Accurascale has revealed the latest all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 66 to be added to its initial batch of releases, finished as dual-named 66769 Paul Taylor Our Inspiration/LMA League Managers Association in GB Railfreight’s distinctive ‘Prostate Cancer UK’ livery.
Launched at Chester Cathedral, during Pete Waterman OBE’s Making Tracks 3 ‘OO’ gauge layout's summer-long residency, Accurascale is aiming to raise £10,000 for Prostate Cancer UK through sales of this Accurascale Exclusive model.
Reflecting the prototype which was unveiled in its special livery in August 2021, the locomotive carries two names in recognition of GBRf’s contracts manager Paul Taylor who was battling prostate cancer and also the League Managers Association. The locomotive was used a month later to haul GBRf’s annual charity railtour the following month, which raised £147,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. Statistics show that one in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Speaking on the launch of the Class 66, Accurascale’s PR and Marketing Director Fran Burke explained; “We are absolutely delighted to work with Prostate Cancer UK and help raise £10,000 for this fantastic cause. Not only does 66769 look spectacular in both prototype and model form, but it carries a most important message that raises awareness of prostate cancer.”
Fran continued; “As we see from model railway exhibitions we attend and indeed our own customer base, a significant portion of people in this hobby are males over 50, so hopefully this model can be enjoyed, but also help to raise awareness about getting checked out. It is also a cause that means a lot to many of us on the Accurascale team, having seen loved ones suffer and indeed be lost to this dreadful illness. We sincerely thank Prostate Cancer UK, The LMA and of course GBRf for working with us on this model.”
Priced at £169.99 DCC ready and £259.99 DCC sound-fitted, the model will be issued in a special presentation box containing literature concerning prostate cancer and the services of Prostate Cancer UK. Pre-orders are being taken now and delivery is expected during the first quarter of 2024.
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