KMS Railtec plans ‘O’ gauge 47/7

KMS plans ‘O’ gauge 47/7

KMS Railtec has unveiled plans to develop an ‘O’ gauge Class 47/7 diesel locomotive, alongside Heljan’s standard model which is due later this year.

Class 47 47734

Above: KMS Railtech is planning a Class 47/7 for 'O' gauge. On April 22 2003 47734 arrives at Crewe with the 13.28 to Holyhead. Mike Wild.

British Rail converted a series of standard Class 47s to push-pull Class 47/7s in the late 1970s for use on its Scottish Region Edinburgh to Glasgow shuttle services, replacing Class 27 Bo-Bo locomotives that operated the service in top-and-tail mode at the time. The Inverurie based retailer is currently looking for expressions of interest at this stage, although pre-orders are also being taken, ahead of the project receiving the green light should there be sufficient interest.

The proposed new made-to-order models would feature new body tooling, long range fuel tanks, time-division multiplex (TDM) jumper cables and aftercooler pipework. Four liveries are planned initially with Class 47/7s in BR 'large logo' blue, BR ScotRail blue stripe, Network SouthEast and Rail Express Systems (RES) colour schemes, while further examples may also appear in Parcels Sector, Fragonset, Waterman Railways and Blue Pullman liveries in due course.

Prices are expected to be £699 each and the intention is to produce the new Class 47/7 variant alongside Heljan’s standard ‘O’ gauge models in late 2020.

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