (we envisage 10-20 in total) , and this is to cover warranty replacements and repairs etc, and to see if anyone wants to purchase this model. However, the ‘RRP’ for these sets will be 25% higher per set and only available directly from DToS.

Class 17 payment invoices now sent to customers

I have today, completed the e-mailing of invoices (Paypal ones) to each and everyone who replied to my letter regarding their ‘expressions of interest’ in the N gauge Class 17, and its up front payment at the set price on my website and free shipping.

If you received 2 invoices, sorry, a simple mistake and please cancel one
If you received nothing, please check your spam folder
If that’s also empty, please mail me directly ( ), and i’ll resend
If you havn’t said yes, but want to be part of this then feel free to contact me soon as the more that say yes, the better.

As mentioned in a previous post…… THANK YOU!

N gauge Class 17 update

Hi everyone,

Just a couple of things by means of an update on the progress of the N gauge class 17 to production, and a small video.

Video first…….

or the you tube link…………….

It’s of the motorised first EP, which made it’s debut at TINGS 2017, running on a layout this last weekend at Stafford show 2018.

Secondly, a progress report….

I wrote to all potential customers (over 200 of them) 10 days ago, with a proposal, and those of you who are they, and are reading this will know of it.

To put it bluntly, i explained that cash flow to go to second EP and production was almost impossible at the moment due to being spread thinly financially. Please note this is not to say the business is destitute, but having the extra to pay for the remaining tooling to high definition wasnt on the cards until later this year.

So i asked the ‘expressors’ if they would like to pay for their models up front, as by doing so, the model could be developed further with 2nd EP tooling being done (please remember i had already paid 50% of the tooling myself on the project to get it to the stage you see in the video). By doing so, the ‘expressor’ would then get their model at the advertised DJM ‘expressions of interest’ price, and i would throw in free postage too, and as such they would avoid all subsequent price rises imposed by China in the last few years.

So, ‘expressors’ wrote back, and although some had had their circumstances change, or even changed gauges, eras etc, i’m please to say i managed to get 50 modellers to say ‘yes’.

While not enough on it’s own, when combined with the finances i have available i’m within 15 customers (so roughly £2000.00 +/-) saying yes to go ahead with both the model , and the box (yes the box needs tooling as well)

If you have not responded, and do not want the model, please mail me and say so, and i’ll remove you from my list for this model as i do not need to keep your details on file. If you still want the loco but dont wish to pay up front, then please by all means sit tight, and i’ll be invoicing you when it’s ready for delivery.

So when is delivery? OK, as you know and can see, the 1st EP is done, and has been done for many months, as i said it debuted at TINGS 2017, and has been on show at Warley etc, and been tested in the meantime to make sure it is reliable and robust.

Going to 2nd EP tooling will start almost immediately, or at least preparations will as CNY is coming upon us and not a lot happens in the 3 or so weeks of shut down and start up.

2nd EP tooling means that the tool is locked down to have all the fine detail added, the glazing tool gets polished to allow for clear glazing, and a further EP sample (working) is delivered to me for final tests, along with painted samples for approval.

Once this is done, the models go into production, scheduled to take a month, then 6 weeks to get here and be distributed.

So i’m aiming at the loco release at or before the TINGS N gauge show in October 2018

Thanks to all who took the leap to allow this to continue and finish this year.



APT over 65% funded in OO gauge, order yours today!

Yes it’s true, this Crowdfunded project has really taken off, and who could resist this true icon of the West Coast Main line, from a time when British ingenuity and skill designed and gave us this futuristic machine?

This model will be the first 14 coach UK outline model train (if you can fit one that size on your layout) ever produced, and comes from a much loved era, when locomotives ruled the rails, when going from London to Glasgow in under 4 hours was a fantastic pipe dream.

To be manufactured in OO and N gauge, and crowdfunded, we will only make what we have orders for, with only a very few for spares etc, and do not envisage making this model available for model shop sales for many years, if at all.
Yes the price is high, but so is the specification. And yes it will tilt too!
Order yours today from the Durham Trains of Stanley website……

Be part of History and own History!

