First EP for TMC’s ‘OO’ gauge ‘G5’

First EP for TMC’s ‘OO’ gauge ‘G5’ 0-4-4T


The first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of The Model Centre’s (TMC) specially-commissioned ‘OO’ gauge London North Eastern Railway (LNER) ‘G5’ 0-4-4T have arrived for evaluation.


Designed by William Worsdell, more than 100 'O' 0-4-4Ts were built for the North Eastern Railway (NER) at the company’s Darlington Works during the 1890s. Later redesignated ‘G5’ by the LNER, the last of the class remained in service until late 1958 and while none were preserved, the G5 Locomotive Company is currently constructing a ‘new-build’ example. A model of this ‘new-build’ locomotive – 1759 in NER lined green (Cat No. 35-251Z) – has been included in the release schedule and a donation from each sale of 1759 will be made towards the project.


Manufactured exclusively for TMC by Bachmann, eight models are planned covering NER, LNER and BR identities and colour schemes (see table).

Bachmann’s tooling suite will cater for detail differences between models including variations to the coal bunker, standard and push-pull fitted examples and more, as well as a raft of separately applied detailing including smokebox door darts, fine metal handrails, sprung metal buffers, guard irons and buffer beam detailing. All models will feature Next18 Digital Command Control decoder sockets, factory-fitted speaker and firebox LEDs.


The ‘G5’ will be offered DCC ready in pristine condition as standard, with weathered options also available. DCC fitted and DCC sound-fitted options will also be offered.

Prices have yet to be confirmed, but release is anticipated during the third quarter of 2022.

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2093 in NER lined green with Westinghouse pump and coal rail bunker 35-250Z
1759 in NER lined green, as per ‘new-build’ locomotive 35-251Z
1752 in LNER lined black with Westinghouse pump and cage bunker 35-252Z
2082 in LNER lined black, push-pull fitted with cage bunker 35-253Z
67263 in BR lined black with early crests and cage bunker 35-254Z
67342 in BR lined black with early crests, Westinghouse pump and hopper bunker 35-255Z
67282 in BR lined black with early crests, push-full fitted with hopper bunker 35-256Z
67261 in BR lined black with late crests, push-pull fitted with cage bunker 35-259Z