Monday, 18 March 2013


Unveiled today are the results of the annual MODEL OF THE YEAR poll organised by Model Rail magazine, RMweb and MREmag. Modellers have the chance to vote for their favourite models of the previous year, in a variety of categories.

Bachmann has emerged as the clear winner, sweeping the board in ‘N’ and winning all but one of the ‘OO’ categories. Not surprisingly, the overall Manufacturer of the Year award has also gone to the Barwell-based firm, garnering almost 60% of the vote. The impressive Blue Pullman in both 'N' and 'OO' won their categories by a landslide, while Bachmann's Wainwright C Class 0-6-0 surprisingly pipped Hornby's B17 for best 'OO' new steam loco. Another unexpected result was the Bachmann Class 85 AC electric beating Hornby's Class 67 in the diesel/electric category.

Indeed, it was a disappointing showing for Hornby, although it did claim one award for the popular Maunsell pull-push coaches. Farish's WD 2-8-0, Class 20, SR Pillbox brake van and LMS inspection saloons were decorated with silverware in the 'N' gauge categories and Dapol's first 7mm scale venture achieved recognition, with the range of RTR coal wagons gaining an award, as did Ixion's RTR 'O' gauge Hudswell Clark industrial tank loco.

Model Rail editor Ben Jones added: “Congratulations to all our winners. There are worthy victors in every category, but the quality of many models that didn’t win is testament to the high standards now being achieved by all our RTR manufacturers.”

The full list of Model of the Year 2012 awards winners is published in the Spring issue of MODEL RAIL magazine, on sale Thursday March 21st in all good newsagents and model railway shops.

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