Rails of Sheffield launch Class 89 project for 'OO' gauge

Rails of Sheffield launch Class 89 project for 'OO' gauge

Sheffield based retailer Rails of Sheffield has revealed that it is working with Accurascale to develop a ready-to-run 'OO' gauge model of the unique Class 89 AC Co-Co electric locomotive. 

Above: Rails of Sheffield is looking to produce the first-ever ready-to-run model of the Class 89 Co-Co electric, seen here in Intercity executive livery. 

Rails of Sheffield is working with manufacturing partner Accurascale to create the new ready-to-run model and is inviting expressions of interest in the project via its website. At this stage the project will only go ahead if there is sufficient demand and delivery of the project is expected to be between 15-18months once the green light is given to proceed. 

Proposed liveries will cover Intercity Swallow, Intercity Executive, GNER with gold logos and GNER with white logos.

The specification will follow that of the Accurascale Class 92 incorporating a five-pole motor with twin flywheels, heavy die-cast chassis, 'OO' gauge wheels with provision for re-gauging to 'P4'/'EM', gearing arranged so the model can achieve a scale top speed of 125mph, scale-sized Brecknall-Willis high-speed pantograph raised and lowered by DCC control and two speakers with large sound capsules on DCC sound fitted models. It will also have directional lighting for DC and DCC together with switchable red and white marker lights, separately switched cab lighting, an illuminated driver's desk and more.

Rails estimates that DCC ready models of the Class 89 will cost £179.99 with DCC sound examples priced at £269.99. Rails has opened a registration form for interest in the project, but states that it is not an order form and is to gauge how much interest there is in the project. The Class 89 will only proceed if interest is high enough at which point Rails will open pre-ordering for the 'OO' model.

For more information and to register interest click here.