A Class samples for IRM
Irish Railway Models (IRM) has received decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Metrovick A Class diesel locomotive for assessment.
Built by Metropolitan Vickers at its Manchester works, 60 locomotives were delivered to CIE from 1955 and were powered by the same Crossley two-stroke engines installed in BR’s Class 28 Co-Bo locomotives. Reliability issues ensued which resulted in a major rebuild in the late 1960s, extending the A Class locomotives’ working careers for another quarter of a century or more.
IRM’s newly tooled model incorporates detail differences reflecting the class’ career, in original and rebuilt conditions, and will cover a range of colour schemes including original silver, green, black, black and tan, plus a variety of orange and black liveries. The impressive specification also calls for a heavy die-cast chassis, five-pole motor, twin flywheels, directional lighting, engine bay illumination, rotating axle box hubs, sprung metal buffers and much more.
Prices are set at €189.95 for main range models, while a limited-edition presentation boxed example as class leader A1 in silver is priced at €219.95, limited to just 250 pieces.
Visit www.irishrailwaymodels.com for more information.