SLW Highland 24s progress

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Sutton’s Locomotive Works (SLW) has received Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of its forthcoming ‘OO’ gauge Scottish Class 24/1 Bo-Bo diesels.

These latest versions model the locomotives delivered to Inverness depot for operations in the Scottish Highlands. This batch differed in that they featured cab front revisions and new roof-mounted boxes for displaying alphanumeric headcodes.

SLW’s new tooling incorporates the illuminated headcode housing as well as numerous detail differences through the years including early front doors with draught-proofing strips, later replated front ends, posable tablet catcher, two styles of boiler air inlet cowl, slotted frost covers, miniature three-part snowploughs and working twin ‘rock-fall’ headlights.

Three Highland 24/1s are planned initially as D5132 in BR green with small yellow warning panels (Cat No. SLW 2451), D5131 in BR blue (SLW 2452) and 24117 in BR blue (SLW 2453). Additional models with new running numbers are expected to be announced soon.

Prices are set at £185 for Digital Command Control (DCC) ready examples and £295 for DCC sound-fitted models, while ‘EM’, ‘P4’ and digital sound ‘stay-alive’ options are also available. Release is now expected in 2023.

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