Revolution Trains and Peterborough based retailer Trains 4U are producing an exclusive twin pack of Class 66 locomotives for ‘N’ gauge.
These latest Class 66 additions to the release schedule model the locomotives carrying GB Railfreight (GBRf) military themed liveries finished as 66723 Chinook and 66775 HMS Argyll.
66723 Chinook was named in 2008. It carries a nameplate featuring crests of three squadrons that fly the Chinook heavy lift helicopter. It was one of the first batch of Tier 1 low emission locomotives and incorporates ‘bug eye’ lights. 66775 HMS Argyll was named in 2017 after the Royal Navy frigate and carries the ship’s crest on the locomotive along with the number F231. This locomotive was among the last built and incorporates revised front end contouring and lights
Revolution Trains' Ben Ando explained: “Revolution has previously supported the Royal British Legion, through sales of its ‘Poppy Pendolino’, and we are delighted to be able to do the same for other important charities in the military family.”
Trains4U owner Gareth Helliwell added: “GBRf has a major presence in Peterborough and I am delighted to be able to offer these locomotives which are a familiar sight across the network. In addition I am keen to recognise our debt to the armed forces and we are guaranteeing a minimum donation of at least £1,500 to each of these good causes.”
The all-new 'N' gauge Class 66 will feature a die-cast chassis, photo etched grilles, etched nameplates, working headlights, NEM kinematic close coupling sockets and will adopt ESU's new E24 decoder interface (expected to be branded Next 28), to provide sufficient lighting functions.
The models will feature in a twin pack priced at £325 for DCC ready models and all sales will include a donation to The Royal Air Force Association and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
The twin pack is anticipated for release in the second half of the year.
Visit www.revolutiontrains.com for more information.