Rapido Trains UK has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge BR Western Region ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT for assessment.
Designed by Frederick Hawksworth, ten of the distinctive short wheelbase ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PTs were built in 1949 for use on BR’s Western Region. They were primarily used on empty coaching stock workings to/from London Paddington and Old Oak Common, although they did occasionally appear on other traffic too and at locations including Southall, Didcot, Severn Tunnel Junction and Cardiff Canton.
Six all-new ‘OO’ gauge models are due to appear (with Digital Command Control (DCC) ready and DCC sound-fitted options) as 1506 in BR plain black Cat No. 904001/904501), 1500 in BR plain black with early crests (904002/904502), 1505 in BR lined black with early crests (904003/904503), BR plain black with late crests (904004/904504), 1501 in as-preserved BR lined black with late crests (904005/904505) and 1509 in National Coal Board (NCB) maroon (904006/904506).
Each model will feature a heavy die-cast metal chassis, high quality motor, Next 18 DCC decoder socket, etched metal steps, sprung metal buffers, wire handrails, separately fitted detailing and small tension lock couplings in NEM pockets.
Following extensive functional testing, corrections and improvements will be made to the model, while rivet detail will also then be added to the tooling.
Priced at £149.95 DCC ready and £259.95 DCC sound fitted, a release date has yet to be confirmed.
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