Independent ‘O’ gauge ready-to-run specialist Minerva Model Railways has announced that its third British outline locomotive will be the GWR ’57XX’/’8750′ 0-6-0PT. The new product was revealed at the Telford Gauge O Guild Show and comes just days after Dapol announced that it would be creating the same class of locomotive in 7mm scale (HM112).
Minerva has continued its commitment to the GWR ‘Pannier’ tank project. Minerva’s Chris Klein explained: “We have been committed to this project for several months and money has been paid for design work, which is underway.”
The projected release date for the Minerva GWR 0-6-0pT is summer 2017 following on from its Peckett ‘E’ 0-4-0ST which was released in December 2015 and its soon to be released model of the Kerr Stuart ‘Victory’ 0-6-0T. It will be priced at £230 for a DCC ready version with options for DCC fitted and DCC sound equipped locomotives. The specification calls for an injection moulded body with over 200 individual components, die-cast chassis, all-wheel pick up, flywheel equipped motor, full cab detail and working three link couplings.
The tooling for the 0-6-0PT will cater for four different batches including variance in cab and tank design, early and late injectors and more.
Visit www.minervamodelrailways.co.uk for more information.