Built between 1927 and 1929 at the GWR’s Swindon Works, 100 locomotives were built in a development of the previous Churchward ‘45XX’ design.
Launched at the recent Gauge O Guild show in Kettering, the project is already advanced with a hand-assembled sample on display at the event.
The specification calls for a die-cast metal chassis, five-pole skew-wound motor, steel-tyred wheels, cylinders with working vacuum pump, brake shoes and sandboxes The driving and pony wheels will be fully sprung and it will be designed to traverse 40.5in radius curves.
The extensive tooling suite will allow for two versions of smokebox door, an easily removable magnetic cab roof, working cab doors, wire handrails, sprung metal buffers and screw link couplings, full back head detail with reversing lever, a coal load in the bunker and flickering firebox glow.
A wide selection of running numbers are set to appear including 4589 and 4594 in Great Western green, together with 5509 in ‘Shirtbutton’ GWR green, 5505 in ‘GWR’ green, 4591 in British Railways green, 5527 in BR lined black with early crests, 5571 in plain BR black with early crests, 4585 in BR lined green with early crests and 5514 in BR lined green with late crests. Unnumbered versions will also be available in each colour scheme too.
Priced at £512.33 DCC ready and £672.77 DCC sound-fitted, a release date is yet to be confirmed.
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