Rapido plans Fireless Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 for ‘OO’

Rapido Trains UK has announced that it is to produce a selection of newly-tooled Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 fireless locomotives in ‘OO’ gauge.

Fireless locomotives receive steam from an external source rather than a fire, making them suitable for work in locations where there is a high risk of fire such as chemical plants – and also found use in military depots as well. They mostly operate in the same way as a conventional steam locomotive, just without any fire. Several have survived in preservation with examples such as Imperial No. 1 on display at Locomotion in Shildon.

Andrew Barclay Fireless.

Rapido’s all-new locomotives will feature a smooth running motor and new ESU E24 decoder socket. The new tooling suite will also incorporate detail variations to cater for different reservoir support buffer guides, reducing valves and variations with an extra tank and injector. 

The locomotive is planned to be released in a variety of liveries and identities, including Bowaters (Kent) No. 2, Caledonian lined blue, Croda Chemicals, Shell Mex, Bowaters (Ellesmere) No.1), Boots No.2, Doon Valley Railway (as preserved), Gloucester Corporation, CEGB and lined maroon.

Liveries for the new Andrew Barclay Fireless have been announced.

The models are currently in the tooling stage.

Currently at the tooling stage, DCC ready models are priced at £139.95 and DCC sound-fitted examples are priced at £249.95.

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