The 1st of July 2017 will mark the introduction of Australian GST for major overseas vendors. Given the threat of this on motive power imported from the UK and recent advantageous prices, Banbury Connections Capital and Financial Services Division has recommended that BRED increase capital expenditure before June 30. In addition to the new A3 and V2 for the Great Central, an S15 has been ordered from Camborne Shed (Kernow Model Centre) for Southern freight services. This will relieve the Class 24, currently rostered to this service, for other duties on the network. Furthermore, a Patriot has been acquired from Kernow to strengthen the London Midland locomotive fleet at Snow Hill whilst a new Class 42 Warship has been ordered from Liverpool Shed (Hattons) to replace an ageing Lima model. This follows BRED's satisfaction with the pickup arrangement on Hornby's new Railroad Warships with three non traction tyre pickups on each side.
A new A3 'Minoru' and V2 have joined Banbury Connections to replace an ageing A4 'Guillemot' and the famous A3 'Flying Scotsman'. This should lead to considerable improvement in the performance of the South Yorkshireman.
BRED (Banbury Connections Rolling Stock and Engineering Department)
The rolling stock update is produced by BRED and looks at changes and repairs of notable interest to the Banbury Connections fleet. Some past projects can be found under the resources section of the website. If you are curious about the performance of a particular locomotive feel free to contact us and I will endeavour to provide a fair assessment of any models we own.