Clark Railworks has revealed plans to produce an all-new finescale ‘OO’ gauge War Department (WD) ‘Austerity’ 2-10-0.
Above: The Clark Railworks 'WD' 2-10-0 is at an advanced stage of CAD drawing. This is the CAD render for 90767 in BR black with late crests.
A development of R.A. Riddles’ WD ‘Austerity’ 2-8-0s, they were built by the North British Locomotive Company for the Ministry of Supply in the 1940s. The first 100 entered traffic in 1943 and 1944, while the remaining 50 appeared in 1945.
Clark Railworks’ all-new ‘OO’ gauge models have been designed and engineered in the UK and will feature a die-cast chassis, smokebox and boiler, coreless motor, high quality gear train, plug and play 8-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) harness, separately fitted pipework and cab backhead detailing, firebox glow, fully detailed wheels and axles, brass bearings, sprung buffers, working sprung screw-link couplings, fire irons, and separately applied external and underside detailing.
Above: Amongst the list of 'WDs' is 600 Gordon in Longmoor Military Railway lined blue.
Above: CAD render for 90775 The Royal Norfolk Regiment in as preserved BR black with early crests.
Currently at the CAD drawing stage, ten different models are planned initially finished as 73755 Longmoor in WD green (Cat C1000Z), 600 Gordon in Longmoor Military Railway blue (C1001Z), 90766 in BR plain black (C1002), 90751 in BR black with early crests (C1003), 90772 in BR black with early crests (C1004), 90775 The Royal Norfolk Regiment (as preserved) in BR black with early crests (C1005), 90755 in BR black with late crests (C1006A), 90763 in BR black with late crests (C1006B), 90767 in BR black with late crests (C1006C) and 3672 Dame Vera Lynn in (as preserved) BR Brunswick green (C1007Z).
Above: The collection will include 3672 Dame Vera Lynn, as preserved on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Priced at £295 for DCC ready models, the price for DCC sound fitted examples has yet to be confirmed (currently expected in the £395-£425 range). Release is scheduled for the second quarter of 2025.
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