N and OO Gauge (TOPS Numbered) HUO 24.5t hopper wagon additions

Hi everyone,

I can confirm that the TOPS version of the HUO 24.5t hopper wagon is now available to crowdfund / order via this website in both OO and N gauges.

For N gauge versions follow this link……………

For the OO gauge versions follow this link……


N gauge HUO cad cam shown here foe illustration purposes

N gage Stobart Rail class 92 order form now live

Stobart Rail N gauge class 92 order page now live!

Hi everyone, i’m pleased to say that the N gauge Class 92 in Stobart Rail livery order page is now live.

Please note this is strictly limited edition and i will not be making anymore other than what i have to order and a few spares for exchange etc.

Also worth noting is the cost is higher than crowdfunders ‘normal’ models to cater for the license payment that Stobart Rail require me to adhere too, plus the complex overlay graphics mean the factory will have more rejects than normal and this also must be catered for. The models therefore are £167.95 each

Please click on this link to order yours now!



OO and N gauge APT progress update 25.12.2017

OO and N gauge APT-P Crowdfunding update

Since this project was announced in N gauge at Warley 2017, and in OO a week later, we have been inundated by orders for each version we propose producing. Subsequently adding a shorter Black window surround version (set 003) to keep the balance of models ‘just right’, demand has been extremely encouraging.

OO, as expected leads the N gauge versions by a considerable margin but as Mick and Dave both model N we hope the N gauge one will get over the line with crowdfunding, but it will probably take a bit longer than the OO one to do so and as such we will monitor this accordingly.

However, taking into account this is being written in only the 4th weekend since the announcement we are pleased with the response for both gauges.

Updates will come as and when we have news, but for now, we have sourced the manufacturer for the train, specified motor type, drive system type, had basic designs made by Dave for the Tilting system, and for the electrical connections through the train.

We are constantly refining details of the mechanism etc, and this refining will pay dividends for the model once tooling starts.

As to the APT open day at Crewe? This will happen once we reach the figure required for Cad-Cam / tooling / production to start, and will be announced as and when.
For those attending the Model Rail Scotland in early 2018 , please pop by the Durham Trains of Stanley stand and speak to Mick about the project, Dave will also try and make the weekend to give support.

If you have ordered, thank you. If not and are thinking of doing so, please do, the project needs numbers to get across the line, and once there you will more than probably be one of a very select ownership club, as we do not envisage this model going into further production for model shop release at any time in the future, so you will have a very special model.

All the best Christmas and New Year’s wishes to you all.
Mick Worrell (DToS) & Dave Jones (DJmodels Ltd)

APT configuration and Specification update

Due to questions about half set numbers, individual car numbers and specifications i have now added these as a word document below.

It was easier to add it in this type of format and there is much information to digest.
Cheers and Christmas Greetings to you all.
Durham Trains of Stanley Crowdfunded APT electric train project train configurationsV1

Durham Trains of Stanley OO & N specificationsV1

APT car typesV1

Durham Trains of Stanley Announce the N & OO Gauge APT (advanced passenger train)

DJModels Ltd is pleased to announce that we have been contracted by Durham Trains of Stanley to produce the iconic Advanced Passenger Train in both N and OO gauges.

In full knowledge that this train at its biggest configuration of 14 coaches might be too long for some (it’s 14ft in OO gauge), My client has asked me to design and produce smaller authentic sets of the model for those with less space but still want this icon of British Railways and manufacturing skill and prestige.

So you will be able to order 5, 6, 7 10 and 14 cars sets in both gauges.

N gauge prices as published on the flyer above, while OO prices are TBA.

Here is the press release that went out to all magazines last week…..

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!

This model will be made by the worlds most successful RTR Model Railway Crowdfunder, DJModels Ltd, with exclusive help from Crewe Heritage Railway 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 6 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 hope that this is the first of a NEW ‘West Coast’ range in N gauge and hope to produce the following models in the coming years as part of the range…..Classes 81, 82, 83, 84 and 85, plus EMU classes 303, 304 and 312.

If there is enough demand they will consider running a crowdfunder for the model in OO gauge.