Rapido Trains UK has received the first Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge South Eastern and Chatham Railway six-wheel brake vans (HM180) for assessment.
Built in the late 1890s, the prototypes first appeared with an open platform at one end and an enclosed veranda at the other. Later batches were revised with enclosed verandas at both ends, while some of the earlier vehicles were subsequently rebuilt.
Rapido Trains UK has designed two versions of the enclosed veranda style brake vans for general release, together with a third variant of the original single ended variant as an exclusive edition for Rails of Sheffield.
In addition, Train Times of Eastbourne has commissioned an exclusive model of the Kent and East Sussex Railway’s preserved SECR six-wheel brake van 2010 in SECR grey. See Table 1 for the full updated listing.
Prices are set at £39.95 each, with release planned during 2023.
|TABLE 1 - RAPIDO TRAINS UK 'OO' SECR SIX-WHEEL BRAKE VANS|
|2033, SECR grey with black underframe parts||931001|
|2036, SECR grey||931002|
|55382, SR brown with red ends (large lettering)||931003|
|55409, SR brown with red ends (large lettering)||931004|
|55384, SR brown with red ends (small lettering)||931005|
|55366, SR brown with red ends (small lettering)||931006|
|S55429, SR brown with red ends (BR lettering)||931007|
|S55434, BR grey||931008|
|S55371, BR grey||931009|
|80383, BR Engineers' black||931010|
|2005, South Eastern Railway red||931011*|
|2025, SECR grey with black underframe metalwork||931012*|
|12067, SECR grey with black underframe metalwork||931013*|
|2010, SECR grey, as preserved at Kent and East Sussex Railway||TBC**|
* Rails of Sheffield exclusive single veranda brake vans
** Train Times of Eastbourne exclusive edition