Rapido '15XX' and Hunslet 0-6-0ST for 'OO' shape up

'15XX' and Hunslet 0-6-0ST for 'OO' shape up

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Development of Rapido Trains UK's new 'OO' gauge BR Western Region '15XX' 0-6-0PT and Industrial Hunslet 16in 0-6-0ST (HM164) has gathered pace in recent weeks with design work nearing  completion.

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Images of the CAD drawings have been shared by the company to show progress on these all-new 'OO' gauge locomotive projects, with a few minor modifications still required before they can progress to tooling.

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Six of the Hawksworth-designed short wheelbase '15XX' 0-6-0PTs are planned initially as 1506 in BR plain black (Cat No. 904001), 1500 in BR plain black with early crests (904002), 1505 in BR lined black with early crests (904003), 1504 in BR plain black with late crests (904004), 1501 (as preserved) in BR lined black with early crests (904005) and 1509 in National Coal Board maroon (904006).

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Meanwhile, seven of the Leeds-built Hunslet 16in 0-6-0STs are under consideration as 3716/1952 Alex in Oxfordshire Ironstone lined red (903001), 3782/1953 Arthur in Markham Main Colliery lined green (903002), 2705/1945 Beatrice in NCB lined red (903003), 3783/1953 Holly Bank No. 3 in NCB lined blue (903004), 1953/1939 Jacks Green in Naylor, Benzon and Co. lined green (903005), 3715/1952 Primrose No. 2 in NCB lined black (903006) and 3714/1951 Thorne No. 1 in plain green (903007).

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Both locomotive projects will benefit from diecast metal construction, smooth high-quality motor and mechanism, Next 18 Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, separately applied detailing, sprung buffers and more.

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Prices are set at £129.95 for DCC ready models and £229.95 for DCC sound-fitted models. A delivery date has yet to be confirmed.

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Visit www.rapidotrains.co.uk for more information.