Rapido ‘N’ gauge Class 44 heads for tooling

Rapido Trains UK has confirmed that its upcoming Class 44 for ‘N’ gauge has moved to the tooling stage.

 

Br blue is also available.

The Class 44 can trace its lineage back to the LMS and Southern diesel prototypes. The first emerged in 1959 - D1 Scafell Pike – with nine more joining the fleet: all being named after mountains in England and Wales, thus giving the class their nickname, Peaks.

Rapido Trains is developing a comprehensive tooling suite which will cater for a number of differences that the locomotives carried throughout their working life. Details such as plated-over steps, inner sandboxes (present or not) and extra steps on the bogies will all be represented. Directional lighting will be included, as well as separately fitted fan detail, handrails, wipers and a radiator grill.  Each will also feature a Next18 decoder socket and will be supplied with a selection of route indicator disks for customer fitment.

Br green

A wide variety of liveries are planned, including BR plain green, BR green with small yellow warning panels, BR green with full yellow ends and BR blue with full yellow ends, together with D4 Great Gable in its as-preserved condition.  

Currently at the tooling stage, samples are expected during the second quarter of 2024.

Priced at £144.95 DCC ready and £249.95 DCC sound fitted, pre orders are open now.

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