KMRC reveals Rapido exclusive

KMRC exclusive N gauge Class 28 Co-Bo

Kernow Model Rail Centre has commissioned an exclusive ‘N’ gauge model of Rapido Trains UK’s all-new Metropolitan Vickers Class 28 Co-Bo as D5702 in BR green with small yellow warning panels.

Built in the late 1950s, the ‘Metrovicks’ featured two-stroke Crossley diesel engines and five driven axles – three at one end and two at the other.

Allocated to British Railways’ London Midland Region, D5702 spent less than ten years in service, allocated to Derby, Barrow in Furness, Carlisle and Preston, before withdrawal in September 1968. More famously, D5702 also featured in the Reverend W Awdry’s Thomas the Tank Engine series of books as the character, ‘BoCo’.

Rapido Trains UK announced that it was to produce a newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge Class 28 in late 2020 and KMRC's exclusive edition will bear the hallmarks of these with post-1961 flat windscreen, powerful motor, Next 18 Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, directional lighting, detailed cab interior, separately fitted handrails, windscreen wipers and removable headcode discs. It will be available DCC ready (Cat No. 905009) and DCC sound-fitted (905509).

Prices are set at £119.95 DCC ready, and £215.95 DCC sound-fitted. Delivery is anticipated during late 2022.

Visit Kernow Model Rail Centre for more information.